Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council

Excellence in Training

Growing the Best Craftspeople in the Construction Industry

Earn while you learn.
Graduate with no debt. 

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!

Apprenticeship Readiness Programs

AZBTC Apprenticeship Readiness programs provide an introduction into the building and construction trades, and facilitate entry into the full apprenticeship programs. 

Want more information?

Click here to complete the Apprenticeship Readiness Program Inquiry Form. 

Pima County Trades Building Futures

AZBTC has partnered with SER – Jobs for Progress of Southern Arizona, Las Artes Arts and Education Program, and Arizona@Work Pima County to offer an apprenticeship readiness program for individuals ages 17 and up, who have a high school diploma or GED, and a valid drivers license. 

Meet the first cohort to graduate from the program. 

  • Six-weeks
  • Monday – Friday 6am to 12:30pm
  • $100 stipend per week
  • Students complete certifications in Multi-Craft Curriculum, OSHA 10 and Red Cross CPR 

Download the Pima County Trades Building Futures Flyer

To enroll, please contact Director Solomon Galyon at 

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Arizona Asbestos Workers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee: or (602) 267-9152
  • Phoenix Bricklaying and Tilesetting Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee:
    (602) 628-2711
  • Finishing Trades Institute of Arizona: or (602) 244-0768
  • Phoenix Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee: or (602) 263-8104
  • Tucson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program: or (520) 790-4690
  • Globe-Miami Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee: or (928) 200-5482
  • Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program:
    or (602) 276-6055 (Phoenix) or (520) 624-5553 (Tucson)
  • Ironworkers Reinforcing Apprenticeship Program: 
    or (602) 272-2836
  • Elevator Constructor Apprenticeship: or (602) 273-0025
  • Arizona Pipe Trades Apprenticeship Program: or (602) 269-8213
  • Sprinklerfitters Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee: or (800) 638-0592
  • Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ Joint Apprenticeship Committee:
    Rocky Mountain Apprenticeship Council, Kevin Cote (801) 972-5556
  • Phoenix Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee:
    or (602) 275-6511 (Phoenix) or (520) 622-3593 (Tucson)
  • Boilermakers Western States Apprenticeship: or (928) 645-0277
  • The Laborers Training School: Matt Gordon (602) 258-6521
    Cell (602) 245-2823

Veterans: Helmets to Hardhats

AZBTC has partnered with the Helmets to Hardhats program to connect veterans to opportunities with AZBTC-affiliated apprenticeships programs. 


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