There are still funds available in the 2020 PROTEC17 Professional Development Fund. The fund provides monetary support to encourage the ongoing education and professional development of our members. 

Now in its second year, the annual fund of $10,000 is made available each January for awards on a first-come, first-served basis to individual members pursuing job-related, continuing education opportunities until the fund is depleted for the year. Members can apply for up to $200 per year for seminars, classes, workshops, conferences or professional memberships that are not covered by their employer or another party. 

The fund works on a reimbursement basis, so members must first pay for their course or conference, then submit invoices and receipts along with their application and other materials. Due to financial restrictions, PROTEC17 cannot reimburse for travel expenses related to work travel. 

With many conferences and trainings now being offered online due to the pandemic, there are many opportunities to take advantage of this member benefit.  To view eligibility requirements and/or to apply, visit our member benefits page to find the application: If you have questions, please contact Deidre Girard, PROTEC17 Communications Director at or 800-783-0017 ext. 130.