Apprenticeship Prep

Apprenticeship Preparation Programs Formally Recognized by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC)

The following apprenticeship preparation programs are formally recognized by the WSATC as meeting defined minimum standards for successful preparatory programs. These standards are described in WSATC Policy 2012-03 as passed in April 2012.

Full text of the policy is available at WSATC 2012-03 (118 KB PDF).

Formally recognized apprenticeship preparation programs are commended for their efforts to link students to registered apprenticeship opportunities in accordance with recognized best practices. Each of the programs recognized have at least 1 established working relationship with an apprenticeship program sponsor — many have more. The WSATC believes and the Washington Workforce Training Results prove that apprenticeship produces highly skilled workers and contributes to the economic vitality of our state. Get connected, get enrolled, start building your career path today. Contact the program representatives for more information.

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  • Expand/collapse Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women (ANEW)

    ANEW is a non-profit organization linking women to apprenticeships and livable wage jobs in construction trades, manufacturing, aerospace and utilities. We support women of all ages and backgrounds, and the apprenticeships and employers who advocate for their success.
    Contact: Megan Clark, Outreach and Retention Specialist -
    Kerstin Torrescano, Training Coordinator -
    Office Location: Puget Sound Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee -
    Training Center (view map)
    550 SW 7th Street, Suite B305, Renton, WA 98057
    Shop Location: 808 Washington Ave. N. Kent, WA 98032
    Phone: 206-381-1384
    Fax: 206-381-1389

  • Expand/collapse Bates Technical College Trade Occupations Opportunity Learning Center (TOOL)

    Bates Technical College
    2201 South 78th St.
    Tacoma, WA, 98409
    Contact: Kwana Wise/Wise Program Coordinator
    Phone: 253-680-7565
    Fax: 253-680-740

    Employment Case Manager: Venus Dean-Bullinger
    Sound Outreach
    Phone: 253-380-1658

    Employment Coach: Brock Lintelmann
    Sound Outreach
    Phone: 253-593-2111

    Spark your new career

    The Trade Occupations Opportunity Learning Center is a 12-week pre-apprenticeship building and construction trades program with classes beginning every three months.

    Current Eligibility
    • 18 to 24 years old.
    • Have high school diploma or GED.
    • City of Tacoma resident.
    • Must pass drug test.
    Program Teaches
    • Skill basics and occupational standards for trades including carpenter, mason, ironworker, laborer, painter, plumber, sheet metal worker, operating engineer and electrician.
    • Workplace expectations.
    • Essential skills including communication, time management, customer service, team building and leadership.
    Certifications Received
    • OSHA 10.
    • CPR and First Aid.
    • Flagging.
    • Forklift.
    • Able to obtain Driver's License (if necessary).

  • Expand/collapse Clover Park Technical College Fundamental Skills in Manufacturing and Engineering

    Fundamental Skills for Manufacturing & Engineering (FSME) Certificate

    Clover Park Technical College
    4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
    Lakewood, WA 98499

    The FSME program provides a foundational set of skills and knowledge that equip graduates for entry-level positions in many different types of manufacturing operations, plus establishes a solid foundation for further technical studies in this field including Registered Apprenticeship which students will be exposed to throughout the program. FSME introduces participants to workshop safety, quality principles, inspection and testing, print reading, fabrication fundamentals, shop math and measuring, welding, and use of basic manufacturing equipment. Certificates in the FSME curriculum include First Aid/CPR, OSHA 30, and Forklift Operator. Additionally, the FSME program comprises the first quarter of the Mechatronics AAS-T degree program at Clover Park Technical College.

    PROGRAM LENGTH: One Quarter (11-12 weeks)

    Contact: Michelle Barre
    Email: Michelle Barre
    Phone: 253-589-5583
    Instructor: Tom Chesnes
    Email: Thomas Chesnes
    Phone: 253-589-5796

  • Expand/collapse Green River College Carpentry Technology Program

    Program Overview

    Green River College's Carpentry Technology Program curriculum is designed to train students in the basics and intermediate skills of residential and light commercial carpentry. The majority of instruction takes place within our new state of the art training facility. When available, students will also get training at offsite projects. The curriculum for all of our courses is competency-based which means a student must be able to perform the required skills listed on a particular course competency sheet if they are to be deemed successful in the class and in their future role as a carpenter.

