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How to Start Your Registered Apprenticeship Program

Becky Long and 3 others • Last updated 11/2022

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140 students
1 module
53 minutes
14 assignments

Course description

Solar companies are scrambling to comply with new prevailing wage and apprenticeship labor requirements. The laws and rules are confusing, even for smart people. In this free course, we'll break it down into simple, actionable steps that a normal person can understand.

In this course we’ll cover two things:

  1. How to comply with the new regulations as quickly and painlessly as possible.
  2. How to go beyond compliance and use career development as a competitive advantage.

This course includes a presentation from the panelists, followed by a recording of the live audience Q&A.

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Full course outline

Module 1 - How to Start Your Registered Apprenticeship Program Presentations

  • Introduction - Brian Hayden (02:46 minutes)
  • Apprenticeships in the Solar Industry and the Inflation Reduction Act - Becky Long - SEIA (14:10 minutes)
  • Presentation Slides - Becky Long, SEIA (.pdf)
  • Registered Apprenticeship Basics - Janene Erne - Workforce Intelligence Network (14:15 minutes)
  • Presentation Slides - Janene Erne, Workforce Intelligence Network (.pdf)
  • Work Process Schedule and Funding Opportunities for Register Apprenticeship Programs - Casey Coghlan - Arapahoe/Douglas Works (10:54 minutes)
  • Solar Technician Work Process Schedule (.docx)
  • Example of Available Apprenticeship Funding - Colorado's Accelerate Apprenticeship Grant (.pdf)
  • Q&A with Live Audience (11:07 minutes)
  • Why January 29, 2023 is so important


Becky Long

Senior Program Manager, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

As Senior Program Manager on SEIA's Equity and Workforce Development Team, Becky engages with SEIA member companies on solar workforce development issues including topics such as apprenticeships and recruiting military talent under the U.S. Department of Energy funded Solar Ready Vets Network. Prior to this role, they led SEIA’s events team in planning and implementing... Learn more

Janene Earne

Regional Apprenticeship Administrator, Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN)

Janene Kelley Erne is a Regional Apprenticeship Administrator at the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) and a U.S. DOL Apprenticeship Ambassadors. In this role, Janene works with partners from across apprenticeship systems to grow apprenticeship opportunities in southeast Michigan. Janene has over 20 years of experience in career development and apprenticeship, and... Learn more

Brian Hayden

Co-Founder, HeatSpring

Co-founder and Partner at HeatSpring. Brian also teaches "Finding Your Venture" at the the University of Michigan's Center for Entrepreneurship. Brian has business degrees from the University of Michigan (BBA) and Babson College (MBA). He loves renewable energy, entrepreneurship, and hearing and telling great stories. Learn more

Casey Coghlan

Colorado Apprenticeship Consultant, Arapahoe/Douglas Works!

Casey Coghlan is an Colorado Apprenticeship Consultant for Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Learn more


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