Frequently Asked Questions

Apprentices And Career Seekers

General

  • Requests for replacement certificates should be directed to the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) or the State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) office. Please visit our Contact Us page to find the apprenticeship office in the state you completed your apprenticeship and reach out to that office for a copy of your certificate.

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  • United States Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) is a formal military training program that provides active-duty Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard service members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete their civilian apprenticeship requirements while they are on active duty. The benefit to the service is a cross-trained service member with hands-on experience in all aspects of their MOS/rating.     

    The DoD SkillBridge initiative is a separate program that allows transitioning service members, within six months of separation, to participate in civilian job and employment training, including apprenticeships and internships.  Additionally, the training must offer a high probability of employment and be provided to the Service member at little or no cost.  

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  • Pre-apprenticeship is a program or set of strategies designed to prepare individuals for entry into Register Apprenticeship Programs (RAP) or other job opportunities. Pre-apprenticeships may last from a few weeks to a few months and may or may not include wages or stipend.  Pre-apprenticeship programs have varied program elements; however, at the core, places an individual on a pathway to employability through a RAP.

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  • Yes! Most apprenticeship opportunities include on-the-job learning and classroom instruction provided by apprenticeship training centers, technical schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities, sometimes through distance learning. Often apprenticeship sponsors work directly with community colleges that do provide college credit for apprenticeship experience.

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  • Use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to learn about education programs and compare benefits by school. It also includes options to search by employer to include on-the-job training and apprenticeships.

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  • Yes, though it may vary by program, previous work or classroom experience may be used towards completion of an apprenticeship program. If your prior coursework aligns with a Registered Apprentices Program’s curriculum, and your sponsor approves this coursework as relevant, then previous coursework may count towards completion of your program. Otherwise, previous coursework must be reviewed by your program sponsor and a determination will be made on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of accepted credit, all apprentices must still participate in at least 6 months (equivalent to 1,000 hours) of a Registered Apprenticeship Program to gain a completion credential.  

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  • Apprenticeship programs for high school students combine academic and technical classroom instruction with work experience through a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). It provides the foundation for students to choose among multiple pathways after high school – to enroll in college, to enter an apprenticeship program, begin full-time employment, or a combination.

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  • Apprenticeships are viewed as beneficial to both transitioning service members/veterans and employers who are having a difficult time finding skilled workers. Civilian apprenticeship programs offer advanced standing or provide credit hours for, military training and experience. Any service member can pursue a skill unrelated to their military training and experience.  

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  • The Office of Apprenticeship (OA) or the State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) grant apprentices who have successfully completed a Registered Apprenticeship Program with a nationally recognized Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship.  

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  • You can find apprenticeship listings using the Apprenticeship Finder on Apprenticeship.gov. You can search for apprenticeships using keywords and/or location.  

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  • All apprentices and applicants to a Registered Apprenticeship Program who believe they have been discriminated against based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, (including identity and orientation), pregnancy, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years or older may submit a written Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint by using the form located on the Apprenticeship Complaints website. The complaint should be mailed to the appropriate office within 300 days of the incident. Complaints may be filed to the following email address: ApprenticeshipEEOcomplaints@dol.gov

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