Apprenticeship Options Expanding

By Mike Larson | September 28, 2010

The first item in Western Builder’s industry news this week tells about expanded options coming in the national apprenticeship system.

The changes provide more latitude in electronic delivery of training and more options for combining related technical instruction (RTI), on-the-job training (OJT) and competency testing to complete apprenticeship training.

The new system will also make it possible for apprenticeship jurisdictions to recognize training that was received in another jurisdiction if they want to.

This is an exciting step forward for the industry and shows good adaption to the current American workplace and workforce.

The changes were instituted by the U.S. Department of Labor and will take effect on December 29 – although state apprenticeship agencies will have two more years to make the necessary changes.

The full content of the rule is available in the Federal Register for October 29, 2008. You can find the full document by going to, and searching for “October 29, 2008, apprenticeship rule change.”