    In addition to carpentry skills, students are taught and tested on all major power tools, job site safety, carpentry computation (with emphasis on Right Angle solutions), as well as positive work ethics and attitudes. Students are also required to take one class each in Print Reading, Material Estimating and Green Construction Principles.

    We offer our full program during both mornings and evenings in order to serve as many students as possible. We also offer every Wednesday evening a hybrid series of courses in Rafters, Stairs and Cabinet construction.

    Students have a number of choices which track they wish to follow.

    One track is completing courses to earn carpentry craft specific Certificates of Proficiency. Certificates offered are: Foundations and Concrete Flatwork, Framing Level 1, Framing Level 2, Exterior Finish and Interior Finish. These can be completed in as little as one to three quarters of training.

    Second track is earning the Applied Arts and Science Degree in Carpentry Technology. In order to complete, a student must take all of our carpentry classes and additional classes in Writing and Oral Communications. On average 6-7 quarters to complete.

    The third track makes our program very unique in that we are the only program in the state that can offer students Preferred Entry and Advanced Placement into the CEATT Carpenter Apprenticeship program. Students who complete a series of 5 classes over a period of 3 quarters and maintain a 3.5 GPA are awarded Preferred Entry into the Apprenticeship training program located in Renton. Many of our students choose this path as it guarantees acceptance into the training program and often times shortens the waiting period to gain acceptance.


    Glen D. Martin
    Carpentry Technology Program Lead Instructor and Program Coordinator
    Green River Community College
    12401 SE 320th St MS/TI
    Auburn WA 98002-3699
    Phone: 253-833-9111 Ext. 4208

  • Expand/collapse Ironworkers #86 Pre-Apprenticeship Program

    Ironworkers Pre-Apprenticeship program
    4550 S. 134th place

    Tukwila, Wash. 98168

    This pre-apprenticeship training course prepares students for entry into the Pacific Northwest Ironworkers and Employers Local #86 Apprenticeship program. Students will obtain basic knowledge of ironwork, which will include terms, safety, measuring, tools, rigging, crane signaling, cutting, and welding. Students will receive training for an OSHA 10 safety card, which will enable the student to work safely on the job and at home. Students will learn basic First Aid/CPR as related to job site and home (First Aid cards will be issued to students). Obtain working knowledge of physical aspects of the Ironworking trade and what it takes to maintain a job. A student successfully completing this pre-apprenticeship training will obtain an apprenticeship by direct entry into our Washington State registered Ironworkers Apprenticeship program.

  • Expand/collapse IUPAT Job Corps Pre-Apprenticeship Program

    IUPAT Job Corps Pre-Apprenticeship Programs.

    The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Job Corps Programs offer Pre-Apprenticeship programs in Painting, Glazing and Floorcovering. The IUPAT partnerships with the Job Corps program and provides training programs at Job Corps centers across the United States. Job Corps centers with IUPAT programs in the region include; Painting programs at Angell JCC. Yachats, OR. , Centennial JCC, Nampa, ID., Columbia Basin JCC. Moses Lake, WA., Curlew JCC. Curlew, WA., and Timber Lake JCC. Estacada, OR. Tongue Point JCC. Astoria, OR. has both Painting & Glazing programs.

    Job Corps is available to underprivileged youth ages 16 through 24 years of age. Students live on campus in dormitories. They are able to complete their High School Diplomas or GEDs if necessary and can earn their drivers licenses. Most students alternate weeks of education and Career Technical Training until they have completed their needed academic requirements and can then go to full time Career Technical Training. Students are provided food, housing, medical & dental care as well as clothing allowances. Job Corps is a drug free environment.

    Painting students learn skills in Commercial, Industrial and Residential painting including; Green Construction, Health & Safety, Lead Awareness, Compressors, pressure washers, Conventional, airless & HVLP spray systems, primers, stains, latex & oil based coatings, drywall finishing, blueprint reading, sandblasting, masking & wall coverings, ladders, scaffolding & job readiness.

    Painting students can earn Certifications in Scissor and Aerial Boom lifts, Forklift, 1st Aide & CPR, Scaffold Awareness and Lead Awareness.

    Glazing students learn skills in Commercial, Residential and automotive glazing including; Green Construction, Health & Safety, power & hand tools, safe cutting & handling of glass, ladders, scaffolding, fabrication of windows, door & skylights, blueprints, sealants, flashings, measurement & layout, welding, plastics, mirrors, door hardware, closers, locks, panic hardware and job readiness.

