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On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Programs

Benefit Category: Federal

What is On-the-Job Training?

On-the-Job Training (OJT) is training you receive while actually performing a job and earning wages, as well as receiving your G.I. Bill benefits. OJT programs normally range from six months to two years in length. Some examples of OJT are: Welder, Painter, Cook, Pressman, and Auto Mechanic.

Contact the Fargo ND Department of Veteran Affairs Office at (701) 239-7165, for more information.

What is Apprenticeship Training?

Apprenticeship Training is on-the-job training coupled with theoretical related instruction. You receive your G.I. Bill benefits while working full time and earning wages. Apprenticeship programs are normally from two to five years in length. Some examples of currently approved apprenticeship programs are: Carpenter, Electrician, Brick Layer, Asbestos Worker, Plumber, Iron Worker, Corrections Officer, Machinist, and Maintenance Mechanic.

How to Begin

  1. If you do not have a job, or if you are not working in the occupation you want, contact your local Job Service. The Veteran’s Employment Representative should be able to find an employer who can offer the kind of training you need to reach your occupational goal.
  2. Next, either you or your employer should contact the North Dakota State Approving Agency at 701-328-5445, so that the necessary steps can be taken to approve the training program or visit the GI Bill Answer Page for more information.

Reimbursement for Licensure and Exams

Veterans can get reimbursed for the cost of a state licensing or certification exam.  Veterans Affairs will pay for the cost of the tests, up to $2,000 for each test.  For an application:  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/form_detail.asp?FormNo=22-0803

Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 37-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and /or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).