The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is to increase individuals’ access to, and opportunities for, the employment, education, training, and support services needed to succeed in the labor market. Classroom training is available for individuals needing to increase their knowledge, skills, and qualifications, and is accessed using Individual Training Accounts (ITAs). However, ITAs may only be used for training programs included on the statewide Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL or “Statewide List”). In order to have their programs listed on the ETPL, training providers and programs must meet certain criteria and providers must submit program information to their Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB).
The Board’s Eligible Training Provider System (ETPS) Policies (PDF) provide information about the following:
- Training provider eligibility criteria and performance requirements
- Program criteria
- Procedure for adding new programs (including registered apprenticeship programs)
- Provider appeal procedure
- Other related policies
Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas has an open enrollment process for education and training providers to submit their programs for inclusion on the ETPL. Prior to submitting their requests, providers should review the Board’s Target Occupations List to determine if their programs align with local in-demand occupations targeted for federally-funded training. Questions about the process and requirements for requesting to add programs to the Statewide List may be emailed to the Board’s Eligible Training Provider Coordinator.
The ETPS policy also gives insight on the Board’s process for determining demand and target occupations. If you have questions about the current demand or targeted occupations or the local criteria, please contact a Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas representative.