Eligible Schools & Programs

L&I is required by law (RCW 51.32.096)(3)(b)) (app.leg.wa.gov) to use only training providers (schools) that are licensed, accredited, or exempt from licensure and approved by L&I for worker retraining.

How to find a school approved by L&I

Schools must apply to be an L&I provider even if they have been approved by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (Workforce Board) or another agency. See Becoming a Training Provider for more information.

  • Career Bridge (www.careerbridge.wa.gov)
    This is Washington's one stop resource for career education and planning. All schools listed here are licensed or accredited. The Where are YOU Going? (wtb.wa.gov) guide is available here in booklet form or as an online resource.
  • Vendor Services Lookup: Active Providers
    Search for schools approved by L&I by clicking on the Vendor Services Lookup tool; then click on retraining programs under service type. You can filter by location.
    Or
    Contact the Provider Hotline at 1-800-848-0811 to find out if a school is already an L&I provider.

How to verify if a school is licensed or accredited

  • "Licensed" or "accredited" means that a school or training program is approved by the appropriate state agency.
  • All approved apprenticeship programs and programs eligible for federal student aid are considered to be "accredited."

You can find out if a school is licensed or accredited, or how a program may qualify for approval by L&I.

Only accredited community colleges offer Washington State community college certificate programs. Find more information at Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (www.sbctc.edu) or Becoming a Student (www.sbctc.edu).

The Workforce Board regulates the majority of licensed/accredited private career schools in Washington. The Department of Licensing (DOL) licenses some schools. Private career schools licensed by the Workforce Board are required to renew their school licenses annually. Listings of licensed schools in Washington are available at Current Licensed Schools (www.wtb.wa.gov) and Washington State Department of Licensing (www.dol.wa.gov).

Other resources to find a licensed or accredited school are:

What to look for in a school or training program

Consider comparing similar schools' or training programs' requirements, standards and practices. Look for student support services offered at a particular school or program, including job placement or assistance. A school's course catalog should list its programs, policies and other services offered.

The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (www.wtb.wa.gov) (Workforce Board or WTECB) licenses private vocational schools in Washington State and investigates student complaints. The Workforce Board administers a fund that reimburses students affected by a school closure or unfair business practices.

The Workforce Board also administers the Washington State Eligible Training Provider (ETP) list (www.careerbridge.wa.gov), an official list of vocational programs that are eligible to provide training to individuals who qualify for specific benefits under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The state's WIOA Policy No. 5611: Governor's Procedure for Determining Training Program Eligibility (www.careerbridge.wa.gov) describes the criteria used to determine whether programs are eligible to be part of the ETP list.

Washington does not list out-of-state training providers on the ETP list. Instead, the state recognizes the ETP lists of all other states, including Oregon and Idaho.

How L&I upports quality retraining for workers

L&I's Private Vocational Schools (PVS) Collaborative works with public and private schools, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, other state agencies, vocational providers and other stakeholders to ensure quality education for injured workers. Examples of what has been done to support quality training are:

Questions?

For more information, contact Karen Ahrens, L&I Vocational Schools Liaison, Return To Work Partnerships, 360-902-4529.

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