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Training and Education for Veterans

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Joint employer and labor organizations, as well as individual employers, offer registered apprenticeship opportunities.

What is apprenticeship? It is both on-the-job training and classroom instruction. It gives you the opportunity to learn the practical and theoretical aspects of highly-skilled jobs. Visit the New York State Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship page for a list of current recruitments and to learn more about other apprenticeship opportunities.

Helmets to Hardhats

This program connects veterans to careers in construction and building. We are excited about the potential of this program to expand opportunities in careers in the skilled trades for all qualified veterans.

Who can participate in Helmets to Hardhats?

Veterans that have received Honorable Discharge from U.S. Military service,

To get started:

  • Register for Helmets to Hardhats. Visit
  • Review the current apprenticeship openings
  • Follow the procedures for applying to those positions
  • Or, call (866) 741-6210 for assistance

Earn Academic Credits

College Credit for Military Experience
Your military training provided you with many skills. You may be able to earn academic credit by documenting your experiences.
The American Council on Education collaborates with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to review military training and experiences and recommend appropriate college credit for members of the Armed Forces. ACE’s credit recommendations appear in the Military Guide and on military transcripts.

To request transcripts of military training:


Credentialing tests a person's competency in a particular area. Credentials provide the equivalent of a "professional badge."

The law requires credentials for various occupations. In some cases, an employer may only hire employees who have credentials, even though they are not required to by law. To find out more, go to Occupations licensed or certified.

You may already have the experience and knowledge to gain certification in your occupation.

Education and Training Opportunities for Veterans

  • Experience Counts
    The Governor's "Experience Counts" campaign facilitates the transfer of military skills to the public and private sectors by assisting veterans in obtaining licenses and certifications issued by multiple State Agencies.
    • Security Guard Training: Certain training provided by the military is considered training credit towards licensure as a security guard in New York State.
    • Commercial Drivers License (CDL)Waiver: For military members with recent experience driving trucks and heavy equipment in the service, the Department of Motor Vehicles will waive the road test and all associated fees
    Visit your local Career Center today for more information
  • Operation recognition
    Certain Veterans who left high school without graduating are eligible to earn New York State high school diplomas. Operation Recognition recognizes the devotion and sacrifice of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam Era Veterans who left school early by presenting them with a high school diploma.
  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges: Opportunities for veterans who have not been able to complete a college degree due to moving.
  • Syracuse University Veterans Career Transition Program: Delivered at no cost to post 9/11 veterans.
        Fact Sheet
  • Troops to Teachers: Information on careers in teaching.

Your Educational and Training Benefits

New York State Division of Veteran Affairs - Information on your educational and disability benefits.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers a variety of education benefit programs. Many Veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for more than one education benefits program, including:

  • Free education and counseling services are available to service members and Veterans
  • Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
  • Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
  • National Call to Service Program
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Survivor's and Dependent's Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Program and Counseling

For information on these programs and more, visit the VA website at:

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