Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center

Program (caP)

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| Next CAP Training Session |

  • July 12-September 20 | Mon.-Fri. | 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
    (Currently accepting applicants for waiting list)

Info Session (in-person, required):  June 18 | 8:30-10 a.m.

| Future CAP Training Session |

  • September 25-December 20*

*This class is a modified -- and dedicated -- 12-week course with ESL-integrated language support and services.

Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center
3008 100th St. SW, Everett, WA 98204
phone: 425.640.1840 | email:

Program Description

Successful completion leads to a Construction pre-Apprenticeship Program (CAP) badge.

CAP includes math, blueprint reading and drawing, health and safety, work readiness, industry awareness, tool training, construction basics, and more. Students will also complete a capstone project that will demonstrate the link between theory and practice and skills acquired throughout the program.

The program meets the apprenticeship preparation standards, and is officially recognized by, the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC).

What is a pre-apprenticeship?

A supportive, hands-on program designed to help you improve your basic skills before applying to an apprenticeship program.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and related classroom instruction under the supervision of a journey-level craft person or trade professional in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.

10-Week Program

  • Basics of Construction
  • Blueprint Reading and Drawing
  • Overviews of Apprenticeship Trades
  • Safety on the Worksite
  • Tool Identification & Operation
  • Trades-Level Math
  • Worksite Behavior and Readiness
  • Business/Trade Speakers
  • Off-site Tours
  • and more

Employment Skills

  • Interview Techniques
  • Job search
  • Resumes

Life Skills

  • Goal Setting
  • Problem-Solving
  • Teamwork & Communication
  • Time & Stress Management



Upon successful completion, you will earn the AMSC CAP Badge

  • Practice effective work-site safety
  • Safely and correctly operate and maintain most common construction trade tools
  • Demonstrate workforce trade skills and apply knowledge to obtain entry-level trade jobs.
  • Apply knowledge to secure entry into apprenticeships (trainee card) and/or further training (additional on-site testing at union may be required).

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be 18+ years old
  • Snohomish County resident
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Apprenticeship programs will have further requirements


There is no tuition costs for students! Costs are covered by our generous sponsors!

Thanks to:  Snohomish County, Sound TransitEdmonds College, and others ($7,700 Value).


Classes are currently being held at the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center at Paine Field.

Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center
3008 100th St. SW, Everett

How to apply to the Program

  1. Email us at or call 425.267.5731.
  2. Fill out the College Admissions Application.
  3. If you are accepted into the program, we will contact you with further steps

Student Resources

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Industry/Trade Resource

Interested in hiring a CAP Graduate? Connect with us to find out how!

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Cohort completion of tiny house project

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House framing


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Precision measurements

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Working as a team using circular saw


Learning how to use a chopsaw

Fundamentals of framing

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Teamwork and collaboration