What is the CAP?

The Revised Code of Washington RCW 39.04.320 and the Contractor Apprenticeship Program (CAP)  WCC 3.72* both require no less than 15 percent (15%) of total labor hours to be performed by apprentices on public work projects when the cost estimate of the project is $1,000,000 or more. This requirement will increase apprentices' training opportunities and build a skilled workforce. 

*See WCC 3.72 as amended by the Whatcom County Council on December 5, 2023. 

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1. What is a “Registered Apprenticeship Program,” and how can I find one?
2. What labor hours will be counted?
3. Do I have to have apprentices for every trade?
4. Do non-union contractors have to meet the requirement when there are not as many non-union training programs available?
5. If a training program is in the process of being approved by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council, what is recommended to meet the requirements until the program is approved?
6. What is the CAP?
7. What do some of the terms mean?
8. When is the CAP requirement not applicable?
9. Why do we have a CAP?
10. Why does Whatcom County require 15% apprentice utilization?
11. What is the purpose of the CAP Utilization Plan and what is the County looking for in the plan I submit?
12. My plan shows that I cannot meet the apprentice utilization requirement-what should I do?
13. What does documented evidence for an exception or waiver look like?
14. What situations DO NOT meet the intent of the contract in terms of the request for exception and waiver?
15. How will exceptions and waivers be evaluated?
16. What are the consequences of not meeting the apprentice utilization requirement?
17. Financial Incentives/Penalties