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California Training Benefits

The California Training Benefits (CTB) program allows you to attend school or training while receiving unemployment benefits. If approved for CTB, you must continue to certify for unemployment benefits. However, you do not have to be available for work, seek work, or accept suitable work while attending school or training.

How to Participate in the Program

To participate in the CTB program, you must have a current and valid unemployment benefits claim. You must also follow these steps.

Report Your Interest

If you are interested in the CTB program, contact us online, by phone, or in-person at an America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) as early as possible.

Note: If you contact us before your sixteenth week of benefit payments, you may be eligible for a training extension, which can provide additional weeks of benefits. Visit Qualify for a Training Extension for more information.

Choose an Eligible Training Program

Visit Eligible Training Types for California Training Benefits for a list.

Report the Start Date of Your Training Program

You are required to report your start date during the week you begin your school or training.

Once you have reported the start of your training you may be mailed additional forms to complete and return to the EDD.

We will mail you a Notice of Determination (DE 1080) with your eligibility results and approved training dates. If you are eligible for CTB, the notice will explain your rights and responsibilities. If you are not eligible, you must continue to meet all eligibility requirements to receive unemployment benefits, even if you attend school or training. This includes being available for work, seeking work, and accepting suitable work.

Note: We do not pay educational or training-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, or transportation. However, there are other assistance programs that may fund your school or training. To learn more, visit Federal Student Aid.

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Last Revised: 05/17/2022