Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process for becoming a DOL recognized SRE?

Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program

Consistent with the IRAP Final Rule, prospective SREs that intend to recognize IRAPs must first apply for recognition by submitting the information requested in the application to the Administrator. Applications should be submitted electronically using the Department’s online application on The application must include all required policies and procedures. Based upon the information submitted, the Administrator will determine whether the applicant is qualified to be recognized as an SRE of IRAPs under the IRAP Final Rule. DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship will notify the applicant. An SRE will be recognized for 5 years and must reapply at least 6 months before the date that its current recognition is set to expire if it seeks re-recognition. 

Interested in becoming an SRE? Take the following steps: 

  1. Become familiar with the IRAP model by reviewing the final rule, the IRAP fact sheet, and frequently asked questions

  1. Learn more about the criteria, roles, and responsibilities of an SRE by reviewing the SRE fact sheet and the recording of the IRAP webinar for prospective SREs

  1. Identify the industries, occupations, and geographic areas for which you envision serving as an SRE. Consider convening employers and other organizations to assess their most immediate workforce development needs as well as the services required in each of these areas to scale up IRAPs. 

  1. Begin to document or develop the plans of action, policies, structures, and key partnerships that will form the basis for a successful SRE application. 

  1. Review the pre-application checklist to ensure you have all of the required documentation. 

  1. Submit your application to the U.S. Department of Labor for recognition using the online SRE application portal. Once you enter the portal, you’ll be asked to create an account that will allow you to start, save, and update your application as needed. 

Staff from the Department’s Office of Apprenticeship are located across the country and are available to help if you have any questions. We have also developed an SRE application technical assistance guide to help you with creating an account, uploading documents, and submitting your application. Technical questions about the application portal can be submitted online or emailed to


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