Nevada State Apprenticeship Council

Registered Apprenticeship

Assembly Bill (AB) 459, effective July 1, 2021, and passed during the 81st Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature (2021), amends certain provisions of Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) section 610 and transfers the responsibility and accountability for the Nevada State Apprenticeship Council (NSAC), State Apprenticeship Director, and registered apprenticeship programs in the State of Nevada to the Office of the Labor Commissioner (OLC).  Section 10.5 of AB 459 states: 1. The Office of the Labor Commissioner shall act as the State Apprenticeship Agency as defined in 29 C.F.R. § 29.2 and has responsibility and accountability for apprenticeship in this State.   Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) section 610 sets forth additional regulations for the NSAC, State Apprenticeship Director, and registered apprenticeship programs.

    What is Registered Apprenticeship?

    Registered apprenticeships are high-quality work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and- learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies).

      General Information For Those Seeking Apprenticeship:

      —Completion of an Apprenticeship Program is from 1-5 years;
      —Eligible to Persons 18 of age or over with a high school diploma or equivalent (some programs have options for individuals under 18 years of age) or can earn within one year, completion of school to work program welfare to work  program;
      —Individual 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 board;
      —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;
      —Apprentices must attend related classroom training instruction along with on-the-job training experience.  A minimum of 144 hours of related instruction is the typical minimum for a program, but most exceed the 144 hours;
      —The term of the apprenticeship program is based on what type of program it is. (1) If the program uses a time-based approach, requires the  completion of  not  less  than  2,000  hours  of work  experience, on-the-job learning, consistent   with   training   requirements   as established by practice in the trade; (2) If  the  program  uses  a  competency-based  approach, specifies the skills that must be demonstrated by an apprentice and addresses  how  on-the-job  learning  will  be  integrated  into  the program; or (3) If  the  program  uses  a  hybrid  approach,  specifies the skills  that  must  be  acquired  and  the  minimum  number  of hours   of   on-the-job   learning   that   must   be   completed   by   an apprentice.
      —There are 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;
      —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;
      —Salaries 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 apprentice’s wages provided the on-the-job training and school performance is satisfactory and in accordance with the apprenticeship committee.

        Apprenticeable Occupations

        Apprenticeships are happening in many industries in Nevada, the U.S. and around the world. There are over 1,000 apprenticeable occupations.


        • Tourism and Gaming
        • Agriculture
        • Construction
        • Manufacturing & Aerospace
        • Financial Services
        • Natural Resources (Energy)
        • Technology
        • Government
        • Health Care