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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federal program that gives workers the chance to learn the skills and information needed to compete in the new economy. Under WIOA, training programs are certified as meeting certain standards.

Eligible Minnesotans can use federal WIOA funds to pay for training programs that are WIOA certified. WIOA certified training programs include registered apprenticeship programs with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Apprenticeship Unit.

Information for Individual Applicants

The goal of the training program is to secure specific employment rather than just increased employability. A training program that is WIOA certified has met or exceeded certain performance standards established by Minnesota's employment and training community.

Do You Qualify for WIOA?

Contact your local WorkForce Center to see if you qualify for WIOA training. Or call 1-888-GET JOBS.

Compare Programs

Use the education search tools to compare training programs:

  • Click on "compare programs at different colleges."
  • Select a subject and then "view matching programs."
  • Choose up to three schools whose programs you would like to compare.
  • Compare program descriptions, job placement, retention, and wages of recent program graduates.

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Information for Training Providers

WIOA certification is designed to bring a system of "quality controls" into the federally-funded training program system. A training provider may apply to have one or more eligible training programs evaluated for WIOA certification. An eligible training program consists of one or more courses that, upon successful completion, lead to industry-recognized credentials such as a diploma, industry-recognized certificate or licensure, associate degree, or bachelor's degree. The process provides standards that training providers must meet in order to receive WIOA training dollars.

To submit training programs for WIOA certification, training providers must first be licensed, registered, or otherwise exempt by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education or other governing state agency. WIOA certified programs and courses must also be listed on the state's eligible training provider list.

To submit programs for WIOA certification in Minnesota, please contact the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development by calling 651-259-7534.