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Apprentice Utilization Requirement

Change in reporting procedure – Districts must now report apprenticeship information to the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) using website.

What is the requirement?
RCW 39.04.320 requires all school district public works contracts estimated to cost $1 million or greater to include provisions stating that 15% of the labor hours on the contract must be performed by registered apprentices in state-approved apprenticeship programs.

Public Works Projects defined.
All work, construction, alteration, repair, or improvement that is executed at the cost of the state or any other local public agency (school district). This includes, but is not limited to, demolition, remodeling, renovation, and building construction.

How does a school district comply?
Apprenticeship Utilization is required on all public works projects greater than $1million (state assisted or locally funded).

School districts must:

  • Include apprenticeship descriptive language in all relevant contracts and advertisements for bids. (examples below)
  • Provide apprentice/journeyman utilization data for each project to the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) using
    DES recommends that contractors be required to submit utilization information to the school districts in regular intervals, such as with each invoice submission.

    Contact James Hammond at the Office of Financial Management for access to at (360) 902-3587 or

Districts with School Construction Assistance Projects (SCAP):
OSPI requires school districts to certify compliance with the apprentice utilization reporting requirements prior to releasing retainage. This is one of the items required on the D-11 Filing. We request this certification letter be submitted to OSPI within 45 days following the school board acceptance date.

What data is collected?
The following information should be collected in order to submit your apprenticeship/journey information into

Project/Contract Number

Project Name

Agency Name

Construction Firm

Project Total Dollar Amount

Date of Notice to Proceed

Worker type - Journey/Apprentice

Worker Name

Worker Registration Number

Trade Code/Description

Hours Worked


Examples of Advertisement & Contract Language

Advertisement language: “Mandatory 15% apprentice labor hours of the total labor hours are a requirement of the construction contract. Bidders may contact the Department of Labor & Industries, Apprenticeship Section, to obtain information on available apprenticeship programs.”

Contract language: “The apprenticeship labor hours required for this project are 15% of the total labor hours. The undersigned agrees to utilize this level of apprentice participation. Voluntary workforce diversity goals for this apprentice participation are identified in the Instructions to Bidders and Supplemental Conditions.”

For questions regarding apprenticeship utilization, contact the Department of Labor and Industries Apprenticeship Coordinator assigned to your region. Check the following website to find coordinator contact information or call (360) 902-5320.


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