What is an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program?

Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs are high-quality apprenticeship programs recognized as such by a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) pursuant to the DOL’s standards. These programs provide individuals with opportunities to obtain workplace-relevant knowledge and progressively advancing skills. IRAPs include a paid-work component and an educational component and result in an industry-recognized credential. An IRAP is developed or delivered by entities such as trade and industry groups, corporations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, unions, and joint labor-management organizations.

General IRAP Resources

Interested in becoming a Standards Recognition Entity?

An SRE is an entity that is qualified to recognize apprenticeship programs as IRAPs and that has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

  • Those interested in becoming an SRE must apply to DOL for recognition.
  • Entities will be able to submit their applications online once the Final Rule goes into effect on May 11, 2020. Before the rule goes into effect, entities will be able to consult with and receive technical assistance from DOL about how to prepare their applications and can begin putting together an application so that it is ready to submit as soon the rule is effective.
  • DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship will review applications and make a determination within approximately 90 days.
  • 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.
  • To reapply to continue serving as an SRE, an entity must complete and submit an updated application to the Administrator for re-recognition as an IRAP SRE.

Resources for Potential SREs

The Role of an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program Sponsor

An IRAP Sponsor is the entity responsible for administering the IRAP, much like a Registered Apprenticeship Program sponsor. IRAP Sponsors are entities such as trade and industry groups, corporations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, unions, and joint labor-management organizations.

Resources for Potential IRAP Sponsors