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 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 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 Academy, sponsored by the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) offers a solid foundational career pathway into aerospace and advanced manufacturing apprenticeship opportunities. This 8-week, no-cost, recognized pre-apprenticeship program is currently offered in Seattle and Tacoma, with a Kent location soon-to-come. Manufacturing Academy students will learn both soft skills and technical skills to include assembly, 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 employment and may meet the minimum qualifications to pursue additional career pathways in aerospace manufacturing through AJAC’s portfolio of apprenticeship programs.
    Contact: Jim Johnson
    Phone: 206-456-8859

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    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 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 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 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 Trade Occupations Opportunity Learning Center

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

    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 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 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 Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center Program

    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.

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