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Waiver Criteria

Under certain circumstances, you may receive the 26 weeks of Basic Trade Readjustment Allowances while being waived from the training requirements.  A case manager will assess your individual situation.  Criteria established by the Federal government for the approval of a waiver include:

You have written proof that you will be recalled within 6 months;

You have the skills necessary to obtain employment per a career assessment provided by the Local Workforce Area case manager;

You are in poor health (however, this only waives you from training, not from looking for work and accepting offered employment);

You are near retirement, within two (2) years of qualifying for Social Security or a privately sponsored pension program (however, this only waives you from training, not from looking for work and accepting offered employment);

Your first available enrollment date for training has been delayed;  

Training funds are not available under TGAAA or other Federal programs, or suitable training is not available at a reasonable cost.

You must make contact with the case manager every 28 days to continue receiving UI/TRA benefits.  Failure to make contact every 28 days could be reason to revoke your waiver from training resulting in loss of any future UI/TRA payments for this certification.

Remember, up to 78 Weeks of Additional Trade Readjustment Allowances are available if you are participating in approved TGAAA training (no waivers are allowed under Additional TRA).



Prior to being approved for job training assistance, a case manager will assess your individual situation.  The six criteria established by the Federal government for the approval of a job training plan are as follows:


There is no suitable employment (which may include technical and professional employment) available for an adversely affected worker.  Suitable employment, as it relates to job training assistance, is employment that pays at least 80% of the weekly wage and involves a skill level at least as great as that of the trade-impacted employment;  


You would benefit from appropriate training;


There is a reasonable expectation of employment following successful completion of such training;


Training approved is reasonably available to you from either governmental agencies or private sources;  


You are qualified to undertake and complete such training; and


Such training is suitable for you and available at a reasonable cost.  

Adversely Affected Incumbent Worker Training An adversely affected incumbent worker is defined as:


A member of a group of workers who have been certified as eligible to apply for TGAAA;


Has not been totally or partially separated from adversely affected employment; and


Is determined, on an individual basis, to be threatened with total or partial separation.

Training may be approved for adversely affected incumbent workers before separation.  TGAAA pre-separation training is intended to allow earlier intervention where layoffs are planned in advance and the employer can specifically identify which workers will be affected.  OJT or Customized training may not be approved unless such training is for a position other than your adversely affected employment.   The state must evaluate whether the threat of total or partial separation continues to exist for the duration of the pre-layoff training.  This can be accomplished by verifying with the employer that the threat of separation still exists before each subsequent portion of the training is funded.  If the threat of separation is removed during the training program, funding of the training must cease. You would be eligible to complete any portion of the training program where TGAAA funds have already been expended, but would not be eligible for further TGAAA funding of the training program in the absence of a threatened or actual separation from the adversely affected employment.  TGAAA permits you approval of one training per certification.  A training program begun prior to

February 2011 Page 2 of 6DCEO/TGAAA Form # 001


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