In Washington State, to earn a journey-level credential, apprentices must be enrolled in a program approved by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, the governing body of apprenticeships in Washington.
Each apprenticeship program’s competencies vary by the occupation, and range from two to five years in length. Apprentices spend 93% of their time learning hands-on with mentors while working full-time for a partnering company. 7% of each apprenticeship also includes related supplemental instruction, more commonly known as RSI. Apprenticeship RSI classes, taught by industry professionals, teach the theory behind the occupation by connecting skills and concepts from the classroom to the shop floor.
Upon completion, AJAC apprentices receive a certificate of completion and a nationally-recognized journey-level card from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.