FINISHING TRADES

Drywall Finisher

Drywall finishers fill joints between drywall panels with mud, tape all joints and corners, and prepare drywall to be painted. It includes caulking, firestop, and air barrier installation. Walls, soffits, and columns are prepared to high levels of finish with extensive sanding. To work on ceilings and elevated areas, installers and tapers stand on stilts, ladders, or scaffolds.

SELECT AN APPRENTICESHIP LOCATION

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

Local 10
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 17 years of age
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Most employers require valid driver’s license and drug screen test
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Apply at local Training Facility Tuesdays 0900 to 1600 during posted openings
  • Provide proof of education, proof of age, and copy of DD-214
    * Veterans can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
  • Attend Orientation Training
  • Complete interview with training committee
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on interview
  • Placed on ready to dispatch list  
Step 3: Start with local 10
Apprenticeship
  • 6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 144 hours of education each year through local Training Facility
Wages
  • Start at 50% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5-10% pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$16.74 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

SEARCH SCHOOL NAMEOREGON SW-WA DRYWALL FINISHERS JATC

 

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

Local 364
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 17 years of age
  • Physically able
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Contact local Training Facility to apply
  • Provide copies DD-214, and I-9 Documents
    * Veterans
    can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
  • Attend Orientation Training
  • Complete interview with training committee
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on interview
  • Must contact training facility by first business day of every month to remain on list
Step 3: Start with local 10
Apprenticeship
  • 6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 144 hours of education each year through  
Wages
  • Start at 50% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5-10% pay increase after every 6 months with minimum of 750 hours of on-the-job training plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$19.75 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

SEARCH SCHOOL NAME: WESTERN WASHINGTON DRYWALL APPRENTICESHIP

 

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

Local 427
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance
  • Must pass drug screen test
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Apply at local union office
  • Provide proof of education, driver’s license, auto insurance, I-9 Documents
    * Veterans
    can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Take math and physical assessments
  • Ranked base on application and Veteran’s Preference
  • Must contact training facility by first business day of every month to remain on list
Step 3: Start with local 427
Apprenticeship
  • 6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 144 hours of education each year through local training facility
Wages
  • Start at 60% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5-10% pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$15.76 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

SEARCH SCHOOL NAME: WESTERN WASHINGTON DRYWALL APPRENTICESHIP

 

Calculate Starting Pay With GI Bill ®

Estimated Wage Calculator

All calculations based on a 160 hours/month work schedule.

*Contact union local for updated wage information.

GI Bill Usage Breakdown:
100% – 1-6 months
80% – 6-12 months
60% – 12-18 months
40% – 18-24 months
20% – 24-30 months
*Usage Optional
Eligible veterans in an approved Apprenticeship Program can use their GI Bill® benefit and receive a tax-free stipend on a monthly basis. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® stipend is the equivalent of the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) of an E-5 with dependents (based on the zip code of the training facility) which is paid addition to normal wages. Refer to the chart below to understand how Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits are paid, or consult the VA website www.benefits.va.gov/gibill (Link) to see how other VA chapters are paid for Apprenticeship Training.