    Glazing students can earn Certifications in Scissor and Aerial Boom lifts forklift, 1st Aide/CPR, Scaffold Awareness & welding.

    Graduates will be eligible to apply in Apprenticeship programs throughout the United States. Local unions in Washington & Oregon recognizing IUPAT Job Corps training include Painters & Drywall finishers Local #10, Painters Local #300, Drywall finishers #364, Painters & Drywall Finishers local #427, Painters Local #1964, Glaziers Local #188, Glaziers Local #740, Paint Makers, Sign, Display, Truck Painters & Allied Workers Local #1094.

    Floorcovering pre-apprenticeship training is available at Job Corps centers in Collbran, CO and San Diego, CA.


  • Expand/collapse King County Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Education

    King County Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Education (KC PACE)
    Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council PACE Training Facility
    7543 – 63rd Ave. NE, Bldg. 5B
    Seattle, WA 98115

    Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Education (PACE) provides high quality trade-related instruction to individuals seeking entry into the construction industry apprenticeship programs. PACE is operated under the umbrella of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council (WSBCTC).

    The PACE training focuses on basic industry knowledge and skills: hand tool & power tool use, trades math, blueprint reading, certifications in forklift, flagging, first aid/CPR, OSHA 10, and 40-hour hazwoper, as well as prep for applying to apprenticeship programs.

    The PACE program is full-time school & runs two types of training. Intensive training runs for 11 weeks and totals 380 hours. To participate in the Intensive training applicants must be at least 18 years of age, pass a drug test, and be physically able to perform the work. A high school diploma or GED is preferred, but candidates who lack a diploma or GED will be considered on an individual basis. Our Boot Camp training runs for 4 weeks for a total of 160 hours. The requirements to participate in Boot Camp are the same as Intensive except students must have a valid driver’s license, commit to perfect attendance, and have some work experience (construction experience a plus, but not required).

  • Expand/collapse Manufacturing Academy

    The Manufacturing AcademyTM, sponsored by the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) offers a solid foundational career pathway into aerospace and advanced manufacturing apprenticeship opportunities. This 10-week, recognized pre-apprenticeship program is currently offered in Seattle, Tacoma, and Kent locations. Manufacturing AcademyTM students will learn both soft skills and technical skills to include but not limited to applied math, assembly, introductory machining, blueprint reading, welding, interview techniques, and industry tours with AJAC partnering companies. Upon completion, students will have the basic foundational skills to find gainful entry-level employment and may meet the minimum qualifications to pursue additional career pathways in advanced manufacturing through AJAC's portfolio of apprenticeship programs.

    Contact: Heather Weeks
    Phone: 206-773-0005

  • Expand/collapse New Tech Skills Center

    NEWTECH Skill Center
    4141 N. Regal St.
    Spokane, WA 99207
    Phone: 509-354-7479
    Career and Pre-Apprenticeship Coordinator: Suzanne Gretch

    The NEWTECH Skill Center Pre-Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between NEWTECH Skill Center, Eastern Washington Apprenticeship Council (EWAC), and the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC) to adequately prepare high school students to be successful in a chosen apprenticeship career. Program curriculum helps students obtain proficient skill levels in worksite safety, tool use, classroom knowledge and mathematical skills needed to perform in the construction and welding industries effectively.

    The Pre-Apprenticeship Program at NEWTECH also focuses on job and career planning to enhance the technical skills students learn in Construction or Welding. Students receive employability skill training to prepare them for the real world of work. Job application, resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills are a key component to the program and helps students prepare for the Apprenticeship selection process. Students are exposed to guest speakers from area apprenticeships, job shadows and can earn the opportunity to spend up to a week experiencing life as an apprentice to determine the right apprenticeship and career path for them. Finally, students receive an individualized career plan, help and attention throughout the program to ensure their successful completion and placement in an apprenticeship within 12 months of graduation-if their final career pick is in fact an apprenticeship in Washington State.

  • Expand/collapse Northwest Carpenters Institute Pre-Apprenticeship Program

    The NWCI Pre-apprenticeship program is designed to give students daily exposure to both hands on applications as well as the math that is required to survive and excel in the industry. The course work is based on practical application of the work processes that are assigned to the beginning apprentice in the field. It can be adjusted to meet the labor demands of the industry. Students are given assignments to familiarize themselves with the basic safety and tool skills. This enables them to "hit the ground running" their first day on the jobsite. All coursework is based on practical application for the field carpenter. The NWCI works with employers to ensure that the latest industry trends are being taught.

