Are you looking to improve your carpentry skills and increase your wages and benefits?

Learn About Starting a Career as a Highly Skilled Union Carpenter.

Union carpenter apprentices are required to complete five years of combined on-the-job and school training. In return, they’ll be rewarded with the skills and proficiency they’ll need to be the safest, professional carpenters in the construction industry.

In addition to all areas of the carpentry trade, our training program includes:

  • Scaffolding
  • Aerial Lifting
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Welding
  • Rigging
  • Material Handling
  • Layout with Level and Transit
  • Industry-Relevant Math
  • Algebra
  • Work Site Safety
  • Ergonomics

Each apprentice must be proficient in all phases of the carpentry trade before advancing to journeyman carpenter status.
We not only train our apprentices, we also offer upgrading classes to journeyman. Any of our members who wish to improve their basic skills or update their proficiency can do so by registering for any of the skill-enhancement classes we offer.

By training our apprentices and journeyman in all of the latest construction technologies and applications we are able to provide our employers with the finest most competitive carpenters in the trade.


Helmets to Hardhats (H2H)

Carpenter’s Local 254 Helmets to Hardhats Program (NJ H2H) is designed to help transitioning military personnel, National Guardsmen and Reservists find the best careers in the building and construction industry. Our program seeks to honor and reward military service with a solid, family-sustaining career in construction.

We work in cooperation with the national Helmets to Hardhats program, adding a personal component to the program’s on-line services. NJ H2H offers veterans preparation for successful application to the Carpenter’s New Jersey’s registered apprenticeship program. Services include:

  1. Personal career counseling
  2. Interview coaching
  3. Entrance test preparation
  4. Review of apprentice entrance requirements
  5. Guidance through the application process
  6. Referral to supportive services

Apprentices in the carpentry program may be eligible to receive GI Bill benefits.

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NJ H2H is open to Active Duty Servicemen and Women who will be transitioning to civilian employment in the near future, Military Veterans, National Guardsmen, and Reservists who have honorably served our country. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to participate.

If you are interested in joining the Carpenter’s Union through the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program please print and complete the following form and contact our training center at 908-241-8866. H2H registration form

Sisters in the Brotherhood

Every day, thousands of women play a critical role in making the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America the best union in North America. Sisters in the Brotherhood (SIB) supports female members by providing assistance in obtaining craft training and leadership skills; by being advocates on women issues; and by mentoring new members and even potential members.

“This union has always stood for fairness and the rights of all workers.”

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