1.The State Apprenticeship Council is an "agency" within the meaning of chapter 34.04 RCW and chapter 34.05 RCW, the old and new Administrative Procedures Acts.2.The State Apprenticeship Council is required to promulgate its standards for approving apprenticeship agreements as rules under the Administrative Procedures Act.3.Disapproval by the State Apprenticeship Council of an apprenticeship agreement would not ordinarily give rise to a "contested case" or "adjudicative proceeding" under the Administrative Procedures Act, but might do so in some cases depending on the facts.
1. The State Apprenticeship Council has broad authority to approve apprenticeship agreements that are in the best interest of the apprentice and conform to statutory standards. The Council may disapprove apprenticeship agreements that are not in the best interest of the apprentice and do not conform to statutory standards. However, if the Council disapproves an apprenticeship agreement, it should articulate the grounds for disapproval. 2. There are a number of factors to be considered in determining whether federal regulatory standards regarding apprenticeship agreements preempt state standards.
A prequalification requirement prohibits a contractor from bidding on a public works contract unless the requirement is satisfied. There is no statute that establishes a prequalification requirement that contractors must have an apprenticeship program. In absence of such a statute, a university does not have the authority to establish such a prequalification requirement.
(1) A community college may not restrict enrollments in courses commonly known as "related apprenticeship training" solely to students who are "registered apprentices" pursuant to chapter 49.04 RCW and chapter 296-04 WAC. (2) A community college may not apply the tuition and fee schedule set forth in WAC 131-28-026(1) to students who are registered apprentices pursuant to chapter 49.04 RCW and chapter 296-04 WAC, but whose program of studies consists of graded courses taken for credit and selected from the regular college curriculum rather than those courses specifically designated as apprenticeship related training courses.