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The Cabinet, Display and Millwork (CDM) Apprenticeship Program, sponsored by the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Committee, is designed to provide the skills and knowledge involved in the manufacture of architectural furniture, cabinets, trade show displays, and millwork. The CDM Apprenticeship Program is another great way to balance learning while earning money working in the trade!


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Physically able to perform work of the trade
  • Complete application process
  1. Application Process
  2. Indenturing Process
  3. Apprenticeship Process

Application Process

  • Apply in person at the CJAP main office (see Directions):

St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program (CJAP)
Nelson-Mulligan Carpenters’ Training Center
8300 Valcour
St. Louis, MO 63123
314-457-8300, ext. 334

  • Applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (except holidays) at CJAP. Applicants must present proof of age (photo ID) when applying.
  • There is no cost to an apprentice except for a small book fee, monthly union dues, and purchase of hand tools (see Apprenticeship Process).

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students

The Carpenters' Joint Training Fund of St. Louis admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at its school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Indenturing Process

  • Submit application to CJAP.
  • View a video designed to give a brief overview of the program.
  • Get a job with a signatory contractor and obtain a letter of intent from the contractor.
  • Bring letter of intent to CJAP (after completing application).
  • Pay $30.00 to purchase a textbook and workbook. At this time, class dates will be scheduled with the cabinetmaker lead instructor.

Apprenticeship Process

  • Obtain required tools (see Tool Tips and Lists).
  • Start job.
  • Report to CJAP Apprentice Training Center for scheduled classes.
  • At the first class, complete the necessary documents to register as a cabinetmaker apprentice with the U. S. Department of labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training:
    • The apprenticeship agreement
    • Instructions for new apprentices
    • The program rules
    • Personal information sheet
    • Safety quiz pretest
  • Training and pay progresses as the apprentice completes “units”. (see Apprentice Pay)
  • Achieve Journey level status by earning 48 blocks and 5400 hours on-the-job experience.
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St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program (CJAP)
Nelson-Mulligan Carpenters’ Training Center
8300 Valcour
St. Louis, MO 63123