Registered Apprenticeship

The Virginia Registered Apprenticeship program is an occupation specific training model that produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy.   On-the-job training and related technical instruction create the perfect marriage of method to provide the work-based, paid job experience. It is a “win-win” approach for talent development in many industries and occupations.  Apprentices are employees and taxpayers.

The Virginia Registered Apprenticeship program currently meets the needs of approximately 2,000 Virginia Employer/Sponsors who use custom-designed programs to train their employees.   Employers provide on-the-job training for their employees in a variety of occupations, ranging from high tech to highly skilled trades.

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The process of apprenticeship program registration with Federal and State government agencies is designed to ensure that working apprentices, program sponsors, and the general public can gain a clear understanding of the training content and the measures that are in place to ensure ongoing quality. To view a copy of the Virginia Registered Apprenticeship brochure Click here.

Employee Information

Eligibility and Requirements

  • As a full-fledged employee of the sponsoring company, a Registered Apprentice completes a minimum of 2,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training and a minimum of 144 hours of related technical instruction for each year of apprenticeship.
  • Apprenticeship terms are occupation specific, but the average term is four years.
  • Successful completion of the Registered Apprenticeship Program earns the apprentice nationally recognized state certification as a journeyperson.
  • All apprentices are registered through a Department of Labor and Industry apprenticeship consultant.

Finding a Program

  • Speak with your employer to see if your place of employment is a registered apprenticeship sponsor or if there is interest in becoming a sponsor.
  • If you work for a Registered Apprenticeship sponsor, have your employer contact a local Virginia Department of Labor and Industry apprenticeship consultant to register you as an apprentice.

On-the-Job Training

The apprentice’s sponsor provides on-the-job training through qualified journeypersons.

Related Technical Instruction

Related instruction may be provided through your local community college, a vocational and technical center, electronically or, in some instances, at your place of employment.