The Registered Apprenticeship system of training is unique in that it is the only formal, structured, and nationally recognized education and training program available that combines the two most common forms of career and occupational learning:   classroom instruction with on-the-job training.

Apprentices not only learn occupational skills in the classroom, their learning is expanded to include hands-on, paid, on-the-job training!  Students learn and practice all phases of the trade/occupation in real-world applications. The program must be registered with the Kansas Apprenticeship Council.

Registered Apprenticeship programs may take from 1-6 years to complete, depending on the occupation. The length of training (term) is determined by standards adopted by the industry.

Apprentices must attend Related Technical Instruction which is combined with on-the-job-learning experience. All programs require a minimum of 144 hours of Related Technical Instruction per year. Like other aspects of Registered Apprenticeship, the employer or local committee determines the Related Technical Instruction training requirements according to industry standards.

Yes. Community and technical colleges can offer college credit for the required related instruction in many Registered Apprenticeship programs. Contact your local community or technical college for more information.

Each industry establishes its own minimum age requirement, although the typical minimum age is 18. There are no upper age limits on apprentices. Youth Registered Apprenticeship opportunities are available for students ages 16+.

Yes. Apprentices must be full-time employees of the employer who is sponsoring the training program. Typically, the wage of an apprentice starts at 40-50% of a skilled worker's wage. Wages increase progressively with satisfactory completion of work assignments and Related Technical Instruction. However, in the event of a Youth Registered Apprenticeship program,  apprentices may be employed part-time.

No experience is required of a new apprentice. Most Registered Apprenticeship programs require applicants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate.


  • Skilled workforce: Recruit and develop a diverse and highly-skilled workforce
  • Improve productivity: Improve profitability and positive impact to your bottom line
  • Reduced turnover: Minimize cost with reduced turnover and liability
  • Customizable training: Create flexible training options that ensure workers develop the right skills
  • Retain workers: 94% of apprentices continue employment after completing an apprenticeship
  • Diversity: Foster a diverse and inclusive culture


  • Paid job: Earn as you learn with a guaranteed wage increase as you develop new skills
  • Credentials: Receive and industry-recognized and nationally-portable credential
  • Jumpstart your career: Ease the transition from school to career by working and learning at the same time
  • Education: Gain workplace-relevant skills in the field of your choice through on-the-job learning
  • Degree potential: Get academic credit towards a college degree for the skills you learn while avoiding student debt
  • Mentorship: Connect with mentor(s) in your chosen industry who can help you advance your career 

No, you do not have to join a union. 

No. If the program sponsor/employer is not registered with the Kansas Apprenticeship Council, or DOL-Office of Apprenticeship it is NOT a Registered Apprenticeship program in Kansas.

Yes, Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors/employers can opt to be an Eligible Training Provider. Program sponsors/employers can also opt out of becoming an Eligible Training Provider. The local Workforce Services agency will help determine a job seeker's eligibility.

Funding opportunities may be available based on eligibility. 

These funds may be used to provide the cost of tuition, books, supplies, fees, uniforms, tools and other items needed by the client to complete the Registered Apprenticeship program.

WIOA funding can support: outreach, recruitment, application; intake and assessment; supportive services; related technical instruction/classroom training; on-the-job training and customized training.

Funding limits are set by each local area or program.


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