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We are helping to retrain Virginians for In-demand Jobs.

VA Ready's goal is to reward Virginians who seize the moment and commit themselves to training for in-demand jobs. We've partnered with businesses across Virginia and Virginia's Community Colleges and the FastForward Workforce Credential Program as well as Sentara College of Health Sciences to equip them with the skills needed for sustainable jobs in high-growth sectors.


How about getting retrained in a rigorous 6 to 12 week credential program for an in-demand job in a high-growth sector? If you are willing to take the challenge, you could get a new job in technology, healthcare or skilled trades. All eligible applicants will receive a one-time $1,000 Credential Achievement Award upon earning their credential as well as access to skill-based workshops and career resources.

Before you start your VA Ready Scholar Application you will need to have your community college class registration email in order to complete your application. You will need to upload it to your eligibility questionnaire. This email states your class name, start date, and end date.

VA Ready Eligibility Requirements

  • You are enrolled in a VA Ready supported FastForward course
  • You are applying prior to or within the 5 calendar days of your class starting (1st calendar day is the first day of class. You must submit your VA Ready Scholar Application (by clicking Apply Now) prior to your class starting or within the first 5 calendar days (NOT class meeting days) of your class starting to be eligible for VA Ready.)

  • You are domiciled in Virginia
  • You are looking to increase your skill set by earning a credential for an in demand job in a growth sector

Please Note: You may only receive the $1000 Credential Achievement Award once for the course you have submitted your Scholar Application for. You may not take another Virginia Ready-supported course and receive another $1000.

If you decide to switch courses, or if your course dates change, then you must email the Virginia Ready team at with an explanation and your new Transaction Receipt or Community College Class Registration Email prior to or by the 5th calendar day of the new course (the first day of class = day 1). If Virginia Ready is not notified of this change by the deadline then your original application will be withdrawn and you will be ineligible for the $1000 Credential Achievement Award.

Effective October 1 2021: In order to participate in VA Ready, a potential VA Ready Scholar must be at least 18 years old.


1. Make Account

Click on the "Make Account” link and create a username and password.

2. Login

Log into your account with your email and password.

3. Create a VA Ready Scholar Application

Create a "VA Ready Scholar Application" and answer the eligibility questionnaire. You will need to upload a copy of your class registration email to complete the eligibility form. Once your eligibility is accepted, please fill out the remaining fields.

4. Submit

Once you have completed all 4 tabs of your application, click “Submit as Final” to submit your VA Ready Scholar Application for review. This step must be completed before your course begins OR no later than 5 days after your course’s start date (Day 1 = first day of classes). At any time, you can download and print your application by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section.

5. Check Your Email

Please allow the VA Ready review team up to 5 business days to review your application. You will need to monitor your email for updates regarding your application status.

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