The process for selecting and signing up for an apprenticeship is easy. Read an overview, or explore the steps below.
Select a Trade
Select an apprenticeship trade that is related to your current military occupational and primary dutiesSelect an Apprenticeship Trade
Work & Record Hours
Complete trade/instruction hours and submit signed progress/status reportsLearn how to report progress
Complete your formal instruction and trade OJT hours, then submit a signed progress/status report. Once approved and processed, you will receive your official Department of Labor Completion Certificate.Learn how to submit signed report and get certificate
Note to Navy personnel- Per NAVADMIN 200/18, USMAP will be transitioning from supporting the PIV_Auth, Identity, and E-Mail Signing/Encryption certificates to PIV_Auth certificate ONLY by 29 February 2020 or sooner. Help to active your PIV_Auth certificate can be found on the following sites- Navy Marine Corps Internet Homeport and Information Security Online Services via Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) Real-Time Automated Personal Identification Systems (RAPIDS) Self-Service
The US Department of Labor (DOL) offers opportunities to active-duty Service members allowing them to earn certificates of completion through apprenticeships based on their military knowledge.
One option is the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP).
USMAP is a formal military training program executed by the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center that provides active-duty Full Time Support (FTS) Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy Service members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete their civilian apprenticeship requirements while they are on active duty. Upon completion, the DOL provides a nationally recognized Certificate of Completion.
In addition to improving professional expertise, USMAP ensures correct documentation of training and skills attained while on active duty. For example, an electronics technician can choose the electronics mechanic apprenticeship and record the hours they are already working to track progress toward that certificate. The certificates provide documented verification of completed work, which can be beneficial while still serving and also in the civilian sector.
Service members select an apprenticeship through USMAP according to their rating or military occupational specialty and current assignment. Based on the apprenticeship selected, the Service member must complete a defined number of work-hours in the subcategories specific to that apprenticeship.
It is important to realize that these apprenticeships do not require any extra time besides documenting the hours the Service member is already working. By not enrolling in USMAP, Service members are missing out on recognition and certification of hours trained and worked.
By completing an apprenticeship program through USMAP, Service members can save time and money by not having to complete them in the civilian sector.
For more information, be sure to explore this website, or contact your command career counselor or Command USMAP Coordinator.
2016 Marks the 40th year of the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) providing active duty military members with certificates documenting their skills through the US Department of Labor (DOL).
The USMAP team works closely with DOL to provide nationally recognized apprenticeship programs that result in Journeyman-level Certificates of Completion for active duty members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. During their apprenticeship, Service members document hours-worked while performing the duties associated with their rating or military occupational specialty.
Earning the DOL apprenticeship Certificate of Completion costs the Service member nothing and doesn’t normally require working any additional off-duty hours. Having a certificate may give members a significant head-start on their post-military career.
Recent improvements to the program allow registrations to be done completely online with few exceptions. For more information, be sure to explore the USMAP website.