Michigan Educators Apprenticeship and Training Association
The origin of the word "masterpiece" comes from early England's indentured apprenticeship system. In order to complete their training, English apprentices were required to make a "master-piece" -- an attempt at the very best work the apprentice could produce -- which was then submitted for inspection to a group of Guild Masters. If the masterpiece was of sufficient quality, the apprentice was given the status of "freeman". Here is the beginning of what we refer to today as "competency-based apprenticeship."