Kansas Registered Apprenticeship Program

The Kansas Registered Apprenticeship Program balances a unique partnership between job seekers and employers throughout the state. The program incorporates classroom studies through on-the-job training supervised by a skilled employee.

Thousands of employers across many industries, including construction and commercial trades to healthcare, offer apprenticeships for job seekers. The customizable program improves the skills and competencies of apprentices through on-the-job training, in turn leading to their higher productivity rate.

If you own a business in Kansas, having an apprentice helps build a qualified workforce with the exact skills needed to fill your job openings and reduce employee turnover.


Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Difference Between Registered Apprenticeship And Other Types Of Training?
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.

How Long Is The Training?
Registered Apprenticeship programs may take from 1-6 years to complete, depending on the occupation. Most programs are 3-4 years in length. The length of training (term) is determined by standards adopted by the industry.
Are Apprentices Required To Attend School?
Apprentices must attend Related Technical Instruction which is combined with on-the-job-learning experience. Most programs require approximately 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.
Can Apprentices Earn College Credit For Their Registered Apprenticeship Experience?
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.
Are There Age Limits For Apprentices?
Each industry establishes its own minimum age requirement, although the typical minimum age is 18. There are no upper age limits on apprentices.
Are Apprentices Paid?
Yes.  Apprentices must be full-time employees of the employer who is sponsoring the training program.  However, in the event of a School-to-Registered Apprenticeship program,  apprentices may be employed part-time. 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.
What Are The Minimum Educational/Experience Requirements For Registered Apprenticeship?
No experience is required of a new apprentice. Most Registered Apprenticeship programs require applicants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some occupations require completion of specific subjects such as algebra, blueprint reading or related shop work.
What Are The Benefits Of Registered Apprenticeship?

  • Skilled workers trained to industry/employer specifications to produce quality results
  • Reduced turnover
  • Provides systematic training to develop more informed and productive employees
  • Apprentices are more committed to the employer
  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced training costs


  • Paid to learn a trade/occupation
  • Guaranteed wage increases
  • Portable credentials that are nationally recognized
  • Opportunity for college credit
Do You Have To Join A Union To Be In A Registered Apprenticeship?
No.  Approximately 66% of all Registered Apprenticeship programs do not involve organized labor.
Is All Apprenticeship Training The Same?
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.
Is The Registered Apprenticeship Program Sponsor Also The Eligible Training Provider For The Workforce Investment System?
Yes, Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors/employers are initially eligible if they sign up to be an eligible training provider. The local Workforce Services agency will determine a job seeker’s eligibility.
What Costs Associated With Registered Apprenticeship May Be Considered For Eligible Clients Through The Workforce Investment System?
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.

Is Customized Training Allowable For Registered Apprenticeship?

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