2040 Lauwiliwili Street Kapolei, HI 96707


At HCATF, we believe in learning by doing. Our approach revolves around immersive learning under the guidance of seasoned journeymen. They help you learn technical skills while nurturing the right attitude and work ethic. After all, employers value dependable and professional apprentices who contribute to team success.

Our Crafts

Whether your passion lies in carpentry, drywall, or millwright work, our program will equip you with the skills needed to become a master in your field. Explore our crafts to find your fit

Connect With Carpentry

Learn a wide range of carpentry skills and become a top-tier professional.

Carpenters are responsible for constructing, erecting, installing, and repairing structures and fixtures made from wood and various materials. They utilize heavy equipment, hand tools, and power tools while following blueprints to complete a job. The scope of their work includes highways, bridges, high-rises, residential homes, commercial property remodeling, and kitchen cabinet installations.

To prepare for these highly technical jobs, carpenters require expert training. Our apprenticeship program is the perfect place to start. Seasoned instructors guide you in the classroom, provide hands-on training at our state-of-the-art facility, and ensure that everything you learn can be readily applied in the field.

Utilize your skills in residential and commercial construction to work quickly, accurately, and safely, delivering the excellent quality of work contractors and customers in Hawaii deserve.

Bring blueprints to life and create crucial foundations for concrete, exteriors, roofs, infrastructure, and scaffolding in all kinds of structures.

Discover Drywall

Learn technical drywall skills to drive your success while building your community.

Drywall workers specialize in planning, cutting, hanging, and repairing drywall to cover walls, ceilings, soffits, shafts, and movable partitions in residential and commercial areas. They layout and frame partition walls with metal studs and apply insulation and fireproofing. Additionally, they install and mount acoustical materials to reduce or reflect sound in buildings.

To prepare for these highly technical jobs, drywallers require expert training. Our apprenticeship program is the ideal starting point. Experienced instructors guide you in the classroom, provide hands-on training at our state-of-the-art facility, and ensure that everything you learn translates to real-world work in the field.

Use tried-and-true techniques to create the perfect structures and surfaces essential to all buildings. Renovate old properties or contribute to new ones to keep Hawaii standing strong.
Cut and hang wallboard panels using tape measures, straightedges, utility knives, and power saws to create perfect panel installations.

More About Millwrights

Learn elite millwright skills to catapult your career and build Hawaii's future.

Millwrights are elite construction professionals who master the skills needed to install, maintain, diagnose, and repair precision machinery. As a millwright, you’ll work on everything from conveyors and pumps to turbines and power plants.

To prepare for these highly technical jobs, millwrights require expert training. Our apprenticeship program is the perfect place to start. We have seasoned instructors to guide you in the classroom, provide the hands-on training you need at our brand new, state-of-the-art facility, and ensure that everything you learn can be readily applied in the field.

Use new technologies and update old equipment to improve energy needs, preserve ecosystems, and grow the economy locally.

Work behind the scenes on turbines, conveyors, pumps, and motors to keep companies moving forward.

Whatever path you choose, you’ll receive an unparalleled education from instructors with real-world experience at our state-of-the-art training facilities in Kapolei.

Apprenticeship 101

Apprentices at HCATF learn by actively participating in real-world construction projects, all while being supervised by experienced craftsmen known as journeymen. The time they spend on the job is credited towards their apprenticeship.
In addition to on-the-job training, apprentices are required to attend classes at various designated training locations, including the University of Hawaii’s community colleges and our Training Center. These classes cover a range of subjects to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Regardless of the selected trade, all apprentices must complete a combined total of 8,000 hours of training, which includes both on-the-job experience and classroom instruction.

Apprentices are credited for every hour they spend working on the job as well as for every hour of classroom learning they attend. This dual-credit system helps track their progress toward completing the apprenticeship requirements.

Pay & Benefits

Apprentices are paid by the company or contractor employing them, in accordance with the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement. They also receive raises for every 1,000 hours worked, allowing them to progress toward their income goals more quickly.

The general benefits at HCATF are primarily based on the time you’ve worked and include medical and dental insurance, temporary disability insurance, pension credit, vision care, prescription drugs, life insurance, a legal plan, and access to training and workshops covering life skills like wellness and retirement planning.

Fringe benefits are negotiated by the union and administered by a private company. These benefits increase as apprentices accumulate more time worked and classroom hours. Medical benefits begin immediately and increase quarterly, and pension credits are also earned based on your work and classroom hours.

No, apprentices do not receive paid sick or vacation leave.
No, holidays are unpaid for apprentices. However, employers contribute to the Vacation & Holiday Fund based on the time you’ve worked, which you can utilize twice a year for personal use.

This is a summary of pay and benefits information. For more details, it is advisable to contact HCATF directly. Keep in mind that official documents regarding pay and benefits take precedence over any statements contained on this website.


Apprentices can secure jobs through three primary methods: Job Call, Seeking a Job, and Rehiring.

Job Call allows indentured members of the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters to be called for jobs from the union when contractors request manpower. Workers are assigned based on availability, following a first-on, first-out basis.

You can seek a job by reaching out to a contractor who is a member of one of the trade organizations participating in the Hawaii Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund program.

Yes, if an apprentice was previously employed by a company but was laid off, they may be rehired at the request of the company within a five-year period.

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