Benefits and Work Incentives

Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment

Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment is a free day-long training conducted by the Work Incentives Network. Attendees are those interested in learning the basics about work incentives and the impact employment has on benefits. They will learn facts to combat the common myths, how to access available work incentives, and when to refer a participant to a certified benefits and work incentives coordinator. 

The Work Incentives Network has scheduled four trainings to be held in Salem at the Department of Human Services Cherry Avenue Training Center NE, Suite 150. The trainings are free and will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Fort Rock Room. 

  • March 3 
  • June 26 
  • August 17 
  • October 26 

Pre-registration is required and limited to 30 participants for each session. Please register through iLearnOregon at registration or enter https://ilearn.oregon.gov into your web browser.

Please call Gene Rada at 503-945-6264 or Paula Fitch at 503-947-5469 if your organization would like to schedule a training.

Additional Social Security and Work Incentives training is being offered by the Oregon Employment Learning Network (OELN) - Training dates, registration and additional information can be found on their Employment First Initiative website.

Work Incentives Counseling Initial Training Program

Work Incentives Counseling Initial Training Program is the certification training offered by VCU National Training Center, Virginia Commonwealth University in contract with the Social Security Administration. The free five-day training is offered monthly around the country. Travel, room, and meal costs are the responsibility of the attendees. A six-week certification process follows the five-day training and a commitment to the whole process is required.

Registration is limited.

Find more information about the training and certification process as well as training dates and locations on the VCU National Training Center website.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​