Read the Training Fund’s Fall Newsletter

Our Fall Newsletter features our latest news — from a grant announcement and deadline reminder to program updates.

Wondering how the new Medical Assistant Apprenticeship is going? Find out by reading the newsletter.

Would you like to share your story for an upcoming newsletter? Contact us at  or 425-255-0315.

Important changes to Professional Development benefits!

In order to better serve all of our members, we have made two significant changes to your professional development benefits.

  1. Reimbursements will be applied from the benefit year in which the professional development activities take place.
    • For example, if you pay for the activity at the end of 2019 and the activity takes place in early 2020, the professional development reimbursement will be paid from your 2020 benefits.
  1. You must submit your complete reimbursement packet (details below) by December 31 of the year during which the professional development activities occurred. If you submit your request after December 31, you will not be reimbursed.
    • For example, if your professional development activity took place in June, 2019, you must submit your reimbursement request by December 31, 2019.

Additional Examples of Timing & Deadlines

Here are additional examples of professional development activities and their deadlines:

  1. If you pay for a conference (that offers CEUs) in November 2019 and the conference is held in March 2020:
    • After the March 2020 conference, submit your reimbursement request. 
    • You must submit your complete reimbursement packet by December 31, 2020. 
    • The reimbursement would come out of your 2020 Professional Development benefit.
  2. If you paid in March 2019 for an exam held in November 2019:
    • You must submit your complete reimbursement packet by December 31, 2019.
  3. If you purchase study materials for a professional development-approved exam in August 2019:
    • You must submit your complete reimbursement packet by December 31, 2019.
    • The cost of your study materials would come out of your 2019 Professional Development benefit.
  4. Membership for CE credits:
    • If you pay for a membership (with an organization that offers CEUs) in September 2019:
      • Submit your complete reimbursement packet by December 31, 2019.
      • The reimbursement would come out of your 2019 Professional Development benefit.
    • If you were reimbursed for a 2-year membership in June 2017 and you paid for the membership renewal in June 2019, you must provide proof of CE activity that happened between June 2017 and June 2019 in order to be eligible for reimbursement.
      • Submit your complete reimbursement packet by December 31, 2019.

Complete Reimbursement Packet Details

  1. Proof of Payment: Please send us a detailed invoice receipt (showing both your and the organization’s names, the date of purchase, how much you paid, and the details of what you paid for).
    • Your bank statement and/or a copy of a check are not the appropriate documentation to show proof of payment.
  2. Proof of completion: Please send the details for the relevant category below. All activity must be completed prior to submitting for reimbursement.
    • Certifications: A copy of the current completed certification with expiration date.
    • New Memberships: A membership card or profile page showing expiration date and membership number.
    • Membership Renewals: Membership card or profile page showing the expiration date and membership number, as well as a completed CE activity for the previous year.
    • CEU Bundles or Courses: Unofficial CE transcript showing the date that each CE activity was completed and how many CE credits you earned. You must complete all of the CEU’s in the bundle listed on your receipt. If they are not individually named on the receipt, your transcript should match the number of CEU’s purchased.
    • CEU Conferences/Webinars: Dated certificate of completion with CE’s listed.


For more information, please visit the Professional Development page of our website or contact your Regional Education Navigator.

We look forward to serving you as you pursue your education and career goals.

Updates to the Pro/Tech Conference Travel Benefit Funding

Are you a Professional/Technical member of the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training and Education Fund? Are you interested in attending a conference related to your specialty area?

Apply for Conference Travel Benefit Funding, which can cover the costs of registration, travel, and hotel for regional or national conferences (within the United States and Canada only). Applications are accepted year-round with funding awards announced quarterly.

