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. In August of 2021, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced the Office of the Future of Work (OFW) will house the SAA. The State Apprenticeship Agency is designed to:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact with the United States Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship concerning apprentices and registered apprenticeship programs;

  • Accelerate new apprenticeship program growth and assist in promotion and development; and

  • Oversee apprenticeship programs, including registration, required standards for registration, certification, quality assurance, record-keeping, compliance with federal laws and standards, and provision of administrative and technical assistance.

Learn More About the SAA

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Related Legislation

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

  • HB21-1238, Public Utilities Commission Modernize Gas Utility Demand-side Management Standards
  • SB21 - 072, Public Utilities Commission Modernize Electric Transmission Infrastructure
  • SB21 - 246; Electric Utility Promote Beneficial Electrification
  • SB20 - 081, School Information For Apprenticeship Directory
  • SB19 - 196, Colorado Quality Apprenticeship Act of 2019
  • SB19 - 171, Apprenticeship Directory

Find information related to federal registered apprenticeship legislation, regulations, and guidance on this website from USDOL.



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

Rules Public Hearing Comments Due Anticipated Effective Date Clean Version Redline From Prior Version Statement of Basis & Purpose
State Apprenticeship Agency Rules, 7 CCR 1108-1 April 24, 2023 April 26, 2023 June 30, 2023     PDF


Notice of Public Hearing Date, Agenda, and Registration/Meeting Link

Form to Submit Written Comments for SAA Rulemaking by April 26, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

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Interpretive Notice & Formal Opinions (INFOs) & Other Published Guidance 

INFOs are not binding law, but are the SAA’s officially approved opinions and notices to employers, employees, and other stakeholders as to how the SAA applies and interprets various statutes and rules. The SAA will post and update INFOs on various topics; each INFO notes the date it was last updated.

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