    The four-week program offers a "safe" environment, where students are given the opportunity to do things over without the added pressures of the jobsite. They are required to repeat tasks until they are completely comfortable with the process. The tasks might be something as simple as teaching the proper way to chain a power cord or how to safely change the blade on a skill saw. The emphasis is always on the practical tasks that are routinely given to the beginning apprentice.

    The goal of the program is to produce an informed apprentice who understands their role on the jobsite. It is critical that new apprentices are familiar with the "chain of command" and understand the best way to go about navigating the jobsite.

    Program Contact Information:
    Paula Resa
    Pre-Apprenticeship Coordinator NWCI
    Phone: 253-437-5235

  • Expand/collapse Puget Sound Skills Center – Construction Tech

    Principal Director: Todd Moorhead
    Instructor: Tim Shaffer
    Phone: 206-631-7311
    Phone: 206-631-7378
    Location: 18010 8th Ave. S.
    Burien, WA 98148
    Phone: 206-631-7300

    The goal is to allow students while in high school, to pursue pre training for the carpenters and other trades based apprenticeships as well as prepare them to enter the construction industry through the direct entry route of apprenticeships or through the hiring process as a career path.

    This program is a model for preparing its students for jobs in the construction industry. Students not only learn and practice applied math, safety, tools, blueprint reading; it also reinforces employability skills essential to employers in the industry. As an added benefit students earn college credit and industry certifications while still in high school!

  • Expand/collapse Seattle Conservation Corps

    Program Description: The SCC is a yearlong paid work-training program for homeless adults operating in the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. Participants are paid for full time work as they learn skills and gain experience working in crews assigned to public works projects. Typical projects include trail building, landscaping, tree planting and watering, building demo and property clearing and hauling.

    Minimum Qualifications: Currently homeless Able to pass a City of Seattle physical.

    Preferred Qualifications: Maintain a clean and sober lifestyle.

    Application Process: Phone screens are held several times a year. Call to find out the next phone screen date.

    Cost: Training is free.

    Need to Succeed:

    • Be physically capable to do the work
    • Show up every day
    • Work well with others
    • Be ready to learn
    • Enjoy hands-on work
    • Have reliable transportation

    Contact: Phone: 206-684-0190
    Training Office: 7727 63rd Ave NE Suite 201 Seattle, WA 98115

  • Expand/collapse Seattle Vocational Institute - Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training Program

    The SVI-PACT program is designed to assist men and women, including those non-traditionally employed in the trade, to gain the skills needed to become successful competitors for building and construction trade apprenticeship programs. Participants learn trade skills, which are relevant to the work-site of various trade occupations.
    Topics include construction terminology, industrial safety and trades math. Students also learn forklift operation, and road flagging. Emphasis is on learning skills and adopting positive attitudes that lead to becoming a productive member of any work-site team or organization.
    Subjects and activities that focus on building habits for success include personal learning styles, time management, understanding non-verbal communication, initiative taking, group-team communication, line/staff/team organization, etc.
    SVI-PACT is endorsed by multiple area apprenticeship programs.

    Contact: Lawrence Willis, Program Administration
    2120 South Jackson Street
    Seattle, Wash. 98144
    Phone: 206-934-4950

  • Expand/collapse Second Chance: Pre-Apprenticeship Carpentry Training (PACT)

    Spokane Home Builders Association
    5813 E. 4th Ave. Suite 201
    Spokane Valley, WA 99212
    Kim Waseca-Love, Director
    Phone: 509-532-4990

    In an effort to provide inmates with a marketable skill, the Spokane Home Builders Association Apprenticeship Committee has been providing incarcerated individuals housed at the Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) pre-apprenticeship craft training within the residential construction trade since 1992. Our classes are designed to help students build the necessary skills to meet the minimum entry qualifications to enter a trade or apprenticeship program.

    The Second Chance: PACT program at AHCC offers in depth vocational training focusing on various carpentry and cabinetry processes along with presenting program participants with the ability to learn job skills that will assist them during their re-entry into the community. The program completes numerous projects for the Corrections community as well as for non-profit organizations. Participants receive a training certificate to assist with applying to apprenticeship programs within the State of Washington and/or finding employment in a vocational field until apprenticeship opportunities become available.

    Offered on a quarterly basis, Second Chance covers a broad range of academic, safety and technical skills training as well as behavioral, lifestyle and soft skills training. Students are provided with 120 hours of lecture and 288 hours of hands-on lab time over the course of twelve weeks.

  • Expand/collapse Skilled Trades Preparation (STP) Program - SCC Apprentice and Journeyman Training Center

    1810 N Greene St, MS 1080
    Spokane, WA 99217
    Phone: 509-533-8098
    Fax: 509-533-8618

    Spokane Community College's (SCC) Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Center, Eastern Washington Apprenticeship Coordinators Council (EWACC), and the Adult Basic Education division partnered to develop the Skilled Trades Preparation (STP) program aimed at providing a diverse and qualified pool of applicants for the apprenticeship training programs. The curriculum was developed with input arid participation from the Spokane area apprenticeship ·coordinators. This program will give students the basic knowledge and certifications they need to be successful in applying and preparing for a career in a trade oriented apprenticeship. The program will operate during the fall and spring quarters, and have an anticipated enrollment of 25 students each session and tuition of $25.00.

    The 11-week program will have the following components:

    Hours of Operation: Monday- Thursday (24 hours per week)

    • Applied Math for the Trades.
    • Apprenticeship Basics.
    • Literacy for Apprenticeship.
    • Apprenticeship Job Skills.
    • Apprenticeship Lab.
    • Computer Basics.
    • First Aid/CPR/AED Certification.
    • Flagging Certification.
    • OSHA-10 Hour Construction Certification.
    • Forklift Operation Certification.
    • Financial Literacy for the Trades.

  • Expand/collapse TLG Learning IT Pre-Apprenticeship Program

    TLG Learning, in connection with Apprenti, a program of the WTIA Workforce Institute, provides specialized pre-apprenticeship skills and knowledge training, and apprenticeship/career placement services in conjunction with Apprenti and regional employers. Two or more cohorts are trained each year at TLG Bellevue and similar cohort frequency is planned for TLG Camp Murray. Programs will occur depending on placement availability the pre-apprenticeship programs provide candidates with the basic hands on skills and knowledge to begin a one-year apprenticeship in mid-level IT positions including Data Center Technician, Network Technician and Cloud Support Associate.

    Upon graduation from the TLG Learning IT Pre-Apprenticeship Program candidates will have the skills, knowledge and IT industry certifications for the following:

    • Essential skills to install, configure, optimize and troubleshoot PC's, digital devices and operating systems
    • Solid foundation of TCP/IP, network protocols and general computer networking concepts for network and server administration.
    • Linux operating system user level fundamental skills and concepts.
    • Possess life skills such as punctuality, work ethic, customer first attitude and ability to work in a team.
    • Possess the ability to research and learn new concepts via internet websites, blogs, industry forums and to discern how to check for accurate, tested IT techniques to solve problems.
    • Possess the following certifications: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Linux+.

    Program Contact Information:
    Nancy Gale
    Phone: 425-460-2200

  • Expand/collapse Trades Related Apprenticeship Coaching

    Contact information:

    Steven Petermann
    TRAC Instructor, Correctional Industries
    Washington State Department of Corrections
    Phone: 253-858-4299
    Email: swpetermann@DOC1.WA.GOV

    The Trades Related Apprenticeship Coaching (TRAC) pre-apprenticeship program located at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor, WA., has been in existence for close to 20 years. It was developed as a unique project with the cooperation of multiple partners that included representatives from the Carpenters, Laborers, and Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Trusts. Additional partners are Washington State Department of Corrections/Education Department which provides instructor funding and the Washington Corrections Center for Women that provides physical space for the program.

    TRAC currently has agreements with the Carpenters, Laborers, and Ironworkers apprenticeship programs to help provide apprenticeship opportunities for qualified graduates. Graduates have been successfully placed in multiple apprenticeship programs that include the Carpenters, Laborers, Ironworkers, Millwrights, and the King County Wastewater Treatment facility.

  • Expand/collapse Tri-Cities Apprenticeship Preparation Program

    The Tri Cities program is completing its fifth year of operation and has successfully worked with over 100 students per year. This program is operated by Tri Tech Skills Center and available to high school juniors and seniors attending Construction Technology or Welding Technology as well as students from the surrounding 14 area high schools who are in a connecting Career and Technical Education course (i.e., welding, woods, agriculture, engineering, materials science, Fire Fighting, CADD, etc.). The districts included in the program are Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, Finley, Columbia, Kiana Benton, North Franklin and Prosser.

