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Initially, ACCE will focus on accrediting apprenticeship programs that are Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) in good standing with the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (OA) as outlined in 29 CFR Part 29. Future expansion may include non-RAPs as well as the other education programs noted in 1.3.


Apprenticeship Programs

To be considered for accreditation, a program in apprenticeship education must:

• Be located in an Institution or in an organization that provides a program of

education beyond that of the secondary level;

• Be a construction trade-related Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) in good

standing with the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (OA) as

outlined in 29 CFR Part 29.

• Have had at least one graduation cohort; and

• Have been in operation for sufficient time to permit an objective evaluation by ACCE of its educational program.


Are you interested in submitting a Program or Institution for ACCE Accreditation?

Submit your information here.

Accredited Programs
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Following a rigorous process and for the first time in the history of ACCE, the Western States College of Construction (WSCC) has received accreditation for apprenticeships in skilled trades. With eight campuses across Colorado and Wyoming, WSCC provides the first step for individuals seeking a fulfilling and life-long career. Offerings include on the job training and certification in electrical, HVAC, pipefitting, plumbing and sheet metal. 


WSCC’s Apprenticeship Programs are administered in accordance with The Fitzgerald Act of 1937, also known as the National Apprenticeship Act.  The regulations under the Act governing apprenticeship programs, the Equal Employment Opportunity guidance and selection procedures, are documented in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations at Title 29, CFR Parts 29 & 30.  WSCC Apprenticeship Programs are Joint Apprenticeship Training Programs jointly administered by construction employers and construction labor unions.

WSCC’s mission is to provide education beyond the secondary level. Each of their Programs is a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) in good standing with the US Department of Labor as outlined in 29 CFR Part 29. WSCC’s RAPs have been serving the local population since 1988.   


WSCC was formed through a unique collaboration of the Rocky Mountain Mechanical Contractors Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, the United Association of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, and Service Technicians, the National Electrical Contractors Association, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors of North America Colorado Chapter, National Association, and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Workers and construction contracting companies. 


WSCC has a full-time President, Dr. Mostafa Khattab, for their 1033 enrolled students.  Heather Sherwood is the Director of Academic Affairs for the College who reports to the President. Seven Program Directors govern and manage its eight Education Centers.

Congratulations to the Pilot Program Graduates along with Steve Nellis, Dr Robert Ries and Charlie Roesset of ACCE.

Construction Workforce Accreditation Documents and Forms can be found on the Forms & Documents page under the RESOURCES tab above or here.

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