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A group of carpenters, some of them apprentices, working on building a house as they sit inside and toil away on tools. A group of carpenters, some of them apprentices, working on building a house as they sit inside and toil away on tools.

Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Center

Earn While You Learn

Spokane Community College (SCC) partners with industry to provide apprenticeship training available. Apprenticeships give students on-the-job training and classroom education, while making a living wage with health care, retirement and other benefits.

By the Numbers: Living wage with no college loans.

$20 per hour

average pay rate for apprentices


average cost for tools for starting an apprenticeship
*Students are only responsible for their own tools and supplies. That means you don't pay tuition!


apprenticeship students last year at SCC

Ironworker on the job
What is an Apprenticeship?

In apprenticeship training, you learn while you're employed. In addition, on-the-job training is supplemented by classroom learning each year. The training period, or apprenticeship, varies in length from one to five years, depending on 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.

Female apprentice operating a table saw
Training: Classroom and On-the-Job

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

On-the-job training involves working with and learning from experienced journeyman workers. During this training period, you receive wages for your work. The starting wage for beginning apprentices is usually about half of the journeyman rate and 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.



Apprenticeship Office 509-533-7178

Department of Labor and Industries - Apprenticeship Section Offices 509-324-2590