Training is what sets Union Carpenters apart. Training gives us the skills we need to:


•Do a better job

•Get more done in less time

•Get it right the first time

•Work more safely


Our commitment to training builds the skilled, productive workforce our economy needs today and in the future. Our training helps our signatory contractors compete, stay profitable, and succeed. Our productivity helps them win jobs. It keeps us working. It helps us earn the wages and benefits that give us a better life.

Click on a Training Center for the current class schedule:


North Central States Training Center

740 Olive Street

Saint Paul, MN 55130

(651) 646-7337

LJ Shosten Union Training Center

1298 North Hunting Valley Road

Saint Paul, MN 55108

(651) 233-2353

Jerry Alander Training Center

5238 Miller Trunk Highway Hermantown, MN 55811

(218) 729-9003

Rochester Training Center

6692 - 10th Avenue SW

Rochester, MN 55902

(651) 646-7337


For other training locations visit the NCSRCC website WWW.NORTHCOUNTRYCARPENTER.ORG


If you would like to see your training records, certifications, etc., go to https://train.carpenters.org/.

Once there, you will need to type in the following:

Username: ncsrcc

Password: CarpenterEDU!

You will then be asked for your social security number or UBC I.D. in order to see your individual training record. If any of the information in TRAIN is incorrect, contact the training center in your area or email training@ncsrcc.org.

The Regional Council, in cooperation with partner contractors, operates the largest apprentice training program in Wisconsin and the second-largest in Minnesota. Combined, we train more than 1,600 men and women for a better future.


To qualify for an apprenticeship, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old Have a high school diploma, G.E.D., or high school equivalency diploma
  • Be sponsored by a union contractor
  • You will have to meet the physical and performance demands of the job, pay an entry fee, and purchase basic work clothing and tools for your trade.


An apprentice is a person in the process of becoming a skilled carpenter through training and experience. All of our crafts and signatory contractors operate state-certified training programs. All of our apprenticeships combine classroom and hands-on training with on-the-job experience. The training is free. Plus, apprentices earn livable wages while they learn. An apprenticeship typically lasts four years… about as long as it takes to complete a college degree. When you're done, you'll be earning more money than many college graduates (with no student loans to pay off). To meet our training standards, apprentices work as many as 7,000 hours on the job, side-by-side with skilled industry veterans. Instructors reinforce this on-the-job experience with between 144 and 520 hours of classroom and hands-on lessons at our training centers.