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Reimbursement FAQ's

For credentials to be classified as certifications, employers may be reimbursed for both tuition costs paid to a training provider and assessment costs paid to a testing center or certifying body. Employers will list both entities on the application and submit proof of payment for both costs.

Example: Company ABC is working with College XYZ to sponsor employees to take a CompTIA A+ preparation course. Company ABC may request reimbursement for payments made to College XYZ and to the testing center where employees took the CompTIA A+ certification. 

Because applications are scored competitively, employers may only receive reimbursement for the individuals and credentials listed in the initial application. Should an employee leave the organization or choose not to follow through with obtaining the credential, employers should notify Development Services Agency immediately so funding may be reallocated.

TechCred may be packaged with other Federal or State funding opportunities to cover unmet costs of training and credentialing. Funding may not be used to reimburse training costs that are being reimbursed by another State or Federal training program.

After an employee completes a credential, the process to submit for reimbursement is quick and easy. Businesses will login to TechCred.Ohio.Gov and upload:

  • Proof of credential completion
  • Proof of payment
  • Invoices for costs incurred
  • Information about employees wages at the time of submission

Employers are eligible to be reimbursed up to $2,000 for one credential per each individual employee, per funding round.

Example: Company XYZ can request reimbursement for employees A, B, and C to each earn a credential in the October funding round. Company XYZ can then request reimbursement for employees A, B, and C to each earn three new credentials in the January funding round. Company XYZ CANNOT request reimbursement for employee A to earn two credentials in the October funding round.

Employers may be reimbursed for tuition, lab fees, manuals, textbooks and certification costs, up to $2,000.

Each employer is eligible to receive up to $30,000 per application period.

Example: Company A applied and was awarded $30,000 in potential reimbursements in October 2019. Company A is eligible for an additional $30,000 in January 2020 and each subsequent round.

In order to receive reimbursement, employers must submit documentation within six (6) weeks of an employee completing a credential. Credentials must be less than 12 months in length and must be completed within 18 months from the date of award. The Development Services Agency will process reimbursements once per month.