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.

  • ​February 20
  • May 30
  • September 20
  • November 13 - Cancelled

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

Please call WIN Central if your organization would like to schedule a training or a presentation.

WIN Central

  • 503-945-6264
  • 503-947-5469

Additional Social Security and Work Incentives training is being offered by the Oregon Employment Learning Network (OELN) - Social Security Benefits and Work Incentives. Training dates for 2019 will be posted as soon as they are scheduled. Information about OELN training can be found at the Oregon Employment Learning Network (OELN)​ website.

WIN Benefits Counseling Training and Certification Program

The Work Incentives Network (WIN) offers a free training and certification program for those who wish to become certified benefits counselors in Oregon. Two sessions are planned for 2019, one in the spring and the other in the fall.

The seven-week process to Provisional Certification begins with an initial week-long classroom-style training in Salem. The next six weeks of training and testing will be done remotely with no travel required. See a sample training timeline.

The final certification process requires the submission of three Benefits and Summary Analysis reports over the next nine to ten months. Once final certification is obtained a one-year certificate will be issued by WIN.

A commitment to the whole process is required and is done through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the trainee, their manager, and WIN. Here is a copy of the MOU.

Recertification is required each year and the recertification requirements will be posted on this website and sent with the final certificate.

Training dates for 2019 will be posted as soon as possible, but not before Oct. 1. Registration will be through iLearn and is required but does not guarantee participation. No more than 20 will be trained during each session.

Additional information is available by calling WIN Central. (They will be unable to provide training date information. It will be posted as soon as the venues are reserved.)

WIN Central

  • 503-945-6264
  • 503-947-5469​

Community Work Incentives Initial Training Program

This program is the certification training offered by Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) National Training Center, 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. Please note that 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.

Certification for Benefits Planners

Work Incentives Planning and Utilization for Benefits Practitioners Certificate Series

Cornell University’s Yang Tan Institute offers an online credentialing training program that is nationally recognized. There is a charge for this training and certification that is currently $1,450 (2018). See additional information about this training. ​​