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What is an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program?

Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program

IRAPs are a new and flexible form of high-quality apprenticeship programs that provides individuals with opportunities to obtain workplace-relevant knowledge and progressively advancing skills. IRAPs include a paid-work and an educational component, and they result in an industry-recognized credential.  

An IRAP can be developed by Department-recognized, industry-leading third-party entities such as trade groups; corporations; non-profits; educational institutions; unions; and joint labor-management organizations. The IRAP Final Rule establishes a process for the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship (OA) Administrator to recognize qualified third-party entities, known as Standards Recognition Entities (SREs), which will, in turn, evaluate and recognize IRAPs consistent with the Department’s standards.


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