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|
|Butler Community College||PA||Butler||No||No|
|Eastern Gateway Community College||OH||Mahoning||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|
|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|
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: www.ohiohighered.org/campuses.
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.