    Lisa McKinney, Program Coordinator
    Website: Tri Tech Skills Center
    5929 W. Metaline,
    Kennewick, Wash. 99336
    Phone: 509-222-7300

  • Expand/collapse Tri Tech Skills Center Firefighting 1 & 2 Program

    5929 W. Metaline Ave.
    Kennewick, WA 99336
    Contact: Lisa McKinney, Assistant Director
    Phone: 509-222-7300

    The Tri-Tech Skills Center Firefighting program apprentice preparation program is supported by the Kennewick Fire Department and other local agencies including Benton County Volunteer Fire Districts #4 and #1, Richland Fire Department, Pasco Fire Department, Columbia Basin College, the US Forest Service and the Washington Department of Natural Resources among others. Students who are selected to participate in the 2nd year program can choose between the Conditional Volunteer Program with the volunteer departments or the pre-apprentice program with the Kennewick Fire Department. Both options embed the students in the local departments where they work toward additional training and certification. The volunteer department participants will complete the structure academy and are eligible for their IFSAC 1 certification. The students who work with the Kennewick Fire Department will work on the first year Apprentice book and will ride monthly with their dedicated Captain. All students will participate actively with the first-year students as well as the local agency emergency drills, community service activities and other local events. The program is a great way for a student to get jump start on their career in the fire service.

    Program is open to high school juniors and seniors in the Benton/Franklin County area.

  • Expand/collapse Tulalip TERO Vocational Training Center

    TERO Vocational Training Center (TVTC) is a training organization under the Tulalip Tribes TERO department (Tribal Employment Rights Office). Our focus is training Native Americans and their families allowing them to secure family wage positions in the construction field. Our training facility has been in operation since 2002 and is accredited through both Renton Technical and South Seattle Community College’s. We work closely with many registered apprenticeship programs and successful completion of our training allows preferential and/or direct entry into programs such as:

    • Carpenters
    • Cement Masons
    • Ironworkers
    • Operating Engineers
    • Sheet Metal Workers
    • Laborers
    • Electricians


    TVTC focuses on basic industry knowledge and skills such as; hand tool & power tool use, trades math, blueprint reading, certifications in forklift, flagging, first aid/CPR, OSHA 10 and employment preparation.

    Contact us:

    Coordinator: Lynne Bansemer – 360-716-4746

    Family Career Navigator: Lisa Telford – 360-716-4760

  • Expand/collapse Vancouver Public Schools Construction Trades Program

    Hudsons Bay High School
    1601 E Mcloughlin Blvd
    Vancouver WA 98663
    Building Construction Trades instructor: Aaron Pierce

    The Building Construction Trades program is designed to provide students with a foundational set of skills and background knowledge that will equip them for an entry- level position in a construction trade, and provide a solid foundation for further technical studies. This program is a two or three year program depending on the level of skill as they enter the program. Year one curriculum in an introduction to all the skilled trades in the building construction career field as well as basic safety and hand tools, and a student may be accepted directly into year two with teacher approval.

    The program is housed at Hudsons Bay high school, in the Vancouver School District. Students meet every school day and instruction is based on the OSPI approved instruction framework for three full year courses with 180 hours of instruction each year. Students, in their third year of the program, can be placed in an internship or work experience outside of the school day to gain even more exposure to the Building Construction Trades.

    Students will learn about occupational safety and health workers in construction and manufacturing workshops; how to interpret drawings and schematics; how to take measurements and analyze data; the properties of common materials used in the building trades; and the quality principles and terminology employed in modern industry. Students will be introduced to basic workshop skills needed to safely construct structures as well as more advanced construction techniques, composites, and electrical wiring.

    Successful completion of this program will be recognized by the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute and provided preferred status upon successful completion of application and interview with the Carpentry or Exterior/Interior Apprenticeship program.

    The Washington Construction Industry and Training Council (CITC) will also recognize program completers through additional points earned during this Apprenticeship Preparation program toward their application to an apprenticeship program.

