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Standards Recognition Entity

Apply to Become a Standards Recognition Entity

Applications for the next quarterly review are due by March 31, 2021.


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.

Interested in Becoming a Standards Recognition Entity?

An SRE is an entity that is qualified to recognize apprenticeship programs as IRAPs and that has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Those interested in becoming an SRE must apply to DOL for recognition.

  • Organizations may submit applications online by clicking APPLY NOW.
  • DOL's Office of Apprenticeship will accept applications at any time. Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.
  • To be considered in the next review cycle, applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Determinations of the next review cycle will be made within approximately 90 days of this date.

View our resources to learn more about becoming a Standards Recognition Entity. In case you missed it, you can watch the full recording of the webinar here.

Interested in Serving as an SRE Panel Reviewer?

The Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, uses an objective panel review process to assist in the review and recognition of SRE applicants on a quarterly basis. To ensure an ongoing talent pool, the Office of Apprenticeship is recruiting knowledgeable individuals to serve as review panelists on a continuous basis. Ideal panelists will have expertise in several areas of industry and workforce development. Panelists will be vetted for conflict of interest and expertise before being assigned to serve. Selected panelists must make a commitment to be available for the paneling process, which is expected to last approximately 20 hours over the course of two weeks. If selected, non-federal panelists will be compensated for their service. To be considered, please submit your name, phone number, email address, and resume to

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 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.


Create an account and submit your application to the U.S. Department of Labor for recognition. Submissions for the next quarterly review are due by March 31, 2021.