Tacoma Tideflats Certification Program

This year, the TideFlat Program will be split into two parts.  One part will focus on land-based careers.  The other part will focus on sea-based careers.  This will allow students to focus on their area of interest.  Of course, you can still attend both parts to get the full scope of opportunities available to your for careers in the Port of Tacoma.  

About the Program

The purpose of the Tacoma Tideflats Certification Program is to build a “pipeline” for Tacoma students to fill entry-level employment positions with the network of businesses and industries associated with commerce generated through the Port of Tacoma.

The program delivery model spans 6-weeks, and allows high school students to attain industry recognized certifications through preparatory training in two career pathways with opportunities for livable-wage, in-demand employment: 1) Transportation, Automated Warehousing and Logistics, 2) Merchant Marine, and 3) Environmental Services.

Transportation, Automated Warehousing and Logistics (Land-Based)

The moving, shipping and receiving of goods is the catalyst of the maritime industry and strategically positions Tacoma as a regional distribution center for trading partners of Pacific Rim countries. Trade goods are imported and exported through Tacoma’s shipping terminals via rail and trucking connecting customers to businesses across North America with the rest of the world

​​Certifications & Credentials


  • Port of Tacoma Tour
  • Transportation, Automated Warehousing and Logistics Fieldtrip 
  • Flagger Certification
  • OSHA 10
  • Week at Bates Technical College for hands on activities (typically welding, diesel repair, electrical, small engine repair, etc)
  • Forklift/Crane Certification
  • Completion Celebration​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Merchant Marine (Sea-Based)

Moving trade goods across international waters on commercial vessels is the function of the Merchant Marines. Merchant Mariners serve on teams to safely navigate and operate sophisticated propulsion systems. United States Merchant Mariner Credentials are accredited and registered through the United States Coast Guard for Merchant Marines serving on commercial vessels with home ports documented in the United States.

Certifications & Credentials

  • Merchant Marine Credential
  • Basic Safety Training
  • Transportation Worker ID Card (TWIC)
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
  • 0.5 Occupational Education Credit towards Graduation
  • US Coast Guard Portfolios
  • HAZMAT Security Training
  • HAZWOPER Training
  • Port of Seattle Tour
  • Merchant Marine + Basic Safety Training
  • Completion Celebration

Applications are open year-round, but first consideration will be given to those who apply BEFORE May 19th

Preferred Age

Current Sophomores and Juniors


Mt. Tahoma High School
and Lincoln High School for Forklift/OSHA 10 - ORCA cards are available at no-cost for students to access Pierce Transit to and from the host high school. School district transportation is utilized for transporting students to off-campus learning activities and return to the host high school.


Land Based: June 23-July 21st

Sea Based: July 22nd-August 10th

Complete Schedule from the previous year: Tideflats CTE schedule 2019.pdf (new schedule will be posted shortly)


Jeff Klancke, Program Support

John Page, Director