Welcome to the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program - Quad Cities Campus. Thank you for visiting our site. Here you will find how you can start or maintain an exciting career in Carpentry or Floor Covering. Our center is built upon the outstanding tradition of the United Brotherhood of Carpenter (UBC) training for both Apprenticeships and Journeyman skill enhancement education.

This training center was originally established August 19, 1968. At that time, the Carpenter Training Center of the Quad Cities JATC (QC-JATC) purpose was to create and maintain a program for training of apprentices and the re-training of journeyman in this geographical area. The classes originally were at Rock Island High School, Rock Island, IL; there after classes were also at Black Hawk College, Moline, IL. Later all classes were held at a facility on Big Island in Rock Island County. In 1991 a fire totally destroyed the center. With a need of a facility, the QC-JATC purchased land and built a new facility in East Moline, IL. This new facility opened the fall of 1993 with four (4) classrooms and 3000 square foot shop area for hands on activities. Twice since 1993 the QC-JATC has constructed additional shop and instructional space. In 2000 a 6,000 square foot addition was completed and in 2004 additional instructor office space, an additional classroom and a 3,600 square foot shop were open for service.

We currently train carpenter and floor mechanic apprentices through a four (4) year program, which included sixteen (16) weeks of academic and hands on training. Each apprentice must also complete 5,200 on-the-job training (OJT) hours. Additionally we have six hundred (600) journeyman carpenters and floor mechanics that receive continuing education classes at this training center.

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Memo: OSHA 30 Class

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

The Western Region will be hosting an online OSHA 30 Hour Class if 20 members agree to participate in the class.

The class is tentatively scheduled for 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; Monday December 21, Tuesday December 22, Wednesday December 23, Monday December 28 and Wednesday December 30.  This will be a great opportunity for members on the Out of Work List.  

If you are interested in registering and participating in this class please contact the Training Center no later than December 10.  Thank You



UPDATE:

Friday, November 20th, 2020

If any members need to update any classes or certifications, please reserve your seat by checking our class schedule on this website. We are observing COVID-19 protocols in regard to social distancing and mask requirements, but we are STILL holding classes. Please contact the Training Center if you have any questions.



*Important Information

Friday, August 28th, 2020

Application Night ~ September 9, 2020 Has been CANCELLED

*Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, CRCC Quad Cities Campus has cancelled Application Night, scheduled for September 9, 2020 from 3:00pm-6:00pm. Please contact the Training Center at (309) 755-3585 if you have any questions. Thank You

*All Apprentice and Journeymen are required to wear facemasks to all scheduled classes. There will be NO exceptions. This rule remain in effect until further notice. Thank You



COVID-19 Preparedness Qualification Online Course

Friday, April 10th, 2020

April 7, 2020 ~

Eligible UBC members are encouraged to enroll in the new COVID-19 Preparedness Qualification course offered at www.carpenters.org.  This training provides critical expertise to ensure that proper protocol is followed and proper containment measures are being taken on the job site.



ICRA: Best Practices Awareness

Friday, April 10th, 2020

April 2, 2020 ~

The Carpenters International Training Fund (CITF) is pleased to announce the new ICRA:  Best Practices Awareness online course to promote communication awareness and protocols for working in occupied health-care facilities.  It also covers protection methods and safe work practices for the various trades and hospital personnel who are working in these types of facilities.

This online course is available to all members through www.carpenters.org.



All UBC Card Expiration Dates Extended 90 Days

Friday, April 10th, 2020

March 23, 2020 ~

Due to the fact that all Training Centers have closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the UBC has granted an extension of 90 days to all UBC certification cards. 

Please visit www.carpenters.org to learn of any new updates and online offerings. 



ICRA Refresher Online

Friday, April 10th, 2020

March 30, 2020 ~

The UBC has released a new online ICRA:  Best Practices in Healthcare Construction Refresher class available to all members that are eligible (within the one (1) year expiration grace period).  In order to complete this course, you will need to visit www.carpenters.org and click on the “Members” tab in the upper right hand corner.  Scroll down to “UBC Member Training Opportunities” and click on the “Access to CITF Online Learning Center”.

