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How to Become an Apprentice

Steps to become an apprentice

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.


If you are sure you are ready to apply, then 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.

If you are unsure about being an apprentice, then it is recommended that you review the following information.

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For more information

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you need paper copies of any of these documents, please contact:
– the Apprenticeship Consultant for your area or
– the Central Apprenticeship Office

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