Understanding the need for up-and-coming Project Managers, ELECTRI created National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards to help our NECA chapters and contractors train the next generation of industry professionals.


In July 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) approved the National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards for the NECA/ELECTRI Project Management Apprenticeship.

The program is intended to introduce apprentices to the entry-level aspects of Project Management. By the end of the program, the apprentice will complete 2,000 on-the-job training hours with the hosting contractor company and earn a Certificate in Construction Project Management through the related instruction requirement. These qualifications will establish a foundation for the start of the apprentice’s career in the industry!

  1. On-the-Job Training Overview
  2. Related Instruction Overview
  3. Steps to Register the Apprenticeship in Your State
  4. Presentations at the January ELECTRI Council Meeting
  5. Reach Out to Us

What are National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards?

The purpose of the National Guideline Standards is to provide policy and guidance to employers, employer associations and their local affiliates in developing Standards of Apprenticeship for local approval and registration. These National Guideline Standards developed by NECA and ELECTRI International are certified by the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) Training, Employer and Labor Services, U. S. Department of Labor, as substantially conforming to the requirements of Title 29, CFR Parts 29 and 30. State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA)/Councils recognized by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training to register local programs, and/or local laws and regulations, may impose additional requirements that must be addressed in the local apprenticeship standards.

Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 29, outlines the requirements for registration of acceptable apprenticeship programs for Federal purposes, and sets forth labor standards that safeguard the welfare of apprentices. Such registration may be by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, U. S. Department of Labor or by a State Apprenticeship Agency/Council recognized by the Bureau as the appropriate body in that State for approval of local apprenticeship programs for Federal purposes. Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30 sets forth the requirements for equal employment opportunity in apprenticeship to which all registered apprenticeship programs must adhere.

These new National Guideline Standards for Apprenticeship for NECA and ELECTRI International are a model for developing local apprenticeship programs with the OA or a SAA for the following occupation:

  • Project Management Specialist
    (Existing Title: Project Manager)
  • O*NET-SOC CODE: 13-1082.00
  • RAPIDS CODE: 3019
  • Type of Training: Time-based ELECTRI International and their affiliate members must meet all the requirements of the local Registration Agency.

What is a Registered Apprenticeship Program?

Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) are an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, receive progressive wage increases, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential. Registered Apprenticeships are industry-vetted and approved and validated by the U.S. Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Agency.

RAPs enable and energize more employers to participate and provide them access to larger talent pools that have been trained for entry-level to management positions, thereby meeting industry demands and reducing unemployment rates across the country.

Key elements of all Registered Apprenticeship programs include the following:

  • Industry Led – Programs are industry-vetted and approved to ensure alignment with industry standards and that apprentices are trained for highly skilled, high-demand occupations.
  • Paid Job–  Apprenticeships are jobs! Apprentices earn progressive wage as their skills and productivity increase.
  • Structured On-the-Job Learning/Mentorship – Programs provide structured on-the-job training to prepare for a successful career, which includes instruction from an experienced mentor.
  • Supplemental Education – Apprentices are provided supplemental classroom education based on the employer’s unique training needs to ensure quality and success.
  • Diversity– Programs are designed to reflect the communities in which they operate through strong non-discrimination, anti-harassment, and recruitment practices to ensure access, equity, and inclusion.
  • Quality & Safety– Apprentices are afforded worker protections while receiving rigorous training to equip them with the skills they need to succeed and the proper training and supervision they need to be safe.
  • Credentials– Apprentices earn a portable, nationally-recognized credential within their industry.

View the Apprenticeship USA Factsheet