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INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Announcement

On September 23, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to rescind the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program, (IRAP). The Final Rule will publish in the Federal Register on September 26, 2022 and will go into effect on November 25, 2022. Beginning on the effective date, DOL will no longer recognize Standards Recognized Entities (SREs) or IRAPs and IRAP related content will be removed from the website. SREs and IRAP sponsors are encouraged to consider registering their programs with DOL or a State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA). Such entities are encouraged to reach out to the Apprenticeship Director in their State to receive technical assistance and explore such options further.

For additional information on this Final Rule, please see the DOL 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.

IRAP Sponsors