Frequently Asked Questions

What are the criteria to become an SRE?

Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program

SREs are trusted workforce development leaders in their industry, either at a local, regional, or national level. An entity is qualified to be recognized as an SRE if it demonstrates the following:  

  • SREs must have the expertise to set competency-based standards, through a consensus-based process involving industry experts, for the requisite training, structure, and curricula for apprenticeship programs in the industry(ies) or occupational area(s) in which they seek to be an SRE.  

  • SREs must have the capacity and quality assurance processes and procedures to ensure IRAPs comply with DOL standards for safety, compensation, and quality.  

  • SREs must have the resources to operate as an SRE for a 5-year period.  

  • SREs must demonstrate impartiality by disclosing partners who will be engaged in recognition activities, describing their roles, including their relationships with subsidiaries.  

  • SREs must be in good standing with the U.S. Federal Government. They cannot be suspended or debarred from doing business with the Federal Government.  

  • SREs must have policies, processes, procedures, or structures in place to mitigate any conflicts of interest.  

  • SREs must have the appropriate industry and occupational expertise and resources in place to recognize IRAPs in their selected geographical area (Nationwide or limited to a region, State, or local area).  


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