Who should submit a Training and Education Partner Interest Form?

The interest form is for education and training institutions, apprenticeship programs, and employers who are providing on-the-job training – or for employers looking to provide on-the-job training. We provide an array of training programs to suit both the training partner and the job seeker. Applicant who submit an interest form may be eligible to receive subsidized wages and/or training costs for eligible participants.

May I apply to be a training partner at any time?

Yes, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All applicants must first submit an interest form to be considered for pre-eligibility. Once received, a Workforce Partnership staff will reach out within 48 hours to assist with the application process. Applicants must submit all required documentation for consideration. All forms and documents must be typed and submitted electronically.

How long does it take for my application to be approved?

Application processing varies but may take up to 30 calendar days. You will be notified if staff needs more time to review your application.

If I have questions about my application, what should I do?

A Workforce Partnership staff will reach out directly to all applicants through the interest form if you are pre-screened as eligible. All applicants will receive an automated message once they submit their interest form. A Workforce Partnership staff will follow up within 48 hours. At that time you can follow up with the assigned staff member.

If I am a job-seeker looking for training, should I contact you through here?

No, this process is only for institutions and employers who are providing education and training. If you are an individual interested in receiving training or job placement assistance for you or someone you know, please visit a career center nearest you.


What is ETPL?

The purpose of the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) is to provide customer-focused classroom and/or online training for eligible adults and dislocated workers through Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) and Apprenticeship Training Accounts (ATAs). All training providers included on San Diego’s ETPL are eligible to receive funding through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds. The San Diego ETPL used by the ITA/ATA programs is just one training mechanism available under WIOA. 

Who is eligible to be listed on the San Diego ETPL?

To be eligible for listing on the San Diego ETPL, institutions must:

  • Be accredited through a Department of Education recognized accrediting body (i.e. Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Council on Occupational Education, etc.)
  • Provide training in occupations that are in-demand, locally defined on an annual basis
  • Not debarred from doing business with the Federal Government
  • Provide all required documentation for both initial eligibility and continued eligibility and follow the policies outlined in the ETPL Policy and Procedures.

Which institutions are listed on the ETPL?

As of May, 2020, the following institutions are eligible to provide training:

Advanced Training Associates
California Institute of Arts & Technology
California State University San Marcos Extended Learning
California Technical Academy
Concorde Career College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Escondido Adult School
Forum Education Corporation
Grossmont Adult School
Heartland Coalition
ICOHS College
Kitchens for Good
MiraCosta Community College
National University Division of Extended Studies
Pima Medical Institute
Poway Adult School
San Diego Code School
San Diego Continuing Education Employee Training Institute
San Diego State University (SDSU)
The Accounting Academy
The Nurse Academy
UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education
UCSD Extended Studies
UEI College – Chula Vista/San Marcos
United Truck and Car Driving School
University of Redlands
University of San Diego Paralegal Program
University of San Diego, Professional & Continuing Education
Vista Adult School
Western Truck School

What other training programs does the Workforce Partnership have beyond the ETPL?

We have a number of training programs which include but are not limited to:

  • Apprenticeships (automatically eligible for ETPL if approved by DAS)
  • On-the-Job Training (employer-driven)
  • Customized Training (employer-driven)
  • Contracted Education (employer or customer demand-driven)
  • TechHire Initiative (specifically focused on Information Communication Technology — ICT — jobs)
  • Free courses available through universal services at career centers (e.g. Google or Microsoft online courses, Career Ready 101, free Adult Ed classes)

Where can I find the San Diego ETPL; the list of programs approved for ITA/ATAs?

The ETPL list is a published document available only to current eligible training providers, as well as career center staff, to assist with research and placement into training. Detailed information can be accessed by eligible participants through CalJOBS.

I am an approved member of an ETPL in another part of California or the US. Does this mean I am automatically approved to be listed on San Diego’s ETPL?

No. The the ETPL approval process is specific to each location as the needs of each local area differ; each individual state and local area have different eligibility requirements. All San Diego ETPL eligibility policies are approved by the San Diego Workforce Development Board (local board).

What is the difference between “initial eligibility” and “continued eligibility”?

“Initial eligibility” is the initial decision by the local board to approve a training provider for addition to the ETPL list for Individual Training accounts (ITAs). To learn more about initial eligibility requirements, review the initial eligibility section in the ETPL Policy and Procedures.

“Continued eligibility” is a yearly review performed by the local board to determine if the training provider meets the necessary requirements to remain on the ETPL list. To view the continued (subsequent) eligibility requirements, review the subsequent eligibility section of the ETPL Policy and Procedures.

The requirements in San Diego appear to be different than the ETPL requirements in other locations and/or the state’s minimum requirements. Why is this?

WIOA requires states to establish a list of training providers that are eligible to receive WIOA funds and to establish procedures for initial eligibility and subsequent eligibility.

On July 22, 2015, the California Workforce Development Board (state board), released WSD15-07, revising the existing ETPL requirements; under this policy, “Local boards may establish local policies requiring performance above the state minimum standards for providers to be included on the ETPL.” As such, the San Diego Workforce Development Board, in response to the needs of job seekers and employers, approved a more stringent set of ETPL requirements in June 2017.

If I previously participated in the ETPL and my institution was removed due during a continued eligibility review, may I apply to be re-added?

Yes, providing you can demonstrate that your training organization now meets the eligibility requirements. 

How frequently is the list of in-demand jobs updated?

Yearly, as required by the local board.

Does the list of in-demand jobs apply to all types of training?

No, it is only applicable to Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) which are used by the ETPL. It does not apply to employer driven programs such as Customized Training, On-the-Job Training or Contracted Education. For example, Emerging fields which become a growing employer need in San Diego but are not yet on the ETPL list may be delivered through a Customized Training or On-the-Job training when/if required by an employer. It is also not applicable to apprenticeships. Any apprenticeship approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards is automatically eligible for the ETPL.

How is the list of in-demand jobs determined?

Our research team analyzes employment data from Economic Modeling Specialists, International to provide a list of in-demand jobs. All analysis is based on ten-year projections. Three criteria were used in the 2019 determination: wages, projected growth rates and projected number of annual job openings. Data used is specific to San Diego County only.

What is the cap for Individual Training Accounts (ITA)s provided through the ETPL?

On November 22, 2013, the Policy Board approved a recommendation to maintain the Individual Training Account (ITA) cap of $5,000 for training for in-demand occupations. The board mandated that the list was to be updated annually, based on recent labor market trends.

I am not accredited but my programs are part of an accredited provider’s curriculum (third-party). Can I join the ETPL?

No, at this time third party programs are not eligible for ETPL. All programs must be provided directly by the approved institution.

I am an accredited training provider but credentialing is not part of my existing programs. Is this required?

All training programs on the ETPL must result in the awarding of an industry-recognized credential, national or state certificate or degree, including all industry appropriate competencies, licensing and/or certification requirements. This is a requirement under WIOA and may not be waived by local boards. Providers must demonstrate, as part of the initial eligibility process, the mechanism used for awarding such credentials, certificates and/or degrees.  The training provider is responsible for appropriately reporting such attainment to the Workforce Partnership. Copies of credentials/certificates must be made available, if requested.

Training providers must also provide progress reports for all participants to demonstrate training milestones towards attainment of the certificate/credential. These are required at least once during the duration of the enrollment in the training program. The Career Centers may request additional progress reports for long-term trainings.

If my institution is approved and listed on the San Diego ETPL, will I automatically receive funding?

No, the programs are funded based on customer choice and research and by the programmatic and budgetary needs of the Workforce Partnership for the given program year. Funding for training varies by program year and is not guaranteed.

The ETPL policies indicate that we will give preference to programs which are free or low cost. What does this mean?

In June 2017, the Workforce Development and Policy boards approved a new set of criteria for ETPL eligibility and subsequent eligibility which included a focus on delivering the highest quality training for the lowest price. This is critical in order to serve the largest number of people in the midst of reductions in WIOA funding. WIOA also charges local boards, and it is part of San Diego’s regional and local plan, to increase integration between Title I and Title II providers. As such, in the short term, we will be onboarding Adult Education and Career Technical Education (through Community Colleges) to the ETPL. Over time, the board expects that the majority of the ETPL training will be delivered through Title I/Title II partnership as the lowest cost, highest quality option.

I understand that the Workforce Development Board adopted a new set of guiding principles for the ETPL and other training programs. What are they?

  • Price — Reasonably priced, high quality; not available for free from other sources
  • Job Alignment — Directly tied to an in-demand jobs leading to higher wages
  • Responsiveness — Considerate of existing level of education & experience, basic skills proficiency and need to upskill or reenter market
  • Accessibility — Widely available and in various delivery formats

Are apprenticeships part of the ETPL?

Yes, apprenticeship programs that have been approved through the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) are automatically eligible for the ETPL and not subject to accreditation/BPPE requirements. If your program has been approved by the DAS, please fill out an ETPL Application and send to ETPL@dir.ca.gov or mail to the Division of Apprenticeship Standards at P.O. Box 420603, San Francisco, CA 94142. If you have any questions, please contact Victor Rodriguez, Senior Apprenticeship Consultant for San Diego, at VRodriguez@dir.ca.gov or (619) 767-2045

How frequently will programs be reviewed by the Workforce Partnership?

All ETPL programs which support ITAs will be reviewed yearly as part of the continued eligiblity process during the annual review period (March-June). Please see the ETPL Policy and Procedures for more information on the various types of reviews that may be performed. Review of apprenticeships will follow the guidance and requirements of the DAS.

Approved programs are subject to performance measures. Where can I find a list of the measures and how will I track them?

A list of the performance measures along with an explanation of the calculation may be found in the ETPL Policy and Procedures. Performance will also be reviewed during the annual review period for continued eligibility.

If I am only using my participation on the ETPL to enable me to receive “Supplement Job Displacement Benefits (SJDB” formerly called “Vocational Rehabilitation Retraining” (managed by the Department of Rehabilitaiton) am I still subject to the ETPL requirements?

Yes. The ETPL program is a list required under the WIOA legislation for the purposes of administering WIOA training funding. Any/all participants on a local ETPL list are subject to the requirements of that list regardless of the reason for which the are requesting to be included on the list. The SJDB program is not adminstared by the local board or the EDD. The Department of Industrial Relations is a separate organization and does not have oversight authority for the ETPL. If DIR chooses to use the ETPL as a criteria for their program they may do so at their discretion; however, this does not in any way change the ETPL eligibility requirements.

What is debarment and why must I comply?

Debarment indicates that an organization is not permitted to do business with or receive funds from Federal Government Sources. As WIOA funding is federal funding, those organizations which are debarred are not eligible to participate in the ETPL.