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Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium

a partnership created to provide all healthcare employers within Washington State access to the benefits of skilled apprenticeship training for their workforce.

Overview for Apprentices

Join the Medical Assistant (MA), Central Sterile Processing Technician (CSPT), or Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Apprenticeship programs and start or upgrade your career in healthcare. These are full-time, paid positions combining technical instruction with hands-on learning. Cohorts are under development — contact your employer or the Training Fund for more information.


  • Pay & benefits: Apprentices are full-time, paid employees with benefits. Apprentices will complete 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and 288-362 hours of technical instruction within 12-24 months.
  • Obtain your certification: These programs prepare students to receive the MA-C, CRCST, or CPhT certification and work as a Medical Assistant, Sterile Processing Technician, or Pharmacy Technician in Washington State.
  • A full-time job at clinics and hospitals throughout Washington: Apprentices work and learn in full-time positions (post-completion service commitment required).

Details for Employers

Program cohorts are being planned for the rest of 2020. Employers, invest now for skilled workers in the next couple of years! The Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium is the solution to recruit and retain employees.

Benefits of Apprenticeship for Employers: reduced turnover for apprentices and mentors, pipeline of skilled workers, better matching of skills with your needs and culture, increased bottom line, employee loyalty, and higher productivity.

How does it work? The Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium will partner with you to create and implement an apprenticeship program. Watch our implementation video to learn more.

Apprenticeship Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 18 or older, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be able to perform the physical duties of the role.
  • Prior to program entry, applicants must pass an assessment to enter or have completed courses in college level Math and English.
  • Applicants are selected by individual employers who participate in the Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium. Most cohorts are open to general applicants. Current SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members are encouraged to apply.


Contact Training Fund Apprenticeship Director Mark Beaufait at 425.255.0315 or email .

Teri Lindsay

Teri Lindsay

Medical Assistant, Kaiser Permanente

“This program will help bring a new perspective to the Medical Assistant field and will help grow the profession. It’s great to work with management to help people move forward in their healthcare career.”