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DOL/ETA RIN: 1205-AB85 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: Apprenticeship Programs, Labor Standards for Registration, Amendment of Regulations 

The Department is revising title 29 CFR part 29, Labor Standards for the Registration of Apprenticeship Programs to establish guidelines for third parties to certify high-quality, industry recognized apprenticeship programs, and other conforming updates and governance modifications as appropriate.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 29   
Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

Executive Order 13801 (82 FR 28229), issued by the President on June 15, 2017, directed the Secretary of Labor (in consultation with the Secretaries of Education and Commerce) to consider proposing regulations under 29 U.S.C. 50 that would promote the development of apprenticeship programs by third parties.  These third parties may include trade and industry groups, companies, non-profit organizations, unions, joint labor-management organizations, and other organizations. The Secretary has determined that the Department will issue new apprenticeship regulations to address the directives of the Executive Order. 

Summary of the Legal Basis:

The National Apprenticeship Act of 1937 (also known as the Fitzgerald Act), 29 U.S.C. 50, gives the Secretary broad power to promote, help create, and set standards for apprenticeship programs.  The Act authorizes and directs the Secretary to formulate and promote the furtherance of labor standards necessary to safeguard the welfare of apprentices, to extend the application of such standards by encouraging the inclusion thereof in contracts of apprenticeship, to bring together employers and labor for the formulation of programs of apprenticeship, to cooperate with State agencies engaged in the formulation and promotion of standards of apprenticeship, and to cooperate with the Secretary of Education in accordance with section 17 of Title 20.


ETA has no alternatives at this time.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

The Department’s preliminary estimate is an anticipated cost of $25 million for this regulatory action.  Details for costs and benefits will be prepared.


This action does not affect the public health, safety, or the environment.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
John V. Ladd
Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship
Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room C-5311,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2796
Fax:202 693-3799