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Frequently Asked Questions

What is ELCAS?
ELCAS is the Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service. The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme provides funding support to promote lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces who wish to enhance their educational, academic, professional or vocational achievements.

Can I claim ELC if I receive MOD allowances?
Yes, Enhanced Learning Credits are an addition to MOD allowances.

How can I register as a member of the ELC scheme?
From 1 April 2016 all current and new Service Personnel who have completed Phase 1 training will be auto-enrolled as members of the ELC scheme.

How much funding can I claim?
There are three different types of ELC award:

  1. On the Lower Tier of funding you are entitled to claim up to 3 awards of 80% of the cost of a Level 3 or above course to the maximum of £1000 per financial year.
  2. An Aggregated Lower Tier award provides a single award of up to £3000. (This type of award may not be taken by a Service Personnel who previously accessed a Lower Tier award or Service Personnel who qualify for Higher Tier awards.
  3. On the Higher Tier of funding you are entitled to claim up to 3 awards of 80% of the cost of a Level 3 or above course to the maximum of £2000 per financial year.

Which tier of ELC funding am I eligible to claim?

  1. If you completed 4 years of qualifying service before 1 April 2017, you are eligible for lower tier funding. Those who did not complete 4 years of qualifying service before this date now require 6 years of qualifying service in order to be eligible for lower tier funding.
  2. In order to be eligible for an Aggregated Lower Tier Award, you must have completed 6 or more years of qualifying service on or after 1 April 2016.
  3. In order to be eligible for higher tier funding, 8 years of qualifying service is required.

Will ELCAS fund the entire cost of my training?
No, you are entitled to claim 80% towards the cost of training. For example, if a course in £2500, ELCAS will pay £2000 and you will pay £500. Your resettlement allowance can be used to pay this.

How many claims can I make?
You can make one ELC claim per financial year. You can make three ELC claims in total. These do not have to be in three consecutive financial years.

How long can I claim ELC for after leaving the services?
If you left before 1st April 2011, you have up to 10 years after your last day of service to claim ELC.
If you left between 1st April 2011 and 31st March 2016, you can claim ELC until 31st March 2021.
If you left on 1st April 2016 or later, you have up to 5 years after your last day of service to claim ELC.
Please note: the course must start before this date.

Which courses are eligible for ELC funding?
In order to be eligible, a course must be Level 3 or above, and the learning provider must be registered with ELCAS. NTAR has ELCAS accredited Qualifications in Traction and Rolling Stock Engineering.

Your step by step guide to processing your claim for ELCAS credits: 

  1. Select the NTAR Traction and Rolling Stock Engineering course that interests you
  2. Collate the course information from NTAR in order to make your claim
  3. Take this information to your Re-settlement officer
  4. Your Re-settlement officer will ensure that the course is registered with ELCAS
  5. Download the requisite application form from the ELCAS website
  6. The relevant section will be completed by the Re-settlement officer
  7. You will complete your section of the form
  8. Submit your claim to ELCAS

Please note: You will need to pay any fees that are not covered by ELCAS via the NTAR website using a credit card, using the discount code ELCAS80

Take a look at ELCAS FAQs >

 

 

 

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