What does the Construction Craft Laborers Apprenticeship Program Entail?

Through a combination of classroom and on-the-job training, new members gain the skills to become a Construction Craft Laborer. LIUNA requires all new members to participate in a comprehensive apprenticeship program, consisting of 4,000 hours of on the job training with an additional 432 hours of classroom training. Through this program, men and women gain the necessary skills to building a career.

All training is provided free of charge to qualified candidates, and apprentices are paid according to a schedule based on training and experience. Pay raises are given after each period of 1,000 hours of work and 144 hours of training.

• First period at 60% of the journey-worker rate.
• Second period at 70% of the journey-worker rate
• Third period at 80% of the journey-worker rate
• Fourth period at 90% of the journey-worker rate

Apprenticeship Requirements

The primary means of joining the Laborers International Union of North America is to participate in the Ohio Laborers Apprenticeship Program. People with construction experience may also apply for an exemption or credit for previous work hours.

The minimum qualifications for applicants are:
1. Not less than 18 years of age. 
2. Minimum of a high school diploma or GED required. (a copy is needed for our records)
3. Must possess valid driver's license.
4. Physically able to perform the work of the trade.
5. Must submit to and pass a drug test in compliance with current drug testing standards.

If you meet the above minimum qualifications to participate in our program, please fill out the application online at www.oltapp.com. Click on Apply Now at the top of the menu bar to begin the application process; you must upload a copy of your H.S. Diploma, GED or Transcripts and a valid Driver’s License.

(Applications will not be considered unless all information is received)

All applications will be kept on file for two (2) years.


After you have completed the application you will need to find a Union Contractor to sponsor you into the Apprenticeship program. Once you find a Sponsoring Contractor please contact Local 894 at 330-535-6145 to complete the application process before you begin working.

Apprentice FAQ’s

Do I need to have experience in construction to apply?
No, the purpose of the apprenticeship program is to teach unskilled workers the skills and safety requirements needed to become a Construction Craft Laborer.

What is a Construction Craft Laborer?
A Construction Craft Laborer (CCL) is part of a team, working in North America's largest industry-the construction industry. The skills of the CCL are diverse, requiring classroom instruction and hands-on-training. Because of this diversity, the CCL is often the first craft on the project and the last to leave. To be a good CCL requires psychical strength, reading and math skills, and the ability to make decisions. The CCL needs to be able to work on his or her own and on a team to get the job done.

As a CCL, what kinds of work will I do?
The kinds of work you will do depends on your knowledge and skill level and the type of work needed at a job site. You may build and repair roads, highways, bridges, and tunnels, construct residential and commercial buildings, clean up hazardous waste sites, or perform other kinds of work. Among the tasks you may be doing are drilling and blasting site areas, building scaffolds, preparing and cleaning up a job site, laying pipe underground, placing concrete, flagging and controlling traffic on highways, and removing asbestos and lead from buildings, to name just a few.

How do I learn the skills of a CCL?
You enter the trade as an "apprentice," learning skills in the classroom and on the job. While an apprentice, you learn many of the skills by attending a minimum of 432 hours of classroom training. Then you practice those skills with a skilled journey worker for 4,000 hours of on-the-job training – earning a wage while learning the trade.

What can I expect on the job?
You will work with a journey worker who mentors and instructs you on the various skills of the CCL trade. You will be expected to give a fair day's work for a fair day's pay and be at the job every workday and on time. You will be working both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions, performing psychical tasks using your technical skills.

Can I continue my education after I complete the CCL Apprenticeship Program?
Yes. After you complete the CCL Apprenticeship Program, you may take additional courses at Drexel J. Thrash Training Center.

Can I earn college credit?
Yes. The CCL Apprenticeship Program established a reciprocity agreement with the Cuyahoga Community College , Kent State and the University of Akron leading toward an associates degree. In addition, completion of the CCL Apprenticeship Program entitles a graduate to one of two years of college credits. These credits may be transferable to a two-or-four year college in your area.

How much will I get paid?
You will start at 60% of a journey-workers' rate and then receive 10% increases after every 1,000 hours of work and 144 class room hours attended.

Am I guaranteed work?
No, apprentices are referred out to work through Local Unions. Like all Construction Craft Laborers, there may be times when an appropriate job assignment is not immediately available.

When do I start receiving health care benefits?
After 450 hours have been reported and paid into the health insurance fund.

What are the benefits of becoming a LIUNA CCL apprentice?
Becoming a union CCL apprentice can be one of the most important decisions of your life-especially in your working career. Joining LIUNA-the Laborers' International Union of North America-will enable you to earn a good wage and receive the following benefits:

• Medical Insurance
• Job Training
• Lifelong Learning
• Retirement Pension Plan

Please contact Beth Stout, Apprenticeship Coordinator or Bill Orr, Business Manager for additional information.