Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA)


Note: Active members hired before July 1, 2010 and still participating in the defined benefit pension plan who intend to initiate a service credit purchase must ensure the full payment for the amount of service they wish to buy or a fully completed tax-deferred payment agreement is received in our office by 5:00 p.m. EDT, September 29, 2017.


Developed in 1973, CETA was a federally-funded program designed to help increase employment opportunities by offering job experience in public service programs. You must have been a CETA enrollee in a Michigan public school who became employed as a regular public school employee within 12 months of leaving CETA.


  • No partial credit can be granted. Any purchase or transfer must be for all of your prior CETA service, or none can be credited.
  • For additional conditions, go to Adding to Your Service Credit.


No cost to you.


Generally, service credit is already granted for CETA service performed before May 3, 1976, and after October 1, 1978. If you are not sure whether you received credit for such service, contact ORS.