Sponsor verification information
A Sponsor Verification form is proof that a company has a valid apprentice-training program with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The original form (on state letterhead with a raised seal) is required at the time the bid is submitted, and each form is job-specific.
REQUESTS MUST BE MADE AT LEAST 7 TO 10 BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE BID DATE to ensure timely receipt from DAS.
Obtaining a Sponsor Verification
All Sponsor Verification requests must be made in writing (see Sponsor Verification Request Form above). The form must be filled out and either faxed or mailed to the Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS). Requests must be made at least 7 to 10 business days prior to the bid being due. There is a $50.00 fee for each verification. A check or money order made payable to the "Commonwealth of Massachusetts" should be mailed in with the request, or mailed on the day the request is faxed to DAS. If a company has an outstanding balance for previous verifications issued, no new verifications will be issued.
Reciprocal Sponsor Verifications
Massachusetts has reciprocity with the following New England states; CT, ME, NH, RI, and VT. If you are a contractor whose offices are located in one of these states, you may also receive sponsor verification. The above procedure must be followed, as well as the following:
Union Out-of-State: A letter of good standing from the local you are affiliated with, and a letter stating the union has an apprentice program registered within their state. The Union must also have reciprocity with Massachusetts and their apprentices must have reciprocal ID cards.
Open Shop: A letter of good standing from reciprocal states Division of Apprentice Standards, the number of journeymen currently employed and copies of the apprentice agreements for each apprentice who will be working in Massachusetts. The Company (Sponsor) must also have reciprocity with Massachusetts and their apprentices must have reciprocal ID cards.
Both Union and Open Shop: Reciprocity must be established in Massachusetts before any verification will be issued. If it has not been established the reciprocity application must be completed before any verifications can be issued.