Training courses, grants, reimbursement for workshop attendance and licensure exam fees are funded under Article 15 of the contract. The PEF/State Joint Professional Development Committee (PDC) works together to assess the professional development and training needs of PEF members and establishes training that improves the skills and knowledge needed for job performance. The State is required to meet and confer with PEF within the PDC with regard to expenditures of these monies.

The PEF appointed representatives on the Professional Development Committee recognize the value of professional development and advocate programs that meet emerging needs of the very diverse titles and professions represented by PEF.

College Tuition Reimbursement (CTR) Program
Employees can apply for full or partial reimbursement for as many as two qualifying courses at any accredited college or university once the course has been successfully completed and payment has been made to the school. Complete program guidelines are available at:

Nurses’ Enhanced College Tuition Reimbursement (NECTR) Program
For eligible PEF-represented nurses, this enhanced program provides up to two additional CTR reimbursements for qualifying tuition costs. Nurses who meet eligibility requirements may use additional CTR reimbursement toward extra courses, or they may apply an enhanced CTR reimbursement to a single qualifying course where the cost of tuition exceeds the maximum value of a CTR reimbursement under the regular CTR program. Complete program guidelines are available at:

You can obtain more information and an application for reimbursement by clicking on the following link:

Lastly, New York State provides training opportunities, including some offered through the Article 15 Professional Development Committee, on GOER’s Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS). You can obtain information about those programs by clicking on the following website and logging into the SLMS:

Members can also contact staff in the PEF Training and Education, Health and Safety with any additional questions at 518-785-1900, Ext. 254.