Frequently Asked Questions
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a Federal program to assist eligible individuals in finding and qualifying for meaningful employment. It offers tiered services to WIOA customers, which may or may not include training services. Eligible adults are not limited to their local area when choosing training programs; they may choose any approved program within the state, offered online, or potentially from an out-of-state Eligible Training Provider (ETP). Training with an out-of-state ETP is pending until a written formal agreement is made between the provider and Virginia Career Works Northern.
Eligible Training Provider minimum requirements are:
- Evidence of certification to operate (or evidence of Title IV or National Apprenticeship Act program approval)
- Evidence of approval to license (if applicable)
- Contact information
- Employer demand
- Training curriculum/skills
- Courses or classes & descriptions
- Credential to be issued
- Duration of training
- Any other information required by the local Workforce Investment Board
For further details see the complete state Occupational Skills Training policy.
Beyond the minimum requirements, the NVWIB views an ideal training program as one that provides a recognized certification or credential in a short time period. In addition, an ideal program will not pose a significant financial burden on the individual WIOA customer. The ideal training provider will also provide job search help such as connections to employment and networking opportunities.
The maximum amount given for training within the Northern Virginia workforce area is $3,000 for adult jobseekers and $3,500 for dislocated workers. This funding is given in the form of an Individual Training Account (ITA). Under the WIOA principle of streamlining services, ITAs will be issued by certified SkillSource Centers throughout the Northern Virginia area. Invoicing of ITAs occurs after the WIOA customer has attended at least 50% of the total training program duration.
There are two options to get the word out about your currently approved programs:
- Working with a Fairfax County representative to distribute physical materials such as brochures and flyers to our One-Stop SkillSource Centers.
- Working with a Fairfax County representative to setup a webinar presentation to WIOA case managers.
To learn more about how to disseminate information, please contact the WIOA Training Provider Coordinator.
*Disclaimer*: The opportunity for an ETP to share about training does not signify endorsement. Neither Virginia Career Works Northern, The SkillSource Group, nor the Fairfax County Department of Family Services endorse particular training programs. In addition, use of the SkillSource Group, Virginia Career Works Northern, or Fairfax County logos in any physical promotional materials or online is prohibited.
The WIOA program works as a customer-driven process and the final decision for which training provider to attend is the customer’s. This customer choice also means there is no guarantee that an Eligible Training Provider will receive any WIOA customers funded by ITAs.
Yes, at the end of each fiscal year (June), the ETP must submit performance data for each approved program as well the most current license and/or certificate to operate (if applicable). Further information can be found under Annual Renewal Requirements.
Any updates to current approved programs (ex: cost change, duration change, etc.) need to be documented in writing via the Program Update Form and sent to the WIOA Training Provider Coordinator. The Training Provider Coordinator must also be notified of any programs that are no longer available.
New programs with current ETPs will need to undergo review with the regular approval cycle. Please see the Eligible Training Provider Application Documents above.
Have other questions? Contact our WIOA Training Provider Coordinator. See the Contact Information link (above).