We are helping get Virginians back to work.

VA Ready’s goal is to reward out of work Virginans who commit themselves to training for in-demand jobs so they can get back to work quickly. We’ve partnered with businesses across Virginia and Virginia’s Community Colleges and the FastForward Workforce Credential Program to equip them with the skills needed for in-demand jobs in high-growth sectors.

Are you recently unemployed? And you want to do something about it?

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 manufacturing. You can receive tuition grants from FastForward and earn a $1,000 award from VA Ready when you achieve your training credential.

VA Ready Eligibility Requirements

  • You are enrolled in a VA Ready supported FastForward course
  • You are signing up 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 sign up application as final prior to your class starting or within the first 5 calendar days of your class starting to be eligible for VA Ready.)
  • You are domiciled in Virginia
  • You are unemployed or had your employment disrupted due to COVID-19

Please Note: You may only receive the $1000 Achievement Award once for completing one course. You may not take another VA Ready supported course and receive another $1000.


1. Register

Click on the "Register" link and create a username and password to track your VA Ready Scholar sign-up and verification progress.

2. Login

Login to the online system with your email and password.

3. Create

Complete the sign-up form to become a VA Ready Scholar.

4. Save

BEFORE your FastForward program begins, your application can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the information tab when the application is saved. At any time, you can download and print your application by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section.

5. Submit

On completion, save your Sign-Up form as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your registration for your records by clicking on the icon in the Registration Summary section in the right column.

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