This act shall be known as the Grow Jobs through Apprenticeships Act.

To authorize the use of state regulated apprenticeships to fulfill licensure requirements necessary to perform certain occupations.


(a) The DEPARTMENT or agency responsible for the administration of STATE occupational licenses is hereby authorized to recognize qualified apprenticeships as an alternative means of obtaining occupational licenses.

(b) DEPARTMENT shall establish the criteria necessary for granting licenses under this expanded apprenticeship program.

(c) The criteria established shall include, but is not limited to:

(d) The DEPARTMENT shall promulgate rules necessary to implement the expanded apprenticeship program, including limitations on the maximum and minimum number of hours required by each authorized apprenticeship.

(e) The DEPARTMENT has the right to exempt classes of occupations from the expanded apprenticeship program.