Frequently Asked Questions

Apprentices And Career Seekers

Apprenticeship Experience

  • 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.

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  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulations protect apprentices and applicants for apprenticeship from various forms of discrimination. Submit a written EEO complaint by using the form located our Complaints Information webpage. 

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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.

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

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  • Requests for replacement certificates should be directed to the Office of Apprenticeship or the State Apprenticeship Agency office via our Contact Us page.

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Service Members and Veterans

  • Advanced Standing means that an incoming apprentice can advance their progress in the apprenticeship program by showing evidence of prior experience. 

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  • 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 United States Military Apprenticeship Program is a formal military training program for active-duty service members. The DoD SkillBridge initiative is a separate program for transitioning service members, to participate in civilian job training, including apprenticeships. 

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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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Program Types

  • Pre-apprenticeship is a program or set of strategies designed to prepare individuals for entry into Registered Apprenticeship Programs or other job opportunities.

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  • Apprenticeship programs for high school students combine academic and technical classroom instruction with work experience through a Registered Apprenticeship Program. It provides the foundation for students to choose among multiple pathways after high school.

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Technical Assistance

  • 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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