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 202-698-5099
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.