The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington (CITC) is a state-licensed, vocational trade school for the construction industry offering training throughout Washington State. Whether you are an employer wanting to standardize a career path for your field employees, or an individual looking to improve your current skills or begin a career in construction, CITC can help you succeed!

We have been helping to launch successful careers in the construction industry since 1985.

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CITC programs are open to the public. CITC encourages diversity and accepts applications from all minority populations. CITC does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. CITC acknowledges that information pertaining to an applicant’s disability is personal and confidential. If the information is presented, CITC will reasonably attempt to provide accommodation to overcome the effects of the limitation of the qualified applicant. All inquiries about accommodations should be made to the Lead Office Administrator/Registrar upon registration into the program. Some programs may require medical documentation due to the rigors of the program. CITC operates under FERPA Statute 20 USC Section 1232 and regulation 34 CFR Part 99.

Through hands-on training, you learn real-world skills

CITC has been building the people who build the Northwest for over 28 years. Whether you are looking to begin a career in construction, or already work in the industry, CITC is committed to helping you succeed. CITC offers ten training programs that will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to secure your future in a successful career in construction.

Our 3 to 5-year construction training programs are competency-based; a combination of lab and theory. With this combination training, you will learn the “how” and “why” of your trade by applying what you learn in class to the real-world through practical, hands-on training in the labs.

Q What is a vocational school?

A vocational school, or trade school, is a secondary school in which students learn a skilled trade.

Q What does CITC’s construction training consist of?

Our training programs are competency based; a combination of lab and theory. Students gain the knowledge and skills of their trade through applying what they’ve learned in class to the real-world through practical, hands-on training in the labs.

Q Do I have to begin in level one if I have experience in the trade?

CITC offers Skills Assessments to verify the current knowledge you have in your chosen trade. The results of the assessment, along with an employer’s recommendation, may allow a start in an advanced level.

Q What construction training programs does CITC offer?

CITC offers construction training in ten (10) programs: Carpentry; Commercial Electrician; Residential Wireman (02); Laborers; Low Energy/Sound Communication Technician (06); Heavy Equipment Operators (HEO); Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC); Painting; Plumbing; and Sheet Metal.

Q Is CITC licensed and accredited?

Yes. CITC is a Washington State licensed non-profit vocational school accredited by the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER), a coalition of 34 construction trade associations and training groups.

Q Does CITC offer scholarships or financial aid?

CITC encourages students to apply for an apprenticeship, where education and job assistance is a benefit. For additional information about apprenticeship, click here. To receive information about available scholarship funds or financial aid, call CITC’s main office at 425.454.2482 or toll-free 877.707.2482

Q 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.

Q What is an Apprentice?

A CITC apprentice is an individual who has been accepted into one of the nine 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.

Q If I attend classes at CITC can I eventually become an Apprentice?

Yes. If you would like to become a Washington State registered apprentice with CITC, whether you are attending classes or not, you must apply to the apprenticeship program and be accepted. To review the application requirements for each trade, click here.

Q What do I get when I graduate from CITC?

CITC graduates receive:

CITC Certificate of Completion
Industry recognized credentials
A level of confidence that lasts a life-time

Q 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.

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