This page covers the laws, rules and policies that apply to registered apprenticeship. This page also includes a section on proposed changes to the Washington Administrative Code (“Rulemaking”) and additional resources you can use when considering an apprenticeship program.

    Laws & Rules

    Laws (RCWs) and Rules (WACs)

    Washington State Code Reviser Versions - The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and Revised Code of Washington (RCW) are maintained and updated by the State Office of the Code Reviser. If you receive an error message when referencing a link to a specific section of a WAC or RCW, try your search at the Washington State Legislature.

    Apprentice labor hour requirements on public works projects

    An act relating to apprentice utilization: Amending RCWs 39.04.320, 39.04.350, and 39.12.055, and creating a new section.

    RCW 39.04.320: Apprenticeship training programs — Public works contracts — Adjustment of specific projects — Report and collection of agency data — Apprenticeship utilization advisory committee created.

    Rule Development

    Proposed Rules for New Industry Platforms 

    There are significant changes coming to the state’s registered apprenticeship system. These changes create new platforms (committees) of industries, and will require new rules about apprenticeship program applications.

    The state Legislature approved and Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law E2SSB 5600 in March 2022. The goal is to increase industry support of registered apprenticeship. The law also requires the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC) to consider living wage, presence of a career ladder, or other non-wage benefits for graduating apprentices when deciding whether to approve a new program. Sustainability of new programs will also have to be considered.

    As a result, L&I is proposing a change to the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). The new rule would create a new section in WAC 296-05, “Economic and Industry Sector-based Platforms.” It would amend WACs 296-05-003, and -011.

    To ensure transparency in the rule development process, a WSATC subcommittee will hold monthly public meetings to discuss what the rule should include. Meetings are generally held the third Monday of every month, from 1-3 p.m.

    The next meeting will take place September 19, from 1-3 p.m. Click here to join the call on Zoom at that time – and use the passcode, “WAC/RCW1.” You can also call into the meeting by dialing 253-215-8782 and use the meeting identification: 826 6945 6474 and passcode: 07826158

    The first hour of the meeting will be devoted to the subcommittee’s defined scope of work; stakeholders will be able to weigh in on impacts and unintended consequences.   

    You can also submit written comments to ApprenticeshipRules@lni.wa.gov

    The law permits creation of several industry platforms (committees), and they will review applications and provide recommendations to the WSATC. The platforms may include:

    • The building trades.
    • Manufacturing and engineering.
    • Health care and behavioral health.
    • Education and early learning.
    • Information and communications technology.
    • Biotechnology and life sciences.
    • Hospitality.
    • Maritime.

    There are some 200 registered apprenticeship programs in the state covering over 400 different occupations. This law would expand registered apprenticeships into areas beyond the traditional building and industrial trades. The law, and proposed rulemaking, would allow ways for other industries to more actively participate in apprenticeship.

    Employers are facing a shortage of thousands of skilled workers over the near term. Working with registered apprenticeship programs provides a variety of benefits to employers. This includes developing a workforce with on-the-job experience in the employer’s business processes.

    Stakeholder meeting agendas & summaries

    September 19, 2022 Agenda

    August 15, 2022 Meeting Summary

    August 15, 2022 Agenda

    July 26, 2022 Meeting Summary

    July 26, 2022 Agenda

    June 27, 2022 Meeting Summary

    June 27, 2022 Agenda

    May 16, 2022 Meeting Summary

    May 16, 2022 Agenda

    Rulemaking documents

    CR-101 Preproposal

    Here’s what happens next:

    June 2022 – Public meeting regarding the rule proposal (Note: Meetings are expected to take place monthly through October 2022 with the WSATC “RCW/WAC” subcommittee. Additional meetings will generally be held the third Monday of every month, from 1-3 p.m.

    • January 2023 – Anticipated rule filing with the Code Reviser’s Office (CR-102).
    • March 2023 – Proposed public hearing.
    • May 2023 – Proposed rule adoption.
    • July 2023 – Rule would take effect.
    Federal Regulations Administrative Policies

    Administrative policies (State) - Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC)

    Anti-Harassment Training Resource List

    Electrical minimum guideline standards 

    Registered youth apprenticeship standards

    Reciprocal agreements

    Apprentice utilization

    • Apprentice Utilization Requirements (AURs) require a certain percentage of labor hours for a given construction project be performed by Washington State registered and/or approved apprentices.

    Apprenticeship preparation policy

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