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Program Information

Learn more about Independent Technicians Automotive Committee (iTAC) Washington State Registered Automotive Apprenticeship.

Independent Technicians Automotive Committee (iTAC)

Washington State Registered Automotive Apprenticeship

iTAC is an industry-driven apprenticeship program, founded on the belief that mastery occurs on the job. Through apprenticeship all people have the opportunity to earn competitive wages, find meaningful and fulfilling work, and pursue lifelong learning.

iTAC offers three Washington State registered tracks:

After successful completion of any of these programs you will receive a certificate of completion from the State of Washington

“This program will provide invaluable skills and certifications for individuals who are dedicated to developing real-world skills for our regions automotive repair industry. Giving students an opportunity to “Earn While They Learn” will undoubtedly give them a leg-up on a meaningful career and well-paying opportunities in the future. This is a program you simply cannot pass up.”

Quote by Automotive Instructor

Where Will I Work and How Much Will I Earn?

iTAC has partnered with independent automotive repair shops to provide supervised and structured paid on-the-job training. Apprentices will work up to 40 hours per week. Pay will vary by step on the pay scale, number of hours worked, and employer.

Why Apprenticeship and Automotive Repair?

Apprenticeships are the ideal vehicle to teach young adults’ job-ready skills through mentorship while providing quality education and creating productive, lifelong learners. Apprentices earn on average $300,000 more over their career than non-apprentices. 7,000 jobs in Washington State will likely be needed in the next decade. General Service Technicians in WA earn on average $48,000 per year with no college debt.  Washington, Oregon and Idaho are home to 450 NWACA members. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles are integrated throughout automotive repair.

Where Are Classes Held and Will I Earn College Credits?

Apprentices will attend class at participating schools and skill centers where they will learn theory behind the art of automotive repair from the industry’s top instructors. Additionally, the apprentices may earn 13-15 college credits (at no cost) from a local community or technical college.*

*classroom instruction is unpaid. Only OJT hours are paid

What Does It Take to Succeed?

You should be detail-oriented, a problem-solver and capable of working independently and as part of a team. You should also have a good work ethic, basic math skills and an interest in working with your hands.

Minimum Qualifications

To launch your career as an iTAC apprentice, you will need to meet the minimum qualifications:

  1. High School diploma or GED, or enrolled in an iTAC approved high school or college automotive program
  2. May be required to pass a drug test
  3. Must have transportation to and from worksite and a valid driver’s license
  4. Be insurable
How Do I Get Started?