Frequently Asked Questions

1. How is ETP funded?

ETP receives most of its funding from the Employment Training Tax.

2. Where can I check the status of my submitted application?

Log in to your Cal-E-Force account, click Application tab to view the application status.

3. When can I start training?

ETP funded training can begin at the determined contract start date.

4. Can workers covered under a collective bargaining agreement participate in ETP funded training?

Yes, proposed trainees covered under a collective bargaining agreement can participate provided that a union letter of intent and union support letter is submitted with the application. You may access ETP templates.

5. Can a contractor concurrently enroll a trainee who is currently enrolled in another ETP contract?

No, program guidelines dictate enrollment criteria.

6. Can managers and supervisors participate in ETP funded training?

Managers and supervisors can participate in ETP funded training with the following exceptions:

  • Limited to 20% or less of the training population
  • Cannot include policy-making (level) employees (top level executives may be included in Small Business projects only)
  • Can only include Frontline managers/supervisors if funded under the Special Employment Training (SET) Program
7. What types of training does ETP fund?

ETP funds these types of delivery methods:

  • Classroom (Class)
  • Simulated Laboratory
  • Productive Laboratory (PL)
  • Instructor Led Distance Learning/E-Learning
  • Computer-based Training (CBT)

See Training Methods page for more information.

8. If my organization has a high turnover rate, can we still apply for ETP funding?

Yes, if your turnover rate is over 20% you will need to provide a written justification.

9. What are the requirements to receive reimbursement payments for ETP training?

ETP operates on performance based contracts. The required performance metrics are:

  • Trainee’s must complete a minimum of 8 hours of training;
  • Trainees must be employed full-time;
  • Trainees must complete a post-training employment-retention period;
  • Trainees must be paid at least the ETP minimum wage during retention;
10. How does ETP determine a funding proposal amount?

A fixed-fee training rate is used based on the training delivery method, the type and number of trainees, and the average projected hours of training. For more information please review our Fixed-Fee Rates. Please see our funding priorities and limitations for further criteria.

11. How will my organization receive payment?

ETP training contracts are performance-based and are meant to offset training costs. To receive payment your organization will submit invoice(s) in the Cal-E-Force system; those invoices will be processed by the ETP Fiscal Unit and those funds will be mailed to your organization.

Your organization may also receive “progress payments” as a trainee progresses through training – in lieu of receiving full reimbursement after training/retention. Benchmarks and amounts of progress payments are stipulated in the training contract.  

12. What are the documentation requirements for training?

Training must be documented and will be verified by ETP throughout the term of the contract.

13. Who can I contact to receive assistance?

Cal-E-Force assistance:

Development or Monitoring assistance, please contact an ETP Regional Office near you.

General Information: or

Fiscal assistance:

14. How do I get up-to-date news about ETP?
15. What if my organization does not have staff available to develop and administer an ETP training project?

If your organization does not have sufficient staff to develop and administer an ETP training project, you may consider waiting to submit an application until your organization has the staff and resources.

You may also qualify to participate in a different type of ETP training project. Please contact our Economic Development Unit for additional information:

16. To whom do I submit a Public Records Act request?