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2.7 Apprentice Programs

Manual: Employment and Separation Procedures

Subsection: Nonstatus Appointments

An Apprentice program is applicable for any class defined as an "apprenticeable occupation"1 by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT), United State Department of Labor.  However, no Apprentice program shall be developed for a job classification when there is an existing registered area program.

In the event it should become necessary to develop and establish an Apprentice Program, it shall be developed by a Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) composed of the Employer, employee representatives, and a representative from the BAT.  Standards developed for the program shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • criteria for screening and selection of apprentices,2
  • term of apprenticeship,
  • requirements of related instruction,
  • schedule of work processes,
  • progressively increasing wage schedule,
  • periodic progress evaluations,
  • recognition for successful program completion, and
  • other requirements as established by the JAC.

The program is submitted to the University System office for the Executive Director's approval and subsequently submitted to the BAT for approval and registration.  One copy of the program, as approved and registered by the BAT, shall be forwarded to the University System office.

Upon successful completion of a program, the employee acquires journeyman status.  If employment is continued at the journeyman level, the employee is certified to a position of the class, without examination or reference to registers, and does not serve a probationary period.


1An apprenticeable occupation is a trade or craft which is recognized as apprenticeable by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training which is customarily learned through work experience (1) which requires 4,000 or more hours of work to learn, (2) which requires related instruction or study to supplement the work experience, (3) which is clearly identified and commonly recognized throughout the industry, and (4) which involves the development of skill and knowledge sufficiently broad to be applicable in like occupations throughout an industry, and meets the standards of the area.

2In the development of entrance qualifications for Apprentice programs, the qualifications established shall not conflict with the minimum acceptable qualifications listed in the class specification for the trade or craft for which the program is written.


Renumbered and Revised 11/25/2009