Process Guide



Introduction to Registered Apprenticeship




1. Introduction to Registered Apprenticeship
Introduction & References
Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship
Key Components of a Registered Apprenticeship
Key Partners in a Registered Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Sponsors
Types of Apprenticeships
Registered Apprenticeship Documents
2. Building an Apprenticeship Program
Checklist: Build an Apprenticeship Program Employer Sponsor
Checklist: Build an Apprenticeship Program Intermediary Sponsor
Types of Apprenticeship Standards
Selecting an Apprenticeable Occupation
Apprenticeship Wage Scale
Related Technical Instruction
List of Apprenticeable Occupations
Building an Appendix A
Building an Appendix A: Example
3. Launching your apprenticeship program
Employer/Sponsor Checklist: Launch Your Apprenticeship Program
Employer Checklist: Launch Your Apprenticeship Program (with Intermediary)
Apprentice Checklist: Start Your Apprenticeship Program
Internal Employer Apprenticeship Policies
Credit for Previous Experience
Credit for Previous RTI
4. Managing your apprenticeship program
Program Records
Apprentice Records
DOL Quality Assurance
Work Process Tracking Methods

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What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a talent development strategy that combines onthe-job learning, classroom learning, and mentorship to train individuals to be experts in their field. Apprentices often start an apprenticeship with little or no experience in their chosen occupation.

What is Registered Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeships are apprenticeship programs that are well-defined and documented, and are approved by the US Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL has been overseeing and registering apprentices in the US for nearly a hundred years.

What are the Rules?

US DOL Registered Apprenticeships are governed by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 29, Parts 29 and 30. It is recommended that individuals in the workforce development field who support apprenticeship development and management read both of these parts from the CFR.

What’s the Purpose of this guide?

This Registered Apprenticeship Process Guide is meant to provide individuals working in workforce development with a full understanding of Registered Apprenticeships, including how to create them, how they’re launched and managed, and how to find additional information and resources about apprenticeship.

What’s the Structure of this guide?

This guide is broken into four sections: The Basics, Build, Launch, and Manage. Each section includes a series of pages on individual topics related to registered apprenticeship. Throughout the guide, you will find links and downloadable related resources to review as needed.

Helpful Links & References

  1. CFR Title 29, Part 29: Labor Standards for the Registration of Apprenticeship Programs – the federal regulation that provides the overall rules and standards for apprenticeship in the US. 
  2. CFR Title 29, Part 30: Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship – the federal regulation that governs how sponsors must ensure equal opportunity in their programs
  3. O*Net Database – the nation’s primary source of occupational information; provides occupation codes for ~1000 standard occupations along with information on wages, education, etc.
  4. MI Apprenticeship – a general resource for individuals interested in learning about apprenticeship in Michigan, e.g. employers, candidates, educators, etc.
  5. DOL Apprenticeship Quick Start Toolkit – DOL overview of creating a registered apprenticeship.
  6. MI Talent Apprenticeship Page – provides information about apprenticeships in Michigan, download-able branding materials and more.
  7. MI Apprenticeship Partner Contacts – lists apprenticeship-related partners from around the state including those from the DOL, educational institutions, Michigan Works! Agencies, etc.
  8. WIN Apprenticeship Program – includes information about WIN’s intermediary apprenticeship program that employers can join.
  9. DOL Occupations List – the list of over 1,400 occupations that the DOL has identified as “apprenticeable;” aligned with O*Net codes.
  10. Workforce GPS Apprenticeship Samples – a collection of resources including a sample apprenticeship program that individuals can reference when building a new apprenticeship program.
  11. Urban Institute National Occupation Frameworks – competency-based apprenticeship frameworks developed by the Urban Institute; pre-approved CB work processes for a series of occupations.
  12. Online Apprenticeship Tracking Tool – the online apprenticeship tracking tool used and recommended by MI Apprenticeship.