The Washington Construction Teamsters Apprenticeship Program is a 3000 hour on the job training program covering a variety of Teamster Construction Equipment, including truck and pup, dump trucks, belly dumps and boom trucks.  During your apprenticeship you will work on construction sites – learning your trade from qualified journey person teamsters.  In addition, you will attend supplemental related training of at least 144 hours per year.

Prior to beginning your on the job training, you must attend six weeks of initial training at the Training Center to learn the basics of the trade and prepare you to pass the required tests to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License.  You are not paid for the six weeks of initial training.

Construction employment is somewhat different than most industries.  A contractor hires only enough construction hands to complete a project.  Upon job completion, and layoff, the apprentice must sign the out-of-work list at the union hall.

The wages and fringe benefits for journey person teamsters are negotiated with the employers.  Apprentice wages are based on a percentage of the current journey person wage rate.  A beginning apprentice’s wage rate is 70% of a journey person’s hourly wage. An apprentice’s wage increases in 10% increments as he/she advances through the program.

Age: At least 21 years of age.
Education: Reading and language comprehension sufficient to perform the work of the Teamsters.
Physical: Must be able to meet the requirements of the trade.
Testing: None
Other: Valid driver’s license (DMV Report) with ability to obtain CDL (DOT physical).

Applications will be made available year round by contacting Teamsters Training Center; 2410 East St. Helens, Pasco, WA 99301, (888) 600-8297 or an application may be downloaded from our website at www.teamsterstraining.org.

Applicants shall submit the following information within thirty (30) days of receiving the application before their application will be considered complete:

  1. Copy of current valid driver’s license.
  2. Copy of DOT physical card.
  3. Copy of current DMV report.