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Apprenticeships are available in occupations that are as varied as an electrician to brewmaster. Training times vary depending on the program. Once you complete your training, you'll receive a nationally recognized certificate or credential.


Getting Started How do I get an Apprenticeship?

  1. Identify an occupation where you have an interest, aptitude or experience.
  2. Commit to meeting the minimum education requirements, such as a high school diploma, GED or HiSET equivalency test, within six months of start.
  3. Determine whether this will be a good fit. Do you have the commitment, aptitude, work ethic, and attitude to work under the required job conditions?
  4. Get started! You'll be a part of the workforce and start earning a paycheck from Day One. You'll receive on-the-job training from skilled mentors. Once you complete your program, you'll receive a nationally recognized certificate that announces to employers that you are qualified.

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Follow the Money

Apprentices who complete their program earn an average of over $63,000 annually, $20,000 higher than the statewide average wage. After a 30-year career, that’s a $600,000 dollar difference, not even accounting for raises along the way. You’ll start earning a paycheck the first day of your apprenticeship and are employed throughout your entire training program.

Sought After Skills

You’ll have on-the-job training where you’ll learn in-demand skills. Employers throughout the nation will recognize the credential you receive upon completion of your program.


Of Apprenticeship graduates are employed in Montana after completing their program.


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Jump Start Your Career

Registered Apprentices benefit from:

  • High paying jobs
  • Full-time employment
  • Earn while you learn
  • Hands-on training
  • Little or no debt upon completion

Starting a Program How does a Business Receive Apprentices?

  1. Register as a Montana Registered Apprenticeship sponsor. Our program will assist your business in setting up a structured, yet flexible, training program. Your program will meet federal and industry standards, along with the specific needs of your business. Your employees are trained in the skills you require through a combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and related classroom instruction.
  2. Apprentices become members of your workforce from day one. You will teach them with experienced mentors as they earn their certifications.
  3. You may also qualify for tax credits as a Montana Registered Apprenticeship sponsor. These credits can help you grow your company as you train your employees. How can you say no to that?

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The number of employers eligible for an Apprenticeship Tax Credit in 2018

Tax Credits

For investing in the Montana workforce, your company may qualify for tax credits as a Montana Registered Apprenticeship sponsor.

Skills Your Business Requires

As a Montana Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor, you’ll have access to professional assistance to train Montana workers to become highly skilled in your business’ occupational trade or craft. As our state economy becomes more service based, the demand for a technically trained skilled workforce will increase. Is your business preparing?


Of newly skilled graduates were employed in the state of Montana by employers seeking their skills


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Skilled Employees

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 that are unique to your business. Formal registered apprenticeship completion can be the basis for professional licensing, or confer journeyman status in their chosen field.

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Apprenticeship Facts

Montana has thousands of workers and sponsors who have been active in apprenticeship. Participation has increased by over 170% since 2012.

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