What are the requirements for an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program?

Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program

High-quality IRAPs include the following 10 key requirements:  

  1. Paid Work. IRAPs must ensure that apprentices are paid at least the applicable Federal, State, or local minimum wage. The program must provide a written notice to apprentices of what wages they will receive and under what circumstances their wages will increase.  

  1. Written Training Plan. IRAPs must have a written training plan, consistent with its SRE's requirements and standards. The written training plan, which must be provided to an apprentice prior to beginning an IRAP, must detail the program's structured work experiences and appropriate related instruction. The training plan must be designed so that apprentices demonstrate competency and earn credential(s), and provide apprentices progressively advancing industry-essential skills.    

  1. Written Apprenticeship Agreement. IRAPs must maintain a written apprenticeship agreement for each apprentice that outlines the terms and conditions of the apprentice's employment and training. The apprenticeship agreement must be consistent with its SRE's requirements.  

  1. Specialized Knowledge and Experience. IRAPs must train apprentices for employment in jobs that require specialized knowledge and experience and involve the performance of complex tasks.    

  1. Safety. IRAPs must provide a working environment for apprentices that adheres to all applicable Federal, State, and local safety laws and regulations and complies with any additional safety requirements of its SRE.   

  1. Equal Employment Opportunity. IRAPs must affirm their adherence to all applicable Federal, State, and local laws pertaining to EEO.  

  1. Credit for Prior Knowledge. IRAPs must provide credit for prior knowledge and experience to apprentices relevant to the instruction of the program.    

  1. Mentorship. IRAPs must provide apprentices structured mentorship opportunities throughout the duration of the apprenticeship that involve ongoing, focused supervision and training by experienced instructors and employees, to ensure apprentices have additional guidance on the progress of their training and their employability.  

  1. Industry-Recognized Credentials. IRAPs must provide apprentices industry-recognized credential(s) during participation in or upon completion of the program.  

  1. Disclosure of Costs and Fees. IRAPs must disclose to apprentices, before they agree to participate in the program, any costs or expenses that will be charged to them (such as costs related to tools or educational materials).