Policy Chapters and Sections

Training Provider and Training Program Eligibility

Chapter: 7 Section: 3
Effective Date: 4/20/2016
Expiration Date: Continuing
Published Date: 4/22/2021 1:54:06 PM
Status: Current
Version: 3

Tags: Program Eligibility

The following outlines the general criteria for a training provider to be considered for initial eligibility by a Local Workforce Innovation Board (LWIB), as well as for its training programs.

  1. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires all states to establish a procedure for Local Workforce Innovation Boards (LWIBs) to determine eligibility for training programs.  Only eligible training providers and their eligible training programs will be included in the state’s Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL).  The requirements of this policy apply to all organizations providing training services to WIOA adults and dislocated workers.  
  2. Providers of on-the-job training, customized training, incumbent worker training, internships, and paid or unpaid work experience opportunities, or transitional employment shall not be subject to the requirements of this policy.
  3. Training providers and training programs previously approved for transitional eligibility on July 1, 2015 must apply and be approved for continued eligibility prior to July 1, 2016 following the process outlined in the Continued Eligibility section of this policy.
    1. Transitional providers and programs that are not provided such determination by July 1, 2016 must follow the process for initial eligibility as outlined in the Initial Eligibility section of this policy.
    2. New providers or programs that were not approved for transitional eligibility must follow the process for initial eligibility as outlined in the Initial Eligibility section of this policy.
    3. WIOA participants enrolled in training programs that are not approved for continued eligibility prior to July 1, 2016 shall be allowed to complete the training program.
      1. The only exception is if a training provider and/or its programs are determined to have intentionally supplied inaccurate information or to have substantially violated any provision of the WIOA regulations or of Title IB of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), or substantially violated any other requirements as outlined in local policy.
        1. Customers of such programs shall be provided assistance in enrolling in a similar training program to complete the intended training outcome, or if not available, a new training program.
      2. A provider of training services whose eligibility is terminated under subparagraph 3.c.1 of this policy may be liable for the repayment of funds received under WIOA or WIA.
  4. To be eligible to receive funds for the provision of training services, the provider shall be:
    1. An institution of higher education that provides a program that leads to a recognized postsecondary credential;
      1. This may include programs receiving approval or accreditation by the U.S. Department of Education, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Community College Board, or Illinois State Board of Education.
    2. An entity that carries out programs registered under the Act of August 16, 1937 (commonly known as the ‘‘National Apprenticeship Act’’; 50 Stat. 664, chapter 663; 29 U.S.C. 50 et seq.) as recognized in Illinois by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Office of Apprenticeship; or
    3. Another public or private provider of a program of training services, which may include joint labor-management organizations; eligible providers of adult education and literacy activities under Title II if such activities are provided in combination with occupational skills training; or programs that have been recognized by the industry as meeting the standards necessary for approval or accreditation, when such standards exist.