We are always taking ticketed Carpenters

Currently the Alberta Carpenters have a need for experienced formwork carpenters across the province, with a particular need for experienced bridge and tunneling Peri system tradesmen and women.

We generally schedule one intake a month in Edmonton, Calgary and Fort McMurray, and continue to seek carpenters in Lethbridge. If you have a local residence in Lethbridge, please send a resume to bpayne@albertacarpenters.com.

If you have experience in road building and have a local residence in Calgary, please send a resume to pzarbatany@albertacarpenters.com.

If you have bridge and tunneling experience and have a local residence in Edmonton, please apply using the forms below.

General Info

Joining the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers is a privilege we extend to applicants with pride in their craft, a dedication to productivity on the job site, and strict adherence to safety and our code of conduct.

The easiest way to join is to assist us in organizing a non-union employer. Learn how to help us organize your job site here.

We receive hundred of applications every month, and will only respond to written requests for status updates. Do so by emailing recruiter@albertacarpenters.com.  Allow at least 30 days for us to process your application, but it may be longer during particularly busy periods. Trust us, we want every great tradesperson to be a union member. But we also need to be able to provide work for those members, so there will be periods where we are not accepting new applications. We apologize in advance if we cannot approve your application immediately.

Click one of the buttons under ‘Joining Us!’ (left menu) to see more detail about joining us, depending on what your experience is, or where you live.

The Details

We are in the business of representing all tradespeople working in the trades we represent.

When you DO apply: Don’t send us a Resume. Send Proof.

We need to see real proof, not summaries, of your past experience and training. Our goal is to assure ourselves you’re a qualified tradesperson, not a potential employee.

Journeyman certificates and apprenticeship documents show you’ve studied your trade. But we also need to know you have real-life, on-the-tools experience. Records of Employment or pay stubs show us for sure what experience you have and what pay scale you might deserve. So letters of reference and resumes don’t hurt, and they may be valuable for a future employer to see, but to us they’re nothing without pay stubs and records of employment.


Local 1325

  • Initiation Fee – $100
  • Dues – $25 per month, six months paid forward = $150
  • Yearly Social Fee – $10
  • Total Cost to Become a Member = $260

Local 2103

  • Initiation Fee – $2
  • Dues – $25 per month, six months paid forward = $150
  • Total Cost to Become a Member = $ 152

Do not send money in advance – we won’t accept it. Sending advance payment does not speed up the process. You pay at the time of Orientation. Once your money is paid, you become a member. The next step is a mandatory 1-day Orientation Session at one of our offices.

Before being admitted to our membership all newcomers must be invited to attend a half-day sign-up orientation.

Guidelines for Admission

  1. Indentured and journeyman carpenters and scaffolders shall be admitted as members. “Journeyman” scaffolders from a non-United Brotherhood of Carpenters source will be subject to a Test Build under Alberta Carpenters Training Centre supervision. We do not automatically grant an updated level without the individual having undertaken UBC Scaffolding training. We reserve the right to test competency and deny membership due to lack of basic competency.
  2. We are not currently accepting labourers, material handlers, or individuals with little to no experience – either new members or transfers – except in circumstances of organizing or members’ children (as required by bylaws and trade rules).
  3. ITT applicants, including children of members, will be accepted on a case-by-case basis, determined by their evaluation, marks, and attitude as marked by the instructor. Failed ITT students will not be admitted. Children of members must still pass ITT to be admitted.
  4. Individuals currently employed at a targeted non-union contractor will be admitted on recommendation of the organizing department by assisting in union drives.
  5. Previous members looking for re-admission will be required to explain in writing why they allowed themselves to be suspended, and why they want to re-apply. Ex-members with ROEs showing non-Building Trades union membership in the Alberta jurisdiction will be denied, unless they are currently working for a targeted non-union contractor and will assist in union organizing drives.
  6. Where continuity is an option, individuals must pay their back dues to the local in which they are in arrears.
  7. Non UBC-trained scaffolders will be admitted provided they will assist in union organizing drives.
  8. Helmets to Hardhats referrals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  9. Gate hires will be admitted on the recommendation of the employer and union representative.
  10. Showing up late for orientation or swearing-in will lead to rejection except under extremely special circumstances.

