What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a program in which you learn a skilled trade while earning income in the field while you are training, often refered to as an “earn-and-learn” model. Most apprenticeship programs offer training that is attached to either a certificate or technical degree.

Is an apprenticeship right for you?

“Are you a student in high school planning your future? Are you out of high school and looking for a new direction? Or, do you have a job and are looking for a different career? Discover if the Apprenticeship Advantage is for you.” Washington State Department of Labor and Industries


Steps to become an apprentice: the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

The simplest method to find a program and apply is as follows:

“Most programs accept applications on a regular basis. To find out for certain whether or not a program is accepting applications, you need to contact them directly.”

“To find Active Apprenticeship Programs, we recommend you use our "Programs by County," not "By Occupation" as some programs have different names for the same or similar occupation.”

  1. Go to our online Apprentice Registration and Tracking System (ARTS) and run a Report of “Programs by County” for the county where you are living or working. This report will show you all the programs that cover the specified county, sorted by occupation with the name of the program next to it.

  2. Go through the entire list and select the appropriate program(s) which will give you the contact information for that program.

  3. Contact the program to inquire if they are accepting applications.

  4. If the program is accepting applications, follow their directions for applying.

  5. Once you have applied and are accepted into the program, the program will then register you with Labor & Industries as a registered apprentice. Please note that if you're accepted into an occupation which has Licensing/Certification requirements in Washington State, you will need to get the appropriate license or trainee card from the appropriate agency.

    Washington state apprenticeship search engine

    For a complete list of Washington state apprenticeship programs and to find out of apprenticeships might be right for you check out the websites:

    www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Apprenticeship. https://secure.lni.wa.gov/arts-public/#/program-search.

    Local consultant

    For any questions about apprenticeships contact our local apprenticeship consultant.

    Gary Peterson

    WA. State Labor & Industries

    Apprenticeship Consultant



For Students in High School

AJAC: Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee

“AJAC currently operates two registered Youth Apprenticeship programs. Both the Production Technician (Youth) and Automation Technician (Youth) are 2,000 hour programs designed for high school juniors and seniors to develop career-ready skills in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. These apprenticeship programs combine paid on-the-job training at an AJAC employer and college-level classroom instruction which can lead to a high school diploma, journey-level card and short-term college certificate.” In Whatcom County AJAC currently serves students from Bellingham School District and Mount Baker School District

Website: https://www.ajactraining.org/youth/

Email: info@ajactraining.org

The Northwest Career & Technical Academy

For high school students considering careers in Aerospace Manufacturing, Animal Care and Handling, Applied Medical Sciences, Automotive Services, Aviation Technology, Construction –Skilled Trades, Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement, Culinary Arts, Dental Assisting, Drone and ROV Automation, Fire Science & EMS, Marine Services, Medical Careers, Money & Business, Veterinary Assisting, Video Game Development, and Welding check out The Northwest Career & Technical Academy at https://www.nwtech.k12.wa.us/.

“The Northwest Career & Technical Academy is an extension of your high school where innovative educational opportunities are available. Programs offered will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and professional leadership training necessary for the workplace or continuing education through an apprenticeship, community college, or university. The Academy is tuition free for high school students; however, some programs may have industry related costs/lab fees. Please see the Academy Catalog for full course descriptions, course requirements, high school credit equivalencies, and college credits. Apply online at nwtech.k12.wa.us!”

Email: info@nwtech.k12.wa.us

Phone: (360) 848-0706

Construction Center of Excellence

Visiting the Construction Center of excellence website gives an in-depth look into all the construction trades, what they are, how much they pay and highlights apprenticeship opportunities in our state. This is a tool you may find helpful if you are interested in pursuing a career in the construction trades.

“The dashboards below provide an interactive online platform to explore construction-related data about apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship, and education and training programs in Washington State. Additionally the dashboard explores current and forecasted employment that can be filtered by trade group, WDA region, median wage, and education requirements. Explore different pathways and learn about different opportunities for each trade.”


Local Apprenticeship Opportunities


Erik Pearson

3506 124th St. NE Marysville, WA 98271

Cell: 360.926.6694 Direct: 425.285.5906 |Main: 425.454.2482 |Toll-free: 1.877.707.2482 |Fax: 425.462.7391

website: https://citcwa.org/apprenticeship/#programs

construction Apprenticeship Prep Programs

ANEW Pre-Apprenticeship Training Partnered with WorkSource

ANEW offers pre-apprenticeship programs, employment navigation and financial support for individuals who desire a family wage career in construction.

