Is an apprenticeship right for you?

The following information has been curated by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

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.

Steps to become an apprentice

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:

    Local consultant

    For any questions about apprenticeships contact our local apprenticeship consultant.

    Gary Peterson WA. State Labor & Industries Apprenticeship Consultant 360-416-3081

Local Apprenticeship opportunities are as follows


Northwest Carpenters Institute (NWCI): Carpenter, Millwright, Pile driver, Interior Systems Carpenter, Scaffold Erector, Drywall Finisher/Taper, Trade Show Specialist,

Contact Greg Brady Carpenter’s Training Center 401 E Hickox RD Mount Vernon WA Email: Greg Brady Website:


Construction Industry Training Council of WA (CITC): Carpentry, Electrical: 01 Commercial Inside Wireman, Electrical: 02 Residential Wireman Program, Electrical: 06 Low Energy/Sound & Communication Technician Program, Heavy Equipment Operators (HEO) Program, HVAC Program, Construction Craft Laborers Program, Painting Program, Plumbing Program, Sheet Metal Program

Contact: 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:


construction Apprenticeship Prep Program

Tulalip Construction Training Center (TCTC) TERO Vocational Training Center TVTC Serves Native Americans and their Non-Native Spouses and Parents

Contact 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:


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.

Contact Pam Hudgins, Office Manager Email: North End Dispatch Facility 17406 State Rt 536 (Memorial Hwy) Mt Vernon, WA 98273


Journeyman and Apprentice Electricians

Northwest Washington Electrical Industry Joint Apprentice and Training Committee

Rob Bartel
Training Director
(360) 428-5080 x5
Email: Website:



Northwest Laborers Apprenticeship Committee (71). Construction, Environmental, Heavy Civil / Highway, Safety

Contact 27055 Ohio Avenue, Kingston, WA Phone: (360) 297-3035 Email: Website:


Pipe Trades

Northwest Washington Pipe Trades Apprenticeship Committee (94) Plummers, Pipefitters, Service techs, steam fitters, sprinklerfitters, HVAC/Refrigeration Mechanic, & Marine Pipefitters. Counties: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom

Contact Ryan Santeford, Coordinator 780 Chrysler Drive, Burlington, WA Phone: (360) 486-9403, (360) 486-9441 Email: Website:


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)

Contact PSE Field Representative in Mount Vernon Tim Busch  Phone: (360) 755-3295 Email: Website:


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.

Contact Everett Training Center 11831 Beverly Park Road B-1, Everett, WA 98204 Phone (425) 438-1406  |  Fax (425) 438-1936 Email: Website: