Chicagoland Roofer's Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program
7045 Joliet Road
Indian Head Park, IL 60526
Phone (708) 246-4488
(Training facilities are located in Berwyn, Burr Ridge, DeKalb, and Matteson.)
Roofers use a wide range of products and application techniques for applying hot asphalt, hot coal tar pitch, rubber (EPDM & Hypalon), thermo plastics systems, torch applied modified bitumen, and cold applied systems. In addition, they install insulation & gravel work with slate, cement & clay tile, and shingles. Waterproofers apply materials to plaza decks and building foundations to keep moisture out.
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Must show an original high school diploma, or GED certificate (proof of 6 month's commercial roofing experience may take the place of the diploma).
- Must pass a drug test.
- Must pass a physical exam.
- Must show two pieces of identification
- Must be able to speak and understand the English language.
How to Apply
Call before going to above address. Complete the application form and return it to an AIC representative in an IDES office nearest you. When you apply you will need to fill out their application.
- Applications available all year, Monday-Friday am-noon. Must complete application at the office.
- Wait until your name reaches the top of the apprentice list.
- Once notified, take and pass a drug screening and physical exam within 24 hours of being called.
- Must join the Roofers Union. An initiation fee is required.
- Must have reliable transportation to travel to the job sites.
- Must be physically able to do the work of the trade (some of the materials that must be picked up weigh up to 100 pounds).
- Must be able to work at high levels.
- Must be able work in confined spaces.
Recommended Preparatory Classes
- Algebra, geometry, mechanical drawing, reading comprehension, and physical education classes.
(Helpful but not necessary for acceptance.)
- Familiarity with outside work or any job that called for the use of tools, drafting, or practical application would be beneficial.
- Roofers and Waterproofers work in extreme temperatures at high altitudes.
Length of Apprenticeship
Four (4) years - Minimum of 4,800 hours of on-the-job training.
- Apprentices attend 144 hours of classroom training (without pay) during the first two years of the program. Classes are held on Saturdays during the winter months.
- 3rd and 4th year apprentices must participate in advanced training and special classes that are held on weekday evenings and Saturdays (without pay).
- 1st year 50% of journeyman's wage
- 2nd year 55% of journeyman's wage
- 3rd year 60% of journeyman's wage
- 4th year 70% of journeyman's wage
- Journeyman level 100% of journeyman's wage
- Journeyman's rate is currently $30.00 (06/01)
- Health Program, Pension. (Local and International)