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Training Benefits Program

You can download an application packet, get one at your nearest WorkSource, or call the unemployment claims center at 800-318-6022 and ask for a Training Benefits application packet.

Mail your completed application  to the following address:

Employment Security Department
Attn: Training Benefits Unit
PO Box 19019
Olympia, WA 98507-0019, or

Fax to 800-301-1796.

Your nearest WorkSource office can assist you with faxing your completed application.

For questions about Training Benefits, please call the toll-free Training Benefits hotline at 877-600-7701 or email

To learn more, watch this informational video.

The Training Benefits program offers additional weeks of unemployment benefits so eligible claimants can train for careers in a high-demand field.

If approved for Training Benefits, you do not have to look for work as long as you are enrolled and making satisfactory progress in your training program.

The program does not pay for books, tuition or school-related fees.

You must meet strict deadlines to submit your Training Benefits application and enroll in training. Click the link below for more about the deadlines you must meet; they're also described in the Handbook for Unemployed Workers (PDF, 2.9MB). The handbook answers many questions about Training Benefits and unemployment insurance.

To apply for Training Benefits, we encourage you to visit your nearest WorkSource employment center. Staff can give you one-on-one assistance in applying for Training Benefits and answer questions you may have about pursuing a new career.

How to apply
Deadlines for applying and enrolling in training
Are you eligible?
Acceptable training programs
Financial aid for training costs
Training Benefits orientations
A WorkSource near you
Information after approval (PDF, 346 KB)
Request to modify your approval

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