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Registered Apprenticeship Program and Course Approval

The registered apprenticeship is a unique, flexible training model that combines structured on-the-job learning experiences with related classroom instruction to train individuals to a high industry-recognized standard. Here you can learn about the partnerships behind the registered apprenticeship, and find details on the course and program approval process.

Oregon community colleges provide related training for apprenticeship programs, including Associate of Applied Science degrees. Apprenticeship-related training courses and programs must follow approval processes. Current or prospective participants in apprenticeship programs may explore opportunities through the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Apprenticeship Division or through the Oregon Apprenticeships website.

State Partnerships in the Registered Apprenticeship System

The registered apprenticeship system consists of multiple partners, including state agencies, Oregon community colleges, training centers, and industries.

Community colleges in Oregon currently partner with registered apprenticeship programs by providing the “classroom” or Related Training and Instruction (RTI) component of apprenticeship. Community colleges also assist programs with financial, administrative, and compliance management, and assist with recruitment of learners. State partners in this work include the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), BOLI Apprenticeship Division, Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council, Oregon Employment Department, and Oregon Department of Education.

Registered Apprenticeship Program and Course Approval

The HECC Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development collaborates with Oregon's 17 community colleges and the Oregon Community College Apprenticeship Consortium (OCCAC) on program and course approval for registered apprenticeship courses, certificates, and Associate of Applied Science degrees to students in Oregon. The Consortium is an association of college staff responsible for managing the apprenticeship-related training and services provided by a college. OCCAC currently manages three pathways in Construction Trades, Electrician, and Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology.

HECC authorities on this work are described in:

For further information including BOLI authorities, visit the BOLI Apprenticeship page.