Apprenticeship is an employer's training program. It is a time-honored program combining on-the-job training (OJT) with related instruction (RI). The result is a skilled craftsperson. When you complete both on-the-job training and the related instruction, you become a registered apprentice. Registered apprentices completing a full program receive a State Apprenticeship
Certificate upon completion. This certificate is nationally recognized. Over 300 employers sponsor more than 1,200 apprentices in Northern Virginia each year.
Examples of Apprenticeship Programs
- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
- Nail Technician
- Office Administrative Support Specialist
FCPS Apprenticeship Program
Apprenticeship Information in the Washington, D.C. Area
Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Person 16 years or older, learning a trade with on-the-job training and related instruction in accordance with state and federal apprenticeship standards.
A certified, structured, well defined program of training that combines supervised on-the-job training skills with related instruction training in the classroom.
Voluntarily signed document between employer (sponsor) and the apprentice that establishes their commitment and responsibilities.
Wallet-size identification card issued by Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (VADOLI), certifying that you are a registered apprentice.
Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice will receive an application at graduation or in the mail to take the exam.
A ―registered program sponsor‖ is an individual employer, association, or joint apprenticeship committee with a Virginia address who has adopted Virginia Apprenticeship Standards with Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (VDADOLI). There must also be a structured, registered OJT training program including specific work assignments, wage scales, and the requirement to attend RI classes.
A person is a registered apprentice only if he/she has signed an apprenticeship agreement with a registered program sponsor who is his/her employer and has been certified by VADOLI.
Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (VADOLI):
Agency responsible for supervision and certification of OJT, registering apprentices, certifying and registering employers, and issuing state certificates.