State Approving Agency, On the Job Training & Apprenticeship


The Wisconsin Department of Veterans AffairsState Approving Agency (SAA) evaluates and either approves or denies use of the GI Bill® at Wisconsin colleges, universities and vocational training facilities.  The SAA conducts compliance surveys on behalf of the VA to ensure that eligible students are paid accurately, properly and timely.  Surveys cover veterans attending schools while employed in an OJT or Apprenticeship program.  The SAA provides technical assistance to school certifying officials, eligible persons, and other individuals, organizations and agencies regarding federal benefits and approval criteria.  The economic impact of the federal GI Bill benefits paid to Wisconsin Veterans and dependents constitutes more than $12 million annually. 

For more details see our fact sheet.

The types of approved training facilities include the following:

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Vocational Schools
  • Business Schools
  • Professional Schools
  • Vocational Flight Schools
  • High Schools
  • Apprenticeships
  • On-the-Job Training Programs
  • Licensing and Certification Tests

There are more than 200 institutions and 350 OJTs and Apprenticeships sites approved for GI Bill benefits in Wisconsin. Learn more about whether a particular institution or program is approved for VA educational benefits.

  • On an annual basis, the SAA:

    • Reviews and processes over 600 academic programs at institution of higher learning (IHL) and 700 programs at non-college degree (NCD) institutions.

    • Commencing in FY17, the SAA  oversees the approval and compliance of approximately 350 OJTs and apprenticeships.

    • Conducts over 45 on-site school and OJT/Apprenticeship compliance and licensing visits per year.

Please call the SAA if you:

  • Question whether a Wisconsin school/academic program is approved for veterans' education benefits (GI Bill)

  • Represent a Wisconsin education institution that would like to be approved for veterans education benefits

  • Questions about an apprenticeship/on the job training

Apprenticeship and On-The-Job Training

Did you know that it is possible to use GI Bill benefits for Apprenticeship Training and On-The-Job Training (OJT)?

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.

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.  The employer must have a physical location in the State of Wisconsin that has administrative authority.

Call us to learn more about these programs.


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If you are looking for VA Forms click here.

Certifying Officials and School Certifying Officials

Upon approval of the program, the school/employer/sponsor agrees to designate a person(s) who will be the Certifying Official(s). The Certifying Official will be the liaison with the SAA. The Certifying Official is the only school/facility representative who may endorse VA forms or web based certifications for the purposes of GI Bill educational benefits; further, the Certifying Official is responsible for keeping the beneficiaries' training file current.

This person notifies the SAA of any changes that have an effect on the State approval and VA concurrence. Examples of such changes include, but are not limited to:

  • Changes of school accreditation, ownership, branches, academic offerings, or licensing
  • Changes to policies or content of catalog or school bulletin
  • Changes in modality of course instruction
  • Changes to the Journeyman/finish wage scale
  • Changes in address, phone number, etc
  • Additions or deletions of occupational trades
  • Changes to apprenticeship standards
  • Changes in training outlines
  • Changes in certifying official(s)



For General Information:

office: 608-261-8771

fax: 608-267-0403

SAA Email​

Education Consultants and Geographic Areas of Responsibility 

Larry Graves

Robert Kuckuk 

​Inland Counties

​Counties in Proximity to Lake Michigan

​Adams - Ashland - Barron - Bayfield - Buffalo

​Brown - Calumet - Dodge - Door

​Burnett - Chippewa - Clark - Columbia - Crawford

​Florence - Fond Du Lac - Forest - Jefferson - Kenosha

​Dane - Douglas - Dunn - Eau Claire

​Kewaunee - Manitowoc - Marinette - Menomonee

​Grant - Green - Green Lake - Iowa - Iron

​Milwaukee - Oconto - Outagamie - Ozaukee

​Jackson - Juneau - La Crosse - Lafayette​

​Racine - Rock - Shawano - Sheboygan - Walworth

​Langlade - Lincoln - Marathon - Marquette

 Washington - ​Waukesha - Winnebago​

Monroe - Oneida - Pepin - Pierce - Polk - Portage​

Price - Richland - Rusk - Sauk - Sawyer​

​St. Croix - Taylor - Trempealeau - Vernon

​Vilas - Washburn - Waupaca - Waushara - Wood


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