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


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
  • HB23-1212, Promotion of Apprenticeships
  • HB23-1246, Support In-Demand Career Workforce
  • SB23-051, Conforming Workforce Development Statutes 
  • SB23-146, Colorado Apprenticeship Directory Information 

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 N/A PDF


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

View the Recording of the April 24, 2023 Public Hearing

Spring 2023 Rulemaking Comments

  View Submitted Comments on SAA Rules

  David Scott, Encore Electric, Inc. and IECRM - 04.26.2023

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.  Other published guidance includes SAA administrative updates and policy guidance for sponsors and apprentices in Colorado.