Value of the ANAB-IRAP Program

Masked engineer getting hands-on experience in the ANAB Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP).

In September 2020, ANAB was approved by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship as a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE). This approval enables ANAB to evaluate and recognize Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) pursuant to the Department of Labor’s standards. The ANAB-IRAP program offers unique benefits to organizations interested in developing IRAPs.

Broad Scope of Recognition for ANAB Accreditation

ANAB’s scope of recognition applies to a very broad range of industries, recognitions, and geographic locations. Other SREs represent much narrower interests, but ANAB is approved by the DOL for the following:

  • Industries: agriculture, forestry, and fishing and hunting; mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction; utilities; manufacturing; wholesale trade; retail trade; transportation and warehousing; information; finance and insurance; real estate and rental and leasing; professional, scientific, and technical services; management of companies and enterprises; administrative and support and waste management and remediation services; educational services; health care and social assistance; arts, entertainment, and recreation; accommodation and food services; other services; public administration
  • Occupations: facilities management; supply chain managers; risk management specialists; human resources managers; strategic plan; marketing managers; environmental services; volunteer services
  • Geographic Location: national

ANAB’s Thorough Recognition Process

ANAB prides itself on providing rigorous, independent, impartial, and transparent processes. As a signatory of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) multilateral recognition arrangements, ANAB demonstrates compliance to ISO/IEC 17011 – Conformity Assessment – Requirements For Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Conformity Assessment Bodies. ANAB will leverage its existing accreditation processes to provide a thorough, rigorous recognition process for organizations interested in the ANAB-IRAP program. The accountability and transparency built into the ANAB-IRAP processes will result in learning and quality improvement for organizations who pursue the program. 

Helpful Guidance and Resources for ANAB-IRAP

With its extensive experience in the accreditation of personnel certification and certificate programs, ANAB has a competent team of assessors, Expert Panel members, and full-time staff committed to the ANAB-IRAP program. These groups have in-depth knowledge, skills, and experiences in the personnel credentialing field, which will be beneficial for organizations interested in achieving recognition.

In addition to the personnel resources, ANAB offers informational sessions, workshops, and other resources to provide guidance on the Department of Labor’s standards.

ANAB has a strong relationship with the Department of Labor, regulatory bodies, and other interests groups. These relationships can be leveraged to connect organizations with additional resources, government entities, additional assistance, and IRAP sponsors.

Additional Information on the ANAB Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP)

With this prestigious approval by the U.S. Department of Labor, ANAB is thrilled to provide recognition of IRAPs.  The ANAB-IRAP program will encourage innovative, flexible, industry-driven workforce development approaches that result in an immediate pool of workers for today and skilled talent for tomorrow.  Interested parties can learn more about the ANAB-IRAP program through these resources:

ANAB Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP)

U.S. Department of Labor Approves ANAB as Standards Recognition Entity

Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs and Workforce Development

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