Frequently Asked Questions

Registered Apprenticeship Program


  • Apprenticeship program sponsors administer and operate Registered Apprenticeship Programs. To find sponsors in your area, or sponsors specialized in your desired occupation or industry, search in our Partner Finder

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  • A Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is a proven model of apprenticeship that has been validated by the Department of Labor or State Apprenticeship Agency. RAPs are known for their structure, rigor, and quality and are designed for organizations interested in receiving the DOL or state seal of approval and funding opportunities made available by DOL. 

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  • Any employer, association, committee, or organization that operates a Registered Apprenticeship Program. This entity assumes the full responsibility for administration and operation of the apprenticeship program. Sponsors can be a single business or a consortium of businesses. Alternatively, the sponsor can be a workforce intermediary, such as an industry association or a labor-management organization. Community colleges and community-based organizations can also serve as sponsors of apprenticeship programs.

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  • Administering a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is the responsibility of the sponsor. Maintaining the program is also typically the responsibility of the sponsor, although Federal, state and local offices that support economic expansion, as well as community partners, may choose to contribute funds to help reduce the sponsor’s cost.   

    Federal workforce development funds through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) may be used to offset costs and encourage more employers to invest in RAPs, and to prepare and support workers in RAPs. Although workforce development funds are limited, employers and RAPs may be eligible to receive these funds. Actual funding decisions are made at the state and local levels.  

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