March 11, 2019
The Senate Committee on Professional Registration today approved a bill that would allow apprentices to apply for licenses in certain situations.
Senate Bill 318, sponsored by Committee Vice-Chairman Eric Burlison, would allow apprenticeships to be substituted for classroom education. If a test is required for licensure, the applicant would still be required to pass such a test.
“This bill shows the state recognizes the value of learning on the job,” said Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri. “Our current workforce suffers from a lack of real-world experience and that is where apprenticeship programs are most valuable. There is great value in learning by doing with appropriate oversight and instruction from someone else that has been doing the job,” said McCarty.
The bill now moves to the full Senate for further consideration.