Apprenticeship Legislation & Policy

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On June 23, 2021, Governor Polis signed HB21-1007: State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) into law, codifying the state's commitment to increase access to earn-and-learn programs that lead to high quality jobs and to build the talent pipeline that industry needs. SB23-051 Conforming Workforce Development Statutes codified the relationship between the State Apprenticeship Agency and the Office of the Future of Work and the establishment of two industry committees on the advisory State Apprenticeship Council (SAC) to address both the Building and Construction Trades and New and Emerging Industries.

As a result of these two pieces of legislation the SAA is designed to: 

  • Ensure the quality of the registered apprenticeship system, by overseeing the registration and compliance with federal and state laws and providing technical assistance to ensure the return on investment for apprentices and employers  
  • Accelerate high-quality apprenticeship growth, especially in in-demand occupations 
  • Increase equity in apprenticeship, through policies, funding, and systems to ensure all Coloradoans have access to high-quality career pathways through apprenticeship 

Learn More About the SAA

View the SAA Bill Tracker


Related Legislation

The SAA implements additional apprenticeship-related legislation in CDLE, including:

Find information related to Federal registered apprenticeship, visit USDOL's legislation, regulations, and guidance website.


What is Rulemaking?

Rulemaking is the formal process by which state agencies create regulations or rules to implement and interpret statutes, and establish policies and procedures, consistent with rulemaking authority provided to state agencies by the Colorado General Assembly.
The rulemaking process is governed by a variety of statutes and guidance from other government entities that have roles and responsibilities in the process. The process involves engagement from various stakeholders to ensure interested parties have the opportunity to meaningfully engage in the discussion on proposed rules and regulations.

Proposed/Adopted Rules, Comments & Rulemaking Dates
RulesPublic HearingComments DueAnticipated Effective DateClean VersionRedline From Prior VersionStatement of Basis & Purpose
State Apprenticeship Agency Rules, 7 CCR 1108-1April 24, 2023April 26, 2023June 30, 2023PDF of 7 CCR 1108-1N/APDF of Statement of Basis & Purpose


Spring 2023 Rulemaking Comments

Stakeholder Opportunities

An Apprenticeship Colorado stakeholder is any individual, group, or organization that is affected by our organization, and we strive to partner effectively and meaningfully with all stakeholders. Stakeholders may participate in rulemaking hearings, stakeholder meetings, public hearings, State Apprenticeship Council meetings, townhalls, email updates, and other opportunities to build relationships with our staff. See our upcoming stakeholder events below or view recordings of past events.

The Office of the Future of Work values ensuring accessibility for all those who participate in our activities and events. If you are in need of accommodations please email apprenticeship@state.co.us with your request at least 5 business days before the date of the event.

Published Guidance 

Published guidance includes administrative updates, Executive Memos, INFOs, and other guidance for Sponsors and apprentices in Colorado.

Interpretive Notice & Formal Opinions (INFOs):

Executive Memos:

Other Guidance: