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Eligible Training Types for California Training Benefits (CTB)

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There are several training and re-training categories that may qualify you for CTB.

Some government organized and employer-sponsored programs may provide funding for your school or training. Other types, such as self-arranged training, require that you arrange and self-fund your training.

See below for a complete list of training types for each category. You will also find the eligibility requirements for each program along with how to report school or training to the EDD and apply for CTB.

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Government Organized Trainings

The federal WIOA provides job seekers and workers access to employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and matches employers with skilled workers they need to compete in today’s global economy.

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 allows states to innovate, align, and improve employment and training programs.

To learn more about WIOA, visit Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act or the nearest America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM (AJCC).

To apply for CTB under WIOA, follow these steps:

Step 1: Complete a WIOA Assessment.

In order to meet the eligibility requirements for CTB under WIOA funding, you must visit the nearest America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) to receive an assessment of your training needs. Once your assessment has been completed, your Career Planner from the AJCC will work with you to determine the best training or reemployment services options that will prepare you for entry or reentry into the labor force.

Step 2: Report school or training.

Your training representative must fax and submit a Training Enrollment Verification (DE 3422D) form to the EDD when you begin attending WIOA funded or sponsored training.

You must also report school or training to the EDD in the week you begin attending school. Visit How to Report School or Training for detailed information.

Step 3: Allow time for processing the Training Enrollment Verification (DE 3422D) form.

The EDD will typically process the DE 3422D within a few business days after it is received. If additional information is needed, the EDD will mail you a Notification of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Eligibility Interview (DE 4800) with the date and time for a phone eligibility interview. It is very important that you provide all the necessary information to help the EDD determine your CTB eligibility.

Step 4: Receive notification regarding CTB eligibility.

Your CTB eligibility is determined based on the information you provided on the DE 3422D or in the phone eligibility interview. A Notice of Unemployment Insurance Determination (DE 1080) will be mailed to you, containing your CTB eligibility, rights and responsibilities, and appeal rights.

CTB approval allows you to receive your UI benefits while you attend training.

If approved for CTB, you will be exempt from the requirements to be available for work, to actively seek work, and to accept work, while attending school or training. It is important that you continue to certify for UI benefits while you attend school or training.

If you are not eligible for CTB, you may continue to receive UI benefits while attending school as long as you meet all other UI eligibility criteria. You must be able and available for work, actively seek work, and accept work each week you certify for benefits.

The ETP program is available to qualified participants to train workers, meet industry demands within local labor markets, and help participants stay competitive in the current domestic and international economies. ETP is funded directly from a separate California employer tax fund.

ETP must be must be sponsored by one of the following:

  • Employers who pay into the Employer Training Tax fund.
  • Single employers subject to Unemployment Insurance tax.
  • Group of employers including the Chamber of Commerce, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees, Trade Associations or Economic Development Corporations.

To apply for CTB through ETP, follow these steps:

Step 1: Meet Employment Training Panel eligibility.

Your training must be sponsored by one of the following entities above.

Step 2: Report school or training.

To apply for CTB, report school or training to the EDD in the week you begin attending school. Visit How to Report School or Training for detailed information.

Step 3: Apply for CTB.

After you have reported the start of school to the EDD, you may be mailed one of the forms below. It is very important that you provide all the necessary information to help determine your CTB eligibility.

  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application (DE 3100TQ),
  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application and School or Training Questionnaire (DE 4365TQ)
  • Notification of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Eligibility Interview (DE 4800)

Note: If you do not receive one of the above forms and want to apply, Ask the EDD about CTB as soon as possible.

Step 4: Receive notification regarding CTB eligibility.

Your CTB eligibility is determined based on the information you provided on the questionnaire(s) or in the phone eligibility interview. A Notice of Unemployment Insurance Determination (DE 1080) will be mailed to you, containing your CTB eligibility, rights and responsibilities, and appeal rights.

CTB approval allows you to receive your UI benefits while you attend training.

If approved for CTB, you will be exempt from the requirements to be available for work, to actively seek work, and to accept work, while attending school or training. It is important that you continue to certify for UI benefits while you attend school or training.

If you are not eligible for CTB, you may continue to receive UI benefits while attending school as long as you meet all other UI eligibility criteria. You must be able and available for work, actively seek work, and accept work each week you certify for benefits.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a federal program established to assist U.S. workers who have lost their jobs due to foreign trade. The program seeks to provide affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, career counseling, job search and reallocation allowances, potential income support for workers in training programs, and wage supplements for older workers.

