Occupational Training

Occupational Training

Funding is available through the federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) to help pay for a qualified job seeker’s education or training.  The education or training program the job seeker chooses must appear on the Indiana Department of Workforce Development Eligible Training Provider List in order for WIOA funds to be used. The education or training institution that offers a program of study for which WIOA funds can be used must first have its program of study approved by a regional Workforce Development Board and then meet the requirements of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development for Eligible Training Provider status.

About the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA)

Job seekers who qualify for education and training services funded by WIOA will be able to obtain a voucher they can redeem at the education or training institution of their choice in order to obtain the skills required for occupations in demand.

The Region 4 Workforce Board encourages youth, ages 16-24; adults over the age of 24; and dislocated workers (laid off or terminated from jobs through no fault of their own) to visit their nearest WorkOne office to learn about education or training programs that would prepare them for occupations in demand in the following counties:  Miami, Cass, Howard, Tipton, Clinton, Carroll, White, Tippecanoe, Montgomery, Fountain, Warren, and Benton.

Trainers’ Certification Resources & Links

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the statewide list?

The statewide certified eligible training provider list is called “Indiana Education & Training Choices” and can be accessed electronically at www.ai.org/serv/dwd_etc.

Who can qualify as a training provider?

All organizations with eligible programs must make application to the Region 4 Workforce Board or to any other Regional Workforce Board in Indiana. Performance data must meet the approval of the RWB and WDB (Workforce Development Board) in order to be forwarded to the state for approval and inclusion on the statewide training list.

IMPORTANT: Only one successful application must be made to any workforce board in the state to be published on the statewide certified training provider list. Duplicate applications are not necessary to multiple workforce boards.

The training program must be certified, meaning that the student will be awarded a certificate in recognition of an individual’s attainment of technical or occupational skills.

Training programs that qualify are typically one of the following:

  • A state educational agency or a state agency responsible for administering vocational and technical education within a state
  • An institution of higher education described in Section 102 of the Higher Education Act (20 USC 1002) that is qualified to participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized by Title IV of that Act
  • A professional industry that has established standards for the required knowledge, skills, and abilities resulting in a portable certificate recognized across the country
  • A registered apprenticeship program under the National Apprenticeship Act
  • A public regulatory agency that authorizes the legal use of occupational or professional titles or licenses an occupation or profession
  • A program that has been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer education benefits to veterans and other eligible persons
  • Job Corps centers that issue certificates
  • An institution of higher education which is formally controlled — or has been formally sanctioned or chartered — by the governing body of an Indian tribe or tribes

Where can I get an application?

Applications are available online and can be found here. For further instruction, see “Application Instructions” here.  

How do I get on the statewide list?

Applications received and approved by the Region 4 Workforce Board will be forwarded to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Approval by IDWD is signified by inclusion on the statewide training list. This application is mandatory for all providers who wish to provide training supported by funds authorized by the Workforce Investment & Opportunity Act of 2014.

What is an eligible training program?

Programs must focus on demand occupations that are recognized by Region 4 Workforce Board. WIOA funding may only be used to train people for occupational areas that are in demand in the local labor market. If your program does not focus on a demand occupation recognized by Region 4 Workforce Board, justification as to its demand in EGR 4 may be included in addition to the application for Region 4 Workforce Board to consider approval.

If a program does not prepare an individual for a specific occupation, the program is not classified as “training” under the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act. A program that develops skills that are applicable broadly across a wide range of occupations (e.g. keyboarding skills, computer literacy, or basic reading and math skills) are considered prevocational and are not required to be certified.

Can my organization accept referrals and funding by being included on the statewide list?

The completion of this application and inclusion on the statewide training list does not guarantee referrals or funding in any way.

When can I redeem vouchers for WIOA training services?

WIOA training vouchers cannot be issued until the organization and eligible training program(s) have been approved and are published on the statewide eligible training provider list.

What is the deadline for an application?

Region 4 Workforce Board accepts training applications on an ongoing basis. Application and program review are normally completed within two weeks. There may be occasions when more information will be requested before approval can be granted.

How often do I need to reapply for eligibility?

All training providers are required to apply for recertification annually. However, a modification to the training application should be submitted whenever there are changes to the training program, including but not limited to certification status, location, and cost.

Do you have additional questions?