Why choose apprenticeship?
Entering a registered apprenticeship is equivalent in time and academic rigor to earning a bachelor's degree.
In Washington State, you can earn an associate degree while enrolled in an apprenticeship, and many building trades professionals can further develop their skills through specialty or university-level programs later in their careers.
Applicants must show competency in math and science via academic transcripts or college pre-tests to be accepted into a program. There are some distinct advantages to entering an apprenticeship:
- Most, if not all, of an apprentice's program is paid for by a trust fund;
- An apprentice earns a competitive salary plus benefits while enrolled in his/her program, with regular raises.
- An apprentice doesn't need a side job to pay his/her college bills! Compare the costs of apprenticeship with the cost of a bachelor's degree.
Some apprenticeships are co-located on community and technical college campuses; others are located on independent campuses throughout Washington. View the statewide apprenticeship directory produced by the WA Dept. of Labor & Industries for a complete list of all registered apprenticeship programs.
How to Apply for Apprenticeship
3. Find out which programs are accepting apprentices through the WA L&I directory.
More Apprenticeship Resources and Information
Learn about apprenticeship programs throughout Washington on the WA Dept. of Labor & Industries Apprenticeship web page.
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The Apprenticeship Programs and Standards table contains all the active state-registered apprenticeship programs with links to the program standards for each of those programs.
Contact the nearest Regional Apprenticeship Consultant for questions about apprenticeship.
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Resources for Parents
The Parent's Guide to Apprenticeship helps parents and their children make an informed choice about whether apprenticeship is the best option for their career path. The guide compares college and apprenticeship options, and provides additional sources of information about apprenticeship programs in four key industries: aerospace and advanced manufacturing, construction, energy, and marine manufacturing & technology.
Pre-apprenticeship programs are a great resource and there are several around the state available to assist people in preparing for apprenticeship.
View a list of pre-apprenticeship programs provided by the WA Dept. of Labor & Industries.