As of 10/1/2017, this manual has been retired. For current policies, procedures, and standards for the Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division, please refer to the following manuals:

In this manual, references to DARS now refer to TWC. The manual includes both links to public content and links to content available only to staff.

Chapter 5: Training Overview

5.1 Introduction

(Revised 12/15)

Training is a service rendered to those consumers who require initial or additional knowledge or skills to enter or retain employment that is:

Before training is provided, staff must make certain that the case folder contains sufficient documentation of the consumer's aptitudes and interests in achieving the selected employment outcome.

5.2 Length of Training

The length and extent of training is determined by the:

In addition, in cases of academic training, the length of training may be established by the:

5.3 IPE Documentation

All training arranged, purchased, or provided by DARS, another agency, or the consumer, that is required for the consumer to achieve the employment goal, must be written into the individualized plan for employment. This is true even if no tuition or fee is involved.

5.4 Use of Comparable Services or Benefits

(Revised 10/07, 09/11)

The consumer must use a comparable service or benefit if it is available. Comparable services and benefits, consumer contributions, and community resources must be considered first before purchasing maintenance and lodging. See Chapter 6: Academic Training, 6.7 Comparable Services and Benefits, for more information.

5.5 Vocational or Technical Training

(Revised 10/07)

Vocational and technical training are available from public institutions, private businesses, and technical or vocational schools. When using a school, the counselor determines if the school is

Frequently the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the licensing entity (see TWC's Licensed Career Schools and Colleges Search Page). Consumer Procurement and Client Services Contracting staff members are available to help determine whether a particular school is, or should be, licensed.

See Chapter 6: Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training for more information.

5.6 Vocational and Work Adjustment Training

Vocational and work adjustment training helps consumers to

For more information, see Chapter 35: Vocational Adjustment/Work Adjustment Training.

5.7 On-the-Job Training

On-the-job training is done at an actual work setting, and provides specific skills and knowledge related to that particular occupation. For more information, see Chapter 20: On-the-Job Training.

5.8 Job Coach Services

Job coaching is training that reinforces and stabilizes the consumer in employment. For more information, see Chapter 16: Job Coach Services.

5.9 Rehabilitation Center Training

Rehabilitation-center training may be provided by the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC) in Austin. Consumers are required to tour the CCRC before requesting training outside of Texas. The CCRC is part of the DARS program services and is cost effective. The counselors refer consumers to these services.

If a counselor recommends rehabilitation-center training outside of Texas, the following documentation must be included in a case file:

5.10 Academic Training

Academic training normally occurs at public Texas colleges and universities. In specific cases, private or out-of-state colleges and universities may be used. For more information, see Chapter 6: Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training, 6.1.13 Private and/or Out-of-State Colleges and Universities.

5.11 Technology Training

Technology training is available for consumers to learn access hardware and software systems. It also integrates software programs and hardware systems to assist the consumer in employment, education, and training.

For more information, see Standards Manual for Consumer Services Contract Providers, Chapter 5: Services, 5.2.1 Assistive Technology Training.