Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP)

What is IRAP? 

The Foundation offers many resources for students to grow into a career in the equipment industry, including its number of accredited college programs across North America. For those interested in becoming diesel technicians without attending a 2-year college program, AEDF is proud to be the Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) for the IndustryRecognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP). The program offers another pathway for aspiring technicians to achieve their career goals. 

How Can IRAP be Beneficial to Your Dealership? 

Expanding and improving apprenticeship programs is another way to help close the skills gap by validating that trained technicians have obtained relevant skills. Companies who develop an IRAP can grow their own talent and ensure the future of their skilled workforce. 

Through IRAP, the Foundation offers an additional resource for workers looking to enter the equipment industry, and dealers who need to recruit and retain technical talent. For more information on IRAP, please contact the Foundation’s COO, Jason Blake, at