Consider these questions before you apply.
What training is right for you, and how much training do you need?
- Will you be able to complete your training before your benefits end? If not, what will you do?
- How will you pay for training?
To receive TOP benefits (waiver of required work search activities and/or an extension of your UI benefits up to 26 weeks), complete the two-step application process:
- Find approved training that will prepare you for the job market. Seek assistance at any One-Stop Career Center, or search JobQuest for training programs (www.mass.gov/jobquest).
- Contact the DUA Training Opportunities Department. For additional information on approved training or to begin the application process, call the TOP Department at (617) 626-5521 or visit a One-Stop Career Center.
There is information available online to help you research and choose an appropriate training program from a reliable training vendor. Information on TOP-approved training programs is available online from Massachusetts JobQuest.
In addition, you may want to check the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) website has information about various “proprietary schools" that are privately-owned and operated post-secondary schools that charge tuition but are licensed and regulated by ESE. The proprietary schools are organized as either a non-profit or for profit operations, with the goal of teaching vocational or occupational skills. There are three types of proprietary schools: business, correspondence, and trade schools.
When you apply for the TOP Program, you will need the following information:
- The type of training program
- List of school(s) offering the training
- The start and end dates of the program
- Any costs of tuition and other related expenses.
You will also need must also need to provide a program outline or course syllabus and a school or program calendar if the course has not already been approved by DUA.
Your school will also need to provide information on the start and completion dates of your training, class hours per week and the school's placement rate in jobs related to the training program completed.
Choose the Right Training.
If you are not sure of how to find appropriate training, or you are unable to decide what training course is right for you, Career Center staff will provide you with information on current programs that have been pre-approved and will help answer questions about the Training Opportunities Program approval process. To find a Career Center near you, go to www.mass.gov/careercenters or call 1-877-US 2 JOBS (1-877-872-5627).