Frequently Asked Questions - Apprenticeship
What is apprenticeship training?
Often referred to as the "original four-year degree",
apprenticeship is a system of supervised training leading to certification
in a trade, occupation or craft. It combines on-the-job training with
classroom-related instruction. There are currently 81 registered programs
in Nevada with over 3,000
The Nevada State Apprenticeship Council is
charged with the responsibility of regulating
apprenticeship in Nevada. The Council meets quarterly to approve new
apprenticeship standards, approve revisions of standards, investigate
complaints, hold appeal hearings, and adopt regulations as may be necessary
to carry out the intent and purpose of Chapters 610 of NRS and NAC.
Who is eligible for apprenticeship programs?
All of the programs have different requirements for applicants. The basic
requirements are that an applicant be at least 18 years of age, have a high
school diploma or its equivalent before being accepted into a program, or
receive a high school diploma or its equivalent within one year after being
indentured as an apprentice or upon completion of a school-to-work program
or a welfare-to-work program.
How are apprenticeship
committees accept applications for their own programs. They advertise that
they are accepting applications through local newspapers, local schools,
community-based organizations and the Labor Commissioner's Office bulletin
How long does it take to get accepted into a
The waiting period, from the date an application is
filed to placement into an apprentice program, varies from industry to
industry. The apprenticeship committee reviews applications to make sure the
applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the program. If an
applicant is qualified, the application is ranked by test scores, an
interview, an evaluation of past experience and education or a random
drawing. The applicant is placed on a list of eligible applicants. The
program uses this list to fill vacancies, as they become available. Some
committees allow direct entry into the program.
occupations are available?
There are over 800
apprenticeable occupations registered with the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office
of Apprenticeship. For more information, see a list of Registered
Who registers the
All applications are processed through the
individual programs. These individual programs also indenture the
apprentice after following the selection method that has been approved by
the State Apprenticeship Council. The indenture is then forwarded to the
Nevada State Apprenticeship Council's staff for processing.
How much pay does an apprentice receive?
vary from industry to industry. The average starting wage of an apprentice
is about 40% of a journey worker's rate of pay. Programs are required to
progressively increase the apprentices wages provided the on-the-job
training and school performance is satisfactory and in accordance with the
How long are the
Programs last from 1 to 5 years,
depending on the program requirements.
apprentices required to attend school?
Yes. Apprentices must
attend related classroom training instruction along with on-the-job
training experience. Nevada's minimum requirement for related instruction
is 144 hours per year. Programs are required to meet that minimum, but
most exceed the 144 hours.
Can I receive college
credit for attending related training classes?
some programs that are linked with the community colleges for related
training instruction. In those classes, the apprentice could receive
college credit and work towards a degree.
for my apprenticeship?
The program sponsor is required to
pay for the cost of training. The apprentice may be required to furnish
his or her own books and tools.
How do I receive
credit for previous experience when I start my apprenticeship?
When applying for apprenticeship, an applicant should provide check
stubs and any other evidence of on-the-job experience. The apprenticeship
program will review the documentation and make any adjustments to the total
Can I use my veteran's benefits as an
If eligible, you may use your veteran's benefits
while you are registered in an apprenticeship program. You must contact the Veteran's Administration for more