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General Requirements for Apprenticeship in the Building and Construction Trades

Age Minimum 18 years of age at start of apprenticeship; no upper age limits
Education High school graduate or G.E.D. recipient
Documents Required
  • high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate
  • transcript of high school grades or G.E.D. scores
  • birth certificate
  • social security card
  • driver's license
Aptitude Test Given by each perspective trade, aptitude tests generally measure reading comprehension, math, and physical ability. Many trades use standardized tests such as General Aptitude Test Battery, Work Keys and Wonderlic Basic Skills Test .
Other Requirements
  • Drug test
  • Interview
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Good Color Perception
Term of Apprenticeship 3 to 5 years, depending upon the trade.
432 - 900 classroom hours; 3,000 - 10,000 on-the-job hours
Salary & Benefits Apprenticeship salaries are based on a percentage of the journeyman hourly pay scale. Most trades start at 45-50% of the journeyman rate and increase at regular intervals. In addition to earning a wage and receiving a free education, apprentices also receive paid benefits such as family health insurance, pension, annuity, and vacation. Click here to see a sampling of journeyman pay rates.
Application Period Most trades have a specific application period, and it is your responsibility to contact the trade of your choice for information on the specific application procedures.

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