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Why is it important to register your apprenticeship program?

  • Technical Assistance and Support: The program joins the ApprenticeshipUSA network, which provides access to a nationwide network of expertise, customer service, and support at no charge
  • National Credential: Graduates of Registered Apprenticeship programs receive a national, industry-recognized credential
  • Quality Standards: Registration means the program has met national and independent standards for quality and rigor. Registration tells prospective employees, customers, and suppliers that you invest in your workforce and that you believe your employees are your most important asset!
  • Tax Credits: In many states, businesses can qualify for tax credits related to apprenticeship programs. In addition, employers may be able to claim some expenses for training as a federal tax credit.
  • Federal Resources: Businesses and apprentices can access funding and other resources from many federal programs to help support their Registered Apprenticeship programs.

Five Steps to starting an Apprenticeship Program:

1 Explore

Explore apprenticeship as a strategy to meet your needs for skilled workers

2 Partner

Partner with key players in your region to develop an apprenticeship program

3 Build

Build the core components of your apprenticeship program

4 Register

Register your program to join ApprenticeshipUSA network

5 Launch

Launch your new Registered Apprenticeship program

Apprenticeship programs can be customized to meet the needs of business and the skills of apprentices.

Flexibility in program design. Apprenticeships can be designed to be time-based, competency-based, or a hybrid of the two

In Time-based programs, apprentices complete a required number of hours in on-the-job training and related instruction


In Competency-based programs, apprentices progress at their own pace – they demonstrate competency in skills and knowledge through proficiency tests, but are not required to complete a specific number of hours.


Many programs are built using a Hybrid approach, using minimum and maximum range of hours and the successful demonstration of identified and measured competencies

If you’re ready to develop an apprenticeship program, don’t go it alone! Successful apprenticeships are born from collaboration among partners:

Workforce System

Economic Development

Labor Organizations

Local Education

Community Organizations


Community Colleges

State Apprenticeship Agencies

Quick Start Toolkit

This toolkit provides helpful steps and resources to start and register an apprenticeship program, from exploring the apprenticeship model as a workforce strategy to launching a new program. Whether you’re a business or labor organization, an industry association or another kind of workforce intermediary, a community college or the public workforce system, or a community-based or service organization, we invite you to use this toolkit to…

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