• 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


  • Concrete
  • Soils and Asphalt
  • Steel

Career Opportunity

  • Five-year training program for the cost of your books.
  • Paid employment while you attend school.
  • Strong labor market; rapid-growth profession.
  • Certification reimbursement program.

First Step: Orientation

Attend ONE of the following scheduled dates:

July 14, 2021
August 18, 2021
September 8, 2021
September 29, 2021

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 Northern California 46-county jurisdiction.
  • Attend a mandatory informational orientation.
  • Pass entry level vocational assessment testing after successful application submittal.
  • Pass panel interview.


“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