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FAQ - California Training Benefits

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California Training Benefits (CTB) allows eligible Unemployment Insurance (UI) customers to further their education, upgrade their skills, and/or learn a new trade to be more competitive in today’s labor market while receiving UI benefits.

CTB provides many benefits such as:

  • Enhanced knowledge and skills.
  • Additional skills to develop a new career path.
  • Ability to collect UI benefits while attending school or training.
  • Training Extension (TE) – may receive additional weeks of UI benefits while in training.

Additionally, if approved for CTB, you will be exempt from the following UI eligibility requirements to:

  • Actively seek work.
  • Be available for work.
  • Accept suitable work.

No. The EDD does not cover any educational or training-related expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, or transportation. However, there are state, federal, or employer programs that may fund your school or training.

Yes, provided the training can be completed within 52 weeks and you meet all UI eligibility requirements and have a claim balance.

The amount of the claim award, not the length of training, determines how long UI benefits can be paid while participating in CTB.

You may be potentially eligible to receive a training extension (TE) if your UI claim reaches a zero balance and you are still attending CTB approved school or training. Visit Qualifying for a Training Extension (TE) to learn more on how to qualify for a TE.

You can continue training even after you exhaust your UI benefits.

Let the EDD know you’re interested in CTB by the 16th week of benefit payments to protect your potential right to a future training extension (TE).

If the maximum award of your claim is less than 16 weeks of benefit payments, you must contact the EDD before your claim reaches a zero balance to protect your potential right to a future training extension (TE).

Let the EDD know you are interested in CTB using one of the followings methods:

  • Report the start date of training when you file or reopen your UI claim only if you are currently in school or training.
  • Submit a question through UI OnlineSM under the category, School or Training and topic, California Training Benefits (CTB).
  • Report school or training when certifying for UI benefits only if you are currently in school or training.
  • Contact the Department by phone.
  • Ask the EDD about CTB when you attend one of the following workshops:
    • Personalized Job Search Assistance
    • Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment
    • Initial Assistance Workshop  

To learn more, visit Important Information about California Training Benefits (CTB).

No. You can only participate in the CTB approval process once you begin attending school or training.

Once you notify the EDD of your school attendance, you will be contacted regarding your potential CTB eligibility. In most cases, you will be mailed a questionnaire to complete and return to the department.  If additional information is needed, you will be scheduled for a phone interview. The department will notify you of the date and time of the phone interview by mailing a Notification of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Eligibility Interview (DE 4800).

It is very important that you provide all the necessary information to help the EDD determine your CTB eligibility.

The DE 3100T is mailed to you when you inform the EDD through certifying for continued benefits or filing your UI claim you began school or training. This form contains basic details about CTB and asks you to complete information about your school and training provider.

Complete and return these forms within ten (10) calendar days of the mail date only if you are interested in applying for CTB.  

The DE 4365T is mailed to you when you inform the EDD through certifying for continued benefits or filing your UI claim you began school or training and indicated that you were not available for work, and/or you did not look for work. This form contains basic details about CTB and asks you to complete the information about your school and training provider.

You must complete and return all required forms within ten (10) calendar days of the mail date to apply for CTB. If the forms are not returned with an explanation of why you were not available for work you could be disqualified from receiving your UI benefits. 

The EDD will notify you of your eligibility by mailing the Notification of Determination (DE 1080) containing your CTB eligibility status, rights and responsibilities, and appeal rights. Make sure to read the notice carefully to understand all your rights and responsibilities.

You must continue to certify for continued benefits using UI Online, EDD Tele-Cert, or by mail. If you are collecting on a Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) claim under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program and approved for CTB, you may certify for continued benefits by using UI Online or by mail, EDD Tele-Cert is not available. Additionally, if there are any changes to your school or training, you must notify the EDD using UI Online.

If you are eligible for CTB, you will be exempt from the following requirements while you complete your EDD approved training:

  • Be available for work;
  • Actively seek work; and,
  • Accept work.

You must continue to certify for continued benefits using UI Online, EDD Tele-Cert, or by mail.

If you are collecting on a Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) claim under the Trade Adjustment assistance (TAA) program and approved for CTB, you may certify for continued benefits by using UI Online or by mail; EDD Tele-Cert is not available for CTB claimants.

Report school or training to the EDD in the week you begin attending school. Once you notify the EDD, you are not required to report school or training each week you certify for benefits.

Visit How to Report School or Training for more information on certifying for continued benefits while on CTB.

Yes. However, you must be able and available for work, actively seeking work, and willing to accept work each week you certify for benefits.

Yes. Visit the Eligible Training Types for California Training Benefits (CTB) to learn more about the different CTB eligible training categories.

The following training facilities can be used while participating in approved CTB training:

  • Training facilities used on the California Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL).
  • All public schools (including community colleges).
  • Regional Occupation Programs (ROP).
  • Accredited private educational facilities.
  • Private educational facilities that prepare individuals for licensing examinations, such as Real Estate, California Bar and State Contractors licenses.
  • Training facilities used by Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIB) and Department of Rehabilitation.
  • Employer sponsored industry-oriented training.
  • WIOA, ETP, CalWORKs, and TAA Job Search Workshops if part of the initial training program.

Yes. Online training can be approved as long as it meets the eligibility criteria for that type of training.

Yes. You may be eligible for CTB if you are enrolled in one of the following types of training programs:

  • Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
  • Apprenticeship
  • Eligible Training Program List (ETPL)
  • Teacher Seeking Additional Credentialing in math, science, or Special Education
  • Union, Trade Association or Employer Sponsored

Or

You qualify for self-arranged training out of state. For your out-of-state self-arranged training to qualify, the following must apply:

  • You must have a California residency, or you must be willing to return to the California labor market, or a labor market area that shares the state border with a California labor market.
  • Must have reasonable employment opportunity in California for the training occupation.

Full time school attendance is typically 20 hours per week or 12 units per semester (6 semester units in the summer during the months of June through August).

A training extension (TE) provides additional benefits to approved CTB participants while completing school or training.

To protect your potential right to a future training extension (TE), contact us before your 16th week of benefit payments. If the maximum award of your claim is less than 16 weeks of benefit payments, you must contact the EDD before your claim reaches a zero balance. To learn more about TE, visit Qualifying for a Training Extension (TE).