This document offers a model for implementing a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) for the development of commercial vehicle technicians.
The apprenticeship program guidelines presented herein are a consensus-built model designed to provide training and certification for apprentice technicians servicing commercial vehicles. This apprenticeship approach is open to employers wishing to participate in a program of excellence meeting latest safety and industry standards. This model was developed in accordance with the basic standards recommended by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, as a basis from which the employer can work to establish an apprenticeship training program that meets the particular needs of the area.
Unlike most existing registered programs, this model is not intended to replace the traditional apprentice-to-journeyman model, but rather provide a roadmap that can span from pre-apprentice to apprentice to productive entry-level technician. This structure takes into consideration changes that have occurred in trucking during the past several years that have impacted how industry does business.