Apprenticeship Completion Award Program
The Apprenticeship Completion Award Program (ACAP) partially reimburses eligible apprentices, sponsors and employers for certain costs of related instruction. ACAP was developed by the Legislature, and signed by Governor Walker (2013 WI Act 57). The program began June 2, 2014.
ACAP will be administered by the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS), as directed by law. BAS may reimburse the apprentice, the employer or the sponsor a maximum of $1,000 for up to 25% of the tuition, book, materials and other course fees directly associated with related instruction.
ACAP funding totals $450,000. The program will conclude on June 30, 2015.
Who is eligible to request reimbursement?
When the apprentice is eligible, the party or parties that incurred the costs (the apprentice, the sponsor and/or the construction employer) can request reimbursement from the Bureau.
To be eligible, the apprentice must meet either eligibility event on or between June 2, 2014 and June 30, 2015:
- Year One: the apprentice is active and in good standing at the one-year anniversary of his or her apprentice contract registration
- Completion: the apprentice successfully completes his or her apprenticeship program
The apprentice must not be delinquent on child support payments.
Public sector apprentices and sponsors, such as protective services, utilities, and more, are excluded from ACAP by law.
How much reimbursement can be requested?
The eligible party or parties that incurred the costs (apprentice, employer and/or sponsor) can request the following reimbursements from BAS:
- Year One: up to $250, on or after the one-year anniversary of the apprentice's contract registration, so long as the apprentice remains in good standing
- Completion: up to $1,000, inclusive of any Year One reimbursement, for up to 25% of total costs, after the apprentice successfully completes the apprenticeship
Reimbursement is not guaranteed. ACAP funding is finite and annual. BAS will disburse funds on a first-come, first-serve basis.
How do I request reimbursement?
ACAP Eligility Notices and Reimbursement Requests will be mailed by the Bureau on a daily basis to eligible apprentices, sponsors and employers. The forms are not available otherwise. Follow the instructions on the forms, and include all necessary receipts and documentation.
Whom do I contact for more information?
Please contact Owen Smith, Program and Policy Analyst, at 608-266-2491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.