Contractor Apprenticeship and Training Fund Filing

Learn about special filing requirements related to meeting your financial contribution to the Apprenticeship and Training Fund.

Delaware Senate Bill 184 requires that employers with 10 or more employees who are working on most prevailing wage projects meet Craft Training requirements. Making payment(s) to the Apprenticeship and Training Fund is one way to meet these requirements.

You can learn more details by accessing the Apprenticeship and Training Fund FAQ below and visiting Delaware Code 29 Del. C. § 6960A-Craft Training Requirements.

You can start an Apprenticeship and Training Payment Filing right here on One Stop. We'll walk you through the process that will help you decide if this is the best option for you as well as if you are required to make a payment. See our FAQ below to learn about other ways to meet the requirement.

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Registered Apprenticeship Training Compliance Frequently Asked Questions

Craft Training requirements are already in effect. However, the ability to make a financial payment for compliance goes into effect on September 9, 2022, which is one year from the date of enactment. Any contracts executed on September 9, 2022, and after, will have the option to meet the Craft Training requirements through a financial payment. There are other changes that go into effect on September 9, 2022, which include the requirement to meet Craft Training requirements for each craft in the project (see 29 Del. C. § 6960A -Craft Training Requirements).

Only public works contracts that meet the prevailing wage requirements. If you are unsure if the project meets the prevailing wage requirement, contact Office of Construction Industry Enforcement at 302.761.8200. There are exceptions outlined in 29 Del. C. § 6960A that include contractor employee size and most federal highway projects. There also must be an apprenticeship program for a craft in the project on the list of crafts issued on the Department of Labor website under "Occupational Lists."

The contractor must satisfy the craft training requirement before the contract for the project is signed by all parties.

In June of 2019, SS 1 for SB 48 was enacted, requiring certain public works contracts to meet what is referred to as Craft Training requirements. Effective September 2022, SB 184 w/ SA2 clarifies and expands options for contractors to satisfy the craft training requirement. There are 4 ways to meet the Craft Training requirements.

There are four ways to satisfy the Craft Training requirements listed below. Note, compliance is required for each craft in the contract for which craft training is required

  1. Having at least 1 active apprentice in a craft training program for the craft.
  2. Having at least 1 active apprentice who completes a craft training program for the craft within the 6 months before the date the contract was executed.
  3. Being a member of a consortium that provides craft training for the craft and all of the following apply to the craft training program for the craft:
    • The consortium requires a regular financial contribution.
    • The contractor or subcontractor has access to the craft training program.
    • There is at least 1 active apprentice in the craft training program.
  4. Making a payment to the Apprenticeship and Training Fund.

If you have determined that making a payment is the best option for your company, then Number 4 is the reason you should be on this site.

Yes. "Craft training program" means an apprenticeship program approved by and registered with any state apprenticeship agency or the United States Department of Labor.

You can access the list of Crafts or Trades on the Department of Labor Apprenticeship and training website. This list is updated at least annually in January. If you are not sure which craft(s) apply to your contract, obtain clarification from the contracting agency (agency you are doing the work for).

Apprenticeship and Training Fund Information

The fee is $2,000 per trade per awarded contract. This can be updated annually in January.

Yes and it depends on contractor's total employee count. The max is for each calendar year and is:

  • For employers with 10 through 25 employees, payments that total $10,000.
  • For employers with more than 25 employees, payments that total $20,000.
  • Note: Employers with less than 10 employees are exempt from Craft Training requirements.

The capped payment amount resets on January 1 st of every year, regardless of date of the last payment. A payment made in December will not apply to the next calendar year payment total.

This is the number of employees reported to Unemployment Insurance ("UC-8" for Delaware Unemployment) for the quarter ending on June 30 of the previous calendar year. If the employee count varied from month to month within this quarter, report the highest number in this quarter. For employers who file through the online portal, you can find this data by logging into portal and selecting the report you need to view. For employers who file manually, you will need to pull your hard copies and review or call 302-761-8482 or email

You will report the employee count every time that you make a payment for Craft Training purposes, but it will remain static through the year as you are reporting the count that was reported for the quarter ending June 30 of the previous calendar year.

New Employers established after the quarter ending June 30 of the previous calendar should determine the number of employees that are currently employed with your business at the point in time you are making the payment for Craft Training purposes. Use the same definition and method that you use for Unemployment Insurance purpose for employee counts.

The Apprenticeship and Training Fund gets invested back into Registered Apprenticeship programs and expansion. Most of the funds will go to the Department of Education to support the related technical instruction of registered apprenticeship programs, including new areas of technical instruction for crafts that are in-demand by employers in this State, and to support pre-apprenticeship programs. The Department of Education shall disperse money from this Fund for the same purposes as other appropriations for adult trade extension and apprenticeship programs. The Department of Labor will use a smaller portion (20%) to promote and increase education and public awareness about registered apprenticeship and other occupational training, to support pre-apprenticeship programs, and a small amount to administer the fund.

For more information on how to create a Registered Apprenticeship Program please get in touch with us at or call the Office of Apprenticeship at 302-761-8328.

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