Update: On November 15th, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning Standards Recognition Entities (SREs) and Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). Public comments were due on January 14, 2022, at Docket No. ETA-2021-0007 at regulations.gov as outlined in the NPRM. View the official NPRM and the U.S. Department of Labor press release.
What is an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program?
Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs are high-quality apprenticeship programs recognized as such by a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) pursuant to the DOL’s standards. These programs provide individuals with opportunities to obtain workplace-relevant knowledge and progressively advancing skills. IRAPs include a paid-work component and an educational component and result in an industry-recognized credential. An IRAP is developed or delivered by entities such as trade and industry groups, corporations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, unions, and joint labor-management organizations.
The Role of an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program Sponsor
An IRAP Sponsor is the entity responsible for administering the IRAP, much like a Registered Apprenticeship Program sponsor. IRAP Sponsors are entities such as trade and industry groups, corporations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, unions, and joint labor-management organizations.
To learn more about the role of an IRAP Sponsor, view our fact sheet.