Training Benefits program
IMPORTANT! You have 90 days to apply for Training benefits after opening your claim. However, if your application for training benefits is late due to COVID-19 impacts, you may still be eligible if you show good cause. Individuals meeting the definition of “dislocated worker” are not eligible for this extension.
Training Benefits information:
- The Training Benefits program offers additional weeks of unemployment benefits so eligible claimants can train for careers in high-demand fields.
- The number of weeks you can get Training Benefits varies according to your claim, but is usually 26. You’ll need a plan for how to pay for school and living expenses after it runs out.
- If approved for training benefits, you do not have to look for work as long as you are enrolled and making satisfactory progress in your training program.
- The program does not pay for books, tuition or school-related fees.
- You must meet strict deadlines to submit your training benefits application and enroll in training. Please see the link at the bottom of this page for more information about the deadlines you must meet. They're also described in the Handbook for Unemployed Workers (PDF, 2.9MB). The handbook answers many questions about Training Benefits and unemployment insurance.
- For questions about training benefits, please call the toll-free training benefits "hotline" at 877-600-7701.
To apply for Training Benefits, we encourage you to visit your nearest WorkSource center. Staff can give you one-on-one assistance in applying and answer questions you may have about pursuing a new career.
You can apply for Training Benefits online at eServices. Select your current claim then select Apply for Training Benefits from the I want to menu.
If you prefer a paper application, you can download an application packet, get one at your nearest WorkSource center, or call the unemployment claims center at 800-318-6022 (Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. except holidays) and ask for a Training Benefits application packet. You can fax your completed application to 800-301-1796 for free at your nearest WorkSource center, or mail it to the following address:
Employment Security Department
Attn: Training Benefits Unit
PO Box 9046
Olympia, WA 98507-9046
Maintaining your unemployment benefits
After we approve an individual for training benefits we mail the Training Benefits Handbook. The handbook explains how to maintain your eligibility for unemployment benefits while in training; for example:
- Being enrolled full time in a training program, unless you are a dislocated worker or have a disability.
- Making satisfactory progress in the program.
- Notifying the Training Benefits Unit if you discontinue or suspend training, make a change to your approved training program or provider, or reduce enrollment to less than full time.
If you do not meet these requirements, you may be required to look for work. Other job-search requirements, such as participating in job-search workshops, are essential to collect unemployment benefits. You also may be required to pay back benefits you have received.
If you do not receive the handbook or need a new copy, call the Training Benefits Unit at 877-600-7701 and ask for one to be mailed to you.
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