Schools and Libraries (E-Rate)

FY2019 Application Filing Window Closes at 11:59 PM EDT March 27
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Trainings & Outreach

Updated July 2019

EPC Training Site

Trainers and other program participants can use USAC's E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) training site to practice filing forms, learn how to navigate the system, and train new users – all without affecting actual information and settings in the EPC production site. Remember that forms filed on this site are for practice only. They will not be submitted to or reviewed by USAC.

Training Accounts

There are currently four types of full-rights user accounts you can request in the training environment:

  • Independent schools,
  • Independent libraries,
  • School districts, and
  • Library systems.

NOTE: Service provider training site accounts are not available at this time. To learn more about service provider accounts in EPC, please view the Introduction to EPC online training module.

The training site currently supports filing FCC Forms 470 and 471 only.

USAC is in the process of expanding the training site offerings to include consortium accounts and accounts that allow the FCC Form 486 to be filed. We must periodically reset the training site to FY2019 to accomplish this. We will provide an update in an upcoming SL News Brief when we are ready to start accepting requests for these training accounts.

Training Site Funding Year Schedule

In order to create the new FCC Form 486 accounts, we must periodically reset the training site to Funding Year (FY) 2019. The training site will be reset to FY2019 each week from 9:00 a.m. EDT Friday morning to 9:00 a.m. EDT Monday morning. When we are not working on creating FCC Form 486 filers, the training site will be reset to FY2020.

If you would like to conduct training or practice filing FY2020 FCC Forms 470, please schedule your training activities for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.

Request Access

To use the training site, you will need login credentials for yourself and anyone you may be training. You can do this by completing the EPC Training Site Request Form. After we process your request, we will send an email with the appropriate username(s) and password(s) to access the system. You can then use the Entity Profile Set-Up instructions to set up your profile(s).

Request Form

FCC Form 471 in Training Site

When filing the FCC Form 471 on the training site, you'll need to cite an FCC Form 470 that has been posted for 28 days within the training site system. Or you can use any of the following FCC Form 470 numbers (160000001, 160000002, 160000010, 160000011), which are available in the system for this purpose.

You can use one or more of the following numbers to identify a service provider on the form: 14010001, 14010002, 14010003.

Assistance

If you have questions about using the training site, email USAC at EPCtrainingsite@usac.org.