Keep Track of Your Training

Journey to Success is a booklet [pdf] for employees in the OSU bargaining unit to keep accurate records of their on-the-job training and work experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your ASTP questions


Rachel Breidster
Phone: 518-486-6844 or
1-800-253-4332 Fax: 518-473-0056

Applied Skilled Trades Program (ASTP)

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The Applied Skilled Trades Program (ASTP) Traineeship and Certificate Program is a two-year training and development program that provides employees with classroom and hands-on training in the following skilled trades:

The ASTP was created to help agencies develop a more highly-skilled workforce and a larger pool of qualified candidates for future journey-level vacancies. The initiative has two areas of opportunity for participants: a traineeship and a certificate program.

The two-year traineeship includes both the required trade theory instruction and 4,000 hours of on-the-job training (OJT) necessary for employees to advance to one of the SG-12 non-competitive journey-level positions listed above. Agencies are required to provide participants with OJT during their traineeship.

The two-year certificate program provides the course work required for employees to advance to one of the journey-level positions listed above. Employees who finish the certificate program must still complete 4,000 hours of OJT in the specific trade in order to qualify for appointment to a journey-level position.

Helpful Resources

Updated: September 4, 2014