• Inspector Apprenticeship


Apprentice StepsAdvancement RequirementsWages
First StepStarting level–No experience requiredSuccessfully advances through selection procedures $28.61
Second Step1,200 total work hoursCompletion of all introductory curriculum$31.21
Third Step 2,400 total work hoursTimely on-track progression through curriculum and certifications$33.81
Fourth Step3,600 total work hoursDemonstration of excellence in class attendance and participation$36.41
Fifth Step4,800 total work hoursMeet GPA minimum requirements$44.22
Inspector Graduate6,000 total work hoursHave completed all industry credentials for the chosen path and at least 600 total classroom hours$52.02

Areas of Training

Our program provides each apprentice with a broad spectrum of training across a number areas of inspection, preparing you to build a career as unique as you are.

Some of the abilities of our graduates include:

  • Interpret the meaning and applicability of building codes, structural drawing, specifications, and related technical documentation.
  • Evaluate the acceptability of construction across a number of structural disciplines including steel and welding, concrete, soils, asphalt, and other areas subject to inspection, including performing related tests as required.
  • Defend their evaluations and support their interpretations with reference to the applicable documents.
  • Demonstrate expert knowledge in the engineering issues and materials sciences applicable to their areas of inspection.
  • Organize and maintain the documentation necessary to demonstrate construction work complies with the contract documents and applicable regulations.

Career Opportunity

We perform inspections that are outside the scope of most local jurisdictions whether due to the complexity, or the need for special equipment and training, and which typically occur during the construction work itself. We inspect the fit-up and completion of welds, pick through rebar and observe concrete pours, measure depths of trenches and their subsequent fill, and engage in hundreds of other inspection and testing tasks to verify that a structure or other construction element is as the engineer designed it.

As construction inspectors our willingness to continue to deepen our expertise as life long learners is both required and rewarded. It is a field where we can see the impact of our skills on the world and of our reputations on our careers.

  • Five years of training at no cost to you.
  • Paid employment while you learn the trade.
  • High intensity classes to grow your expertise.
  • Strong labor market and an in-demand

First Step: Orientation

Attend ONE of the following scheduled dates:

September 29, 2021
October 13, 2021
November 17, 2021
December 1, 2021 (NEW)
December 15, 2021
January 12, 2022
February 2, 2022
February 23, 2022

Held online via Zoom.us

To view the next scheduled orientation and to register to attend, select a session below.

Note that registration will open two days prior to the date of the orientation.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of 18 years of age.
  • High School Diploma/GED.
  • Valid California Driver License.
  • Resident of OE3’s 46-county Northern California jurisdiction.
  • Attend an informational orientation.
  • Pass entry level assessment testing.
  • Pass panel interview.
  • Successfully complete a four-week bootcamp.


“Best decision I ever made. The day I graduated from the apprenticeship I knew my family’s future was secure. I highly recommend the program.”

SethJourneyman Inspector

“I’m glad to be a part of Local 3. The decision to make a career change definitely paid off.”

AlonzoJourneyman Inspector, AWS-CWI, ASNT UT/MT Level II

“After serving in the military, the inspector apprenticeship was an excellent way to get a fresh start in a life-changing career. In this profession, we are always learning new inspections, meeting wonderful people who are always there to help and teach, and going to unbelievable job-sites. The skills, knowledge, and experiences that I have acquired will forever be a part of my life.”

KyleJourneyman Inspector

“The construction inspector apprenticeship was thorough and engaging. Attaining journeyman status in the trade is proving to be more lucrative than my college degree. I enjoy working on some of the largest projects in the bay area. I do not regret the career switch.”

JustinJourneyman Inspector