Apprenticeship Requirements

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.