Apprenticeship: Prospective Employers
Build your workforce with CITC’s apprenticeship training

CITC is committed to training, developing and retaining a skilled workforce for the construction industry. Our ten Washington State approved apprenticeship programs are far more than just having registered apprentices available to meet the apprenticeship utilization requirements on prevailing wage projects. Participation in a registered apprenticeship is about developing a well-trained and well-rounded workforce. Employers that participate in apprenticeship experience lower turnover, higher productivity and less rework on their projects.

Investing just 1% can deliver double-digit returns

Through  CITC’s high-quality apprenticeship programs you will realize a return on your training investment. A recent study by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) found that investing just 1 percent of a project’s labor budget in training could have double-digit returns. The study showed that 1 percent yielded:

  • 11% improved productivity
  • 14% decrease in turnover
  • 15% decrease in absenteeism
  • 26% decrease in injuries
  • 23% decrease in rework

“It has been enjoyable to watch our apprentices grow as they go through this (CITC’s Apprenticeship) program and turn out to be great plumbers. It has raised our overall knowledge and skill-level in the company by being part of your apprenticeship program.”

Brian Ek, Tapani Plumbing, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Apprentice?

An apprentice is an aspiring trades professional who is registered in an approved apprenticeship program and works for an employer [a qualified Training Agent] to learn a trade. Looking back in history, an apprentice was legally bound to a master craftsman to learn a trade.

Apprenticeship is also the oldest method of training used to learn a skilled trade. Today, apprenticeships are a combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom instruction (RSI – related supplemental instruction). Apprentices learn the technical skills of their trade through formal classroom training and learn the hands-on skills through supervised on-the-job training.

What is a Training Agent?

Training Agents are employers. These employers have been approved by a sponsor of apprenticeship, like CITC, to train apprentices in accordance with a set of standards approved by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC). Importantly, a Training Agent may only employ state-registered apprentices to perform work processes according to program standards. To their credit, a Training Agent is an employer committed to training and makes training a key element of their company’s work culture.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom training (RSI – related supplemental instruction) in which an apprentice learns the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.

What is a CITC Registered Apprentice?

A CITC apprentice is an individual who has been accepted into one of the ten CITC apprenticeship programs and registered with the Apprenticeship Section of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. A CITC apprentice is employed by a CITC Training Agent to receive their on-the-job training (OJT) which is monitored by a CITC apprenticeship committee.

What is a Trainee?

A Trainee is not registered with the Apprenticeship Section of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. Trainees may attend classes at CITC as a vocational student; however, they are not employed by a CITC Training Agent to receive on-the-job training.

Who is eligible to apply for CITC's apprenticeship programs?

The minimum requirements will vary depending on the trade you are applying for. To view the minimum requirements for each trade, click here.

Do I have to attend classes if I become an apprentice?

Yes. To supplement their on-the-job training, an apprentice must complete the number of related supplemental instruction (RSI) hours required for their trade. Such instruction may be given in a classroom, through correspondence courses, self-study, or other means of approved classroom training.

What are the benefits to an individual?

Through the Apprenticeship Agreement, an apprentice is employed by a Training Agent to receive supervised, structured on-the-job training, as well as related supplemental instruction (RSI). The instruction, usually classroom study, in a specific occupation can be held at public secondary or post-secondary schools, employer or apprenticeship sponsored schools or community colleges.

How does my pay increase through my apprenticeship?

A progressively increasing wage scale is based on the average journey-level wage rate of the trade you are apprenticing. In general, these increases occur every 1000 hours of on-the–job training you receive, providing you have shown satisfactory progress in both your required classes and on-the-job training. Once you have reached the final 1000 hours of your apprenticeship, your wage range, depending upon the trade you have chosen, will be between 85 to 90 percent of the journey-level rate.

What do I get when I complete my apprenticeship?

Upon completing your apprenticeship, you will receive an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from the Apprenticeship Section of the Department of Labor and Industries and will be recognized as a qualified journey-level worker nationwide. This certificate is one of the oldest, and most highly portable, industry credentials in use today.

What is a journey-level worker?

A journey-level worker is a highly experienced individual who is recognized by a state or federal registration agency, and/or an industry, to be fully qualified to perform the skills of their trade. A journey-level worker has sufficient knowledge and skill of their trade received through formal apprenticeship training or practical work experience.