Create a new program

There a few key steps involved in creating your very own Registered Apprenticeship Program. The steps below outline important considerations when building a new program along with the tools to help you get started before you register your program.

Identify an Occupation for Your Program

We have established apprenticeships in many occupations in a variety of industries and offer training plans that have been vetted by industry leaders. Browse our Occupation Finder to find your preferred occupation and determine if it has already been approved for use in a Registered Apprenticeship Program.


Establish the Components of Your Program

Registered Apprenticeship Programs include five key components - Paid Job, On-the-Job Learning, Classroom Learning, Mentorship, and Credentials. Review each component below to help establish your program.

  • Apprentices are paid employees who produce high-quality work while they learn skills that enhance your organization’s needs. You as the employer commit to a wage progression as the apprentice gains new skills.

  • Apprenticeships produce skilled workers through a combination of on-the-job learning and classroom training (virtual or in-person). The training plan for this learning should detail the skills and knowledge an apprentice will learn on-the-job and in the classroom to become fully proficient during your apprenticeship program.

    The U.S. Department of Labor has established training plans for all approved occupations which are available for your program. You may select an existing training plan, tailor one to your specific needs, or develop your own outline. More information about these training outlines are available via our Occupation Finder.

  • For the classroom educational component, you may select a provider that is either internal to your organization or external (e.g., Community college, vocational school, online provider) which can be delivered in-person or virtually. Use our Partner Finder to find educators who specialize in your preferred occupation by selecting "I need an educator to join my program" on the search screen.


  • Form an internal mentorship program to provide one-on-one support to apprentices. A mentor should be a designated and skilled professional that will assist the apprentice while they learn the required skills on the job.

  • All Registered Apprenticeship Programs guarantee that an apprentice will receive a portable, nationally-recognized credential upon completion of your apprenticeship program.