New Training Requirement for Businesses

Beginning July 1, 2019, all businesses are required to have training before bidding and/or performing work on public works projects. In 2018, the legislature passed ESSHB 1673 adding this training requirement to the responsible bidder criteria in RCW 39.04.350 and RCW 39.06.020.

Note: You may continue working on a public works project that starts before July 1, 2019, and continues on or after July 1 without needing to meet this training requirement.

Verify who needs training

Use the Verify a Contractor tool to verify the training status for your company or other businesses. For projects starting on or after July 1, 2019, contractors and awarding agencies need to add this training requirement to the items you use to verify a business is responsible before hiring and working on public works projects.

Who's exempt?

You are exempt from this training requirement if you've been in business with an active Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number for 3 or more years AND have performed work on 3 or more public works projects.

Free training options

We have 2 training options available for businesses to meet this new requirement. Check out our training outline to see what you'll learn during this training.

Online

Now available! Businesses can now access online training through your Prevailing Wage Intent and Affidavit portal. Take this training at your own pace during any time of the day! Once completed, you'll meet this new requirement. Learn more about how to access this training.

In-person

Check out L&I's Contractor Training Days held around the state to sign up and attend our in-person, 3-hour training class. Sign up early as classes and registrations are limited.

Bidding on public works projects

You'll need to ensure you meet this training requirement before submitting a bid on or after July 1, 2019, for public works projects. Awarding agencies will be required to verify all contractors submitting bids meet this new requirement before awarding the contract.

Questions?

Send us an email with your questions.

Related Resources

  • pw1@Lni.wa.gov
  • 1-855-545-8163
  • Fax: 360-902-5300

Mailing address

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Prevailing Wage Section
PO BOX 44540
Olympia WA 98504-4540

Location

7273 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater WA 98501