Apprentice Training Program

The Apprentice Training Program (ATP), through its registration at the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL), is a nationally-certified training program for timber framing. Curriculum outlines were developed over ten years by founding Guild member Will Beemer with extensive help from other members. The program was formally registered at the DoL in 2009 and continues to develop testing, graduate apprentices, and certify journeyworkers. The Apprenticeship Training Committee (ATC) oversees the administration of the program with support from TFG staff.

Currently, application to the program is limited to "Direct Entry," which means that in order to participate in the program as an apprentice, you must be working under a journeyworker. If you are not currently employed under a journeyworker, we encourage you to fill out the ATP skills assessment guide and email it to us along with a resume and cover letter. We maintain an active list of interested people and have had good success in placing motivated apprentice candidates into the timber framing industry. 

The journeyworkers who mentor you must be qualified. Journeyworker qualification is satisfied when a journeyworker applicant indicates competency in 70% of the skills outlined in the ATP skills assessment. Those wishing to apply directly for journeyworker status must also submit a resume and cover letter, as well as three letters of recommendation. 

The objective of the apprentice program is to reinforce the professional practice, evolving skill set, and continuing education necessary to deliver high-quality timber frames, enclosure systems, and structures to the marketplace. For the program to succeed, the journeyworker must also be able to contribute to the education and leadership of others.

If you wish to review the complete curriculum, please read the Complete Curriculum Outlines.

For a  more thorough outline of the program requirements, read through the Apprenticeship Manual.

Getting involved with any Guild programming is always a good way to network into the industry, and you can follow the latest news and events of the ATP on our blog.

Please direct your questions to or call 360-746-6571.



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