Contractor Sponsored Permit Worker Application


Contractor Name *

Begin typing a name and select from suggested contractors.

Example: (555) 555-5555

Applicant’s Anticipated First Work Assignment Location

This is the address of the actual work site where the applicant will initially be assigned. Please note that this cannot be the same address as your business office above.

Sponsored Individual

Example: 01/01/2006


Once the application is received and accepted by the Training Fund, the sponsored individual will be contacted by a representative from the Training Fund to schedule a drug screen. After receiving verification of clearance, the sponsored individual will receive an appointment time and date to begin the Permit Worker Application Process.

All sponsored individuals are required to possess the following:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Physically able to perform the work of the trade
  • Ability to comprehend English
  • High School diploma, GED or minimum 10th grade education
  • Possess a social security card
  • Possess a valid driver's license

These items must be brought to the Training Fund at the time of their scheduled appointment. If any one of the three required documents is not supplied, the application will be determined incomplete and applicant will be turned away.

Permit Worker Program

The Permit Worker Program allows employers to hire individuals to work up to 500 hours during a calendar year at full journeyworker wages and benefits, provided they first complete two days of orientation and safety training. This is a limited exception to the Mandatory Apprentice Program. The employer and the Permit Worker must satisfy all of the requirements of the Program as set forth below:

  1. Permit Workers must be designated as such at the time of application by the employer. The application is available at under the “Permit Worker” tab.
  2. The Permit Worker must meet the following qualifications: (1) 18+ years old, (2) physically able to perform the work of the trade, (3) ability to comprehend English, (4) at least 10th grade education, (5) Social Security card and (6) valid driver's license.
  3. Once the Fund receives the online application, the Permit Worker will be scheduled for a substance abuse test.
  4. Once notification is received by the Fund that the Permit Worker passed the substance abuse test, the Permit Worker will be scheduled for an appointment at the Training Fund. The Permit Worker will be required to provide the required documents at the time of appointment.
  5. The Permit Worker will be registered into the Union database and have his or her photo taken.
  6. The Permit Worker will be assigned to a Local by the Union.
  7. The Permit Worker will be scheduled for two days of orientation and safety training.
  8. Once the orientation/training process is successfully completed, the Permit Worker is eligible for work.
  9. Employers will be responsible for monitoring hours for all Permit Workers.

Employers will be limited to no more than one Permit Worker for every 10 Laborers it employs, except that employers with less than 10 Laborers can sponsor one Permit Worker. Permit Workers must be re-sponsored each year before beginning work (but will not be required to take another substance abuse test). Four calendar years is the maximum allowable for any Permit Worker.

Employers may request training for their registered Permit Workers. If the Permit Worker attends qualifying classes at the Training Center, he or she will be eligible for the same stipends as a journeyworker.

If at any time a Permit Worker works in excess of 500 hours in a calendar year, his or her employer may be suspended from the Permit Worker and/or Apprentice Programs. Those Permit Workers who want to enter the trade as a full-time employee must be sponsored into the Apprentice Program, must follow the identical protocol as any other applicant and must begin as a first year apprentice.

No individuals who have been terminated from the Apprentice Program will be entitled to work as a Permit Worker. Individuals failing the substance abuse test are not eligible for sponsorship as a Permit Worker for one year.


I am agreeing on behalf of (the “Employer”) to the terms of the Standards of Apprenticeship, the policies of the LIUNA Chicagoland Laborers' District Council Training & Apprentice Fund and the rules of the Permit Worker Program.

I understand and agree as follows:

  • The Permit Worker Program is a limited exception to the Mandatory Apprentice Program.
  • The Employer can only hire one (1) Permit Worker for every ten (10) Laborers it employs.
  • The Permit Worker is limited to 500 hours per calendar year.
  • The Permit Worker can only work a maximum of four (4) calendar years.
  • The Permit Worker must successfully complete two (2) days of orientation and safety training before he or she can begin work.

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