National Apprenticeship Act (The Fitzgerald Act)

Labor Standards for the Registration of Apprenticeship Programs (Title 29, CFR Part 29)

To ensure that apprenticeship remains a highly successful talent development strategy, the Department of Labor and other key stakeholders have worked closely to revise the regulations governing the National Apprenticeship System. These revised regulations published, on October 29, 2008, update Title 29 CFR, part 29 and provide a framework that supports an enhanced, modernized apprenticeship system.

The revised regulations provide a framework to the following:

  • Promotes apprenticeship and advances the National Apprenticeship System
  • Protects the welfare of the apprentices
  • Provides consistency and accountability across the system to enhance program quality and performance
  • Creates flexibility within the apprenticeship model and aligns it with the needs of a new generation of workers and a broad range of employers

Full text of the Revised Regulations: Title 29 CFR, part 29

Education and Outreach Materials for Title 29, CFR Part 29

Regulations Fact Sheet - Describes key changes in the final rule as they pertain to apprentices, program sponsors, State Apprenticeship Agencies and other stakeholders

Regulations at a Glance - 10 one-page reference guides that describe how the final rule addresses the following topics:

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List of Reference Guides
Three Approaches to Apprenticeship Program Completion Interim Credentials
Electronic Media in Related Instruction Provisional Registration
Program Performance Standards Probationary Periods and Cancellations
Proposed Modifications to State Apprenticeship Legislation Reciprocal Approval
Recognition of State Apprenticeship Agencies (SAAs) SAA Re-application for Recognition

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) in Apprenticeship (Title 29, CFR Part 30)

Sets forth policies and procedures to promote equality of opportunity in registered apprenticeship programs.