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Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS)

Division of Apprenticeship Standards - Public works information

In general, public works refers to construction projects that are paid for in whole or in part out of public funds, or if private funds are used, more than 50 percent of the square footage is leased to a public entity. Because of this, there are laws regarding many aspects of the construction projects to protect the public’s interest.

One of the legal requirements for working on a public works project is the employment of apprentices. The Division of Apprenticeship Standards provides assistance to contractors in employing apprentices on public works sites.

Enforcement of Apprentice Laws and Regulations on Public Works Projects is a function of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/dlsePublicWorks.html

Important Notices
Training fund contributions

A contractor to whom a contract is awarded, who, in performing any of the work under the contract, employs journeymen or apprentices in any apprenticeable craft or trade shall contribute to the California Apprenticeship Council the same amount that the director determines is the prevailing amount of apprenticeship training contributions in the area of the public works site. Training funds are due & payable by the 15th of the month after the month the work was performed and should be sent with a CAC2 form (found below) to:

California Apprenticeship Council (CAC)
P. O. Box 101325
Pasadena, California 91189-0005

A contractor may take as a credit for payments to the council any amounts paid by the contractor to an approved apprenticeship program that can supply apprentices to the site of the public works project. Contractors can call the Director's office of Policy, Research and Legislation (OPRL) at (415) 703-4774 or visit their website to obtain Training Fund Contribution Rates for journeymen and apprentices. Training Contributions must be paid for every hour worked by every journeyman and apprentice working in an apprenticeable craft (including overtime). Training Funds cannot be paid to the workers unless it is a non-apprenticeable craft.

Interactive databases
  1. Search Public works projects as reported by Awarding Bodies
  2. If you are looking to check the apprenticeship status of an individual this database can give you the information you need.
  3. If you are looking to find apprenticeable crafts and the contact information for those apprenticeship programs in your area this database sorts by county and craft and gives you contact information.
  4. If you are looking to find out if training funds have been paid by a contractor working on a public works project this database can provide you information.
  5. If you are looking for the additional apprenticeship wage information as noted in the general prevailing wage apprenticeship schedules, published by the Director's office of Policy, Research and Legislation .
Forms
  1. Public Works Contract Award Information - DAS 140 Acrobat image version Excel image version
  2. Request for Dispatch of an Apprentice - DAS 142 PDF
  3. Report CAC Training Fund Contributions on this website
For more information on public works

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Revised December 5, 2013