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Trainings & Outreach

Updated August 2017

BEAR Training Site

How to Use

Applicants can use the BEAR training site to practice filing the FCC Form 472, Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) Form. Outside of the exceptions noted below, the BEAR training site will behave like the live site – generating error messages for missing or inconsistent data, allowing incomplete forms to be saved, providing print preview functionality, and so on.

Things to Note About the Training Site
  • All links to external sites have been removed or disabled.
  • Do not open separate tabs in your browser for the BEAR training site and for the live site. If you need to have access to both sites at the same time, use a different browser for each site.
  • You must take an additional step to save an incomplete form or to certify a complete form (see below) because Funding Request Number (FRN) information for the BEAR training site is not stored in our database.
  • All training site BEAR Forms are discarded at the end of each day.
Login Information

Use the following information to log in to the training site.

BEN:145909
PIN: ocular#
Email: applicant@usac.org
Last Name: Smith

You will see incomplete and certified forms created by other users because all users have the same login information.

BEAR Form Instructions

For detailed instructions on how to complete a BEAR Form, refer to the BEAR Form User Guide. Below are filing instructions specific to the BEAR training site:

  1. Click on New BEAR Form.
  2. In Item 3 (SPIN), enter 143666666.
  3. Choose one of the Applicant FCC Form 498 IDs from the dropdown menu – 443013248 or 443002932.
  4. To create line items, use one or more entries from the list of BEAR training site FRNs. These FRNs are not limited by funding year or dollar amount and can be used over and over.
To Save an Incomplete Form

You will receive a validation warning message when you attempt to save an incomplete form. To save the form successfully, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Save button. The system will check for the FRN(s) you have entered and return an error message.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the form and click the Accept button.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the form and click the Save button a second time.
  4. The system will then save your incomplete form and allow you to access it after you return to the home page or log in again on the same day.
To Certify a Form

You will receive a validation warning message when you attempt to certify a form. To see the correct certification message, follow these steps:

  1. After you have completed all required information, click the Certify and Submit button. The system will check for the FRN(s) you have entered and return an error message.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the form and click the Accept button.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the form and click the Certify and Submit button a second time.
  4. The certification message will now display correctly at the top of the form.
To Print Your Form

At any point in the process, you can click the Printable Page icon in the upper right-hand corner of the form to print a copy of your form. We suggest that you set your browser's print option to "Landscape" rather than "Portrait."

To Search for a Certified Form
  1. Click the Track Form option at the top of the home page.
  2. Enter either the Invoice ID (assigned by the system) or the Applicant Form Identifier (created by the user) and click the Search button.

Remember that all forms are discarded at the end of each day, so this function will only locate your form on the same day you certify the form.