The Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute (PNCI) is committed to providing our community with accurate and up-to-date information about our four-year “earn and learn” apprenticeship programs, short pre-apprenticeship classes and community/school outreach programs.

Spring Open House 3.18.2023

This Saturday event at the Portland training center was designed with high school students and young adults in pre-apprenticeship programs in mind. Bring your family, bring your questions and check out apprenticeship as your post-secondary option. Registered Apprenticeship at PNCI features paid On-the-Job Training starting at $26 per hour and tuition-free classes. Apprentices look forward to 8 scheduled raises during their four-year program.

Drop in at your convenience, between 10am and 2pm.

Pre-Registration appreciated: https://bit.ly/PNCI-SOH


  • Tours at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15 and 1:15
  • Q & A sessions for parents/guardians
  • Hands-on skill-building stations – tools and PPE provided. Wear long pants, t-shirt and closed-toed-shoes to participate in hands-on activities.
  • Application Advice for Seniors and others 18+
  • Juniors, get application tips before filling out your application for Carpenter Trades Youth, our summer work experience opportunity.
  • Seniors, check out Carpenter Trade Preparation, our free, 3-week pre-apprenticeship class. Consider applying for the September cohort.


Adult Career Seekers

We’re glad you found us. You have many choices for employment and training, so thank you for investigating an apprenticeship affiliated with the Carpenters Union, formally known as the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (or the UBC for short). Our Outreach team has some information and advice for you in the Adult Career Seekers tab above.

Career Exploration for Youth

Apprenticeship is a great way to get the advanced training you need after high school. While you can’t apply to PNCI until you are 18, now is the perfect time to research your options. Explore all of the tabs above, including the HS Connections section, as you develop your post-secondary plan.

Sign up for our youth mailing list to get occasional newsletters and invitation to Open House events.

Supporting Educators & Job Coaches

PNCI is your regional resource for Career Connections, the high school and pre-apprenticeship curriculum from the Carpenters. This skill-building, project-oriented series of books and online learning management system is affordable and can be customized for construction programs and more traditional woodshop classes. We offer free professional development for Career Connections teachers too.

Our Career Connections partner schools are always a priority when we are making decisions about attending career fairs or hosting field trips. We want Career Connections students to understand that what they are learning in school can lead to a high wage, high skilled, high demand career.

We also prioritize invitations to hands-on career exploration events over making a presentation or handing out brochures at a table.

We hope you’ll find the information you need to help your clients and students access our Union apprenticeships.