Tacoma Tideflats Certification Program

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 three career pathways with opportunities for livable-wage, in-demand employment: 1) Transportation, Automated Warehousing and Logistics, 2) Merchant Marine, and 3) Environmental Services.

Entry-level Certifications

Merchant Marine

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.

Transportation, Automated Warehousing and Logistics

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.

Environmental Services

Planning for industrial activities and impacts adjacent to sensitive natural areas is integrated into job responsibilities of industries charged with meeting the increasing demands of a growing human population. People locate in the northwest to access viable employment opportunities and to live in a beautiful natural environment. Responsive development is the essence for managing resources for high quality living conditions.​​​


Certifications & Credentials

  • Warehouse Forklift Operator
  • Flagger
  • OSHA 10
  • Merchant Marine Credential
  • Basic Safety Training
  • Transportation Worker ID Card (TWIC)
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
  • 1 Occupational Education Credit towards Graduation

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

Student Application​​​​​


Henry Foss High School
and Lincoln High School for Forklift/OSHA 10


July 8th - August 13th - Monday through Thursday and a few Fridays (currently 8/2 and 8/9).  No meeting on 7/11.

Complete Schedule: Tideflats CTE schedule 2019.pdf


Port of Tacoma Tour

US Coast Guard Portfolios

HAZMAT Security Training


Port of Seattle Tour

Transportation, Automated Warehousing and Logistics Fieldtrip 

Merchant Marine + Basic Safety Training

Flagger Certification

Basic Firefighting


Forklift/Crane Certification

Intro to Diesel Engines 

Completion Celebration


Jeff Klancke, Program Support

John Page, Director