Apprenticeships are not direct-enrollment programs. Each type of apprenticeship has different requirements. Apprenticeships are governed by standards set by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development - Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (DWD-BAS).
To become an apprentice, applicants must:
- Be employed by a company who will sponsor their apprenticeship.
- Be at least 16 years old and possess a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (HSED).
- Be physically and mentally fit for the requirements of the specific apprenticeship.
- Apply for an apprenticeship with a DWD-BAS approved trade committee or similar agency/organization or employer.
- Meet the application requirements and be approved for the apprenticeship.
- Enroll in an approved apprenticeship training program at a technical college or training center as stipulated in BAS standards.
- Maintain satisfactory progress in the course of study throughout the term of the apprenticeship.