Eligible Programs

What training programs can a vocational provider (VRC) use when developing a plan?

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

  • "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."

The majority of private career schools in Washington State are regulated by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (WTECB). Private career schools licensed by WTECB are required to renew their private vocational school licenses on an annual basis and ensure that all program and course offerings are current and up-to-date.

Note: If a schools program is on the WTECBs "Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL), also administered by the Workforce Board, that school may be used, provided the plan matches the program(s) listed on the ETPL web site.

What documentation does the VRC need to include when submitting an in-state retraining plan with a licensed private school?

The VRC must include a copy of the section of the schools WTECB-approved course catalog that pertains to the proposed program. The program identified in the plan must match the program in the approved catalog.

L&I provider number needed

Schools must apply to be an L&I provider even if they are approved by another agency. See "Becoming a Training Provider" for more information. To find out if a school is already an L&I provider, contact the Provider Hotline at 1-800-848-0811.

How can the VRC find out whether a school is licensed or accredited?

VRCs can check the WTECB website to determine if a private school is licensed:

Other resources:


Call Private Sector Compliance at 360-902-6756.

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