Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council

Excellence in Training

Growing the Best Craftspeople in the Construction Industry

Through our members’ training and apprenticeship programs, we prepare our apprentices to learn the newest techniques in their trades, as well as making safety training priority number one.

No matter which trade interests a prospective apprentice, the Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council has a world-class member training program that will enable him or her to set the foundation for a successful career while earning a competitive salary and getting real-world experience on the job site.

Contact one of our apprenticeship programs for more information…start your career TODAY!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Apprentice?

An apprentice is a worker who learns a craft through planned, supervised, on-the-job- training in combination with technical instruction in a classroom setting. Experienced journeymen and instructors teach apprentices the proper use, care and safe handling of tools and equipment used in their trade. Additionally, apprentices are required to complete courses that complement their trade-oriented, job-site training. These programs require commitment, hard work, endurance and ambition to complete. The competitiveness of our apprenticeship programs ensure that our journeymen are the best trained, most knowledgeable and most safe tradespeople in their trades!

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job! It combines supervised, full-time, structured, on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. Most apprenticeship programs are four to five years depending on the trade – each program amounts to thousands of hours of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. State-of-the-art Arizona Building Trades apprenticeship programs are free of charge to the apprentices at more than a $6.2 million expense – privately funded by employers or labor/management groups who believe training is the key to producing high quality, safe tradespeople.

What will an Apprentice get paid?

It depends on the trade, but apprentices usually start at a percentage of the journeyman wage and receive increases at regular intervals. Generally, a starting wage for an apprentice is about 50 percent of the journeyman wage. Apprentices usually receive wage increases every six to 12 months if satisfactory progress is made in his or her program. The trades also provide a health and benefits package to apprentices and their families.

How do I qualify for an Apprenticeship program?

The particular skills and knowledge necessary to become an apprentice vary by trade. In most cases, technical knowledge of mathematics and science as they relate to each particular trade is important, as well as a strong desire and commitment to complete the program, develop the required skill sets, and take pride in quality workmanship.

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship program?

  • Paid health and pension benefits
  • Excellent wage rates with guaranteed, scheduled increases
  • State-of-the-art training
  • Safe working conditions
  • College credit coursework
  • National skill certification (upon completion)
  • Continuous education