Register an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship programs are employer-driven models that combine on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction that increases an apprentice's skill level and wages.

For many occupations, there are model programs and instruction curricula, however, program sponsors have wide freedom to design their program to teach the occupational competencies necessary to their company. Your Apprenticeship Training Representative can provide technical assistance on program design.

DLT can also help connect you with workforce development supports. Contact Lori.Turchetta@dlt.ri.gov for questions and assistance with sponsoring an apprenticeship program.

Five Core Components of Registered Apprenticeship

    1. Employer Designed and Driven

      Apprenticeship starts with one or more employers with a need for a workforce with specialized skills. Apprenticeship programs are customized to each employer’s workplace expectations.

    2. Structured On the Job Learning

      Apprentices work on increasingly complex work tasks under the supervision and guidance of a mentor. Apprenticeships can be from 1 to 5 years long and are structured with milestones for apprentices to demonstrate mastery.

    3. Job-related Education

      Every apprenticeship offers at least 144 hours of education per year designed to provide foundational knowledge and reinforce skills learned on the job. Instruction is provided by a college, in-house trainer, or training vendor.

    4. Wage Progression

      Wages progress from a training wage to full occupational wage in steps as the Apprentice gains skills.

    5. Valued Credentials

      A Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion is a nationally recognized credential. Increasingly apprenticeships also include industry certifications and college credit toward a degree.

    Register your Program

    Before you start, which of these best describes you?

    A. Looking to adopt an established program model?

    B. Out of state sponsor seeking to register apprentices in Rhode Island?

    • You may be able to fill out the Reciprocals rather than register your program in Rhode Island.

    C. Creating an apprenticeship in a new occupation or significantly customizing your program?

    Registration Checklist

    • Applicant has spoken to an Apprenticeship Training Representative. Please collect the information in this worksheet and schedule an appointment.
    • Program standards are completed and have been signed by the applicant.
      • Multi-employer programs must include a signed participating employer agreement
      • Standards must include an Affirmative Action Plan and Selection Procedures if the program has more than 5 apprentices.
    • Programs in licensed trades must submit a photocopy of Master's License and Photo ID.

    Checklist Requirements

    Manage your Program

    • Document your apprentices' on-the-job learning according to the outline in your standards. Use the sample monthly record book to help you.
    • Document progress in related technical instruction. If your apprentice is taking all their courses from one provider, this may be a piece of cake, but completion of courses your program requires needs to go in the apprentice's folder.
    • Notify the RI Office of Apprenticeship promptly of any changes in apprenticeship status. You can do notifications online.
      • Decision to grant credit for previous experience/education toward fulfilling the requirements of the apprenticeship. Essentially this is an update to the Apprenticeship Agreement.
      • Completions
      • Suspensions for any reason
      • Reinstatements
      • Extensions
      • Cancellations with explanation of causes
    • The Office of Apprenticeship conducts periodic quality review visits. Quality Review Checklist.

    Forms and Resources