Apprenticeship FAQs

As an employer, how does the program work?
  • You can select current employees or hire new workers to enter your apprenticeship program
  • Work with NPGA to register your apprentice and track his/her competencies
  • Follow the guidelines established by the program for on-the-job training, paying progressively higher wages as an apprentice’s skills and technical knowledge increase.
  • You will need to identify a qualified mentor to work with each apprentice.
  • Once all requirements for a specific program are met, the apprentice will receive a certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Need help paying for your apprenticeship program? Many states offer grant funding to help defray costs associated with training apprentices and many offer tax credits for managing such programs.

Click here to find your state and see what financial aid opportunities may be available to your company. [link to webpage]

Who can be an Apprentice?

To become an eligible apprentice, applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Provide proof of having earned a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Be physically capable of performing essential functions of the program
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Be able to obtain a commercial drivers license prior to completion of the program
  • Be able to pass a substance abuse screening as required by NPGA and/or employer
What are the business requirements to offer an apprenticeship?

In order to sponsor an apprentice in a program, a company must:

  • Ensure adequate and safe equipment and facilities for training and supervision
  • Provide safety training for on-the-job instruction
  • Ensure there are qualified training personnel
  • Arrange for periodic evaluation of an apprentice’s progress in skills and technical knowledge
  • Pay progressively higher wages as skills and technical knowledge increase
  • Complete and submit all necessary forms to NPGA, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the apprentice, as required
Can an apprentice receive credit for prior learning?

An applicant can receive credit for various competencies required in an apprenticeship, depending on their experience. Prior knowledge can be earned through:

  • Relevant military service
  • Related instruction through a previous employment, community college, and vocational school
  • Experience through on-the-job training through employment history
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