Registered Apprentice Training Investment

Investment opportunity for South Dakota businesses with Registered Apprenticeship Training Programs

Registered Apprenticeship Training Investment

Through an ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is investing in South Dakota employers who provide training through Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP).

The program must be registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship before applying for the incentive. Learn more about developing and registering a program.

Funding for this incentive is first-come, first-served, and is a rolling application process. The funding is available from Jan. 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, or until funds are expended.

Apprentice Investment Levels:

After a new apprentice has completed the first 90 days of the apprenticeship, a business may be eligible to receive:

  • $500 for each new apprentice who is an existing employee (more than six months of consecutive employment at the business) and/or
  • $1,000 for each new apprentice who is a new employee (less than six months of consecutive employment at the business).


  1. Business and new apprentice must coordinate with DLR at least two to four weeks BEFORE the start of RAP training.
  2. Business will submit verifying documentation to DLR of active apprentice(s) in their RAP.

Step 1: DLR Business Registration 

Complete the following forms and email to

  1. Conditions and Assurances (Form 10A)
  2. Provider Payment Authorization (Form 70)
  3. Registered Apprenticeship Program Provider (Form 55)
  4. Provide a copy of each occupation(s) Appendix A as part of the RAP Standards. These documents can be obtained through the RAP sponsor. 

Step 2: DLR Apprentice Enrollment

The apprentice will work with a DLR Employment Specialist to complete the enrollment process and receive ongoing support throughout their RAP.

To begin the enrollment process, the apprentice can choose one of the following:

  1. Complete the steps through DLR's Virtual Job Service and meet virtually with an Employment Specialist
  2. Contact their local Job Service Office to schedule a meeting with an Employment Specialist.

Step 3: Apprentice Registration Verification

Business submits the following documentation to DLR after apprentice has completed enrollment:

  1. Verification of apprentice hire date, such as an I-9 Authorization to Work Verification or submitting a letter using Apprentice Verification Letter Template.
  2. ETA 671 (Apprenticeship Agreement) to verify training start date. This agreement is in the U.S. DOL Office of Apprenticeship RAPIDS database.
  3. Registered Apprentice Program On-the-Job Learning Plan Agreement (Form 51

Step 4: Request Payment

After 90 days of RAP training and apprentice status verification, payment will then be released to business following the Provider Payment Authorization (Form 70, completed in Step 1). Use of investment funds is encouraged to offset costs related to training needs (e.g., supplies, salaries, supportive services,  related technical instruction, etc.).