Getting Started

-Provided by Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with related classroom instruction, all under the supervision of a journey-level professional. Apprentices get paid while they learn and develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new career field.

After completing a registered apprenticeship program, apprentices receive a professional credential that is recognized nationwide.

Apprenticeship is one of the best ways to get the experience and training you need to start your career. Often, starting an apprenticeship is similar to getting a job. You have to decide on a program you’re interested in, apply for the apprenticeship, interview with the program staff, and be accepted into the program. There are also recognized Apprenticeship Preparation Program with defined pathways to a registered apprenticeship.

Who can be an apprentice?

  • Anyone can be an apprentice. In general, apprentices must:
  • Be at least 16 years or older, or in the case of hazardous occupations, 17 years or older.
  • Be able to perform the work, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Have the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to learn the job.
  • Provide proof of age, high school diploma or equivalency (GED), honorable military discharge, etc., to meet program requirements.