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Application Process to Become a
Maryland Eligible Training Provider -
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

To be eligible to be added to the Maryland WIOA Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL), a program of training services must involve one or more courses or classes, or a structured regimen, that leads to:

  • an industry-recognized certificate or certification;
  • a certificate of completion of a registered apprenticeship program;
  • a license recognized by the state or federal government;
  • an associate degree;
  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • a secondary school diploma or its equivalent if provided concurrently or in combination with an eligible training service(s);
  • employment;
  • measurable skill gains toward a credential.

Eligible Training Providers

  • An institution of higher education that holds a certificate of approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) or is legally authorized by another State and provides a program that leads to a recognized postsecondary degree or credential;
  • An entity that carries out a program registered under the National Apprenticeship Act;
  • A public or private provider of training services, which may include:
    • A Private Career School that holds a certificate of approval from the authorizing agency or holds a letter of exemption issued by MHEC;
    • A community based organization;
    • A joint labor-management organization; or,
    • An eligible provider of adult education and literacy activities under WIOA Title II if such activities are provided in combination with certain training services; or,
  • A Local Board.

All applicants that do not already possess a Certificate of Approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) must first submit a Training Provider Questionnaire (TPQ) (PDF) to MHEC. MHEC uses the information provided in the questionnaire to: (a) determine whether or not the training proposed requires a Certificate of Approval issued by MHEC; (b) receive a letter of exemption or “not regulated status” from MHEC (not required to obtain a Certificate of Approval from the Commission); or (c) to be advised that the entity must seek approval from the higher education authority in the home State where the out-of-State training provider is conducting training and included on the home State’s ETPL.

Below is the link to the application to add training providers/programs to the Maryland Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) of occupational training eligible for funding through WIOA.

ETPL Initial Eligibility Application

Application for Initial ETPL Eligibility Check-list

Registered Apprenticeship Application Form for Inclusion on the ETPL

ETPL Continued Eligibility Application