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17.201 Registered Apprenticeship




National Apprenticeship Act of 1937, as amended, Public Law 75-308, 50 Stat. 664, 57 Stat. 518, 29 U.S.C. 50, 50a, 50b.
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To stimulate and assist industry in the development, expansion, and improvement of registered apprenticeship and other training programs designed to provide the skilled workers required by the employers in the U.S. To facilitate the integration of employers, labor organizations and other entities as partners in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). To ensure equal employment opportunities in registered apprenticeship and other training programs. To ensure quality of all new and existing training and registered apprenticeship programs.


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Under the newly designated Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Service (OATELS), the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT) registers apprentices and apprenticeship training programs in 23 States and Guam and other Pacific Islands. It also provides technical assistance and works closely with State Apprenticeship Councils (SACs) in the remaining 27 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, which register apprentices and programs in accordance with Federal standards. The wage rates of apprentices in registered programs (Federal and State) are exempt from the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act. BAT encourages the application of its training standards in apprenticeship agreements. It also brings employers and labor organizations together to formulate registered apprenticeship training programs which meet these standards and cooperates with the Department of Education on the related (theoretical) instruction aspects of registered apprenticeship programs. BAT provides information on existing and recommended standards of training in registered apprenticeship as well as on other types of industrial skill improvement programs. Special efforts are being made to increase the number of women and minority apprentices and to introduce the apprenticeship concept of training into new industries and occupations. The Federal Committee on Registered Apprenticeship, representing employers, labor, vocational education, and others with an interest in skill training, advises the Secretary of Labor on apprenticeship and training issues.


Applicant Eligibility:   Employers. A group of employers, or an association of employers, or individual employers with or without in each case the participation of a labor union.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Individuals applying for acceptance into an apprenticeship training program must be at least 16 years old and must satisfy the apprenticeship program sponsor that they have sufficient ability, aptitude, and education to master the rudiments of the trade/occupation and to satisfactorily complete the related theoretical instruction required in the program.

Credentials/Documentation:   Along with the completed application form, each prospective apprentice may be required by the sponsor to submit a transcript of school subjects and grades, proof of age, honorable military discharge (if applicable) and high school diploma or equivalency certificate (if applicable). References from all previous employers may be required.

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Pre-application Coordination:   None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Prospective program sponsors must meet with a BAT or SAC field representative, as appropriate, to draw up a set of apprenticeship training program standards. These include the age and educational background of apprentices, a schedule of the work processes and related theoretical instruction subjects to be covered during the training program. The program will be registered if it meets Federal requirements covering (a) the apprenticeability of the occupation(s) and (b) the suitability of the training standards for providing apprentices with sufficient knowledge to become skilled workers.

Award Procedure:   Not applicable.

Deadlines:   None.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Not applicable.

Appeals:   BAT refusal to register programs and BAT deregistration of existing programs may be appealed to the Secretary of Labor as provided in Title 29 CFR Part 29.

Renewals:   Not applicable.


Formula and Matching Requirements:   Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Not applicable.


Reports:   The program sponsor reports new apprentice registrations, suspensions, cancellations, completions, and program status to the BAT field representative.

Audits:   Not applicable.

Records:   Apprenticeship selection records showing compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements set out in 29 CFR Part 30 are required to be kept for 5 years.


Account Identification:   16-0172-0-1-504.

Obligations:   ATELS (Salaries and Expenses) FY 01 $22,242,000; FY 02 est $22,534,000; and FY 03 est $21,928,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
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At the end of Fiscal Year 2000, over 360,511 apprentices, including the military, received training in over 37,800 registered programs; approximately 129,232 new apprentices were registered. A total of 7 percent of the apprentices were women and 27.0 percent were minorities. It is estimated that approximately 367,700 apprentices will receive training during fiscal year 2001, and over 375,000 in fiscal year 2002.


Further information concerning the program may be found in 29 CFR 29: "Labor Standards for the Registration of Apprenticeship Programs"; 29 CFR 30: "Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship and Training"; "Registered Apprenticeships - High Wage Career Opportunities in the 21st Century@; Registered CD-ROM Apprenticeship"; the Internet World Wide Web Home Page:


Regional or Local Office:  
See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Regional or Local individuals are encouraged to communicate with the Regional Directors of the Office of Apprenticeship (OA), as appropriate. The Regional Directors are the following: Region I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virgin Islands), Ms. Jill A. Houser, Boston Regional Director, USDOL/ETA/OA, JFK Federal Building, 15 New Sudbury Street, Room E 370, Boston, MA 02203, Telephone (617) 788-0177, FAX (617) 788-0304, E-mail:; Region II (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia), Mr. Thomas J. Bydlon, Philadelphia Regional Director, USDOL/ETA/OA, 170 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 820-East, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Telephone (215) 861-4830, FAX (215) 861-4833, E-mail:; Region III (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee), Mr. Garfield G. Garner, Jr., Atlanta Regional Director, USDOL/ETA/OA, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Room 6T71, Atlanta, GA 30303, Telephone (404) 302-5478, FAX (404) 302-5479, E-mail: garner.; Region IV (Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming), Mr. Steven D. Opitz, Dallas Regional Director, USDOL/ETA/OA, Federal Building, 525 S. Griffin Street, Room 317-L, Dallas, TX 75202, Telephone (972) 850-4681, FAX (972) 850-4688, E-Mail:; Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin), Mr. Dean Guido, Chicago Regional Director, USDOL/ETA/OA, Federal Building, 230 South Dearborn Street, Room 656, Chicago, IL 60604, Telephone (312) 596-5500, FAX (312) 596-5501, E-Mail:; Region VI (Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington), Patricia Garcia, San Francisco Regional Director, USDOL/ETA/OA, 90 Seventh St., Suite 17-100, San Francisco, CA 94103,Telephone (415) 625-2232, FAX (415) 625-2235, E-Mail:

Headquarters Office:   Alexander Jordan 200 Constitution Ave., NW, C-5311, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 , Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Phone: 202-693-3748 Fax: 202-693-3799

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