Now that you made the decision that you would like to become a carpenter, you might be thinking what’s the next move to take?
Becoming an apprentice is the best approach to getting into this profession. The apprenticeship program is designed for those who have no experience and for those who have some skills.
This is a great way to earn a living while learning the trade. You get exposed to the actual job under the supervision of more skilled carpenters.
The program usually lasts for 4 years. Just like any other trades, it is a mix of classroom instructions and on-the-job training.
What I really like about the apprenticeship program is it suits best to those without prior knowledge of this craft.
If you want to become an apprentice and want to join a carpenters union in Alaska, you can apply at Alaska Carpenters Training Trust, please see the address and contact below.
- Alaska Carpenters Training Trust
6 Timberland Drive, Fairbanks, AK, Phone: (907) 452-4626, Fax: (907) 456-5542
8751 King Street, Anchorage, AK, Phone: (907) 344-1541, Fax: (907) 349-5823
Their apprenticeship program extends up to 7,000 hours to complete, approximately 4 years
To apply, the requirements you need are the following:
- Complete the application form, where you can download from here.
- You must be 18 years old and above, although there is no upper age limit
- You must be physically fit and in good health condition as the nature of the job demands it.
- You must be a resident of the state of Alaska, you can show proof of residency or legal status.
- You must have a valid driver’s license
- You must be a social security card
- You must have a high school diploma, transcript, or GED as its equivalent
- You must undergo substance abuse testing upon acceptance into the program
If you complete the requirements, send the application form together with the requirements via fax or drop it personally at their office, depending on the training center where you want to apply, see the addresses above.
The costs you have to spend to get accepted into the program are the $300 book fee and a $750 tool requirement. As of this writing, that is the amount the union is requiring. During the first year in the program, apprentices are paid $23 per hour plus retirement and health benefits.
The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and ABC of Alaska also offer an apprenticeship, to contact them, please see information below.
- Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
Local Union 1243, 25 Timberland Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99707, 907-452-3862 office, 907-456-3582 fax
Local Union 1281, 407 Denali St., Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99501, 907-276-3533 office, 907-276-7962 fax
- ABC of Alaska
301 Arctic Slope Ave. Suite 100 Anchorage, AK 995187
(907) 565-5600 FAX: (907) 565-5645
Offers apprenticeship program in carpentry
Dues You Will Pay If You’re a Union Member
If you will go apprenticeship under Alaska Carpenters Training Trust, you will pay monthly dues of around $21-30 per month.
If you choose the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, if you go under the Local 1281 the dues you have to pay is $27 per month, and a $2 processing fee will also be charged. While in Local 1243, the monthly dues is $30 and the processing is $1.50.
Both the journeymen and apprentices are responsible to pay their dues because it is not a good idea to fall behind on the dues; union members pay dues in advance for the entire year.
Carpentry Training Schools in Alaska
For some reason you were not accepted in the union and want to take carpenter training in Alaska, here are the schools you can enroll:
- Alaska Apprenticeship Training Coordinators Association
520 E 34th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska 99503
- University of Alaska Fairbanks
College of Rural Community Development
1731 South Chandalar Drive Fairbanks, AK 99775
- University of Alaska Southeast
11120 Glacier Highway, Juneau, Alaska 99801-8697
Offers two (2) Carpentry Degree programs
- Ilisagvik College
Narl Facility, Barrow, Alaska 99723
Offers one (1) Carpentry Degree program.
- King Tech High School
2650 E Northern Lights Blvd. Anchorage, AK 99508
Opportunity for direct entry into carpenters union
- Alaska Works Partnership
161 Klevin St. Suite 203 & 207 Anchorage, AK 99518
Offers basic carpentry training
- Juneau Construction Academy
210 Ferry Way, Juneau AK 99801
(907) 586-5718 or (800) 478-6660
Galena Interior Learning Academy
P.O. Box 359, Galena, AK 99741
Phone: 907-656-2053; Fax: 907-656-4589
For woodworking class, here are the schools you can enroll at:
- The Folk School Fairbanks
2300 Airport Way, Cabin 66, Fairbanks
P.O. Box 83572, Fairbanks, AK 99708
- Alaska Woodturners Association
PO Box 91473; Anchorage, Alaska 99509-1473
Phone: Phone: (907) 337-3189
Criteria in Choosing the Best Carpentry School/Program
- One of the important considerations when looking for a carpenter training school is to find an institution with a close connection in the industry. Doing so will maximize your job prospects since the school can refer you to employers who are searching for talented individuals like you.
