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Standards Recognition Entity

Update: DOL is suspending the acceptance of new and pending applications to become a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) until further notice. All SREs that have already been approved by DOL, and all IRAPs that have been recognized by an SRE, should continue to perform their functions as described in the regulation. This suspension in activity only applies to applications by and selection of new SREs.

What is a Standards Recognition Entity?

A Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) is a third-party entity, recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) as qualified to recognize apprenticeship programs as IRAPs. The types of entities that can become SREs include, but are not limited:

  • Trade, industry, and employer groups or associations;
  • Companies and other corporate entities;
  • Educational institutions, such as universities or community colleges;
  • State and local government agencies or entities;
  • Nonprofit organizations;
  • Unions;
  • Joint labor-management organizations;
  • Certification and accreditation bodies or entities for a profession or industry; or
  • A consortium or partnership of entities such as those above.

View the list of approved Standards Recognition Entities.

How to File a Complaint?

If you would like to file a complaint regarding an SRE’s compliance with 29 CFR Part 29, Subpart B, and are an apprentice, the apprentice’s authorized representative, a personnel certification body, an employer, or an IRAP Sponsor, you can submit a complaint to the Administrator of the Office of Apprenticeship by email at irap@dol.gov. Please include the name of the SRE and the word “Complaint” in the subject line. The complaint must be in writing and must be submitted within 180 days from the complainant’s actual or constructive knowledge of the circumstances giving rise to the complaint. It must set forth the specific matter(s) complained of, together with relevant facts and circumstances.