Apprentice / Craft Training




Apprenticeship vs. Craft Training

Apprentice Training 

GMCA provides formal apprenticeship training programs that are registered with the United States Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA). These programs meet all federal and state requirements for formal classroom instruction. Apprenticeship training combines work and academics in a formal program leading to journeyperson consideration. 

The student must be 18 years of age, physically capable of performing required tasks, working for an employer, able to collect OJT time, and registered through their employer with the Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA). The majority of the crafts require 8,000 hours of on-the-job supervised training (approximately four years for full time work) along with 576 hours of classroom training (approximately four years). Upon successful completion, craft workers are recognized at the journey-level in their trade and are awarded their BAT certificate. 

Q: What is a Registered Apprenticeship?
 A: Registered Apprenticeship is a training system that produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy. A proven strategy, Registered Apprenticeship ensures quality training by combining on-the-job training with theoretical and practical classroom instruction to prepare exceptional workers for American industry.

Q: What are the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship?
 A: For employers, benefits include:
  • Skilled workers trained to the industry/employer specification to produce quality results
  • Reduced turnover
  • Pipeline for new skilled workers
  • Reduced worker compensation costs due to an emphasis on safety training 

For apprentices and journeyworkers, benefits include:
  • Jobs that typically pay higher wages
  • Higher quality of life and skills versatility
  • Portable credentials recognized nationally and often globally
  • Opportunity for college credit and future degrees

Craft Training :


The Craft Training program offers the exact same program as the apprenticeship program, however, it does not track on-the-job training hours. The student may or may not work in their desired trade, and must be at least 17 years of age. The academic requirements for the student craft learner are identical to the apprentice. 

 Contact the GMCA office at (989) 832-8879 for more information.


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