If foreign trade is believed to have played a significant part in job losses, then the following people/groups may file for TAA on behalf of the affected workers with the Department of Labor (DOL):

To apply for CTB through TAA, follow these steps:

Step 1: Meet TAA eligibility.

To be eligible, a petition must be filed on your behalf by an employer, a group of three workers or more, a union or worker representative, or an American’s Job Center of California (AJCC) representative with the Department of Labor.

After a petition has been filed, you will receive a Trade Adjustment Assistance package by mail containing the following forms:

  • Instructions to File a TAA Application (DE 8396).
  • Application for TAA (DE 8309).
  • Getting Back to Work After A Trade-Related Layoff pamphlet, (DE 8392A).
  • Envelope pre-addressed to the EDD Special Claims Office.

Step 2: Submit TAA documentation to the EDD and schedule an appointment.

In order to be considered for TAA program, the affected worker must complete and submit an Application for TAA (DE 8309).

After you have completed and submitted the DE 8309 to the EDD, the Department will contact you by mail regarding your eligibility. The EDD will mail you instructions on what you will need to do next in this process.

The instructions will include the phone number to the nearest AJCC because it is your responsibility to call and schedule an appointment for a training plan assessment with a TAA Specialist to determine your training needs.

Step 3: Report school or training to apply for CTB.

Once your training begins, your TAA Specialist will submit the Training Enrollment Verification (DE 3422TAA) to the EDD’s Unemployment Insurance Special Claims Office a. In addition, your TAA Specialist will mail your training contract to this office.

Step 4: Allow time for processing.

The EDD will process the DE 3422TAA within 24 hours after it is received. If additional information is needed, the EDD will contact you by phone or mail. It is very important that you provide all the necessary information to help the EDD determine your CTB eligibility.

Step 5: Receive notification regarding CTB eligibility.

Your CTB eligibility is determined based on the information you provided on the questionnaire(s) or in the phone eligibility interview. A Notice of Unemployment Insurance Determination (DE 1080) will be mailed to you, containing your CTB eligibility, rights and responsibilities, and appeal rights.

CTB approval allows you to receive your UI benefits while you attend training.

If approved for CTB, you will be exempt from the requirements to be available for work, to actively seek work, and to accept work, while attending school or training. It is important that you continue to certify for UI benefits while you attend school or training.

If you are not eligible for CTB, you may continue to receive UI benefits while attending school as long as you meet all other UI eligibility criteria. You must be able and available for work, actively seek work, and accept work each week you certify for benefits.

The CalWORKs Welfare to Work program provides funding for skills training necessary for employment. It provides monthly assistance to families that have children living in the home, and are in financial need. The CalWORKs program is administered by the Department of Social Services and is available to eligible residents in all 58 counties within California.

To apply for CTB through CalWORKs, follow these steps:

Step 1: Meet CalWORKs eligibility.

You must be part of the CalWORKs Welfare to Work program and enrolled in school or training through this initiative. Eligibility is based on the citizenship, age, income, assets, resources, and other factors. Visit the CalWORKs website for additional information.

Step 2: Report school or training.

To apply for CTB, report school or training to the EDD in the week you begin attending school. Visit How to Report School or Training for detailed information.

Step 3: Apply for CTB.

After you have reported the start of school to the EDD, you may be mailed one of the forms below. It is very important that you provide all the necessary information to help determine your CTB eligibility.

  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application (DE 3100TQ),
  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application and School or Training Questionnaire (DE 4365TQ)
  • Notification of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Eligibility Interview (DE 4800)

Note: If you do not receive one of the above forms and want to apply, Ask the EDD about CTB as soon as possible.

Step 4: Receive notification regarding CTB eligibility.

Your CTB eligibility is determined based on the information you provided on the questionnaire(s) or in the phone eligibility interview. A Notice of Unemployment Insurance Determination (DE 1080) will be mailed to you, containing your CTB eligibility, rights and responsibilities, and appeal rights.

CTB approval allows you to receive your UI benefits while you attend training.

If approved for CTB, you will be exempt from the requirements to be available for work, to actively seek work, and to accept work, while attending school or training. It is important that you continue to certify for UI benefits while you attend school or training.

If you are not eligible for CTB, you may continue to receive UI benefits while attending school as long as you meet all other UI eligibility criteria. You must be able and available for work, actively seek work, and accept work each week you certify for benefits

ETPL was established in compliance with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 and amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 to provide customer-focused employment training resources for adults and dislocated workers.

ETPL is a list of state approved training providers who meet WIOA criteria. Participants enrolled in a training program with an approved training provider on the ETPL as verified by the EDD may be eligible for CTB.

