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The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) waives the usual requirement to look for employment while customers attend training so they may develop marketable skills and then find suitable employment.
Training programs must be reviewed and approved before applicants begin training and it is therefore beneficial for applicants to select pre-approved training programs when applying for Section 30 benefits. It is possible to get Section 30 approval to attend training programs not previously evaluated, but DUA usually needs more time to determine whether these training programs meet Section 30 requirements.
Claimants may qualify for up to 26 weeks of extended unemployment benefits if the training extends beyond the duration of the initial unemployment claim. However, the 26 week extension is available to claimants only if they submit their completed applications to DUA within their 20th compensable (payable) week of Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI). The unemployment claim Benefit Year is the 52 weeks immediately following the effective date of the claim.
For a program to be eligible for Section 30 approval the training must:
If the program is offered as part practicum or internship and part classroom hours, the program will be approved only for the time needed to complete state or federal certification or licensing requirements or the time determined necessary by DUA to allow the claimant to become employable in the occupation for which the training has been provided.
If the training is delivered by a Massachusetts institution, that institution must: