Becoming a Montana Registered Apprentices is one post-graduate option for students who would like to join our state’s workforce after moving forward from high school. Upon graduation, apprentices will have earned the Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, which is recognized nationwide.

An apprenticeship occupation follows these state and federal guidelines:

  1. Is typically learned through a structured program of supervised on-the-job training.
  2. Is clearly defined and recognized throughout an industry.
  3. Involves special skills and knowledge that requires a minimum of 2,000 hours experience.
  4. Requires related instruction directly related to the occupation to supplement on-the-job training.

What is a Montana Registered Apprenticeship?

Montana Registered Apprenticeship is an employer designed training program, consisting of not less than 2000 hours (1 year) of On-the-Job Training (OJT), and not less than 144 hours of related college level coursework per 2000 hours of OJT. This training is designed to teach specific and technical job skills unique to the employer’s profession. Formal registered apprenticeship completion can be the basis for professional licensing, or confer journeyman status in their chosen field. A Montana Registered Apprenticeship program completion certificate, like any diploma, is recognized in all 50 states.

How do I join a Montana Registered Apprenticeship program?

If you are interested in joining a Montana Registered Apprenticeship program, follow these four steps.

  1. Select the apprenticeship trade or occupation that you have an interest, aptitude or previous experience.
  2. Have a high school diploma, GED, or HiSET equivalency test at the onset or within the six months of starting your apprenticeship.
  3. Decide if you can work under the required job conditions.
  4. Find an apprenticeship employer/sponsor:
    • Visit your local Job Service office or visit
    • View our employers and sponsorship page to view companies who have Montana Registered Apprenticeship opportunities

I’m an employer. How does being a Montana Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor benefit my company?

The apprenticeship training model has been utilized in Montana for decades and is a critical workforce stream to help businesses find the employees you need. The Montana Registered Apprenticeship program is here to help your company train future employees with the skills they need to succeed for you.

By working with your company to develop an employer specific in-house apprenticeship training program, you will be able to provide on-the-job training with college level related training instruction specific to your needs.

You know the skills sets you need and how to train your employees. By partnering with the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, your Montana Registered Apprenticeship participants will earn the official Apprenticeship Completion Certificate upon completion of their training. This is a nationally recognized certification that shows your commitment to training your workforce.

In addition, to helping to grow your company with qualified and trained employees, your company may also qualify for tax credits as a Montana Registered Apprenticeship sponsor.

How does apprenticeship help to retain employees?

When your business trains employees through the Montana Registered Apprenticeship program, you are enabling them to grow skills and have a life-long career with your company.

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