  • Expand/collapse Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center

    The Green /Electrical Technician program is a pre-apprenticeship program teaching the basics in residential and commercial wiring, blueprint reading, NEC code, wind energy tech, solar, motor controls, PLC training and HVAC controls. Students gain a global perspective of how multiple energy sources are produced, generated, transmitted and distributed. Students research and develop various energy sources, both renewable and nonrenewable for commercial, residential, and transportation industries; investigating the potential environmental impact of each source. Students engage in the exploration of current and prospective conservation strategies focused on the effective use of energy. Additional program information includes:
    Green/Electrical Technician Safety Certifications
    • CPR/First Aid
    • OSHA 11 Construction
    • HILTI (Power Actuated) Certification
    • SP-2 (Nationally recognized environmental safety certification)
    • L&I Sponsored Injured Young Worker series


    1120 S. 18th Street
    Yakima, Wash. 98901-3654
    Phone: 509-573-5500

  • Expand/collapse Seattle YouthCare, Youth Build Pre-Apprenticeship Program

    YouthCare's YouthBuild is a 6 month, 40 hr./week, nationally certified, college accredited, paid construction pre-apprenticeship designed to educate and train these underrepresented young adults to meet and exceed minimum qualifications for entry into apprenticeship programs upon graduation. Additional outcomes include avoiding recidivism, earning a diploma, academic growth, obtaining employment, and retaining employment. Toward those ends, YouthBuild provides this target population with comprehensive case management, an opportunity to earn their GED or HSD, and 38 college credits through a solid curriculum combining the National BCTC's Multi-Craft Core Curriculum, the National Association of Home Builders Pre-Apprentice Training Certification, South Seattle College's industry certification classes (First Aid/ CPR, OSHA, Flaggers, Lead/Asbestos/Confined Space Awareness, Forklift) and YouthCare's GED Preparation and academic advancement program. This comprehensive certification program also provides paid job training, leadership skills, personal and professional development, job readiness training, direct access to live-able wage careers through union apprenticeship programs, and weekly employment placement and retention follow-up support.


    2500 NE 54th Street
    Seattle, Wash. 98105
    Phone: 206-619-8982 or 1-800-495-7802

  • Expand/collapse YouthBuild Spokane Apprenticeship Preparation Program Recognition

    YouthBuild Spokane
    AmeriCorps Office
    2424 E Riverside Avenue
    Spokane, WA 99223
    Phone: 509-789-3708

    The program provides education, counseling and job skills to unemployed young American adults (between ages 18 and 24) whom have not finished their high school diploma or GED.

    The YouthBuild program has five components:
    • Construction
    • Education
    • Counseling
    • Leadership
    • Graduate resources

    Students spend two days a week on a job site, learning construction by building homes within their communities. Through this process, students gain transferrable skills and marketability. The other two days are spent on education in the YouthBuild classroom, with the goal of attaining either their diploma or GED. Once individuals complete their high school diploma or GED they are given the option of working an extra day (which equals extra pay), along with a ‘transition day’. A transition day is created to individualize the goals of the student. Most often this includes college tours, portfolio development, job shadows, financial aid forms and practice interviews to name just a few.

    Leadership is taught explicitly in YouthBuild programs, based on the philosophy that young people are not a burden, but rather a resource to be tapped. This, combined with ensuring opportunity and placement for graduates, means that many YouthBuild graduates go on to college, work in the non-profit sector, serve on committees, or even run in local politics.

    The program is generally seven months in length with an additional nine months of resources provided to the graduates. Students are also co-enrolled as an AmeriCorps part-time volunteer to earn a minimum of $1000 for post-secondary education and training.

    All students finishing the program do so with their First Aid/CPR card, OSHA 10, apprenticeship program connections, and most importantly A PLAN for their future.

  • Expand/collapse YouthBuild Tacoma

    YouthBuild Tacoma provides young adults ages 18 – 24 the opportunity to learn job skills in the construction trades, along with life skills and leadership. YouthBuild helps motivated young adults transform their lives and become leaders in their community. Participants will learn construction skills, earn industry recognized certifications, receive leadership training and earn their GED, all in a 30-week program. Graduates will be a entering a booming construction industry job market where applicants are in high demand.


    • Emily Slagle, Program Manager –
    • Michaela Woodmansee, Intake & Outreach Specialist –
    • Richard Jones, Construction Coordinator –


    OfficeL Location:
    Goodwill Olympics & Rainier Region
    714 S. 27th St. Tacoma, WA 98409

    Phone: 253-573-6510

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