Workforce Training Provider

CPWDC is committed to improving education systems and developing and retaining a quality labor force in Central Pennsylvania. We work to continually identify the types of trainings that are of most value to employers and that are available within Central Pennsylvania to ensure that our citizens have access to education and training opportunities that will lead to careers in high growth industries that provide family-sustaining wages.

CPWDC works with institutions of higher education, including community colleges and career and technical centers, to catalogue course availability, open enrollment and capacity to assess where additional capacity for key training programs may be required to support the education and training needs in Central Pennsylvania.

Individual Training Account (ITA)

For individuals interested in pursuing education and training, CPWDC can issue an Individual Training Account (ITA) for eligible PA CareerLink® participants to help finance training services. ITA recipients may only purchase training services from an Eligible Training Provider.

Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL)

Pennsylvania’s Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) was established in compliance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) to ensure participant access to a variety of quality training programs. Eligible Training Providers qualify to receive WIOA funds for approved training programs.

Training Providers and their programs must meet the following criteria for inclusion on the ETPL list:

  • Facility must meet one of fourteen (14) Certification Categories;
  • Facility must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990;
  • Facility must abide by WIOA nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions;
  • Courses/programs must be available to the general public;
  • Courses/programs must train for High Priority Occupations; and
  • Courses/programs must meet established performance measures.

A program of study is defined as one or more courses or classes, or a structured regimen that provides services and leads to an expected planned outcome. A postsecondary credential is awarded in recognition of an individual’s attainment of measurable technical or occupational skills necessary to obtain employment or advance with an occupation generally based on standards developed or endorsed by employers. It refers to an attestation of qualification or competence issued to an individual by a third party with the relevant authority or assumed competence to issue such a credential.

Certification Categories

Training providers must meet all applicable state and federal requirements for operating certain schools. It is the responsibility of the individual training provider to contact the appropriate state agency to be properly licensed or approved. Depending on what type of school is being operated, a training provider may have to register, be licensed, or receive a permit or approval from one or more various state/federal agencies.

Training Provider Categories

Providers submitting training course/program applications must meet one (1) of the following categories:

  • Apprenticeships. Apprenticeship programs registered with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT), and/or programs approved by the Pennsylvania State Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training;
  • Auctioneers. State Board of Auctioneer Examiners, 63 P.S. §734. 1 et seq and 49 PA Code §1.11;
  • Aviation. Schools that provide training or instruction in flying and are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration. However, as an example, if the school chooses to offer non-flying training in the field of Aircraft Mechanics, then the program must be licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE);
  • Barber schools. State Board of Barber Examiners, 63 P.S. §562;
  • Cosmetology Schools. State Board of Cosmetology, 63 P.S. §512. However, as an example, if the school chooses to offer Massage Therapy, then the program must be licensed by PDE;
  • Community-Based Organizations. Groups of individuals organized by and for a particular community of people based on shared interests and/or attributes providing occupational skills training;
  • Out-of-State Schools. Schools providing educational instruction at institutions within the confines of their state that do not have a physical presence within Pennsylvania;
  • Private Tutorial Schools. PDE licensed schools providing individual instruction by a private tutor;
  • Real Estate. Schools providing training in the field of real estate – State Real Estate Commission, 63 P.S. §455.402 and/or schools providing training for real estate appraisal – State Real Estate Commission, 63 P.S. §§ 457.5(2). Training providers will be required to supply their license number;
  • Hospital Schools. Operated by a hospital licensed under the Health Care Facilities Act, 35 P.S. §§448.101 – 448.904 and accredited by a regional or national accreditation agency; educational programs for LPNs, RNs and CRNPs are approved by the State Board of Nursing, 49 PA Code §§21.31-21.33 and 49 PA Code §21.161;
  • Colleges and Universities. Schools authorized to award degrees under 24 PA C.S. §6505 (relating to power to confer degrees) other than those schools approved to award specialized associate degrees under §§42.11-42.14 (relating to specialized associate degree programs approval procedure), this includes four-year colleges;
  • Pennsylvania Schools. Schools operated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or a political subdivision thereof, such as the PDE’s Stevens College of Technology, community colleges or vocational technical schools;
  • Service Occupations. Schools/classes providing training in public service or other service occupations. Persons engaged in public service occupations are limited to ambulance personnel, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, police, school bus drivers, and school crossing guards. Persons engaged in other service occupations are limited to maids, butlers, and chauffeurs; and
  • Private Licensed Schools. Act 174 of 1986, the Private Licensed Schools Act (PLSA), requires postsecondary institutions that offer career training in Pennsylvania be licensed by the State Board of Private Licensed Schools. Schools which meet all five (5) of the following requirements must be licensed before operating: (1) offers classes or maintains a school, (2) charges tuition or makes a profit from its fees, (3) contracts with members of the public directly rather than through a third party, (4) prepares those members of the public to pursue employment as defined in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles as supplemented or amended, and (5) is not specifically exempt under the statute. For further information, training providers should contact PDE’s Division of Private Licensed Schools, at 717-783-8228 or visit PDE’s website at

Become an Eligible Training Provider

For more information about the certification process: