many weeks can a training plan be written?
Trade Act of 2002 - A training plan may be
written for up to 104 weeks.
Up to an additional 26 weeks of training, beyond the 104
weeks, may be possible if college entrance tests indicate
that remedial/developmental coursework is needed and such
coursework will cause a delay in completing the training
program. The extra weeks of training you are allotted are
based on the actual number of weeks you are in these
remedial courses. For instance, if your remedial courses
last for 8 weeks during one semester, you will be granted a
total of 112 weeks (104 weeks + 8 weeks) within which to
complete your entire training program.
The training plan must have exact dates written for the
start/end of the training. The end date must be an actual
Trade Act of 2009 - A training plan may be
written for up to 156 consecutive weeks. This includes any
If you are requesting the
additional developmental/remedial 26 weeks or a portion of
the weeks, what needs to be provided when submitting your
policies apply to both the Trade Act of 2002 and 2009.
Required admissions test scores from the school you plan to
attend, indicating you need developmental/remedial class(s).
Examples of possible admissions/placement tests are Compass,
Otherwise, a recommendation (official letter on letterhead)
from the training institution, explaining that you will need
the developmental/remedial class(s) in order to succeed in
your chosen program of study, would be adequate.
If the proper documentation is not received, you will not be
granted the additional time.
Please note: Just because an individual needs
developmental/remedial classes does not mean he/she is
entitled to the entire 26-week period. The extra weeks of
training you are allotted are based on the actual number of
weeks you are in these remedial courses. For instance, if
your remedial courses last for 8 weeks during one semester,
you will be granted a total of 112 weeks (104 weeks + 8
weeks) within which to complete your entire training
How will you know when your
training plan has been approved?
training plan has been approved, you will receive a copy of
the 858 Request for Training form that has been signed by
the Trade Act Coordinator. In the same envelope, you will
also receive transportation reimbursement forms (if
applicable), a consent for release of education records (so
that we may obtain the final transcript from each school you
attended), and information regarding the sending of grades
and schedules after each term.
At the same time this is mailed to you, a contract is sent
to your training institution to notify them that you are
approved by the Trade Act for financial assistance with
tuition, fees, and required books.
If you have enrolled in a
training program that requires certain items/supplies/tools
to be purchased by every student, how do you get reimbursed?
You will need
to provide a copy of the syllabus or the required tool list
for each purchase of required items/supplies/tools. These
required items might also include requirements for
physicals, shots, etc. that health science training programs
often call for. If you are not purchasing all the required
items/supplies/tools at one time, you will only need to
submit the syllabus or required tool list once. However, if
the syllabus changes each with each term or class, you will
need to provide the documentation each time.
It is also important to remember that there is a
$2000 cap on reimbursements for required
In addition to the documentation showing that the
items/supplies/tools are required, you will need to submit
your original receipts connected to those purchases.
All receipts must be originals. If you cannot
provide the original receipt, do not expect to be
reimbursed. Also, please understand that if the required
documentation is not provided prior to, or with the receipt,
this will delay your reimbursement.
Please note: Only books, supplies, and
tools required of all students in the
program or class are reimbursable. The Trade Act program
cannot reimburse you for the item if it is only suggested,
recommended, or deemed beneficial.
A syllabus for a class should not change after the start of
a class. If a different syllabus is submitted later on, this
will prompt a call to the training institution to verify
that the syllabus changed.
What information must you keep
the State office informed of?
required to keep your local case manager or the State Trade
Act Office updated as to your progress and to any issues
that are preventing you from attending or being successful
in your training. If you are contacted by your local case
manager or anyone at the State level, you are to contact
I am a worker who is
already part of a certified worker group. Can I get the
benefits as provided under the New TAA Program instead of
the benefits provided in the Old Program?
No. The law provides that workers covered by certification
of petitions filed before May 18, 2009 will receive the
benefits that were available under the old law. The
exception is that workers covered by certifications of
petitions filed under the Old TAA Program will receive the
increased HCTC amount beginning in May 2009.
I filed a petition for
TAA certification recently and my petition was denied. May I
file a petition under the New TAA Program?
Yes. You may file another petition on or after May 18, 2009.
If your petition meets the certification criteria that apply
to a petition filed on or after that date, your petition
will be granted and you will be eligible to apply for the
benefits offered by the New Program. However, the amount of
time you have to file a new petition is limited, since a
certification does not cover workers laid off more than one
year prior to the date of the petition.
I filed a petition
currently under review by the Department of Labor but I
think I want the benefits available under the New TAA
Program. What should I do?
In order to be eligible for benefits under the New TAA
Program instead of the benefits under the Old TAA program,
workers must be covered by a petition filed on or after May
18, 2009. You (the petitioner) have the option of
withdrawing the petition currently under investigation
before a determination is made on that petition, then filing
a new petition on or after May 18, 2009. If the new petition
is certified, workers covered by that petition will be
eligible to apply for benefits under the New TAA program.
withdrawing your petition, please note that a
certification does not cover workers laid off more than one
year prior to the date of the petition. This
provision of law has not changed. Therefore, when deciding
whether or not to withdraw your petition, it is important to
consider how long before the filing of a new petition
workers covered by that new petition would have been laid
off. If workers were laid off nearly a year before the date
of a petition currently under investigation, then
withdrawing and resubmitting that petition could result in
the exclusion of some workers from eligibility to apply for
any TAA benefits. In addition, withdrawing and resubmitting
a petition will result in the investigation of different
time periods, which could change the outcome of the
investigation from a certification to a denial (or from a
denial to certification).
In order to
withdraw your petition, you should contact the individual
investigator assigned to your petition or the Trade
Adjustment Assistance program office at 202-693-3560, if you
do not have contact information for the investigator
assigned to the case. Once the Department has issued a
determination on your petition, it will not be possible to
request a withdrawal. A written request should reference and
confirm any oral request to withdraw a petition. While a new
petition may be filed if your petition for certification has
been denied, certifications issued under petitions filed
before May 18, 2009 may not be modified to allow workers to
apply for benefits available under the New TAA Program. In
addition, while you may discuss your pending petition with
the investigator, the decision on whether to withdraw a
petition must be made by the individuals who originally
filed the petition, and include all of the signatories to
What are some examples of new
groups of workers that may now be certified under the New
groups of workers that may be certified include, but are not
- Workers in firms that supply services.
- Workers whose firm has shifted production to any foreign
- Workers in public agencies.
- Workers whose firm produces component parts of a finished
article produced by its customer(s).
- Workers in firms that supply testing, packaging,
maintenance and transportation services to companies with
- Workers whose firm is identified in an International Trade
Commission “injury” determination listed in the Act.