FINISHING TRADES

Painters

Painters and decorators prepare and paint a diverse array of surfaces. There are three main areas of the industry: industrial (steel structures like ship tanks and bridges), commercial buildings (everything from small businesses to high skyscrapers), and residential buildings (homes and small apartments). Painters need to be skilled with a wide variety of hand and power tools, depending upon the type of surface preparation and coating required.

SELECT AN APPRENTICESHIP LOCATION

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

Local 300
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 math assessment
  • Must pass drug screen test
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Contact local Training Facility to apply
  • 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 300
Apprenticeship
  • 6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 144 hours of education each year through  
Wages
  • Start at 60% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 4% pay increase after every 6 months with at least 750 hours of on-the-job training plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$17.85 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

SEARCH SCHOOL NAMEWESTERN WASHINGTON PAINTING 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
  • 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 65% 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:
$14.50 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

SEARCH SCHOOL NAME: WESTERN WASHINGTON PAINTING APPRENTICESHIP

 

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 union office 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 class
  • Complete interview
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on interview score
    * Veterans with Honorable Discharge within last 24 months may qualify for direct entry into apprenticeship
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 70% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5-10% pay increase after every 1,000-2,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6-12 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$16.11 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

SEARCH SCHOOL NAMEOREGON SW WASHINGTON PAINTERS JATC

 

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.