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
- Select an apprenticeship trade/occupation that you have an interest, aptitude or previous experience in at apprenticeship.mt.gov
- Meet Requirements: a high school diploma, GED, or HiSET equivalency test at the onset /or within six months of starting an apprenticeship
- Decide if you can work under the required job conditions, some of which are challenging
- Find an apprenticeship employer/sponsor:
- Contact a local Job Service Office and/or visit jobs.mt.gov
- Go to apprenticeship.mt.gov 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
- Full-time employment
- On-the-job training
- Nationally recognized credentials upon completion
- Little or no debt upon completion