VA Benefits Information

GI Bill Benefits & OJT/Apprenticeship Programs

Did you know that it is possible to use GI Bill benefits for Apprenticeship Training and On-The-Job Training (OJT)? It is possible to receive a monthly educational benefit check from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for training in an approved Apprenticeship or OJT program.

Registered apprenticeships constitute qualified training for a veteran to receive benefits under Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill and Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc-Rehab). Depending on your branch of service, your survivors may be eligible under Chapter 35, Survivors or Dependents programs. Check with OPI for specifics on these programs. All of these programs pay a monthly stipend directly to the eligible beneficiary.

What is Apprenticeship Training?

Apprenticeship Training is supervised on-the-job training coupled with related technical instruction (usually 144 hours per year). Apprenticeships are normally from one to five years in length. In Wisconsin, all apprenticeships must be registered with the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. Examples include: Electrician, Ironworker, Carpenter, Plumber, Fire Fighter, Corrections Officer, and Tool and Die Maker.

There are time limits involved and approval of a program may be back-dated for up to one year for benefit purposes. As a general rule, veterans have 10 years after their separation from service to use their GI Bill Benefit. Chapter 34 GI Bill (Vietnam Era) ended on December 31, 1989; however, some Chapter 34 veterans are eligible for benefits under Chapter 30.  Chapter 33 veterans normally have 15 years after separation to use their benefit.

What is On-The-Job Training (OJT)?

OJT is training received while actually performing a job and earning wages. OJT programs must be at least six months up to normally not more than two years in length to qualify. An OJT program differs from an apprenticeship program in that there is not a related technical instruction portion to an OJT program.

How to Begin

What is the Amount of a Monthly Benefit Check?

While the participation requirements are the same for all GI Bill programs, the payment amount varies depending on the program you are utilizing.  See the Veterans Administration website for up-to-date information on payment amounts

How can you become Approved for the GI Bill®?

Are you interested in becoming a GI Bill Certifying Official for your jobsite training program? Or have you recently been approved as a Certifying Official? Watch this helpful video to learn how he Certifying Official Handbook for WI Apprenticeship & OJT contains all you need to know about the GI Bill for Wisconsin Apprenticeship & OJT.

Contact your Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR) for more information about getting your apprenticeship or OJT training program Approved for the GI Bill®!

a screen shot and link to the Certifying Official Handbook for WI Apprenticeship and OJT a screen shot and link to the Employers GI Bill WI Apprenticship Brochure a screen shot and link to the Veterans GI Bill WI Apprenticship Brochure

VA Benefit Contacts

Who to Contact For Assistance

Questions on basic eligibility for benefits:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
National Call Center
Muskogee, OK
Telephone:  1-888-442-4551

Website:   National VA information

Website: Local County Veterans Service Office (CVSO)

Employer/Sponsor questions regarding program approval:

Contact your Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR)

VA Form 22-6553d Monthly Certification of Training Hours:

Apprentice Applicants Employers / Sponsors Apprentices
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