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The wage increases for employees are optional, but are used as part of the scoring criteria. Applicants are encouraged to pledge wage increases for employees earning credentials to match the new skills they have gained and their increased productivity.

Employers may submit requests for credentialing programs which their employees started after April 1, 2020. Credentialing programs beginning before this date will not be eligible for reimbursement.

Improvements are being made to the reimbursement portal to allow employers to enter employee substitutions; while those improvements are being made, you can email TechCred@Development.Ohio.gov about employee substitutions. 

TechCred is a great way for employers to grow their tech workforce. Employers can request funding for positions they plan to fill in the near future. When requesting reimbursement for credentials earned by employees who were not yet hired at the time of application, employers must provide identifying information for the employee (name, last 4 digits of SSN, and DOB) and prove that they were hired.

For TechCred awards made before June 2020, Reimbursements are limited to one credential per employee in a single funding round. For application periods beginning June 2020 and later, an employer may receive reimbursement for multiple eligible credentials earned by a single employee.

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 average wage increase in relation to credential cost
  • Level of economic distress in employer’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.

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

Beginning with the June 2020 application round, the TechCred application is even easier to complete. To allow for maximum flexibility, employers do not need to identify specific employees in the application for funding. Instead, employees will identify:

  • Number of incumbent employees who will earn the credential (employees currently on your payroll)
    • Average current hourly wage
    • Average expected wage after credential earned
  • Number of prospective employees who will earn the credential (employees to be hired)
    • Average wage individuals would have earned without the credential
    • Average expected wage after credential earned

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.

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.