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I-BEST is a certificate program that combines Adult Basic Education and technical-skills training using a team approach. You don't need a High School Equivalency Exam or high school diploma to complete these certificate programs. Programs are one to two quarters and can lead to employment, or students can transfer the credits to a degree or certificate program.

CPTC I-BEST Programs

Automotive Technician

Our Automotive Technician program immerses students in hands-on learning that includes the newest technology so they are prepared for a career after graduation. The 85,000 square-foot automotive facility features state-of-the-industry paint rooms, computer labs, classrooms and glassed-in shop areas. The CPTC Automotive programs have won numerous national awards. If you have a passion for cars and using knowledge and hands-on skills to make them work better than ever before, this might be the program for you.


This apprenticeship readiness program prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the construction industry. Students will earn a lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting certification (RRP), Forklift Operator Certification, OSHA 10 Construction Safety card, American Heart Association First Aid and CPR certification card, Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP), AED (defibrillator use).


The Fundamental Skills for Manufacturing and Engineering (FSME) Certificate is a Washington State recognized apprenticeship preparation program that is designed to provide students with a foundational set of skills and background knowledge that will equip them for an entry-level position like mechatronics technicians in a manufacturing organization, and also provides a solid foundation for further technical studies.

Nursing Assistant — Certified

Students learn the basics of nursing, leading to employment as a Nursing Assistant – Certified (NA-C) or earn priority registration into Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) our or Registered Nurse (RN) programs when all other requisites are - pre-met.

Pharmacy Technician

Our Pharmacy Technician program offers hands-on training in the classroom and laboratory.Our Pharmacy Technician program can prepare you for a rewarding career assisting pharmacists in hospitals, clinics, long-term care and community pharmacies. Employers look for graduates who have trained in the technician duties and responsibilities under the guidelines of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, which govern the curriculum and standards of our program.

Practical Nursing (LPN)

The Practical Nursing Program prepares students entry into the nursing profession. A practical nurse registered will work under the direction of a licensed nurse, licensed physician, or dentist. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX PN exam. This is a pathway program to Registered Nurse programs.


Eligibility Requirements

Mandatory orientation. CASAS assessment scores between 224 and 256 in Reading/Math or Reading/Listening.

Get Started

Call or stop by the Adult Basic Education office to speak with our I-BEST specialist.

Felicia Dennis
I-BEST/ IELCE Navigator
Building 10, Room 101


Felicia Dennis
I-BEST/ IELCE Navigator
Building 10, Room 101

I-BEST Information Sessions

Come learn about I-BEST at information sessions on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 3 p.m. in Building 10, Room 102.