Through the Apprenticeship Agreement, an apprentice, as an employee, receives supervised, structured on-the-job training and related technical instruction to perform at a highly skilled level. Some Registered Apprenticeship programs offer dual accreditation through post-secondary institutions that apply credit for apprenticeship completion toward an associate degree.
A progressively increasing schedule of wages is based on the journeyman's hourly wage of the apprentice's occupation. These increases occur with satisfactory progress in both related instruction and on-the-job training until wages reach up to 95 percent of the rate paid the journeyman in the occupation.
Upon completing a one- to four-year (2,000 to 8,000 hours) apprenticeship, the worker receives an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate and is recognized nationwide as a qualified journeyman. This certificate is one of the most respected and portable industry credentials in use today. The certificate is issued by the Louisiana State Apprenticeship Division.