If you do not have an account, you will need to create one.  Your ICRA will be renewed for four (4) years from the day that you complete this training.   



UPDATED NEWS

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Effective March 17, all Carpenter Apprentice & Training facilities are closed until May 4, 2020, or in accordance with mandates on gatherings.  Until then all Apprentice & Journeyman upgrade classes are canceled.



*Special Bulletin*

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

The CRCC ~ Quad Cities Campus will be closed for ALL classes until further notice.  Staff will be present to take any calls or answer any questions during regular business hours; 7:00am-3:30pm.  This will be only temporary, as we will assess the current health situation as it progresses.  Please check this website for any future updates.  Thank You



Aerial Lift ~ New National Standards

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

Aerial Lift ~ NOW Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWPs)

As of March 1, 2020, three new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) guidelines for Aerial Lift training will take effect.  As of this date, Aerial Lift will be known as Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWPs) and all current cards held by our members will need to be updated.  Our update class will have a four (4) hour time limit and will include a 30 question test at its conclusion.  The new MEWP training will now be segmented into two separate classes:  Theory and Practical.  The Theory (classroom) portion will cover all groups and types of lifts.  The Practical (hands-on) portion will now be specific to ANSI’s equipment Groups A & B and Types 1, 2 & 3. 

For any members that have received no Aerial Lift (MEWP) training in the past, the class will have an eight (8) hour time limit and have a fifty (50) question test at its conclusion.  This class will be segmented into two classes, similar to the Update Class, but will be more in depth in both aspects. If you have any questions concerning this training, please call (309) 755-3585.



Questions & Answers

1. Who can be a carpenter or floor mechanic?
Any man or woman that can meet the minimum entrance requirements. Women and Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

2. What does it mean to be an apprentice?
An apprentice is someone who is learning a trade by working under the guidance of an experienced and skilled worker known as a journeyman. As an apprentice you are earning a wage while you are learning a trade.

3. How long does an apprenticeship last?
The Apprenticeship Program consists of completing 640 classroom-training hours and 5200 on-the-job training hours over a four (4) year period. These hours are required by the U.S. Department of Labor and are governed by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. After an apprentice has been accepted into the program and begins working for a union contractor, his/her classroom hours will begin. The apprentice attends class for a one (1) week period (40 hours) approximately every three (3) months for a four (4) year duration. During the training week, the apprentice receives unemployment benefits for that week (if qualify). After the training week is completed, the apprentice returns to work for his/her contractor. This process will repeat itself sixteen (16) times during the four (4) year period, at which time final tests are taken to achieve Journeyman status.

4. What programs of study are taught at the training center?
The Quad Cities campus offers two (2) programs of study in an apprenticeship format. The two (2) programs of study are: a. General Carpentry (commercial and residential) b. Floor Covering Mechanic (commercial and residential)

5. How are apprentices paid?
Pay scales are on a percentage basis and depend on a journeyman's rate for that particular year. In other words, apprentices earn a percentage of journeyman scale depending on their apprentice classification (which is given in years). Those percentages are:

1st Year= 55%
2nd Year = 65%
3rd Year= 75%
4th Year= 85%

6. Can I pick up the application in advance of testing?
Yes, the application may be picked up at the training center Monday-Friday 7:00am-3:30pm excluding holidays.

7. Is there an application fee for applying for the apprenticeship program?
No, there are no application fees to pay when applying for an Apprenticeship program.

8. What type of special training will I receive as an apprentice?
Apprentices receive special training which includes: Scaffold Erection, First Aid/CPR/AED/Blood Borne Pathogens, Welding, OSHA 10, Powder Actuated Tools, Aerial Lift, Ergonomics, Communication, Organization and Leadership Skills.


Contact Information

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program - Quad Cities Campus
479 27th Street
East Moline, IL 61244

Telephone: (309) 755-3585
Fax: (309) 752-1008

About Us
The Quad Cities campus serves the following counties in the Western Region of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters:
Illinois:
Henry
Rock Island
Mercer
Henderson
Iowa:
Scott
Muscatine
Louisa
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