If you are interested in researching training programs with approved training providers on the ETPL, CalJOBS provides the California Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL). The approved training providers on the ETPL offer a wide range of educational programs, including classroom, online, and apprenticeship programs.

To apply for CTB through ETPL, follow these steps:

Step 1: Meet Eligible Training Provider List eligibility.

Your training facility and training program must be on the ETPL to qualify for CTB.

To locate your training facility and training program, review the California Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL)

Step 2: Report school or training.

To apply for CTB, report school or training to the EDD in the week you begin attending school. Visit How to Report School or Training for detailed information.

Step 3: Apply for CTB.

After you have reported the start of school to the EDD, you may be mailed one of the forms below. It is very important that you provide all the necessary information to help determine your CTB eligibility.

  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application (DE 3100TQ),
  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application and School or Training Questionnaire (DE 4365TQ)
  • Notification of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Eligibility Interview (DE 4800)

Note: If you do not receive one of the above forms and want to apply, Ask the EDD about CTB as soon as possible.

Step 4: Receive notification regarding CTB eligibility.

Your CTB eligibility is determined based on the information you provided on the questionnaire(s) or in the phone eligibility interview. A Notice of Unemployment Insurance Determination (DE 1080) will be mailed to you, containing your CTB eligibility, rights and responsibilities, and appeal rights.

CTB approval allows you to receive your UI benefits while you attend training.

If approved for CTB, you will be exempt from the requirements to be available for work, to actively seek work, and to accept work, while attending school or training. It is important that you continue to certify for UI benefits while you attend school or training.

If you are not eligible for CTB, you may continue to receive UI benefits while attending school as long as you meet all other UI eligibility criteria. You must be able and available for work, actively seek work, and accept work each week you certify for benefits

Teachers who are unemployed from a public school may be seeking an additional credential to become reemployed. There is no state or federal programs in partnership with the EDD that pays for teacher credentialing. However, you may still qualify for California Training Benefits (CTB) under the Single Credential Training for Teachers provision.

To apply for CTB through Single Credential Training for Teachers, follow these steps:

Step 1: Meet Single Credential Training for Teachers eligibility.

You must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

Attend a program to obtain a single-subject teaching credential in Math, Science, or Special Education for grades K-12.

Have a permanent layoff from a permanent or probationary teaching position with a public school employer within three years of the start date of the credentialing program. A permanent layoff means the teacher received a notice specifically stating services are no longer required. Typically, this type of separation is due to budget cuts, low enrollment, etc.

Must be enrolled in an approved credential program listed on the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CCTC) website.

Step 2: Report school or training.

To apply for CTB, report school or training to the EDD in the week you begin attending school. Visit How to Report School or Training for detailed information.

Step 3: Apply for CTB.

After you have reported the start of school to the EDD, you may be mailed one of the forms below. It is very important that you provide all the necessary information to help determine your CTB eligibility.

  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application (DE 3100TQ),
  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application and School or Training Questionnaire (DE 4365TQ)
  • Notification of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Eligibility Interview (DE 4800)

Note: If you do not receive one of the above forms and want to apply, Ask the EDD about CTB as soon as possible.

Step 4: Receive notification regarding CTB eligibility.

Your CTB eligibility is determined based on the information you provided on the questionnaire(s) or in the phone eligibility interview. A Notice of Unemployment Insurance Determination (DE 1080) will be mailed to you, containing your CTB eligibility, rights and responsibilities, and appeal rights.

CTB approval allows you to receive your UI benefits while you attend training.

If approved for CTB, you will be exempt from the requirements to be available for work, to actively seek work, and to accept work, while attending school or training. It is important that you continue to certify for UI benefits while you attend school or training.

If you are not eligible for CTB, you may continue to receive UI benefits while attending school as long as you meet all other UI eligibility criteria. You must be able and available for work, actively seek work, and accept work each week you certify for benefits.

Union, Trade Association, or Employer Organized Trainings

Journey level union members participating in industry-related school or training programs may be eligible for CTB. The training must be sponsored and funded by the union or non-union trade association through a Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) or Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC). Journey level union members seeking upgraded certifications often return to the apprenticeship programs under their respective JAC or JATC.

To apply for CTB as a journey level union member attending industry-related school or training, follow these steps:

Step 1: Meet journey level union member eligibility.

You must be a journey level union member in good standing. The EDD will verify your current union status.

Step 2: Report school or training.

To apply for CTB, report school or training to the EDD in the week you begin attending school. Visit How to Report School or Training for detailed information.

Step 3: Apply for CTB.

