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Training and Education

The diverse offerings for training and education are great in Oregon and throughout the United States. 

  • some high schools offer Career Technical Education (CTE) or Vo-Tech

  • community colleges offer certifications and associates degrees

  • internships and apprenticeships are great ways to gain experience and involve little or no cost to you!



Preparing Students for Careers in Construction

Pre-apprenticeship programs are one way students can get ready for careers in the construction trades. These programs are designed to help students build the skills to meet the entry qualifications for a trade or apprenticeship program. In a pre-apprenticeship program, you will learn:

  • Basic Safety

  • Construction Math

  • Hand Tools

  • Power Tools

  • Construction Drawings

  • Basic Rigging

  • Job Site Communication

  • Basic Soft Skills

  • Materials Handling

Programs should be approved by the Oregon and Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (OSATC). The following pre-apprenticeship training organizations teach the basic knowledge and skills to compete for entry into any of the many OSATC-approved apprenticeship programs. These programs can be a vital first step for people who don’t come from a construction background. Pick one below.

For WASHINGTON Pre-Apprenticeship programs, click HERE: 


APPRENTICESHIPS – The Original 4-Year Degree

Get Paid While Learning!! How cool is that! 

Apprenticeship programs give students training in a skilled trade in the classroom and on the job. Each apprenticeship trade has a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) that decides how students complete the apprenticeship program and move on to the next level as a journeyperson. Apprenticeship programs usually consist of two to five years of supervised, on-the-job experience in a chosen trade. On-the-job and trade-related hours can only be logged once you are indentured.

In order to qualify, apprentices must meet basic qualifications based on age, education, and experience. State-registered Apprentice Programs require a minimum of 144 classroom hours and lab/shop training per year plus 4,000 to 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, depending on the program.

If you’re ready to train for a job, apprenticeships a pretty great way to learn. As an apprentice, your day will look something like this:

  • 20% in-class training

  • 80% on-the-job training/work

  • 100% mentored by a professional     

Oregon Approved Apprenticeship Programs   Here

Here are some of the top apprenticeships in Oregon, along with the organizations that offer them and live links. 

Washington Approved Apprenticeship Programs- Search Here  



Training is free, and lets you earn a salary while you learn. No student loans, no tuition fees, and, hopefully, no debt. Your salary will increase as you learn more skills!


Apprenticeship programs are intensive, combining classroom study and hands-on, on-the-job training at an actual construction site. You’ll work side-by-side with a seasoned professional who will supervise your work, teach you the necessary skills, and teach you about safety and the rules of the job site.


Once you complete your apprenticeship, you’ll be on your way to a successful long-term career with a competitive salary.


You’ll receive national industry certification upon graduation from a career training program, which you can take anywhere in the United States.

Ready to apply to an Apprenticeship Program?


Orientations help you understand the trade and type of work involved. You can attend one in-person or online. Orientation is a chance to ask questions about the apprenticeship program itself.

Apply for the Apprenticeship Program

Once you’ve decided on a trade and you are ready to apply, there will usually be some online applications to fill out and some required documents you’ll need to provide.

A face-to-face interview

Next, you will be called in for an interview. These sessions give you and the apprenticeship provider a chance to get to know each other and to talk about the next steps.

Hands-on skills assessment and initial training

These evaluations are a chance for you to show you have what it takes to pursue the trade you have chosen. The assessment can be challenging and physically demanding.

You may also be asked to take a New Member Orientation and OSHA 10 course. Once you have completed all of the preliminary requirements, you will be placed on a “ready-for-dispatch” list.



Employers call the union to ask for journey workers and apprentices to do jobs for them. When your name comes up, it will be your chance to go to work!

Open Shop

You will need to look on job boards or solicit individual construction companies, contractors, and sub-contractors. These employers may have worked by the piece or hired you as an employee or subcontractor.

Apprenticeship Training Centers 

Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers- JATC and Unions in Oregon and SW Washington:

Central Oregon Community College,  Click Here. 

The college combines on-the-job training and classwork leading to journeyperson status in the trades.

