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Training Options

Learn about training options.

Vocational Counselor

Vocational plans are developed to train disabled workers for new work. If you qualify, you and your vocational counselor will draft a vocational plan identifying services you will need to become employable again.

This plan will show the responsibilities that you, your counselor, your employer and others will have as you work toward this goal.

Once your plan is approved, you will have 2 options. Choosing between them is an important decision. In addition to talking with your counselor, you may want to talk with family members or professional consultants before making your final selection.

Vocational options

  Vocational Option 1
Follow your L&I-approved plan
Vocational Option 2
Develop your own plan
Total amount available for vocational training $17,599.11* $17,599.11*
Time limit for training 2 years 5 years
Training plan You are required to follow the L&I-approved plan developed by the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. You can use your training money for tuition or training costs for L&I-approved programs. The retraining goal or program you choose can be different from the plan L&I approved.
Time-loss compensation You will continue to receive time-loss compensation as long as you participate and meet all the requirements of our approved plan. Your claim will close and time-loss payments will end. Instead, you will receive a vocational award equivalent to 6 months of time-loss compensation paid out every 2 weeks.
Medical benefits You will continue to receive medical benefits related to your injury or disease as long as you participate and meet all the requirements of your approved plan. Your claim will close and medical benefits will end.

* The maximum retraining cost is adjusted July 1 each year.

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