- Find a program that incorporates other certifications such as the OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour safety training, NCCER Core; NCCER Carpentry 1 & 2, it would be helpful if the Red Cross First Aid and CPR training certifications are included in the program as well since those are recognized industry-wide.
- To become a skilled carpenter the course curriculum must include up-to-date building codes. The course must offer the students with right instructions on plans for the building that actually have been built and not just theory or written information about building plans.
- One of the important characteristics of a good carpenter is having math skills. If you want to better hone your math skills, find a school that has building and engineering theory in its curriculum. Good math skills give you the best chance to advance your career as a foreman, supervisor, or project manager or become an independent contractor.
- Find a school with an up-to-date training facility and an experienced instructor. To avoid making mistakes, make sure you personally visit the school premises to see it is modern and check with the school about the background of their instructor.
- Choose a carpentry training school that offers flexible payment terms or provides financial aid to their students. Education is getting costly nowadays. Sometimes, if you don’t have the money to pay for the tuition, what would be the solution? This is where payment terms and financial aid come in. So make sure that the school you’re preferring to enroll in has this option.
Do Carpenters Need to Be Licensed in this State
One of the routes you can take being a carpenter is to establish your own contracting business. But before you do your business, the state of Alaska requires contractors to have a license before you begin working with projects.
To get a contractor’s license, here are the steps:
1. Determine what contractor work you will be involved in; you most likely fall into one of these categories: a general contractor or a specialty contractor.
|General Contractor||Specialty Contractor|
|New home reconstruction||Carpentry, finish|
|Residential remodeling project||Carpentry, rough|
- A specialty contractor license is required if your project requires the use of more than three (3) trades.
2. Accomplish the registration of the application
- If you will be applying for a general contractor license, you can download the application here.
- If you aimed to apply for a specialty contractor license, download the application form here.
3. Make sure you have a contractor license bond – the bond amount is depending on what contractor you are, please refer to the table below:
|Specialty Contractor||General Contractor||G. Contractor/Residential||G. Contractor/Small Project|
4. Show proof of liability insurance – please refer to the table below for the coverage
|Property Damage||Injury/Death (to 1 person)||Injury/Death (to more than 1 person)|
5. Show proof of workers’ compensation insurance – only those insurance provided by a private carrier authorized by Alaska Division or Insurance can be accepted.
6. After you’ve completed the above requirements, pay the application fees. As of this writing, the fees are as follows:
|General Contractor||Specialty Contractor|
|Application fee (non-refundable)||$100||$100|
7. After you’ve completed all the requirements above, submit those together with the completed application form to Contractor Licensing Section, State Office Building, 333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor, PO Box 110806, Juneau, AK 99811-0806
- Please take note that the application for the business license is different from the application of a contractor license. If your business has no license yet, you may refer to this page for more information.
Salary of Journeyman Carpenters in Alaska
After you’ve finished your apprenticeship program, you are now branded as a journeyman. The journeymen have a ch higher salary than an apprentice.
If you’re wondering how much can you make as a journeyman carpenter in Alaska, well according to the latest December 28, 2020 report of Salary.com, you could earn as much as $63,890 on average per year. But depending on some factors such as experience, specialization, and work assignment, the salary ranges between $55,190 - $73,590.
- Alaska of Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
550 W 7th AVE, STE 1535, Anchorage, AK 99501-3587, Phone: (907) 269-8100
333 Willoughby AVE, 9th FL, State Office Building, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: (907) 465-2500
- Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Employment and Training Services
P.O. Box 115509, Juneau, AK 99811-5509
Phone: (907) 465-2712; Fax: (907) 465-4537