Oregon Apprenticeship  

JATC-Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers

Area 1 Inside Electrical JATC 

Area 1 is an open shop inside an electrical training program.

Area 1 Plumbers, Painters, and Sign Installers

Area 1 is an open-shop plumber, painter, and sign installer program.


The NW College of Construction is a non-profit education foundation, licensed “career school,” and approved apprenticeship program overseen by BOLI and the WSATC.

Northwest Line Construction JATC

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee of the Northwest Line Construction Industry (NW Line JATC) is a non-profit association formed to systematically train unionized workers for outside electrical construction.

NW Power Line Tree Trimmers Apprentice Training JATC

The focus of the NW Line JATC is to provide the Northwest’s outside electrical industry with highly skilled journey-level workers. They do this by offering two different apprenticeship programs, the outside line construction program and the power line clearance & tree trimming apprenticeship.

Oregon & Southern Idaho Laborers-Employers Training Trust

The Oregon & Southern Idaho Laborers-Employers Training Trust trains professional construction laborers in Oregon and Southern Idaho.

Oregon & SW Washington Roofers & Waterproofers JATC

The Roofers and Waterproofers JATC provide quality education for future roofers and waterproofers entering the construction industry.

Oregon State Association of Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors

The Oregon State Association of Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors (ORPHCC) is the program administrator for the Mid-Valley Sheet Metal Workers and Mid-Valley Steamfitters/Pipefitters apprenticeship programs.

Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute

Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute (PNCI) is the premier educational institution in Oregon, Southwest Washington, and Idaho for carpenters and the affiliated trades.

Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters

Northwest Carpenters work with partner contractors to provide reliable and professional service to meet the growing needs of the Northwest’s construction industry.

Plumbers & Steamfitters, Local 290

The UA Local 290 Training Center offers five-year apprenticeship programs for plumbers and steamfitters consisting of on-the-job training and night school.

Sheet Metal Institute Training Center

The Sheet Metal Training Trust, Union Local #16, and the Columbia Chapter of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association have funded this training center.




Washington State Labor and Industries provides apprenticeship programs and resources throughout the state.

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 1 – 2-year Industry-recognized Programs and Technical Certifications

Community colleges offer many programs that can launch a career in construction including trade-specific apprenticeship courses and one- or two-year certificate programs.

Blue Mountain Community College

Central Oregon Community College

Chemeketa Community College

Clackamas Community College

Clatsop Community College

Lane Community College

Linn-Benton Community College

Mount Hood Community College

Portland Community College

Rogue Community College

Umpqua Valley Community College


Portland Community College


Chemeketa Community College (Polk Center)


Clark College (Vancouver)

Portland Community College

Lane Community College

Linn-Benton Community College

Mount Hood Community College

Umpqua Community College

MONEY  Please remember My Work My Future is a promoter of debt-free education. 

If you must incur debt, here are helpful listings.

Scholarships – Financial Aid – Grants

Scholarships- Debit free
The construction industry and its many partners make a lot of scholarships available. Many companies, unions, and other professional groups offer scholarships for employees’ children, but that’s just the beginning.
You can find great information about scholarships from the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) and Washington State Scholarships and Grants Here. You can also ask the colleges and universities directly about the scholarships they offer.

Student Loans Without a Cosigner - Information link-LendEDU

Financial Aid-Student Loans- so often incurring Debt. 
Oregon FA help. Here
Washington FA help. Here
Ready Set Grade Washington Here

Grants- Debt Free
A trade school grant is not the same thing as a student loan or a scholarship. Student loans are exactly what their name implies – they are loans that need to be repaid with interest. Scholarships, on the other hand, don’t need to be repaid but usually have strict requirements for receiving them.

Grants, on the other hand, are free, no-strings-attached money. They are usually awarded on the basis of economic need – that is, organizations give grants to people who need the money for their educations. Sorting through the different categories of grants takes time and effort, but it pays off in dollars and in opportunities. For more information, Here

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My Work My Future is an organization dedicated

to promoting career pathways in the skilled trades.

We are a connector and resource provider.  

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