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Common Questions

A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions relating to the TechCred program.

  • Which training providers can employers use for credential training?
  • Which training providers can employers use for credential training?

    The TechCred program encourages employers to choose the training provider that will most effectively meet their needs. Examples of eligible training providers include: universities, community colleges, Ohio technical centers, and private training providers.

  • How do employers get started?
  • How do employers get started?

    Getting started with the TechCred program is simple.

    1. Identify skills needed and employees
    2. Partner with a credential provider
    3. Apply online
    4. Enroll employees in the training program
    5. Verify credential completion
    6. Receive reimbursement
  • Which credentials are eligible?
  • Which credentials are eligible?

    The list of eligible credentials is available on the credential list page. Employers can request for credentials, which meet the eligibility requirements, to be added to the list of eligible credentials in the application process. When filling out the application, businesses will choose “Credential Not Listed” and answer a few simple questions about the credential they are suggesting. A panel of experts will then review each additional credential submitted for approval by employers.

  • What is TechCred?
  • What is TechCred?

    Ohio's TechCred Program gives businesses the chance to upskill current and future employees to help them qualify for a better job in today’s tech-infused economy. Businesses who submit successful applications will be reimbursed, up to $2000 per credential, when current or prospective employees complete technology-focused credentials.

  • If an employee is laid off because of coronavirus, but their employer wants them back, can the employer still take advantage of TechCred and train right now during the layoff period?
  • If an employee is laid off because of coronavirus, but their employer wants them back, can the employer still take advantage of TechCred and train right now during the layoff period?

    Yes, TechCred can be used to train both current and prospective employees. So, the employer can train that employee during the layoff period and be reimbursed, as long as the employee is on the payroll at the point when the employer requests reimbursement.

  • What's new to TechCred?
  • What's new to TechCred?

    Beginning with Round 12 (January 2022), the following changes have been incorporated into the TechCred program:

    • Training for approved credentials must start on or after the Effective Date of the Grant Agreement and must be completed by the End Date of the Grant Agreement. The Effective Date of the Grant Agreement will be the first day of the month immediately following the last application period. Costs incurred by the Applicant prior to an award of eligibility and an executed Grant Agreement is done at the Applicant’s risk.

    • TechCred Grant Agreements will be incorporated as part of the TechCred application. Upon receiving an award announcement, awardees will be directed to log in to their application to provide an electronic signature certifying and acknowledging the Grant Agreement, Terms and Conditions, and the Program Guidelines.

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