The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Management (VRTAC-QM) is pleased to announce the launch of our newly developed and never before offered VR Grants Management Training Certificate program! In partnership with Management Concepts, a national leader in the provision of training for Federal grant managers, we have developed a certificated training program specific to the effective management of the complex VR grant. This four-course certificate program is targeted at VR agency Chief Financial Officers, and other Financial Managers, VR agency Directors, and other administrative staff who have duties related to managing the VR grant. The four courses are all offered by distance and are two days in length each. The courses are:
Course 2050: Uniform Administrative Requirements for the VR grant and other Federal grants (2 CFR 200)
The Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR § 200), commonly referred to as the Uniform Grants Guidance (UGG) are the foundational pillar of managing Federal awards. They serve as a basis for consolidating and streamlining government requirements in order to reduce administrative burden and improve accountability and outcomes. In this course, participants will learn how and when these requirements are applied to the VR program at various fiscal and program levels within a State VR Agency (SVRA). The course will introduce the participant to general federal agency and VR specific compliance requirements and how they impact application of 2 CFR 200. This course will be available in May 2022.
Course 2080: Cost Principles for Federal Grants
The Cost Principles, Subpart E of Uniform Grant Guidance (2 CFR 200), outlines specific requirements that all costs must meet for an expense to be allowable under any federal program and includes other regulations related to specific items of cost. In this course, participants will learn how and when these requirements are applied to the VR program at various fiscal and program levels within an SVRA. For example, they will learn how VR counselors represent the VR program as fiscal agents, along with valuable tools to assist in this role. This course will be available in May 2022.
Course 2068: Internal controls and other VR grant management principles
In this course participants will learn how to develop and implement internal controls related to the fiscal management of the VR grant. In addition, participants will learn about several principles related to the fiscal management of the VR grant including period of performance, cost share (match), maintenance of effort and reallotment. The course will be available in 2023.
As a part of the VR Grants Management Certificate, participants can choose an elective from Management Concepts’ array of existing courses on Federal grants management. Click this link for a list of elective courses with links to course descriptions on the Management Concepts’ website that includes any required skills needed for each course.
The elective courses will be available in May 2022.
These courses will be live online and participants will begin and end each two-day course together. The learning is not asynchronous. The courses can be taken in any order and there will be several dates to choose from for each course. The courses will be begin in May this year. To participate you will need to be in a position that is responsible for managing, or helping to manage the VR grant and have the support of your agency Director or supervisor. Please note that the internal controls course will not be available until 2023.
Once you identify the elective you wish to take, please make sure your course scheduler is notified so that we can be sure the cost of the course is covered by the VRTAC-QM.
The first four months of training have been set and are included below. As more courses are scheduled, we will update this calendar.
- May 18-19, 2022: Course 2050 (Closed)
- May 23-24, 2022: Course 2050 (Closed)
- May 25-26, 2022: Course 2080 (Closed)
- June 7-8, 2022: Course 2050
- June 13-14, 2022: Course 2050
- June 15-16, 2022: Course 2080 (One spot left)
- June 21-22, 2022: Course 2080
- July 18-19, 2022: Course 2050
- July 20-21, 2022: Course 2080
- July 26-27, 2022: Course 2080
- Sep. 12-13, 2022: Course 2050
- Sep. 14-15, 2022: Course 2080
- Sep. 19-20, 2022: Course 2050
- Sep. 21-22, 2022: Course 2080
Elective courses can be taken at the convenience of the participant. All class times are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern time. If there are enough participants in the Pacific and Mountain time zones for a scheduled course, we will group these individuals in a cohort and adjust the class times.
The minimum class size is 10 participants and the maximum is 30.
We are very excited to make these courses available FREE of charge to VR personnel through the remainder of the VRTAC-QM.
How to Apply:
If you are interested in participating in this training program, click this link to complete the online application.
Once you submit your application and have been approved to participate, you will be contacted by our Course Scheduler who will work with you to identify the dates you wish to attend.
Do you have questions or need help?
Please send any questions to MCtraining@vrtac-qm.org
We look forward to hearing from you!