Frequently Asked Questions

Will U.S. Department of Labor-recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies have responsibility for recognizing the SREs that operate in their states? What is the relationship between State Apprenticeship Agencies and SREs?

Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program

No, State Apprenticeship Agencies (SAAs) are not responsible for recognizing SREs that operate in their states. The IRAP final rule establishes a process for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship Administrator to recognize qualified third-party entities, known as SREs, which will, in turn, evaluate and recognize IRAPs consistent with the Department’s standards. SAAs and local government agencies or entities are eligible to apply to become an SRE, but with that recognition an SAA has no authority to recognize SREs. The Department notes, however, that IRAP sponsors are required to abide by state and local laws. 


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