• Inspector Apprenticeship


Apprentice StepsAdvancement RequirementsWages
First StepStarting level–No experience requiredSuccessfully advances through selection procedures $27.53
Second Step1,200 total work hoursCompletion of all introductory curriculum$30.03
Third Step 2,400 total work hoursTimely on-track progression through curriculum and certifications$32.53
Fourth Step3,600 total work hoursDemonstration of excellence in class attendance and participation$35.04
Fifth Step4,800 total work hoursMeet GPA minimum requirements$42.54
Inspector Graduate6,000 total work hoursHave completed all industry credentials for the chosen path and at least 600 total classroom hours$50.05


  • 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:

June 2, 2021
June 16, 2021
June 30, 2021
July 14, 2021
August 18, 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