CAWS Certified
Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs


Pre-apprenticeship training programs also know as PATP's enable you to learn basic skills in a particular field and prepare you for an apprenticeship. They are an excellent pathway to apprenticeships and will increase your employability when competing for a job as an apprentice.

CAWS works with these organizations to standardize training's and enhance skill requirements to improve the quality of employees needed by future employers.

Click below to view a detailed side-by-side programmatic matrix for all CAWS Certified Pre-Apprenticeship Training Provider.

CAWS PATP Programmatic Matrix - PDF



The Evening Trades Apprenticeship Preparation (ETAP) program was established
in 1998 by the Housing Authority of Portland (HAP) with the opportunity to move
residents to self-sufficiency as a pre-apprenticeship program to provide introductory
construction training and employment support services to begin careers in
the construction trades. Now with Portland Community College, Cascade Campus (PCC Cascade), ETAP continues to serve residents of low-income residents of Multnomah County, as
well as HAP public housing and Section 8.

Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Program

The purpose of the Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program is to help participant develop an understanding of apprenticeship opportunities, which are available in the construction trades. Participant will develop skills that will aid them in researching, accessing and applying for apprenticeship and construction trade occupations. Each participant will gain knowledge and basic entry-level skills, plus familiarity with trade tools, terminology, basic principals, and career opportunities in the trade.

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.
Affiliate Member

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentorship. Together we are making a difference by training women for apprenticeship, supporting current tradeswomen and educating the next generation.

Portland YouthBuilders

(PYB) is a nonprofit organization that provides educational, vocational, and leadership development programs for low-income men and women aged 17-24. Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1995, PYB is part of a network of over 200 YouthBuild programs around the country. Each year, we serve an average of 200 young people in the greater metropolitan area from our facility in outer Southeast Portland.

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Portland Community College

PCC provides pre-trade opportunities to students who seek careers in the trades or an apprenticeship. These classes are designed to help students build the necessary skills to meet the minimum entry qualifications to enter a trade or apprenticeship program. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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