Non-union contractors are encouraged to register with the college as a training agent for the following construction crafts:

  • Carpenters
  • Laborers
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Brick Masons
  • Cement Finishers
  • Sign Hangers

NW College of Construction (NWCOC) is one of the largest administrators of state registered apprenticeship programs in Oregon. NWCOC is also an authorized program administrator in SW Washington. The college is recognized in both states for quality instruction, outreach, and recruitment of women and minority applicants.


What are the employer benefits of becoming a training agent?

NWCOC registered apprenticeship programs assist non-union employers develop a stable and reliable pipeline of highly-skilled workers for private and public works jobs. Joining one of our programs as a training agent allows you as a contractor to bid on public works that require workforce development. 

Our training agents see increased productivity, lower recruitment costs, and reduced turnover rates due to this systematic training approach. In fact, 91% of apprentices that complete their training (journey out in their trade) are still employed nine months later.

Call the college at 503-256-7300 or 800-309-1442 to request a training agent packet and discuss our programs in further detail.


  1. Send the completed application packet and application fee to NWCOC: 8111 NE Holman Street, Portland, OR 97218.
  2. Interview with the Training Agent Coordinator (Email or call 503-256-7300 x222 to set an appointment).
  3. Attend a meeting of the Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC) to be considered for approval.

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