Northwest State Apprentice Program

Custom Training Solutions, a div. of Northwest State Community
College is your connection to providing your employees with a
robust and successful apprenticeship program. Whether you chose
a State Registered Apprenticeship Program, an Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program, or Work-Based Learning we are here to help you create a predictable and sustainable pipeline of a skilled

What is a Apprenticeship?

  • Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.

Key Components

  • Business Involvement – Employers are the foundation of every Registered Apprenticeship program.
  • Structured on-the-Job Training – apprentices receive on-the-job training from an experienced mentor for no less than one year.
  • Related Instruction – Apprentices combine on-the-job learning with technical education at Northwest State Community College.
  • Rewards for Skill Gains – Apprentices receive increases in wages as they gain higher-level skills.
  • National Occupational Credential – Registered Apprenticeship programs result in a nationally recognized credential – a 100% guarantee to employers that apprentices are fully qualified for the job.

How can an Apprenticeship Program benefit you?

  • Recruit and develop a highly-skilled workforce that helps you grow your business
  • Improve productivity, profitability, and your bottom line
  • Create flexible training options that ensure workers develop the right skills
  • Reduce turnover and liability costs
  • 91% of apprentices continue employment after conclusion of the apprenticeship program

How can an Apprenticeship Program benefit the employee?


  • Provides continuous employment with wage increases as the apprentice becomes more knowledgeable and proficient
  • Portable, industry issued, nationally recognized credential
  • Provides the apprentice with a mentor for no less than 1 year
  • Career advancement
  • Receive college credit for future degrees
  • Improved skills and competencies
  • Increased safety

Apprenticeship Programs

Registered Apprenticeship Program

  • A Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is a proven model of apprenticeship that has been validated by the Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Agency (Apprentice Ohio)

Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs

  • An Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) is a customizable model of apprenticeship that has been validated by a proven industry accreditor.

Work-Based Learning

  • While this term carries a very broad definition, it is an experience that includes various forms of workplace training (formal education, on-the-job learning, mentorship, internship, workplace simulations, etc.). This training leads to gained knowledge, skills, and experience needed for entry or advancement in a particular field.

Subcategories of Apprenticeship Programs

  • A time-based apprenticeship for an occupation requires a minimum of 2,000 hours, which includes an outline of the specific work processes and the approximate time requirement for learning each individual work process under that occupation. Both related instruction and the completion of on-the-job learning are based on dedicating the time for each activity.
  • Competency/performance based apprenticeship programs are premised on attainment of demonstrated, observable and measurable competencies in lieu of meeting time-based work experience and on-the-job learning. Competency based programs still have to comply with the requirement for the allocation of the approximate time to be spent in each major process.
  • The hybrid apprenticeship combines aspects of both time-based and competency-based programs. In addition to a time-based component, which has a fixed set time for completion (e.g. 2,000, 4,000, 6,000 hours), apprentices must demonstrate competency to progress in their apprenticeship program.