Apprenticeship
Receive paid on-the-job training

With an apprenticeship through CITC, you will receive formal classroom training without the cost of tuition, and you won’t have to wait until you’ve graduated to begin your career. You will have the opportunity to work with first-class employers to receive paid on-the-job training while under the direct supervision of experienced journey-level workers. With this combination training, you learn the “how” and “why” of your trade by applying what you learn in the classroom to the real world.

Technological advances have created new improvements, ideas, and processes. The construction industry is in need of individuals with a complete knowledge of the practical and technical aspects of their trade. Regardless of the trade you choose, CITC’s apprenticeship training will prepare you for a career in which individual ability and skill is recognized and rewarded.

Apprenticeship Programs

Carpentry Apprentices will learn how to construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures for wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter’s hand tools and power tools through on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom training (related supplemental instruction (RSI)). The Carpentry Program requires 8,000 OJT hours and 640 RSI hours (160 per year) to complete.

Applications are accepted on Thursdays from 9a–12p at CITC’s office in Bellevue. If you live in Southwest Washington or east of the Cascades please call 877.428.0442 to for information on how to apply. To qualify for CITC’s carpentry program you must furnish the following documents:

  • Proof of age (must be 18 or older)
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Official transcript(s) showing courses and grades

After submitting the required documents listed above, you will be scheduled for an interview with the Carpentry Apprenticeship Committee. If you pass the interview, you will be placed in an employment eligibility pool. Once you begin working for a participating employer, you become a CITC registered apprentice.

Commercial Inside Wireman Apprentices will learn how to install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that works is in accordance with relevant codes through on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom training (related supplemental instruction (RSI)). Work may involve: installation or service of street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems. The Electrical Program requires 8,000 OJT hours and 800 RSI hours (200 per year) to complete.

Applications are accepted on Thursdays from 9a–12p at CITC’s office in Bellevue. If you live in Southwest Washington or east of the Cascades please call 877.428.0442 to for information on how to apply. To qualify for CITC’s Commercial Inside Wireman Program you will need to show the following:

  • Proof of age (must be 18 or older)
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Official transcript(s) showing courses and grades
  • Algebra requirement of a ‘C’ average or better
  • Successfully complete the Scheig Test ($35) administered by CITC.

After submitting the required documents listed above, you will be scheduled for an interview with the Electrical Apprenticeship Committee. If you pass the interview, you will be placed in an employment eligibility pool. Once you begin working for a participating employer, you become a CITC registered apprentice.

Residential Electrical (02) Apprentices will learn how to install wiring and troubleshoot electrical problems in single family and multi-family residences. Those who work in new-home construction install lights, outlets and provide access to power where needed. Those who work in maintenance and remodeling typically repair and replace faulty equipment. For example, if a circuit breaker repeatedly trips after being reset, electricians determine the reason and fix it. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes through on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom training (Related Supplemental Instruction [RSI]). Work may involve: reading blueprints or technical diagrams, install and maintain wiring, control, and lighting systems, inspect electrical components, such as circuit breakers, identify electrical problems with a variety of testing devices, repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures using hand tools and power tools. The residential electrical program requires 4,000 hours of OJT and 400 hours of RSI (200 per year) to complete.

Applications are accepted on Thursdays from 9a–12p at CITC’s office in Bellevue. If you live in Southwest Washington or east of the Cascades please call 877.428.0442 to for information on how to apply. To qualify for CITC’s Residential Electrical Program you will need to show the following:

  • Proof of age (must be 18 or older)
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Official transcript(s) showing courses and grades
  • Algebra requirement of a ‘C’ average or better
  • Successfully complete the Scheig Test ($35) administered by CITC

After submitting the required documents listed above, you will be scheduled for an interview with the Electrical Apprenticeship Committee. If you pass the interview, you will be placed in an employment eligibility pool. Once you begin working for a participating employer, you become a CITC registered apprentice.

Low Voltage Electrical (06) Apprentices will learn to install, maintain, replace and repair electrical systems and equipment of under 50 volts including protective signaling systems (fire alarm, nurse call, and security), communications systems (data telecommunications, intercom and paging) and specialized control systems (HVAC, medical, boiler, clock and instrumentation). Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes through on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom training (Related Supplemental Instruction [RSI]). Work may involve: reading blueprints or technical diagrams, install and maintain low voltage wiring, lighting control systems, inspect electrical components, identify low voltage electrical problems with a variety of testing devices. The low voltage electrical program requires 4,800 hours of OJT and 200 hours of RSI per year up to 601.5 to complete.

Applications are accepted on Thursdays from 9a–12p at CITC’s office in Bellevue. If you live in Southwest Washington or east of the Cascades please call 877.428.0442 to for information on how to apply. To qualify for CITC’s Low Voltage Electrical Program you will need to show the following:

  • Proof of age (must be 18 or older)
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Official transcript(s) showing courses and grades
  • Algebra requirement of a ‘C’ average or better
  • Successfully complete the Scheig Test ($35) administered by CITC

After submitting the required documents listed above, you will be scheduled for an interview with the Electrical Apprenticeship Committee. If you pass the interview, you will be placed in an employment eligibility pool. Once you begin working for a participating employer, you become a CITC registered apprentice.

Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Apprentices will learn how to operate several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement through on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom training (related supplemental instruction (RSI)). Work may involve: repair and maintenance of equipment in addition to other duties. The HEO Program requires 6,000 OJT hours and 480 RSI hours (160 per year) to complete.

Applications are accepted on Thursdays from 9a–12p at CITC’s office in Bellevue. If you live in Southwest Washington or east of the Cascades please call 877.428.0442 to for information on how to apply. To qualify for CITC’s HEO Program you will need to show the following:

  • Proof of age (must be 18 or older)
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED (a waiver for this is given if an applicant can show proof that they have 2 or more years of experience in the construction industry
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License
  • Successfully complete the Scheig Test ($35) administered by CITC.

After submitting the required documents listed above, you will be scheduled for an interview with the HEO Apprenticeship Committee. If you pass the interview, you will be placed in an employment eligibility pool. Once you begin working for a participating employer, you become a CITC registered apprentice.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Apprentices will learn how to install, service, and repair heating and air conditioning systems in residential and commercial establishments through on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom training (related supplemental instruction (RSI)). The HVAC Program requires 8,000 OJT hours and 800 RSI hours (200 per year) to complete.

Applications are accepted on Thursdays from 9a–12p at CITC’s office in Bellevue. If you live in Southwest Washington or east of the Cascades please call 877.428.0442 to for information on how to apply. To qualify for CITC’s HVAC Program you will need to show the following:

  • Proof of age (must be 18 or older)
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Official transcript(s) showing courses and grades

After submitting the required documents listed above, you will be scheduled for an interview with the HVAC Apprenticeship Committee. If you pass the interview, you will be placed in an employment eligibility pool. Once you begin working for a participating employer, you become a CITC registered apprentice.

Laborer Apprentices will perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. Laborers may operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. They may clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, and clean up rubble, debris and other waste materials.

Laborer Apprentices will learn tasks related to their craft through on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom training (related supplemental instruction (RSI)). The Laborer Program requires 6,000 OJT hours and 480 RSI hours (160 per year) to complete.

Applications are accepted on Thursdays from 9a–12p at CITC’s office in Bellevue. If you live in Southwest Washington or east of the Cascades please call 877.428.0442 to for information on how to apply. To qualify for CITC’s Construction Craft Laborers Program you must furnish the following documents:

  • Proof of age (must be 18 or older)
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Official transcript(s) showing courses and grades

After submitting the required documents listed above, you will be scheduled for an interview with the Laborer Apprenticeship Committee. If you pass the interview, you will be placed in an employment eligibility pool. Once you begin working for a participating employer, you become a CITC registered apprentice.

Painting Apprentices will learn how to paint walls, equipment, building, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, roller, and spray guns through on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom training (related supplemental instruction (RSI)). Work may involve: removal of old paint to prepare surface prior to painting, and mixing colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency. The Painting Program requires 6,000 OJT hours and 480 RSI hours (160 per year) to complete.

Applications are accepted on Thursdays from 9a–12p at CITC’s office in Bellevue. If you live in Southwest Washington or east of the Cascades please call 877.428.0442 to for information on how to apply. To qualify for CITC’s Painting Program you must furnish the following documents:

  • Proof of age (must be 18 or older)
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Official transcript(s) showing courses and grades

After submitting the required documents listed above, you will be scheduled for an interview with the Painting Apprenticeship Committee. If you pass the interview, you will be placed in an employment eligibility pool. Once you begin working for a participating employer, you become a CITC registered apprentice.

Plumbing Apprentices will learn how to assemble, install, and repair pipes, fittings, and fixtures of heating, water, and drainage systems, according to specifications and plumbing codes through on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom training (related supplemental instruction (RSI)). The Plumbing Program requires 10,000 OJT hours and 864 RSI hours (216 per year) to complete.

Applications are accepted on Thursdays from 9a–12p at CITC’s office in Bellevue. If you live in Southwest Washington or east of the Cascades please call 877.428.0442 to for information on how to apply. To qualify for CITC’s Plumbing Program you must furnish the following documents:

  • Proof of age (must be 18 or older)
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Official transcript(s) showing courses and grades
  • Algebra requirement of a ‘C’ average or better
  • Geometry requirement of a ‘C’ average or better
  • Successfully complete the Scheig Test ($35) administered by CITC.

After submitting the required documents listed above, you will be scheduled for an interview with the Plumbing Apprenticeship Committee. If you pass the interview, you will be placed in an employment eligibility pool. Once you begin working for a participating employer, you become a CITC registered apprentice.

Sheet Metal Apprentices will learn to fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings through on-the-job training (OJT) and classroom training (related supplemental instruction (RSI)). Work may involve: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using a hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. The Sheet Metal Program requires 9,000 OJT hours and 800 RSI hours (200 per year) to complete.

Applications are accepted on Thursdays from 9a–12p at CITC’s office in Bellevue. If you live in Southwest Washington or east of the Cascades please call 877.428.0442 for information on how to apply. To qualify for CITC’s Sheet Metal Program you must furnish the following documents:

  • Proof of age (must be 18 or older)
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Official transcript(s) showing courses and grades
  • Successfully complete the Scheig Test ($35) administered by CITC.

After submitting the required documents listed above, you will be scheduled for an interview with the Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Committee. If you pass the interview, you will be placed in an employment eligibility pool. Once you begin working for a participating employer, you become a CITC registered apprentice.

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 1,000 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.