The ONLY requirements for making application to the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program are that you be at least 18 years of age and have a high school education, a successful applicant must provide documentation in the form of a copy of his/her high school diploma or G.E.D. (or DD214 if the applicant is a veteran).


Applications are available online for all Boilermaker Local Lodges in the Southeastern Apprenticeship Area and are accepted year-round.
An applicant must select the Local Lodge he or she is applying to on the application and be added to the applicant registry.

  • Before completing the application, applicants are required to read the Apprenticeship Standards and understand the basic qualifications and documents needed to complete the application.
  • The application must be submitted with proof of education to be considered.
  • Incomplete applications received will be disqualified.


Applications are grouped by verified welding skills and work experience.

  • Applicants with no welding skills are placed in Group 4.

  • Applicants with post high school welding training are placed in Group 3.

  • Applicants with welding certifications on plate steel from a contractor or shop or have 1,000 hours verified work experience as a Boilermaker Sub-Journeyman are placed in Group 2.

  • Applicants with welding certifications on tubes or pipe from a contractor or shop, or have 1,500 hours of verified Boilermaker related field experience are placed in Group 1.


For applicants to be considered for any group other than group 4, the applicant must furnish the SAJAC Office with proof of eligibility e.g. for group 3; a copy of their completion certificate from a welding school/vo-tech, for group 1 or group 2; a copy of their welding certification from a contractor, or proof of at least 1,000 or 1,500 hours in the trade from the BNF office or a statement of hours worked with a description of work duties from an employer on company letterhead along with a contact person to verify.


At the end of the month in which application was made all applicants go through a Random Selection Process and are placed on the active applicant roster of the Local Lodge they applied to in the order that their names were selected.
Once an applicant has been selected to be indentured into the apprenticeship program, he/she must arrive at the Local Lodge at the appointed date and time with a government-issued photo ID or driver’s license, as proof of age, and be willing to submit to drug screening.
Applications remain active for two years. If an applicant has not been selected for indenture into the program within the two-year period, he or she must re-apply.


There is one exception to the application process. If you are a veteran, with an Honorable Discharge, and you have completed the Helmets to Hardhats registration process your name will be added to the top of the Local Lodges applicant registry. When your selected Local Lodge requests apprentices, you as a veteran registered with Helmets to Hardhats, who has expresses an interest in becoming a Boilermaker Apprentice, will gain direct entry into the Program.



All applicants are evaluated on the same fair basis, without regard to race, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or genetic information.


The Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program Southeastern Area will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX (INCLUDING PREGNANCY AND GENDER IDENTITY), SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENETIC INFORMATION, OR BECAUSE THEY ARE AN INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY OR A PERSON 40 YEARS OLD OR OLDER.

The Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program Southeastern Area  will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.

The Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program is a proud partner of Helmets to Hardhats.