The Process

An apprenticeship gives you job skills you need for your career in South Dakota and you earn a paycheck at the same time.

Be an Employer in the Apprenticeship Program in South Dakota

Employers may work with a current Registered Apprenticeship sponsor if they agree to abide by their standards. This can be done by signing a Program Acceptance Agreement form and submitting it to the Office of Apprenticeship. Reporting to Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System (RAPIDS) and tracking of hours must still take place OR you can become a Registered Apprenticeship Sponsor.

Steps to become a Registered Apprenticeship Sponsor

  1. Determine the occupation you want to develop into a Registered Apprenticeship program.
  2. Contact your local DLR job service office.
  3. Discuss your needs and review a generic set of standards for the occupation of interest.
  4. Standard Development
    A) What is your starting wage? Must be at least minimum wage.
    B) Identify any incremental wage increases for the apprentice. There must be one throughout the entire program.
  5. Instruction
    A) Identify your related instruction curriculum or identify a provider with an established curriculum. Each year, related instructions must be at least 144 hours.
    B) Do you prefer to do a segmentedfront-load, or parallel instruction?
  6. Training
    A) Identify the training schedule for the on-the-job training. Programs must provide a minimum of 2,000 hours of on-the-job training.
    B) Do you anticipate measuring success by a time-basedcompetency-based or hybrid-based base?
    C) How many apprentices will work under a fully trained mentor (current employee)?
  7. Submit standards to the Office of Apprenticeship for review.
  8. Receive approval and an overview of the in Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System (RAPIDS) database.
  9. Register your apprentices in the RAPIDS database.
  10. Document hours the Registered Apprentice(s) takes part in the related instruction and on-the-job training and maintain your records.
  11. Document completion of the Registered Apprenticeship in RAPIDS.
  12. A Registered Apprenticeship certificate will be issued to the apprentice.

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