Registered Apprenticeship Training Programs for Job Seekers


Registered Apprenticeships are jobs. Registered Apprenticeship is the process of learning a skilled occupation through paid on-the-job training under the supervision of a journey level craftperson or trade professional combined with related classroom instruction. 

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Benefits of a Registered Apprenticeship

Registered Apprenticeships enable you to start working and earn a wage while you learn key skills and gain qualifications to meet industry standards.

Other specific benefits include:

  • A paycheck from your first day of work, guaranteed to increase over time as you learn new skills
  • Hands-on career training in a wide variety of occupations and industries, such as health care, construction, information technology, transportation, energy, and advanced manufacturing
  • An education and the potential to earn college credit toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree
  • A career, once the apprenticeship is complete, on your way to a successful long-term career with a competitive salary and little or no educational debt
  • National industry certification upon graduation, recognized and accepted by industry partners across the United States

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Registered Apprenticeship employer sponsors identify the minimum eligibility and any additional qualifications applicants must possess.

Minimum Qualifications

To apply for Registered Apprenticeship training, you must:

  • Be no less than 16 years of age; however, individuals must usually be 18 years of age in a hazardous occupations
  • Have a high school diploma or or equivalent of a high school diploma (each apprenticeship program may have different requirements)
  • Some programs may require physical strength and endurance

Additional Qualifications

All applicants are required to meet the minimum qualifications. Some programs may have additional qualifications regarding:

  • Performance on aptitude tests
  • Secondary or postsecondary grades
  • Previous work experience

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Become a Registered Apprentice

1. Find a program

Find the trade or job you want to do—then talk to the people who can make your apprenticeship happen.

Texas has Registered Apprenticeships in occupations, ranging from the traditional construction trades (plumbers, electricians, carpenters) to industrial (maintenance mechanic, tool and die) to nontraditional (advanced manufacturing, healthcare, information security).

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2. Contact the program

Once you have decided on an occupation, contact the training program directly to inquire about their individual application requirements, qualifications, and hiring schedule.

3. Apply with the program

Submit your application(s) to the training program of your choice. Please be aware each training program or sponsor has individual application and program requirements, so be sure to research the program of your choice carefully.

4. Sign your training agreement

Once you have been hired as an apprentice, an Apprentice Agreement will be completed by you and your employer sponsor. Your chosen training program will file this agreement with the US Department of Labor. This agreement covers the conditions of your Registered Apprenticeship, training outline, wage increments based on skills gains, and classifies you as a registered apprentice.

5. Complete your Registered Apprenticeship training

You will work under the guidance of experienced craft workers learning the skills of the trade. At the same time, you will be required to attend related classroom instruction usually in the evenings at a place and time established by the employer and the training program. At the completion of your Registered Apprenticeship, you will be issued with a nationally-recognized certificate from the US Department of Labor.

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Additional Resources

A variety of resources are available to support apprentices, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. For further information on training assistance, support services, and other career opportunities, contact your local Workforce Solutions Office. 

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