After you have reported the start of school to the EDD, you may be mailed one of the forms below. It is very important that you provide all the necessary information to help determine your CTB eligibility.

  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application (DE 3100TQ),
  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application and School or Training Questionnaire (DE 4365TQ)
  • Notification of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Eligibility Interview (DE 4800)

Note: If you do not receive one of the above forms and want to apply, Ask the EDD about CTB as soon as possible.

Step 4: Receive notification regarding CTB eligibility.

Your CTB eligibility is determined based on the information you provided on the questionnaire(s) or in the phone eligibility interview. A Notice of Unemployment Insurance Determination (DE 1080) will be mailed to you, containing your CTB eligibility, rights and responsibilities, and appeal rights.

CTB approval allows you to receive your UI benefits while you attend training.

If approved for CTB, you will be exempt from the requirements to be available for work, to actively seek work, and to accept work, while attending school or training. It is important that you continue to certify for UI benefits while you attend school or training.

If you are not eligible for CTB, you may continue to receive UI benefits while attending school as long as you meet all other UI eligibility criteria. You must be able and available for work, actively seek work, and accept work each week you certify for benefits

Journey level trade association members (union and non-union) participating in industry-related school or training programs may be eligible for CTB. The training must be sponsored and funded by the trade association or a union, through a Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC), or Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC). Journey level members seeking upgraded certifications often return to the apprenticeship programs under their respective JAC or JATC.

To apply for CTB as a journey level trade association member (union or non-union), follow these steps:

Step 1: Meet journey level trade association member eligibility.

You must be a journey level member of a trade association. The EDD will verify with the association that you are a journey level member and authorized to attend the training.

Step 2: Report school or training.

To apply for CTB, report school or training to the EDD in the week you begin attending school. Visit How to Report School or Training for detailed information.

Step 3: Apply for CTB.

After you have reported the start of school to the EDD, you may be mailed one of the forms below. It is very important that you provide all the necessary information to help determine your CTB eligibility.

  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application (DE 3100TQ),
  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application and School or Training Questionnaire (DE 4365TQ)
  • Notification of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Eligibility Interview (DE 4800)

Note: If you do not receive one of the above forms and want to apply, Ask the EDD about CTB as soon as possible.

Step 4: Receive notification regarding CTB eligibility.

Your CTB eligibility is determined based on the information you provided on the questionnaire(s) or in the phone eligibility interview. A Notice of Unemployment Insurance Determination (DE 1080) will be mailed to you, containing your CTB eligibility, rights and responsibilities, and appeal rights.

CTB approval allows you to receive your UI benefits while you attend training.

If approved for CTB, you will be exempt from the requirements to be available for work, to actively seek work, and to accept work, while attending school or training. It is important that you continue to certify for UI benefits while you attend school or training.

If you are not eligible for CTB, you may continue to receive UI benefits while attending school as long as you meet all other UI eligibility criteria. You must be able and available for work, actively seek work, and accept work each week you certify for benefits

State/Federal approved apprenticeship training allows participants to attend long-term training. This type of apprenticeship training lasts on average of one to six years with four years being the typical program length. Eligible training programs must be registered with the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) to be potentially eligible for CTB. You do not have to be part of a union to meet the requirement for this category.

To apply for state/federal apprenticeship training, follow these steps:

Step 1: Meet state/federal apprenticeship training eligibility.

To meet the eligibility requirements, the EDD will verify your standing as a registered apprentice and the authorization of your training once you report the start of school or training.

Step 2: Report school or training.

To apply for CTB, report school or training to the EDD in the week you begin attending school. Visit How to Report School or Training for detailed information.

Step 3: Apply for CTB.

After you have reported the start of school to the EDD, you may be mailed one of the forms below. It is very important that you provide all the necessary information to help determine your CTB eligibility.

  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application (DE 3100TQ),
  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application and School or Training Questionnaire (DE 4365TQ)
  • Notification of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Eligibility Interview (DE 4800)

Note: If you do not receive one of the above forms and want to apply, Ask the EDD about CTB as soon as possible.

Step 4: Receive notification regarding CTB eligibility.

Your CTB eligibility is determined based on the information you provided on the questionnaire(s) or in the phone eligibility interview. A Notice of Unemployment Insurance Determination (DE 1080) will be mailed to you, containing your CTB eligibility, rights and responsibilities, and appeal rights.

CTB approval allows you to receive your UI benefits while you attend training.

If approved for CTB, you will be exempt from the requirements to be available for work, to actively seek work, and to accept work, while attending school or training. It is important that you continue to certify for UI benefits while you attend school or training.