Pre-apprenticeship is an intensive, short term training program designed to provide industry approved certifications in multiple skills areas. These certifications provide a start from which to add other stackable credentials earned on the job or through a return to short term training at appropriate points on a career pathway.   Individuals that participate in pre-apprenticeships move quicker into entry level jobs in manufacturing and construction settings. In addition, a pre-apprenticeship provides a solid pathway to apprenticeship opportunities.

Pre-apprenticeship classes partnered with ANEW have been provided by the Northwest Workforce Council for the last few years.  Contact your local Northwest WorkSource Center to find out more.

Skagit 360-416-3516

Whatcom: 360-676-3217.


TERO Vocational Training Center

TVTC Serves Native Americans and their Non-Native Spouses and Parents


Family Career Navigator: Lisa Telford 360-716-4760

Program Coordinator: Lynne Bansemer  360-716-4746

11224 34th St. NE Bldg. 16-368 Tulalip, Washington 98271

TVTC Serves Native Americans and their Non-Native Spouses and Parents

Web: https://tvtc.tulaliptero.com/

The Tero Vocational Training Center Video can be found by clicking here.


Iron Workers:

Pacific NW IronWorkers and Employers Apprenticeship - 86.

Ironworkers erect the structural framework for high rise buildings, bridges, power plants and towers. They also place reinforcing steel in concrete forms for roadways, foundations and structures. Welding, ornamental, rigging and machinery moving are also a part of this trade.


Pam Hudgins, Office Manager

Email: Local86@local86.org

North End Dispatch Facility

17406 State Rt 536 (Memorial Hwy)

Mt Vernon, WA 98273

Website: www.local86.org


Journeyman and Apprentice Electricians

Northwest Washington Electrical Industry Joint Apprentice and Training Committee

Rob Bartel

Training Director

(360) 428-5080 x5

Email: rob.bartel@nwejatc.org

Website: www.nwejatc.org



Northwest Laborers Apprenticeship Committee (71).

Construction, Environmental, Heavy Civil / Highway, Safety.


27055 Ohio Avenue, Kingston, WA.

Phone: (360) 297-3035

Email: nwlabor@nwlett.org

Website: http://www.nwlett.org/about-us/apprenticeship/


Pipe Trades

Northwest Washington Pipe Trades Apprenticeship Committee (94)

Plumbers, Pipefitters, Service techs, Steam Fitters, Sprinklerfitters, HVAC/Refrigeration Mechanic, & Marine Pipefitters.

Counties: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom


Ryan Santeford, Coordinator

780 Chrysler Drive, Burlington, WA

Phone: (360) 486-9403, (360) 486-9441

Email: ryan@local26training.org

Website: http://www.local26training.org


Public School Classified Employee Apprenticeship program

Washington Public School Classified Employees Apprenticeship

The JATC is working with the Washington State Paraeducator Board and the Board for Community and Technical Colleges to recognize apprenticeship as one pathway to meet the new Paraeducator requirements. This program trains workers to become an Accounts Payable Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Child Care Assistant/Associate I, Child Care Site Coordinator/Associate II, Educational Paraprofessional, Facilities Custodial Services Technician I, Facilities Custodial Services Technician II, Food Service Assistant, Food Service Manager, Food Service Technician, Instructional Assistant, Library Technician, Payroll Clerk, School Computer Technician I, II, and III, School Health Technician, Secretary (Clerical).


PSE Field Representative in Mount Vernon

Tim Busch 

Phone: (360) 755-3295

Email: tbusch@pseofwa.org

Website: http://pseclassified.org/classified-school-employee-apprenticeship-program/


Sheet Metal Workers

Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC

“The JATC is a registered non-profit joint labor-management training trust between the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #66 and Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association – Western Washington. We currently have approved training programs in four occupations: sheet metal worker, HVAC service technician, HVAC testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) technician and residential sheet metal worker.


Everett Training Center

11831 Beverly Park Road B-1, Everett, WA 98204

Phone (425) 438-1406  |  Fax (425) 438-1936

Email: office@smw.org

Website: https://www.smw66.org