Please note these important updates and deadlines for this benefit:

  1. The deadline to apply for this benefit for conferences that will be held in the rest of 2019 is September 1, 2019.
  2. This is a special opportunity for professional and technical workers to access up to $1,500 per year (pro-rated based on FTE).
  3. You must apply in advance of the conference.
  4. Funding decisions are based on seniority (there are limited funds available).
  5. You may only receive one conference travel award per year.
  6. Starting on September 1, 2019, we will accept applications for conferences that will be held in 2020.

Learn more about this benefit and read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Apply for Professional/Technical Conference Travel Benefit Funding.

We’re hiring!

Come work with us. We are hiring a Lead Regional Education Navigator.

The Lead Regional Education Navigator will lead a team of regional education navigators and oversee all aspects of navigation services for eligible members and support the navigators as liaison for employers and the union in their assigned region. The lead regional navigator will also carry a member case load.

Details are available at our Employment Opportunities page.

Read the Training Fund’s Summer Newsletter!

Our Summer Newsletter features our latest news — from member and new employee spotlights to upcoming workshops.

Wondering who won the Member Satisfaction Survey drawing? Find out by reading the newsletter.

Would you like to share your story for an upcoming newsletter? Contact us at or 425-255-0315.

New Tuition Assistance Enrollment Process

Now that the Training Fund is serving more members than ever, we have established two enrollment periods for the Tuition Assistance program. This new process allows the Training Fund to fairly manage disbursements of Tuition Assistance funds while serving the greatest number of members.

This update applies to members of all bargaining units applying for Tuition Assistance for school starting in 2020 (and beyond). If you’re already receiving Tuition Assistance, you do not need to reapply; please check with your Regional Education Navigator about maintaining your eligibility.

Enrollment Periods

The Training Fund accepts applications year-round and will review for Tuition Assistance after two enrollment periods each year: closing deadlines are October 15 and May 15. For tuition requests for school during the upcoming calendar year, apply by October 15. If the Training Fund has additional funding available, we will review another round of applications after the May 15 deadline.

***Kaiser Permanente Nurses and NW Clinics new members joining in January 2020 have an application deadline of February 14, 2020 for Tuition Assistance consideration in 2020.  

 Members are encouraged to apply any time during the year so that you can be connected with career counseling, education navigation, and other benefits you may be eligible for in support of your education and career goals. However, members will only receive decisions about Tuition Assistance after the enrollment periods close.

Tuition Assistance funding spots are based on seniority in your Bargaining Unit at your employer.

Meet with a Regional Education Navigator

When first applying for Tuition Assistance funding, a Training Fund Regional Education Navigator (REN) will schedule a required meeting with you to help you prepare for school and discuss your interest in Tuition Assistance. You must meet with your Navigator in order to remain on the enrollment list. Your Navigator will provide you with information about the college application process, discuss the full range of Training Fund benefits available to you, and share important deadlines to help you plan your education pathway.

Enrollment List

When you apply, we will add you to the enrollment list. After the enrollment period closing deadlines, we will let you know whether you’ve been accepted into the Tuition Assistance program. Many people requesting Tuition Assistance get access the first time they apply. However, there may be a wait, depending on how many members apply during each enrollment period and their seniority levels.

Enrolling in School

Only apply for Tuition Assistance if you are ready to enroll in school. After you receive a funding spot, you’ll have six months to register for your pre-requisite courses or a full calendar year (12 months) to enroll in a degree program. If you are unable to meet these deadlines, funding will be withdrawn and provided to another member.

Requirements for Continued Funding

Once admitted to the Tuition Assistance program, you can receive funding through the completion of your prerequisite courses and/or approved degree program. Please discuss the continued funding requirements with your REN.

Your Education Benefits, Your Future

The Training Fund offers many other education benefits that you can use almost immediately, including career counseling, tutoring, workshops, and professional development activities. Your REN can give you more information about these benefits.

We are excited to partner with you as you pursue your education and career goals! If you have any questions not answered by the Tuition Assistance Frequently Asked Questions, please contact us at or (425) 255-0315.

Updated September 26, 2019.