Choosing Your Related Technical Instruction Institution:

Alongside OJT, apprentices will complete Related Technical Instruction (RTI) at the rate of 144 contact hours per year of OJT. Contact hours refer to the number of classroom hours that a course must meet during a semester.

The key to a well-designed apprenticeship is RTI that complements OJT, highlighting the academic underpinnings of the concepts and processes being learned at work. RTI may be offered by a number of providers, so long as each provider is named in the Standards of Apprenticeship approved by the Office of Apprenticeship. Classroom, hybrid, and online courses are all allowable.

The Network has a number of education partners, and staff can help you connect with each institution to identify existing courses and gaps that require customized alternatives. At the time of this writing, The Network has identified the following providers for manufacturers interested in offering apprenticeships in machining:

RTI Institution State County Online Courses? NIMS Credentials
A-Tech OH Ashtabula No No
Butler Community College PA Butler No No
Columbiana CCTC OH Columbiana No Yes
Eastern Gateway Community College OH Mahoning No No
Edinboro University PA Erie No No
Kent State University – Trumbull OH Trumbull Yes No
Laurel Technical Institute PA Mercer No No
Lawrence County Area Vo-Tech School PA Lawrence No No
Mahoning CCTC OH Mahoning No Yes
Maplewood CC OH Portage No Yes
National Tooling & Machining Association OH Cleveland Chapter Yes Yes
National Tooling & Machining Association PA Meadville Chapter Yes Yes
New Castle School of Trades PA Mercer No No
Precision Machining Institute PA Crawford Yes No
Trumbull TCTC OH Trumbull No Yes
Tooling U/SME OH Cuyahoga Yes No


Oh PicThe State of Ohio’s Related Technical Instruction provider guidelines:

Program requirements for registered apprenticeship in Ohio state that Related Technical Instruction (RTI) must be designated and/or provided in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly The University System of Ohio and/or The Ohio Board of Regents). This means the State requires your apprentice’s RTI be provided by a state university, community college, private university or college, or career and technical center. You can find a list of providers at:


There are exemptions available. An exemption request for the RTI provider is typically a letter submitted to the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council (OSAC) specifying the exemption request and the RTI provider. Typical allowable RTI provider exemptions:

  • if they have a nationally recognized program,
  • are approved by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship,
  • are approved by the U.S. Department of Education, or
  • are approved by the Higher Learning Commission.


In-house training is also allowable through an exemption if the curricula is approved through a bi-lateral or articulation agreement with an Ohio Department of Higher Education school, and the instructors are subject matter experts (SMEs), and are certified in adult learning-styles teaching.


It is the RTI provider’s responsibility to provide documentation to OSAC of the approval by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Education and/or the Higher Learning Commission.


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