Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) - Minimum Industry Training Criteria (MITC)

In January of 2010 the California Apprenticeship Council (CAC) voted to require all crafts to add green components to their Minimum Industry Training Criteria (MITC). In October of 2010 the CAC accepted MITC with green components for 23 trades, many with multiple occupations, and approved the following MITC's at the first quarter CAC meeting on January 27, 2011.

The definition of green construction: work practices for on-the-job processes that include recycling and reuse of products, use of technologies, materials and methods that reduce harm to the environment, work that furthers energy efficiency and high performance building and preserves natural resources. These are practices that are experienced in all trades with each having its own technologies that the apprentice will learn for their chosen craft. While the apprentice progresses through their related and supplemental instruction they will be made aware of environmental issues, why it is important to practice green construction, and an overview of those practices.

Minimum Industry Training Criteria:

Air conditioning and refrigeration industry

Carpenter industry

Cement mason industry

Electrical industry

Elevator industry

Field ironworker industry

Floor covering industry

Glazier, architectural, metal and glass workers industry

Heat & frost insulators and asbestos workers industry

Industrial painter industry

Laborer industry

Masonry industry

Operating engineer industry

Pipe trades industry

Plastering industry

Plumbing industry

Roofer & waterproofing industry

Sheet metal industry

Sound and communication industry

Steamfitter, pipefitter industry

Surveyor industry

Tile industry

MITC Background:

Minimum industry training criteria are the base for standards set by a program in a particular trade. This new move to include green components in all the crafts has resulted in full participation from all building construction trades. All apprenticeship programs, regardless of the industry, have standards developed with the help of the division that the apprentice must meet before graduating and receiving their journeyman’s card or completed apprenticeship certificate from the state of California.

Multiple programs for a particular trade work together on a committee to establish what training and experience are necessary at minimum in any program in order to raise their apprentice to journeyman. This committee consists of an equal number of employer and employee representatives, each in an equal number from both signatory and non-signatory programs. The division aids the committee in the process and guides them so they stay in compliance with the California Code of Regulations 212.01.

When a business applies to the division to become a program sponsor it must meet the industry minimum training criteria in their work processes and related and supplemental instruction curriculum for their industry.

The following industries have minimum industry training criteria already established. As technology develops, new industries enter and create training criteria relevant to that industry.

March 2011