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Apprenticeships in Oregon

Apprenticeship Benefits Include:

  • Paid on the job training with an employer, that includes regular wage increases.
  • Learn new skills essential to local trades jobs, required by industry leaders.
  • A stable and solid career pathway that allows for skills in adapting to changing industry needs.
  • Ability to complete an AAS degree or Certificate by earning credits through the apprenticeship programs required classroom hours.

By becoming an apprentice, you will learn the aspects of a highly skilled occupation through on-the-job training and related instruction during classroom hours. Your training and classroom instruction will go hand in hand, ensuring your understanding of the topics and concepts, while also mastering the practice. Classes are typically held in the evenings but are sometimes held during the day or on the weekends.
There is a lot of information available to inform your decision on which path you would like to take within the trades. There will be a lot of information as you move through the training program that you will be required to know and will be responsible for. There are many rules, regulations and standards sanctioned by state and federal labor industries that you will have to adhere to, but we can help and are just a phone call or email away!

Program Expectations:

Being an apprentice is not an easy job, but the benefits are numerous and as you advance through your program and training it will become more and more apparent.
To make sure that you are able to continue advancing through all the terms of the program you will be completing a certain amount of on-the-job training hours and related classroom training. Advancement is referred to as “re-rate” and after completing the correct amount of training and classroom hours and having a positive evaluation from your employer and instructor.
Time and dedication are key because apprenticeship programs are thousands of hours of on-the-job training and hundreds of hours of related classroom training.

Next Steps:

  • Minimum Requirements for applying to a program:
    • At least 18 years of age
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Completion of one year of high school algebra/integrated math 2 or equivalent post high school algebra course(s) with grade “C” or better, or an equivalent post high school placement test.
  • The process depends on the program you would like to apply to be an apprentice in. Please click on the links below to explore the application process specific to your program of interest.
  • Applying for an apprenticeship can be a lengthy process and spots are limited.

For some committees, such as 5006, 5009 and 5022, it is important to note that making the Applicant Pool List does not ensure instant employment. As requests for apprentices open, individuals from the Applicant Pool List will be contacted to start.

While waiting to be called to employment it is highly recommended to not quit a current job or turn down a job to maintain working status – we don’t want you to be without work!
It is also important to understand that the entire application, interview, and ranking processes are state and federally regulated and sanctioned by Oregon Labor Industries – RCC does not have input on these processes.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply


  1. Your Right to Equal Opportunity.
  2. It is against the law for a Sponsor of an apprenticeship program registered for Federal purposes to discriminate against an apprenticeship applicant or apprentice based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age (18 years or older), genetic information, or disability. The Sponsor must ensure equal opportunity with regard to all terms, conditions, and privileges associated with apprenticeship. If you think that you have been subjected to discrimination, you may file a complaint within 300 days from the date of the alleged discrimination or failure to follow the equal opportunity standards with Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 1045, Portland, OR 97232. You may also be able to file complaints directly with the EEOC, or State fair employment practices agency at the above location.
  3. Each complaint filed must be made in writing and include the following information: (a) Complainant’s name, address and telephone number, or other means for contacting the complainant; (b) The identity of the respondent (i.e. the name, address, and telephone number of the individual or entity that the complainant alleges is responsible for the discrimination); (c) A short description of the events that the complainant believes were discriminatory, including but not limited to when the events took place, what occurred, and why the complainant believes the actions were discriminatory (for example, because of his/her race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age (18 or older), genetic information, or disability); (d) The complainant’s signature or the signature of the complainant’s authorized representative.

Apprenticeship Program – Related Links


Andie Anderson, MSW
Director of Apprenticeship

Phone: 541-956-7184

Katelyn Bender
Program Support Specialist III

Phone: 541-956-7186