Minimum Qualifications

At time of filing an application:

  • Reside in one of the following Illinois Counties:
    Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry or Will
  • Be 17 years of age or older
  • High School Diploma or a G.E.D. Certificate or officially sealed High School Transcripts (minimum 8 credits)
  • Have a valid Driver’s License or State ID
  • Original Social Security Card or receipt showing duplicate card has been applied for
  • Pass a proficiency test
  • Be physically fit to work as a carpenter with no restrictions
  • Pass a drug test
  • Submit a $25.00 non-refundable application processing fee – Cashier’s Check or Money Order only.

Referral Agencies

Individuals need to be recommended by one the following referral agencies in order to apply for entry into this Program.

Union Contractor

  • A letter of intent to employ the candidate from a Union Contractor.

Local Union

  • A letter of recommendation from a Local Union affiliated with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters. Go to the “Find Your Local” tab to find the closest Local to your address.


  •  Veterans are eligible for direct entry without needing a referral agency letter. Register at Please follow up with this office at (847) 640-7373.