Are there women in the program?

Yes! Today, there are many woman working in the trades. Did you know that women working full-time in the United States typically were paid just 79 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 21 percent? While construction trades workers have traditionally been viewed as being men-only, this isn't the case in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. The biggest benefit for women being in the Union is pay equality. Equal pay for equal work!

If you'd like to learn more about Sisters in the Brotherhood, please watch the video below and CLICK HERE.


What is a Registered Pre-Apprenticeship Program?

A Registered Pre-apprenticeship Program is designed to prepare you to enter and succeed in Registered Apprenticeship. These programs have a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship sponsor and together, they expand the participant's career pathway opportunities with industry-based training coupled with classroom instruction.


What is the purpose of this Registered Pre-Apprenticeship Program?

We provide education regarding the environmental justice movement. We also provide training and certification in hazardous waste abatement, general construction, and green building practices leading to long-term employment in the construction trades. Additionally, we provide a career ladder for skills upgrades enabling graduates to move from poverty to middle-class incomes and lifestyles.


I've heard that word "pre-apprenticeship" used a lot.  Why should I choose to join this Registered Pre-Apprenticeship Program over other job-readiness programs?

Many training programs tout themselves as "pre-apprenticeship". The difference between "us and them" is that we are the ONLY Registered Pre-Apprenticeship Program recognized by the Louisiana Workforce Development Office of Apprenticeship because our program is a direct feeder into Registered Apprenticeship. The simple truth is that other programs don't fully prepare you to become an apprentice. They may offer a few weeks of training in a classroom, or even some shop time. But if you are serious about a real career in the construction trades, no one can beat the training or career connections of a real Registered Pre-Apprenticeship Program. 


How long is the training program?

The Pre-Apprenticeship Program is a 12 week commitment. As part of your registered pre-apprenticeship, you are required to complete all the courses offered to get full credit into the Registered Apprenticeship Program. The program consists of 482 contact hours. 


What courses are offered during my pre-apprenticeship?

  • Program Orientation
  • Life Skills/Job Readiness
  • Trades-Related Vocabulary
  • Trades-Related Math
  • Environmental Justice and Awareness
  • OSHA-30 General Construction Safety
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Intro to Green Building
  • Intro to Carpentry
  • Intro to Insulation
  • Intro to Painting
  • Scaffold Erector Qualification
  • Hazardous Waste Worker Certification
  • Confined Space Certification


This pre-apprenticeship program sounds expensive.  How much is this going to cost me?

Tuition is FREE. How's that for financial aid? As a pre-apprentice, you will receive $6,500 worth of training in addition to $2,300 worth of environmental training and certifications provided by CPWR.

The only expense to you is your text book and your monthly union dues if you choose to continue into the Registered Apprenticeship Program. You will receive $20,000 worth of training over your 4 years of apprenticeship. It is estimated that the typical Union Carpenter receives $100,000 of training over the span of their career.


What are the requirements to become a pre-apprentice?

  • You must bring a valid picture ID (state driver's license or ID), Social Security Card, and a Birth Certificate.
  • You must have completed at least the 10th grade, have a High School Diploma, or GED.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age. There is no maximum age.
  • You must be in good health and physically able to perform all phases of the work.
  • You must be unemployed or underemployed.


Training is great, but I need money! Does this program offer job placement?

Yes! On average, 80% of ECPAP graduates are placed in jobs after program completion. Most of our graduates find work in the construction trades. Program graduates also have the opportunity to join Registered Union Apprenticeship Programs to become carpenters, millwrights, heat and frost insulators, or painters. Approximately 65% of graduates enter apprenticeship and continue skills upgrades to the journeyman level of proficiency.

Percentage of Students Receiving Job Placements

While we offer job placement, it is up to you to keep the job. Your attendance, performance, and attitude play a major role.

Percentage of Students Continuing into Apprenticeship

At least 65% of pre-apprentices decide to join Registered Apprenticeship Programs. The Carpenters Training Fund of LA reports that one-quarter of their apprentices are pre-apprenticeship graduates.