Montana Registered Apprenticeship is full-time employment from the start. It is an on-the-job training model that produces good-paying, sustainable jobs and highly skilled workers to meet employer demands as employers are competing locally and on into the global economy.

Montana Registered Apprenticeship promotes earn-while-you-learn quality training by combining hands-on skills learning alongside a journeyman/mentor - with related, technical instruction in a classroom and/or online.

The training program is typically three to four years to completion, depending on the occupation, once completed an apprentice receives a nationally recognized certificate/credential.

Steps to Becoming a Registered Apprentice

  1. Select an apprenticeship trade/occupation that you have an interest, aptitude or previous experience in at
  2. Meet Requirements: a high school diploma, GED, or HiSET equivalency test at the onset /or within six months of starting an apprenticeship
  3. Decide if you can work under the required job conditions, some of which are challenging
  4. Find an apprenticeship employer/sponsor:
    • Contact a local Job Service Office and/or visit
    • Go to to view existing employer/sponsors
    • Conduct a job search to find an employer/sponsor in your field of interest


Of apprentice graduates from 2000 - 2014, at least 78.2% were working for Montana employers in 2014.

Apprentice graduates had an annual average wage of $53,000/year in 2013.

Includes apprentices graduating in 2000 to the first quarter of 2014

Source: Montana DLI Research & Analysis Bureau


Benefits for Registered Apprentices:

  • Good paying jobs –higher than average Montana worker
  • Earn-while-you-learn
  • Full-time employment
  • On-the-job training
  • Nationally recognized credentials upon completion
  • Little or no debt upon completion
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