Join us!

To become a member, visit our application page.

Upcoming training opportunities at ITC Vegas

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Hello Alberta UBC Members, The United Brotherhood of Carpenters takes pride in having the largest and most comprehensive training facility globally. The UBC Department of Education and Training (DET) offers programs to UBC members, enhancing their skills in communication, leadership, management, and more at … Read More

LU2103 meeting on Jan. 20 is cancelled

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The regularly scheduled meeting this Thursday (January 20) for members of LU2103 (hosted in Calgary and Red Deer) has been cancelled. The cancellation is due to a combination of the ongoing public closure of ARCCAW’s offices and staffing-related impacts due to Covid-19. … Read More

In memory of Jake Waldner

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Members, It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Jake Waldner. Jake passed away peacefully on the evening of Sunday, November 14. We wish his family and friends our most sincere condolences. Jake was a big … Read More

Preparing your home for winter with Marsh

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The gusting winds, heavy snow, and freezing temperatures associated with winter are normal and typically anticipated characteristics of Canadian winters. However, winter weather events mixed with a lack of preparation can lead to building damage, freeze-up, and flood. Advance preparation … Read More

LU1325 Christmas Party cancelled

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To LU1325 members, Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we must regrettably cancel this year’s LU1325 Christmas party. As a result of the ever-changing Government of Alberta Covid guidelines and restrictions, we unfortunately do not have the level of certainty and … Read More

Day of Mourning 2021

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Today marks the Day of Mourning, a day we pause to grieve, to remember and to reflect on fellow workers who have been killed, injured or made ill on the job. Tragically, 150 Albertans lost their lives as a result … Read More

UBC Zoom meeting: U.S. election results – Dec. 3

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Brothers and Sisters, What do the U.S. election results mean for the UBC and our members? Join Jason Rowe, Vice President, Canadian District, UBCJA and your brothers and sisters from across Canada to discuss the results and how they affect you and your union. DATE: Thursday, December 3, 2020 TIME: 7:00 – … Read More

BTA Labour Day 2020 message

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On Labour Day, thank the workers getting us through these trying times  Without question, Labour Day 2020 feels much different than it has in the past. But as we look back on the difficult times we’ve all faced the last … Read More

Merchandise page added to site

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We have added a merchandise page to the website. Merchandise includes items like fire-retardant hoodies, toques, tool belts and accessories. All merchandise is available to members only. Pick up is available at the Edmonton Council Office only and the member … Read More

COVID-19 and union dues

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Over the last month, the Regional Council executive, in conjunction with the executives of Locals 1325 (Edmonton and Northern Alberta) and 2103 (Calgary), discussed strategies to support our members during this difficult time.

Geared Up

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New products for the jobsite, campsite or at the cabin. TSTAK Radio + Charger This heavy-duty site radio provides premium AM/FM or streaming sound on the job with its four speakers plus one active subwoofer and one assisted bass resonator. … Read More

Connecting distant members: telephone town hall

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There was plenty of straight talk at the first ever telephone town hall. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”4″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] The volunteers and call screeners were ready, and the countdown was on. The boardroom of the ARCCAW Union … Read More

Minister Shannon Phillips visits Triple M in Lethbridge

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Hometown proud. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”3″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips makes it her business to get to know her home town of Lethbridge by visiting the worksites, companies, employers, unions … Read More

Extreme scaffolding

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Red Bull Crashed Ice takes over Edmonton and Local 1325 was there. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”2″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   The snow has long-since melted, but the memories from the 2018 Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Edmonton … Read More

Rocking the house for Wounded Warriors

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[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”1″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Saturday, March 10th, sixteen teams of four grabbed their brooms and headed out on the ice at the Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf and Curling Club for a great day filled with … Read More