If you are not eligible for CTB, you may continue to receive UI benefits while attending school as long as you meet all other UI eligibility criteria. You must be able and available for work, actively seek work, and accept work each week you certify for benefits.

Employer sponsored training allows participants to attend industry-related training to upgrade their work-related skills. Training must be funded by the employer to be potentially eligible for the CTB program.

To apply for CTB under the employer sponsored training, follow these steps:

Step 1: Meet employer sponsored training eligibility.

Training must be funded and sponsored by the employer and verified by the EDD. The training must upgrade your skills to:

  • Meet industry demands, or
  • Meet changes in technology, or
  • Retain employment.

Step 2: Report school or training.

To apply for CTB, report school or training to the EDD in the week you begin attending school. Visit How to Report School or Training for detailed information.

Step 3: Apply for CTB.

After you have reported the start of school to the EDD, you may be mailed one of the forms below. It is very important that you provide all the necessary information to help determine your CTB eligibility.

  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application (DE 3100TQ),
  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application and School or Training Questionnaire (DE 4365TQ)
  • Notification of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Eligibility Interview (DE 4800)

Note: If you do not receive one of the above forms and want to apply, Ask the EDD about CTB as soon as possible.

Step 4: Receive notification regarding CTB eligibility.

Your CTB eligibility is determined based on the information you provided on the questionnaire(s) or in the phone eligibility interview. A Notice of Unemployment Insurance Determination (DE 1080) will be mailed to you, containing your CTB eligibility, rights and responsibilities, and appeal rights.

CTB approval allows you to receive your UI benefits while you attend training.

If approved for CTB, you will be exempt from the requirements to be available for work, to actively seek work, and to accept work, while attending school or training. It is important that you continue to certify for UI benefits while you attend school or training.

If you are not eligible for CTB, you may continue to receive UI benefits while attending school as long as you meet all other UI eligibility criteria. You must be able and available for work, actively seek work, and accept work each week you certify for benefits

Self-Arranged Training

If you are not enrolled or attending any of the state, federal, or employer sponsored programs or other approved categories described on this page, you may arrange and fund your own training. This is known as self-arranged training.

To apply for CTB eligibility under the self-arranged category, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Meet self-arranged eligibility.

You must meet ALL of the criteria to be self-arranged eligible:

  • You are unemployed, or partially unemployed, for four or more continuous weeks or you are unlikely to return to your most recent work place for one of the following reasons:
    • Your job was eliminated because of a plant closure or there was a substantial reduction in jobs at your most recent workplace.
    • Your job was eliminated or your hours significantly reduced due to technological advancements or employer has relocated outside of your area.
    • A mental or physical disability prevents or limits you from using existing occupational skills.
  • You are unemployed due to a lack of jobs for your current skills within California* (e.g. recession, seasonal, etc.).
  • There is an increasing need within California in the occupation for which you are currently training.*
  • Your training is taken at an accredited training facility and can be successfully completed within 24 months, even if UI benefits are not sufficient to cover the entire period of training. 
  • Your training is full time (typically 20 hours a week or 12 units a quarter or semester).
  • You have not been approved for CTB in the past three years.

*The EDD uses data from the Labor Market Information to determine the increasing need (demand) for your current skills, your training occupations, and other occupations within California.

Step 2: Report school or training.

To apply for CTB, report school or training to the EDD in the week you begin attending school. Visit How to Report School or Training for detailed information.

Step 3. Apply for CTB.

After you have reported the start of school to the EDD, you may be mailed one of the forms below. It is very important that you provide all the necessary information to help determine your CTB eligibility.

  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application (DE 3100TQ),
  • California Training Benefits (CTB) Application and School or Training Questionnaire (DE 4365TQ)
  • Notification of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Eligibility Interview (DE 4800)

Note: If you do not receive one of the above forms and want to apply, Ask the EDD about CTB  as soon as possible.

Step 4: Receive notification regarding CTB eligibility.

Your CTB eligibility is determined based on the information you provided on the questionnaire(s) or in the phone eligibility interview. A Notice of Unemployment Insurance Determination (DE 1080) will be mailed to you, containing your CTB eligibility, rights and responsibilities, and appeal rights.

CTB approval allows you to receive your UI benefits while you attend training.

If approved for CTB, you will be exempt from the requirements to be available for work, to actively seek work, and to accept work, while attending school or training. It is important that you continue to certify for UI benefits while you attend school or training.

If you are not eligible for CTB, you may continue to receive UI benefits while attending school as long as you meet all other UI eligibility criteria. You must be able and available for work, actively seek work, and accept work each week you certify for benefits