Associations are America’s primary source of post-college education and training. They provide expertise-driven certifications that demonstrate specialized knowledge and experience within a given sector, increase individual earning power, promote marketplace competition and boost industries and professions across our economy.
ASAE’s advocacy and coalition-building efforts focus on two federal legislative initiatives that would improve access to economically vital certifications and other credentials that associations provide:
- Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act – This act seeks to expand eligible uses of tax-favorable “529” savings plans to cover costs associated with workforce training and credentialing.
- Resources and Education to Build (REBUILD) Skills Act – This act seeks to create a federally-funded Career Rebuilding Scholarship Fund to distribute scholarships to eligible individuals who incur expenses associated with certification exams or training programs.