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.
View our resources to learn more about the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program. In case you missed it, you can watch the full recording of the March 26, 2020 Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program webinar.
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.
- The initial review cycle is currently in-progress with organizations who submitted by 11:59 PM on Friday, June 12, 2020. Determinations will be made within approximately 90 days of this date.
- To be considered in the next review cycle, applications must be received by 11:59 PM on Monday, August 31, 2020. 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 April 16, 2020 IRAP webinar for prospective SREs.
NEW! The U.S. Department of Labor published in the Federal Register a request for comment on the proposed IRAP Program and Performance Reports for Standards Recognition Entities.
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.