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Employers may submit requests for credentialing programs which their employees started after July 17, 2019. Credentialing programs beginning before this date will not be eligible for reimbursement.

Employers may edit their applications freely until they submit. Employers who have submitted applications and wish to make edits before the current enrollment period ends may email techcred@development.ohio.gov to request their application be reopened. No application changes will be accepted after an application period closes.

TechCred is a great way for employers to grow their tech workforce. Businesses can identify prospective candidates and support their development through TechCred. As long as an individual has been hired when the request for reimbursement is submitted, the business will be reimbursed for the credential costs.

Reimbursements are limited to one credential per employee in a single funding round. Employers may request reimbursement for a second credential for an individual employee in a subsequent funding round.

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

The following criteria will be used to evaluate employer applications:

  • Pledged wage increase in relation to credential cost
  • Level of economic distress in employee’s region
  • Amount of employer contribution towards the cost of credential

Applications submitted within a given enrollment period will be judged competitively; awards will not be made on a first-come, first-served basis

TechCred is an excellent opportunity for colleges, school districts and other training providers to upskill their faculty and staff with in-demand technology skills. Training providers may request to sponsor their employees through credential programs offered at their organization as long as the same program is offered to the public and the cost is verifiable.  In cases where employees are eligible to receive the training cost-free as part of their standard benefit package, employers may not request reimbursement.

The wage increase for an employee is optional, but is used as part of the scoring criteria. Applicants are encouraged to pledge a wage increase for the selected employee to match the new skills they have gained and their increased productivity. 

Employers are encouraged to pledge a wage increase for the selected employee to match the new skills they have gained and their increased productivity. For example, if an applicant pledges a 2% raise for a credential that costs $2,000 and another applicant pledges a 5% raise for the same credential, the applicant who pledged 5% will be scored higher. 

The application for TechCred is quick and simple! To apply, an employer will submit the following about each current or prospective employee:

  • Name
  • Last 4 digits of Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • County of residence
  • Wage prior to and after earning credential
  • Credential being sought
  • Training provider being utilized
  • Cost of the credential

No matter what industry you work in, technology is having an impact on the future of your business and the nature of your work. Any Ohio registered company may apply to support their current and prospective Ohio resident employees for technology-focused credentials.

The upcoming application period is March 2, 2020 to March 31, 2020. TechCred is a competitive, merit-based program. Employers are encouraged to submit applications in each funding round. Applications are not approved on a first come, first served basis. Demand will determine the number and frequency of future enrollment rounds.