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Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Center

Spokane Community College cooperates with 19 apprenticeship training committees to make classes available for apprentices in numerous trades. Information on admission to these programs can be obtained from the Department of Labor and Industries, Apprenticeship Section offices in Spokane (509-324-2590) or from the specific apprenticeship training committee.

What is Apprenticeship?

In apprenticeship training, you learn while you're employed. In addition, on-the-job training is supplemented by formal classes each year. The training period, or apprenticeship, varies in length from one to five years according to the complexity of the occupation you select.

Apprentices are paid by their employer. They receive pay increases at regular intervals over the period of apprenticeship if their skills have increased and their training has been completed satisfactorily. Those who successfully complete their apprenticeship training reach journeyman status and are then fully qualified to pursue their occupation.

Training: Classroom and On-the-Job

Classroom training requires 6 to 48 hours each week, depending on the trade. These classes may take place during days, evenings, or weekends.

On-the-job training involves working with and learning from experienced journeyman workers. During this training period, you will receive wages for your work. The starting wage for beginning apprentices is usually about half of the journeyman rate; it increases regularly as you satisfactorily progress through the program. Near the end of the training, an apprentice is performing as a skilled worker and is earning close to the journeyman wage.

About Apprenticeship in Washington State

Apprenticeship is an age-old way of learning something new which has proven successful over the centuries. Apprenticeship can lead us into the future with a highly skilled diverse work force. Apprenticeship offers several unique benefits:

  • You "earn while you learn" - making a living wage with health care, retirement, and other benefits while learning skills in a trade.
  • Wages increase progressively as your skill level increases by learning the trade both in the classroom and working under the guidance of a journey-level worker on the job site.
  • After completion of an apprenticeship program, your journey-level status provides an additional benefit of nationwide mobility at journey-wage scale.

Apprenticeship is not just a job, but a career choice and commitment. Once you have decided on a trade, apply to the Washington State-approved apprenticeship program in your area offering training in that trade. There may not be immediate openings in that program, and you may need to put your name on a waiting list. Apprenticeship programs usually only bring in new apprentices when there are enough jobs to keep all apprentices working. Some trades only accept applications at certain times of the year. Others require that you find a job in the trade before you are accepted into the program.

Apprenticeship is a rewarding but demanding choice which requires determination, commitment, attitude and physical conditioning to succeed. Because construction work is seasonal, if you choose a career in this field, you will need to stretch your budget in preparation for layoffs. You need to stay in excellent physical shape, and remain drug and alcohol free, even when you are not working.

For those who meet the challenges of apprenticeship, the rewards are substantial. A journey-level worker is guaranteed excellent wages and benefits anywhere in the United States. He or she is a highly trained, skilled worker whose qualifications are recognized and respected thought the industry. Apprenticeship is one of the best ways to acquire work experience and training to establish yourself in a career.


Craft Phone Contact Address Fax
Aerospace (AJAC) - Develops and implements aerospace and advanced manufacturing for Washington State.
(206) 764-7940      
Associated General Contractors - Carpenters: Perform carpentry work. Operators: Operate or maintain heavy duty machinery. Laborers: Work on highway and construction building sites.
534-0502 Mike Ankney 2110 N. Fancher
Spokane Valley, WA 99212
Avista Line Construction - (Pre-apprentice) Set/climb poles and install hardware, transformers, etc.
495-2906 Jeremy Gall PO Box 3727
Spokane, WA 99220
Avista Lineworkers - Set/climb poles and install hardware, transformers, etc. 495-2906 Jeremy Gall PO Box 3727
Spokane, WA 99220
Bricklayers/Tilesetters - Use masonry materials and mortar to build walls, fireplaces, chimneys, etc. 327-2774   3923 E. Main
Spokane, WA 99202
Cement Masons - Pour and finish slabs, steps, sidewalks, etc.
(206) 762-9286   3921 E. Main
Spokane, WA 99202
Electrical Workers - Lay out, repair, test and install electrical wiring, equipment, etc.
534-0922 Todd Turner 3210 E. Ferry
Spokane, WA 99202
Elevator Constructor Mechanics - Install, modernize, repair and service elevators and other lifting apparatus. (206) 282-4885 Scott McGinty 5009 Pacific HWY E #18
Fife, WA 98424
Heat and Frost Insulators - Application of insulating materials and their finishes. 850-6578 H.B. Wright    
Homebuilders/Residential Carpenters - Perform residential carpentry work.
532-4990 Kim Waseca-Love 5813 E. 4th
Spokane Valley, WA 99212
Independent Electrical Contractors - Install electrical wiring and equipment. 1-800-595-0900 Jolie Estes 11630 Airport Rd., Suite 300
Everett, WA 98204
Ironworkers - Build/erect the girders and columns used in building bridges and other structures.
922-3577 Ethan Legrand 16610 E. Euclid
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
Laborers - Work on highway construction projects and utility and building construction sites.
467-5239 Luis Lucia 3921 E. Francis
Spokane, WA 99207
Painters - Prepare and paint interior and exterior surfaces. (206) 762-8332 Mark 6770 E Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
Plumbers/Steamfitters - Install and repair piping systems.
624-5258 x5 Brett Wideman 3915 E. Main
Spokane, WA 99202
Roofers - Cover roofs with a variety of materials. 327-2322 Leo 315 W. Main, #24
Spokane, WA 99201
Sheet Metal Workers - Fabricate/install HVAC systems, architectural metals, etc.
928-5009 Steve Smith 7209 E. Trent
Spokane, WA 99212
Tree Trimmers - Tree maintenance operations (360) 816-7100      
Western States Operating Engineers Training Institute - Maintain and operate heavy machinery.
235-9393   PO Box 210
Spangle, WA 99031
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