Why Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship prepares you for a rewarding career in a growing industry. You'll get paid to complete on-the-job training while taking supplemental instruction, which means you'll earn a paycheck while furthering your skills.

Earn while you learn for a successful career in:

  • Health Care

  • Education

  • Construction

  • Advanced Manufacturing

  • Information Technology

  • ...and more!


How to Apply for Apprenticeship

1. Take a quiz to see if you are ready for apprenticeship.

Find out if you have the necessary experience to apply directly to a program, or if you should prepare for apprenticeship first with a pre-apprenticeship program. 

2. Learn how to apply, including research and interview tips.

Proper research can help you find the best apprenticeship program for you, saving time and money. You'll find interview tips and research strategies here.

3. Find out which programs are accepting apprentices

Find out which programs are accepting apprentices through the WA L&I directory.


Learn more about Registered Apprenticeship

We'll connect you with resources, tools, and experts on apprenticeship to help you get moving toward a new career.


What apprentices are saying

"There's something for everyone as long as you're ready to work hard, be reliable, and rise to the challenge. Go for it!"

—Melanie, Puget Sound Electrical Apprentice


"This [pre-apprenticeship] program is crucial. It can give you a leg up... and has helped me so much."

—Natalie, Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training 


Additional Resources

Not sure what career is for you? Explore Videos of the Trades

Did you know an apprentice doesn't need a side job to pay their college bills! Compare the costs of apprenticeship with the cost of a bachelor's degree.


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.

See L&I policy on pre-apprenticeship recognition