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Developed in 1973, the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) was a federally funded program designed to help increase employment opportunities by offering job experience in public service programs. CETA service may be creditable if you became a member of this retirement system within 12 months of the date you terminated as a participant in the CETA program. 


  • Your former CETA employer or your current employer is required by law to pay an amount equal to contributions that would have been made during the time you worked had you been a member of this retirement system. When this payment is received by the Michigan Office of Retirement Services (ORS), you receive credit for the service. 
  • No partial credit can be granted. Any purchase or transfer must be for all of your prior CETA service, or none can be credited.


No cost to you.


Your CETA employer must certify your service dates and provide other information on a case-by-case basis. Contact ORS for assistance.