Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs

The Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) model connects career-seekers in a variety of industries with paid job training programs to attain necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities. In addition, the IRAP model connects employers with highly trained workers, creating a viable talent pool. Learn more.

What is a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE)?

A SRE is an entity that is qualified to recognize apprenticeship programs as IRAPs and that has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). SREs are conformity assessment bodies that develop specific criteria/requirements and carry assessments based on these requirements. SREs can only recognize programs in the geographic area, industry, and/or occupational area for which they are approved by DOL to recognize IRAPs.

ANAB is approved as a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) by the U.S. Department of Labor to evaluate and recognize IRAPs.

Scope of the ANAB IRAP

ANAB's recognition applies within the following industries, occupations, and geographic locations:

  • Industries: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction; utilities; manufacturing; wholesale trade; retail trade; transportation and warehousing; information; finance and insurance; real estate and rental and leasing; professional, scientific, and technical services; management of companies and enterprises; administrative and support and waste management and remediation services; educational services; health care and social assistance; arts, entertainment, and recreation; accommodation and food services; other services; and public administration
  • Occupations: Facilities management, supply chain managers, risk management specialists, human resources managers, strategic planning, marketing managers, environmental services, and volunteer services.
  • Geographic Location: National.


What is an IRAP Sponsor?

An IRAP Sponsor is the entity responsible for administering the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program. IRAP Sponsors are entities such as trade and industry groups, corporations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, unions, and joint labor-management organizations (Source: Department of Labor).

The Value of ANAB IRAP Recognition

  • The recognition process assures program quality and value.
  • The ANAB symbol signals to an employer that the credential holder has undergone a valid, fair, and reliable training ANAB recognition provides an added layer of legal defensibility against invalid claims.
  • The accountability and transparency built into the ANAB process support conformity assessment attestations and can result in reduced liability insurance.

Learn How to Apply for Recognition

The process used by ANAB to recognize IRAPs is based on the DOL requirements. The ANAB recognition process involves a review of a paper application and, in some cases, the performance of an assessment (on-site visit) to validate information provided by each IRAP Sponsor.

To learn more about the application process go to How to Apply.


For more information, contact:

Caitlin O’Connell
Manager, Certificate Accreditation Program