The Apprentice Training Program is the framework in which an individual receives company paid on the job training (OJT) along with related classroom instruction. The OJT is supervised by a fully trained journeyworker (mentor) in the same occupation who follows a written work process specific to the occupation. A progression of wages is paid and a contract is required.
DAS does not conduct training or place apprentices in jobs. The Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS) monitors all registered apprentice training programs across the Commonwealth and ensures that apprentices are laboring in safe working environments, are paid correctly, and are receiving both on-the-job training as well as related education classes. The DAS Apprentice Handbook will provide you with an overview of apprenticeship history and requirements.
The majority of apprentices are registered in construction trades such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, laborers, iron workers, sheetmetal workers, etc. as well as dispensing opticians, police officers and firefighters. These programs can last from two to five years in duration during which time an annual renewable apprentice ID card is required showing progress in the program.
Many apprentices are required to be registered with other agencies in the Commonwealth. All dispensing opticians are required to complete a three to five year apprenticeship and pass an ABO, NCLE and practical exam. Many construction occupations such as electricians, plumbers, sheetmetal workers, pipefitters, HVAC technicians, elevator constructors are licensed as well.
There are two ways to enter apprenticeship: All sponsors follow the same policies regarding related instruction, work process, wage progression, workplace safety, and evaluation.
If you are hired by a single employer and they have an apprentice program you may become registered in their program but you must have the job first. All Active Sponsors Single employer programs usually have fewer apprentice opportunities than multi-employer programs. If you are hired by an employer that does not have a program and would like to become registered, the employer may contact the DAS @ 617-626-5409 or at Compliance Officers to schedule an appointment with one of our Compliance Officers.
There are 26 multi-employer apprentice sponsors in construction representing 1000’s of employers. The following links provide minimum entry requirements, application periods and contact information for these programs. Union Sponsors and ABC/ MAP . Because they have 5 or more apprentices they are required to conduct a structured intake process which includes an application and interview. If you are successful in the process and selected to join their program, you will be placed on a list for two years. When job openings become available you will be sent out to work with one of their contractors.
Veterans, Reservists and National Guard members, who are employed as registered apprentices, may be eligible to collect G.I. Bill payments in additionto their regular full-time wages. When apprentices collect their military benefits; employers possess a powerful recruiting and retention tool, employees can offset their living expenses while working toward journeyman status, and the state benefits from the influx of federal military benefit dollars into our local economy. G.I. Bill
Thank you for your interest in Apprentice Training. I hope this information is helpful for you as you explore our website. Please free to contact us directly @ Compliance Officers if we can help you with any questions you may have.
Where to get more information
The Division of Apprentice Training is the office of record for registered
apprentices across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are not a job placement facility, nor do we do any direct training. We suggest you visit your local career center and work with job counselors who can help you along with your job search.You can find a list of career centers by visiting The Department of Career Services web-site. You may also contact a local union in your area and find out when they are taking applications. You can also check your local newspaper classifieds as well as access on-line job resources.