More Information on Public Works Apprenticeship Requirements

About DAS 140, Notification of Contract Award
About DAS 142, Request for Dispatch of an Apprentice
About Training Fund Contributions
About Minimum Ratios
Exceptions to the requirement to obtain apprentices on Public Works projects

About DAS 140, Notification of Contract Award (Labor Code Section 1777.5

Contract award information must be sent within 10 days of the signing of the contract or subcontract, or by the first day of work, whichever occurs first. Contractors who submit the DAS 140 outside this timeframe are considered out of compliance and may be subject to penalties. This form notifies the applicable committee(s) of the contract award; it is not a request for dispatch of a registered apprentice (to do this, use DAS Form 142). The information submitted must include an estimate of journeyman hours to be performed under the contract, the number of apprentices proposed to be employed, and the approximate dates the apprentices would be employed. You can determine which apprenticeship programs are approved in specific geographic locations by searching our interactive database.

Apprenticeship requirements are the responsibility of the contractor. If a contractor relies on a temp agency, and there are problems, it is the contractor who will be responsible for any resulting penalties.

About DAS 142, Request for Dispatch of an Apprentice (CCR Title 8, section 230.1)

Contractors who do not employ enough apprentices to meet the ratio requirements must request dispatch of an apprentice from an apprenticeship program for each apprenticeable craft or trade on the project. All requests for dispatch must be in writing and sent by first class mail, fax or email. Contractors who send the DAS 142 less than three days before work in an apprenticeable craft or trade has started on the project are considered out of compliance and may be subject to penalties.

Contractors who do not receive a sufficient number of apprentices from their initial request must request the dispatch of apprentices from all other apprenticeship committees in the area of the Public Works project.  This only needs to be done once during the life of the project. To determine which apprenticeship committees to contact in a specific geographic location, go to: http://www.dir.ca.gov/databases/das/pwaddrstart.asp

You are not required to sign any additional documents, such as the DAS 7 (Agreement to Train Apprentices), or agree to any other conditions set forth by a program. If a program does not want to dispatch apprentices unconditionally, and you have contacted all the appropriate programs in the geographic area then you have met your obligation under the law.

Even if a job will take less than 40 hours, the contractor must submit a DAS 140 and DAS 142. However, you may request apprentices in less than eight-hour increments. For projects bid before June 30, 2009, see Code of Regulations section 230.1.

About Training Fund Contributions

Training funds are due and payable by the 15th of the month after the month the work was performed.

Training fund amounts are listed on the Prevailing Wage Determinations contractors use to calculate the correct prevailing wage. Contractors can call the  Office of Policy, Research and Legislation (OPRL) at (415) 703-4774 or visit the OPRL website to obtain training fund contribution rates for journeymen and apprentices. Training fund contributions must be paid for every hour (including overtime) worked by every journeyman and apprentice in an apprenticeable craft. Contractors who contribute to an apprenticeship program are entitled to credit toward the prevailing wage training fund in the amount of those contributions.

Contractors who do not contribute to an approved apprenticeship program must send their contribution payments with a CAC2 form  to the following address:

DIR – California Apprenticeship Council (CAC)
P.O. Box 511283
Los Angeles, CA 90051-7838

Overnight payments should be sent to:

California Apprenticeship Council (CAC)
455 Golden Gate Avenue, 9th floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

The contribution should be accompanied by a completed training fund contribution form (CAC2) or a letter containing the following information:

  1. The name, address and telephone number of the contractor making the contribution.
  2. The contractor’s license number.
  3. The name and address of the public agency that awarded the contract.
  4. The jobsite location, including the county where the work was performed.
  5. The contract or project number.
  6. The time period covered by the enclosed contributions.
  7. The contribution rate and total hours worked by apprenticeable occupation.
  8. The name of the program(s) that provide apprentices, if any.
  9. The number of apprentice hours worked, by apprenticeable occupation and by program.

If a contractor has made a training fund contribution to the California Apprenticeship Council (CAC), information on that contribution can be found in our Public Works Training Fund Search.

If a contractor has made a training fund contribution to an approved apprenticeship program, it will not be reflected in our database. You must ask the contractor for proof of payment. Training funds can only be paid to the workers directly if they perform a non-apprenticeable craft.

Exceptions to the requirement to obtain apprentices on Public Works projects (Labor Code Section 1777.5)

  • When the contractor holds a sole proprietor license and no workers were employed by the contractor. In other words, the contractor performed the entire work from start to finish and worked alone.
  • When the project is a federal project and the funding of the project does not contain any city, county, and/or state monies unless the project is administered by a state agency in which case the apprenticeship requirements apply.

April 2017