Guide Registering an apprenticeship program for Expansion Industries

Apprenticeships are work-based training programs that allow employers to foster talent and grow their teams by giving employees hands-on experience in a structured environment. Apprenticeship programs registered with the Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS) can be run directly by employers or through sponsor organizations, such as unions, employer associations, or community-based intermediaries. Here are the steps you need to take to register a program.

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Registering your apprenticeship program

The registration process is different depending on whether your program falls into the category of Expansion Industries (e.g., advanced manufacturing, healthcare, technology) or Building Trades that are subject to prevailing wage regulations. You'll need to fill out separate forms and take different steps.

Building Trades subject to prevailing wage

Your process starts with calling DAS at (617) 626-5409 to schedule a meeting. We will schedule it within two weeks of your call. You'll also need to fill out forms, but wait until after your initial meeting to do so.

Expansion Industries 

For industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, tech, and others, you should first decide if you want to sponsor an apprenticeship program yourself or work through an intermediary. 

If you are working through an intermediary, then you do not need to register with DAS. However, the intermediary should be registered with DAS.  Here's a list of registered Expansion Industries apprenticeship programs , so please review the list and reach out to a sponsor to get your apprenticeship registration process started.

If you are registering a new program without an intermediary, you'll start by filling out Part 1 (Program Sponsor Registration) and Part 2 (Apprenticeship Program Model) of the Apprenticeship Program Application for Expansion Industries.

The form requires you to enter basic information about your organization and the person who will oversee the apprenticeship program. You'll also need to provide information about which apprenticeship program model you'll adopt. This is where you'll define the skills and competencies that your apprentice or apprentices will learn and master on the job. As part of the initial registration process, you'll also need to sign off on administrative, disciplinary and other policies required to run an apprenticeship program.

All forms should be emailed to apprenticeship@mass.gov

The rest of this guide is focused on additional steps to know about and complete once you've had your Apprenticeship Program for Expansion Industries approved by DAS.

Selecting a training provider

In addition to on-the-job training, apprentices must also receive 150 hours per year of related instruction, depending upon the occupation. Such Related Technical Instruction (RTI) may be given in a classroom, through correspondence courses or other forms of self-study and is subject to DAS approval.

Here's a list of approved RTI providers and an RTI Form (that you must submit once you've selected a provider for your program or added a new one. The form must be submitted before the apprentice starts.

Instructor/Proctor Certification Application

If your program is not accredited in Massachusetts OR you are delivering related technical instruction (RTI) in-house, your instructor must meet certain standards set by the Department of Higher Education. The Instructor / Proctor Certification Application must be filled out and submitted prior to the apprentice start date.

Programs working with accredited RTI providers are not required to submit this form. 

Key Actions for Instructor/Proctor Certification Application

Apprentice Agreement

Once your sponsor registration has been approved and you are ready to enroll apprentices, you must make sure that each apprentice has an Apprentice Agreement. This formalizes the relationship between the sponsor and apprentice.

Key Actions for Apprentice Agreement

Co-Sponsor Agreement

If you are non-employer sponsor or a sponsor working with multiple employers, you must have a Co-Sponsor Agreement with each employer that hires apprentices from your program. This agreement formalizes the employer's commitment to hiring apprentices from you. 

The Co-Sponsor Agreement is required for employers intending to apply for the Registered Apprentice Tax Credit (RATC) but does not guarantee approval of the tax credit application.

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Add an Occupation

If you want to add an occupation to your registered apprenticeship program, you must fill out the Add an Occupation form.

Key Actions for Add an Occupation

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