All high-quality apprenticeship programs consist of five core components. Follow the table below to compare Registered Apprenticeship Programs with Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.
|Apprenticeship Components||Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)||Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP)|
|Apprentices are paid a progressively increasing schedule of wages consistent with the skill acquired.||Apprentices are paid. Pay increases are not required, but IRAPs must make clear what wages will be paid and under what circumstances the pay will increase.|
|Requires a minimum of 2,000 hours (or one year) for time-based and hybrid programs. RAPs can also be competency-based.||No minimum time requirement and may be shorter than one year. Structured work experiences must be competency-based.|
|A minimum of 144 hours of Related Training and Instruction (RTI) is recommended for each year of the RAP.||Industry sets the standard and defines the parameters for the Related Instruction (RI) component of the program|
|A one-to-one ratio is highly recommended; however, RAP sponsors can request an expanded ratio based on their occupational needs.||No set ratio of mentors to apprentices; however, programs must provide apprentices structured mentorship opportunities throughout the duration of the apprenticeship that involves ongoing, focused supervision and training by experienced instructors and employees.|
|Certificate of Completion from DOL or the DOL recognized State Apprenticeship Agency conveys occupational proficiency and is considered a credential that counts positively towards the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Credential Attainment Rate.||IRAPs results in at least one industry-recognized credential issued during participation in or upon program completion. The credential would also count positively towards the WIOA Credential Attainment Rate.|