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Apprenticeship Training


What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction.

  • An apprentice enters a contract to learn a skilled craft or trade in exchange for paid services to an employer in the field.
  • The apprentice works with a journeyman (skilled craftsman) for two to five years depending on the trade where the skilled craftsman passes on knowledge to the apprentice.
  • Each apprentice is required to take designated related instruction throughout their apprenticeship. Instruction is usually provided through the technical college. Typically, apprentices attend day school for eight hours every other week (72 hours per semester) and receive a normal hourly salary while attending class during the day. Barber/Cosmetology apprentices normally attend four hours every week.
  • Many apprenticeship trades also require night school.
  • Apprenticeships are a partnership between the employer who offers on-the-job training, the apprentice who agrees to work for the employer, the technical college or training group, and the State of Wisconsin, Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards.

The Department of Workforce Development - Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) governs apprenticeship programs, deriving its authority from Chapter 106 of the Wisconsin Statutes. This law determines all requirements of students, employers, and apprenticeship training programs. The indenture assures that the employer has a qualified employee and that the apprentice receives a thorough grounding in the knowledge and skills required in his/her selected field. BAS's supervision assures that training meets the standards of the trade.


  • High school diploma or GED/HSED
  • Passing score on Accuplacer or other required tests
  • Physical capability of performing the trade
  • Valid driver’s license or reliable transportation
  • Applicants must meet the application and testing requirements of the field they are interested in entering. These rules and policies may vary depending on the requirements of the specific occupation.
  • Applicants must be employed prior to starting an apprenticeship. If you do not have an employer, you can still start the application process and go before the committee to receive a Letter of Introduction, which can be taken to potential employers to designate that you are a qualified apprenticeship candidate.

Application Process:

This process varies for each program.


Depending on the current needs of business and industry, the availability of apprenticeship programs may vary. Please check with the Dean of Trade and Industry to see if the following trades are being offered in any given year:



Other Apprenticeships and General Information Sites:

Referral services are available for all apprentice trades.


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