Vocational exploration – 5 hours maximum per job.
Vocational assessment – 90 hours maximum per job.
Vocational training – 120 hours maximum per job.
a. This option briefly exposes the client to a variety of work settings to help the client and counselor establish an appropriate employment goal and for a student with a disability (SWD), it may be used to help facilitate job exploration. The client gains information by watching work being performed, talking with employees about their job, and actually trying out work under the supervision of DRS staff (or school personnel/DRS vendor).
b. For VR clients, the counselor may provide vocational exploration only for assessment purposes, except for cases involving an SWD.
i. Vocational exploration must be completed before the VR Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) is developed. However, if the established IPE employment goal must be modified, additional vocational exploration needed to establish a new employment goal may be authorized in Service or Service – J status. For vocational exploration to determine eligibility, see Chapter 4.02, TRIAL WORK, Policy 1 and Chapter 6.08 VOC EVAL, Policy 1.
ii. This shall (per 2016 Federal Regulation 34 CFR § 361.53) be exempt from a search for comparable benefits.
c. For SWDs, including SWDs potentially eligible for VR services and those already determined eligible, vocational exploration may be provided to facilitate job exploration.
d. This shall (per 2016 Federal Regulation 34 CFR § 361.54) be exempt from consumer financial participation policy.
Links to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are currently unavailable while we await federal changes to the vocational rehabilitation program. Upon promulgation of the final regulations the links will be updated and activated.