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).