The North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund (NASCTF) is a training program jointly sponsored by the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters and our signatory building contractors. Through its programs, the NASCTF offers training in residential and commercial carpentry, floorcovering and pile driving for both apprentices and journeymen.
The North Atlantic States Carpenters Union offers an apprenticeship program created to thoroughly develop the talents and skills of carpenters. This type of structured training is required to make sure carpenters are fully qualified, well-rounded and productive. It includes classroom and workshop training in addition to employment with the most experienced professionals in the industry.
Apprentices earn wages and benefits that enable them to provide for themselves and their families. Typically, apprentices start around 50% or higher of the journey worker pay scale. As their training progresses, apprentices earn more until they become full carpenters, called “journeymen,” and are then paid at the journeymen rate.
The apprenticeship program is a competency-based training program that includes both classroom training and on the job training. The training consists of 160+ hours a year of classroom and shop training as well as 4000-8000 hours of on-the-job training over a four to five-year period. All apprentices are trained with the most current curriculum of safety and building technology.