Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs


NIMS offers Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) in all sectors of manufacturing and industrial maintenance based on NIMS industry-approved standards. Recognized programs must demonstrate the ability to meet all requirements of 29 CFR 29.22(a)(4).

What is an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP)?

According to, IRAPs are “high-quality apprenticeship programs recognized as such by a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) pursuant to the DOL’s standards. These programs provide individuals with opportunities to obtain workplace-relevant knowledge and progressively advancing skills. IRAPs include a paid-work component and an educational component and result in an industry-recognized credential.”

At their core, all apprenticeships are work and learn models. The NIMS approach to apprenticeship is to help organizations ensure that their programs meet all government requirements while also providing a structured framework to ensure high-quality, results-driven training. 

Appeals and Complaints

Any IRAP employers, sponsors, or apprentices may file an official appeal or complaint with NIMS.

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