Department of Industrial Relations
The Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) administers California apprenticeship law and enforces apprenticeship standards for wages, hours, working conditions and the specific skills required for state certification as a journeyperson in an apprenticeable occupation. DAS promotes apprenticeship training, consults with program sponsors, and monitors programs to ensure high standards for on-the-job training and supplemental classroom instruction.
The public works unit of the Division of Apprenticeship Standards enforces laws related to the employment of apprentices on public works projects (LC § 1777.5). Contractors performing public works projects in California are required to notify applicable apprenticeship committees when they are awarded a public works project. They must also employ apprentices and make training fund contributions to an approved apprenticeship committee or to the California Apprenticeship Council. The public works unit assists those complying with these requirements
Electrician certification program (ECP)
Assembly Bill (AB) 931, signed by the governor in October 1999, required the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) to establish and validate minimum standards for the competency and training of electricians. The electrician certification program is the result of that requirement.