The Chicago Area Painting and Decorating JATC

The Chicago Area Painting and Decorating JATC is dedicated to developing Apprentice trainees into skilled professional painting, decorating Journeymen for Painters’ District Council No. 14 and the employer members of Chicago Council PDCA/FCA (the Painting & Decorating Contractors Association & Finishing Contractors Association).  The objective of both the JATC program is to provide the Union Contractor employer with a qualified, highly productive, safe workforce.



Painting and Decorating Apprentices undertake a three-year Apprenticeship program. Students attend class one day a week for a total of 960 hours of classroom training combining practical, hands-on experience with bookwork to provide basic knowledge. Field experience is gained through employment the other four days a week, working side-by-side with veteran Journeymen.
Apprentice wages increase from 40% of Journeyman Scale and work up to 90%. Completing all training requirements satisfactorily for graduation, the successful Apprentice becomes a Journeyman and is paid full wages.

Coursework during the three years of Apprenticeship includes:
-Abrasive & Water Blasting
-Blueprint Reading
-Brush & Roll
-Color Harmony
-Color Mixing
-Conventional & Airless Spraying
-Decorative Glazing
-Electrostatic Spray Painting
-EPA & OSHA Standards
-Equipment Maintenance
-Fall Protection
-Faux Finishing
-First Aid/CPR
-Industrial Coatings
-Ladders & Scaffolding
-Lead Abatement
-Surface Preparation
-Texture Paint Techniques
-Use and Care of Tools
-Wallcovering Installation
-Wood Finishing



Applications are taken Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. By appointment only.

To arrange an appointment call 708-449-5282


-Minimum age, eighteen (18) years old
-High School Diploma or GED Certificate
-Birth Certificate
-Social Security Card
-Driver’s License or State I.D.
-$25.00 Money Order

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Required Painter Application Documents

Wage Scale

Painter Apprenticeship Wage Scale

You are hereby notified that in accordance with the agreement entered into between PAINTERS DISTRICT COUNCIL #14, THE CHICAGO PAINTING AND DECORATING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, and THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, BUREAU OF APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING, the following PAINTER APPRENTICE wage scale is effective as of June 1, 2017 based on journeyperson’s wage scale of $45.55 per hour. Painter apprentices are granted increases according to school attendance and progress. Contractors will receive wage increase authorization notices when an apprentice has qualified as per the schedule below:
Pay period Percent of Journeyman Scale Per Hour Rate
First day of
employment to  end of           probation
Permit                    40% $18.22
              1 End of    Probation   40 Days                    50% $22.78
               2 41 – 60 Days                     65% $29.61
               3 61 – 80 Days                     70% $31.89
               4 81 – 100 Days                     75% $34.16
               5 101 – 120 Days                      80% $36.44
               6 120 School Days  to expiration        of contract                      90% $41.00
Fringe Benefits: All benefits that are currently paid for Journeypersons shall be paid for Apprentices beginning with the first day of employment while serving their 90 day Probationary Period of employment.Apprentices attending school regularly will complete 120 school days in less than three years. At the completion of 120 school days the Apprentice will receive clearance from school and will work for the Employer five (5) full days a week.Apprenticeship School is in session every week year around unless you are notified by the School. Failure to attend class regularly will result in J.A.T.C. action and possible dismissal from the Program. Please notify the Office if there is a change of address or telephone number for you or your Employer. If there are any questions, please call the Coordinator’s Office at 708-449-5282.




Mr. Michael L. Krawiec
Mr. Krawiec completed his three-year Apprenticeship and worked for 15 years as a Journeyman painter prior to serving the past seven years as a Specialty Instructor in faux finishes, woodgraining, and marbleizing. His credentials include training certifications from OSHA, IUPAT, Red Cross, and the City of Chicago. He has done ceiling restorations at the Northwestern Medical Library and LaSalle Bank. He holds an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences from Marshall University and received his B. A. degree in Education from the National Labor College in May, 2008.


Mr. Jay M. Kolder

Mr. Kolder graduated from Washburne and worked for 26 years as a Journeyman painter, including 15 years as a Foreman and Assistant Superintendent. Spending 16 months as a Job Corps Instructor for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, he then joined the JATC staff, where he has served as an Instructor for the last six years. He holds trainer certifications from OSHA, NACE, the City of Chicago, IUPAT, and the Red Cross.

Mr. Ronald Barber
Mr. Joseph Tyrakowski
Instructor                                                                                  Veronica Leal                                                                     Instructor                                                                                 Mr. Robert Zappa         Instructor

Mrs. Mary Jo Crocello
Office Administrator

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