Apprenticeship programs in Arizona are governed by the Arizona Department of Economic Security's Apprenticeship Office, which establishes and enforces standards, registers apprenticeship programs, monitors programs for compliance, and coordinates programs with the federal Office of Apprenticeship (OA).
Under state law, an apprentice must be at least 16 years old and must enter into an agreement with an employer that will provide at least 2,000 hours of reasonably continuous employment and at least 144 hours of related supplementary instruction. The Arizona program contains the following components.
Apprenticeable occupations. An apprenticeable occupation is a skilled trade that possesses the following characteristics:
• It is commonly recognized throughout an industry.
• It involves manual, mechanical, or technical skills and knowledge.
• It is typically learned through on-the-job, supervised training and requires supplementary classroom instruction.
Agreement. Each employer or sponsor of an apprenticeship program must sign a written apprenticeship agreement with each apprentice (or with the representative of any bona fide organization of apprentices) and file it with the state Apprenticeship Office.