Extended Training Benefits and Department Approved Training
Training (DAT): waives work search while being paid on unemployment
Training Extension Benefits (TEB): up to 26 weeks of additional
benefits if you are eligible
Applications for each
program (must be submitted separately):
Whatís the Difference?
Department Approved Training (DAT)
You may receive benefits if you are attending school or a training
course if approved by Iowa Workforce Development. DAT will waive your
work search while you are being paid unemployment benefits. You must
make a written application for DAT. If available when you apply for
benefits, provide the name of the school, type of training, class
schedule, and the beginning and ending dates of training. Most requests
for DAT will be approved if the training has a substantial curriculum.
Approval or denial is always in writing and you may appeal if you are
While attending approved training, you do not have to be available
for work or search for work to continue to be eligible for benefits.
However, you are required to file your weekly continued claims in order
to continue to receive benefits. You must be making satisfactory
If you stop training for any reason, you must notify Iowa Workforce
Development and you must immediately search for work as instructed.
DAT will not pay for your schooling, books or expenses. The
program allows you to continue to receive regular and extension benefits
while you are attending training.
DAT will not pay additional benefits for unemployment. It is a
program to waive your work search while you are filing your claims for
Not all DATís will qualify for TEB. You must meet all qualifications for
TEB in order to receive payments from the program.
If you are filing for Trade Adjustment Assistance, you need to check
with that program coordinator as requirements are slightly different.
Training Extension Benefits (TEB)
In addition to the information above, you may also be eligible to
receive TEB if you are attending school or a training course if approved
by Iowa Workforce Development. You must make a written application for
TEB. When you apply for benefits, provide the name of the school, type
of training, class schedule, and the beginning and ending dates of
training. Approval or denial is always in writing and you may appeal if
you are denied. These benefits are additional weeks of unemployment. TEB
will not pay for your schooling, books or expenses.
If you stop training for
any reason, you must notify Iowa Workforce Development and stop calling
in your weekly claim.
Training extension benefits are available to individuals:
who meet the
eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits,
who are laid-off or
voluntarily separated from a
Declining Occupation or involuntarily
separated as a result of a permanent reduction of operations (must
provide proof in writing from last employer),
Separated from an
employer that was full-time hours,
Doing coursework at a
minimum of a half-time school schedule.
In addition to the
your training must be
for an occupation that is considered to be a
High Demand Occupation (HDO)
as defined by Iowa Workforce Development, or
a high-tech occupation
or training approved under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), or
you must be working
towards a GED in an approved program,
you must live in the
state of Iowa.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)