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Registered Apprenticeship (RA) & On-the-Job Training (OJT) Programs


What is it?

RA is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction provided under the supervision of a journey-level crafts person or trade professional in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.


How do I qualify?

  • Apprenticeship programs require a minimum of 2,000 hours of OJT per year, supplemented by a minimum of 144 hours related classroom instruction.
  • Instruction may be given in a classroom, through correspondence courses, self-study, or other means of approved instruction.


What do I get?

  • As an apprentice, you will receive training, education, and wages from your employer.
  • If you qualify for a GI Bill program, you can also collect a monthly benefit payment, `in addition’ to your regular full-time wages, for the duration of the apprentice training period. The amount of the GI Bill entitlement depends on your GI Bill eligibility:
    • Post-9/11 GI Bill:
      • Payment rates for the Post-9/11 GI Bill are based on percentages of the applicable Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) for an E-5 with dependents. MHA is determined by the employer’s zip code.
        • i.e. if a veteran is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate were employed full-time in a 5-year RA training program with an employer located in Boston, MA (where the MHA rate is $3,042), he or she would collect a total of $73,008 in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, in addition to your regular wages
    • All other GI Bill programs:
      • Payment rates for all other GI Bill programs are based on a percentage of the full-time institutional rate of the benefit program being utilized.
      • For all other GI Bill benefit programs, the total payment amount for a 5-year RA training program, regardless of location, would be as follows:

        Montgomery GI Bill-AD, Chapter 30 (three or more years of service)


        Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Chapter 1607 (80% rate)


        Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Chapter 1607 (60% rate)


        Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Chapter 1607 (40% rate)


        Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve, Chapter 1606


        Montgomery GI Bill Kicker Program ($350 rate)


        Montgomery GI Bill Kicker Program ($200 rate)


        Montgomery GI Bill Kicker Program ($100 rate)






How do I apply?

Step 1: find an “Apprenticeable” occupation

  • An apprenticeable occupation is defined as a skilled trade or craft, which has been recognized by the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship (OA) and meets applicable local criteria.
  • Apprenticeships can be found in all industries, from traditional sectors like construction and manufacturing to emerging sectors like energy, technology, and health care.
  • A list of over 1,300 officially recognized appernticeable occupations can be found at: 

Step 2: Find an employer  who sponsors an RA training program 

  • Approximately 16,000 employers nationwide sponsor RA training programs that enable their employees to obtain nationally recognized certification in trades and skill that can lead to rewarding careers in industries that stretch across the economic spectrum.
  • To find apprenticeship programs visit the CareerOneStop Apprenticeship Finder: 

Step 3: Search for an RA program approved for GI Bill use 

Step 4: Find an RA job vacancy 


Contact your education team with any questions:

Phone: 615-313-0529/0646/0592/0625


RA info sheet