1/10: Find Training & Credentials Intro


Illinois workNet gives you powerful tools to help you qualify for a job or advance in your career. Use these tools to learn about different types of degree programs, certification programs, and micro-credential programs.

Use Illinois workNet tools to find training and credentials:

2/10: Learn About Credentials


A credential is a document, certificate, license, or digital badge proving a person’s qualifications. Show employers the credentials you have as evidence of your skills.

3/10: Things to Consider When Exploring Programs


Be sure to make an informed decision about the career path you want to take. Consider:

  • Your interests and skill assessment results,
  • Labor Market Information (LMI),
  • Costs and Financial Aid options,
  • Program Length, and
  • Any additional expense

4/10: Weigh Your Training Program Options


Ask yourself questions about the programs you are interested in such as:

  • Why are these my preferences?
  • What are the pros?
  • What are the cons?
  • Am I willing to accept the cost and time to complete this program?

5/10: Learn About Ways to Pay for School


There are many ways for you to pay for school. Read this article to discover what option is best for you.

6/10: Update Your Basic Skills Before Starting a Program


If you want to be a competitive job candidate, you will need to show the skills you have to employers. Learn more about what these basic skills are and how you can update them.

7/10: Apprenticeship Opportunities Search


Search for available apprenticeship opportunities in Illinois by using the Department of Labor's Apprenticeship Search Tool.

8/10: College Planning: Being Prepared


As you start to think about planning for the next phase of your life, there are a lot of great things to consider. Make sure to cover all the bases so that you have a prepared, well planned, smooth transition to your school of choice.

9/10: Make a Plan to Reach Your Goals


When setting goals, remember to start with baby steps. Your goals should be an accomplishment. Don’t think of the goal as something you “have to do” but rather something you “want to do.”

10/10: More Training and Credentials Resources


For additional resources to explore training options for your current or next job, click the buttons below.