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California Procurement & Contracting Academy

2018/19 courses are now available in CalPCA Online!

Access the system via the link on the right hand side of the page

Basic Acquisition Certificate courses are being converted to self-paced courses.

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The California Procurement & Contracting Academy (CalPCA) provides professional development courses and labs for state acquisition specialists, to instill essential knowledge and improve the state's contracting processes. 


Students who successfully complete courses receive CalPCA Certificates of Completion, which are required for their departments' delegated purchasing authority.

Click Here for CalPCA General Information

Click Here for CalPCA's Directory of Online Resources and Videos

CalPCA Online (LMS)

CalPCA Online, our Learning Management System, allows California state procurement professionals to register for and attend CalPCA’s various courses and labs. In an ongoing effort to make our course content more easily accessible, CalPCA offers a variety of learning content including webinars, self-paced online training, and in-person labs. CalPCA Online is your portal to everything CalPCA has to offer.

Click the button below to access the CalPCA Online Website

 CalPCA Online Class Registration Link

NOTE: CalPCA Online is best experienced when launched in Google Chrome

Here are some helpful guides for CalPCA Online Users.

Click the link to load the guide you need and print or download as you require:

Getting Started

Accessing a Webinar

CalPCA Certificate Learning Paths

CalPCA offers the following certifications:

To enroll in courses, or to view our course calendar, please create a user profile in our Learning Management System CalPCA Online

Directory of Online Resources

The following links are resource information referenced in the CalPCA Basic Acquisition Certification training and workshops. For a complete list of resource information please check in the appropriate State Contracting Manual. 

DGS/PD Informational Videos
California Public Safety Procurement Program (1122)

CalPCA Training Videos/Webinars
Cloud Computing Services
Acquisition Approaches & Methods

Home Pages
Department of General Services
Procurement Division
Office of Legal Services
Cal eProcure

Codes and Regulations
Legislative Information (PCC, GC, MVC, etc.)
California Code of Regulations

Resource Manuals
State Administrative Manual
State Contracting Manual, Vol. 1
State Contracting Manual, Vol. 2
State Contracting Manual, Vol. 3
State Contracting Manual, Fi$Cal

Statewide Information Management Manual
State Telecommunications Management Manual

FI$Cal Training (State Officials)

Note: Before reviewing any CalPCA Fi$Cal-related webinar, regardless of topic, please conduct the Fi$Cal User Productivity Kit (UPK) training provided via the links above. 

The CalPCA training offered is designed to enhance user knowledge to the already designed Fi$Cal UPKs.  

State Contract & Procurement Registration System (SCPRS)


California State Contracts Register (CSCR)

Progress Payments


FI$Cal Service Center

  • 1-855-347-2250

 Option 1 on the automated menu will take you directly to the live technical difficulty desk.

FI$Cal Training (Suppliers / Bidders / General Public)

Note: Before viewing any CalPCA FI$Cal-related webinar, regardless of topic, please conduct the Cal eProcure User Productivity Kit (UPK) training provided via the links above. 

The CalPCA training offered below was designed to enhance user knowledge to the already designed Cal eProcure UPKs.

FI$Cal For Suppliers / Bidders / General Public



Meet the Team


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Joseph Watkins

(916) 375-4637

Joseph has been the manager of CalPCA since December 2011. His state career began in procurement/contracts at the California Youth Authority; and hasn't looked back. He just loves working with this fabulous team of bright and talented instructors.


Richard Brown

Rich started his DGS career in 1999 (17.5 years ago) working at the Office of State Publishing as a Printing Trade specialist and promoted into the procurement department in 2003 as a buyer, purchasing commodities and creating contracts for services. Rich comes to us from OBAS, where he served as Small Business/DVBE Advocate and contract specialist.

He loves working with people and performing on stage for a crowd.

He is a fabulous part-time musician with the band Hip Service. He is married to a beautiful woman, Angela Brown, for 27 years, with 4 wonderful children and 5 beautiful grandchildren.


Lori Hughes

Lori comes to the State of California with over 15 years of training and customer service experience specifically in the areas of project and contract management.  Lori spent her early career managing hardware contracts for IBM Corporation where the State was her primary customer.  Later at Hewlett-Packard Company she changed focus from IT goods to IT services.  At HP, Lori took on the role of instructor, developing new specialists and contract administrators. Her portfolio of courses included onboarding, project management, problem solving, and customer service. 

A native Californian relocated to the Sacramento area many years ago from the South Bay Area and attended schools in San Juan Bautista, Gilroy, Hollister, and even one year on the island of Guam.  Lori obtained her B.S. degree in Business from San Jose State University. Lori is keen to start her State career utilizing her background as a vendor to add value to CalPCA.  She is excited to be part of the move to e-delivery and web-based training as she has many years participating and leading these types of projects. On a personal note, Lori loves to attend free summer concerts in the Sacramento area.  Music makes her happy.  She loves to spend time outdoors with her friends, family and two dogs and just enjoy life.



Theresa Snider

Theresa has been in state service since March 2012 at the Department of Public Health, where she served as SB/DVBE Advocate and Purchasing Analyst.

In the private sector, she worked as a customer service and sales trainer, and department director for private non-profit entities working with developmentally disabled adults.

Theresa is a local professional vocalist and plays many musical instruments. She adores the outdoors and loves adventure!


Molinda Zinda

Molinda Zinda has been a CalPCA Instructor for ages, bringing her fun and high energy delivery style to train basic and complex acquisition processes to state procurement and contracting officials.  She has years of experience in the training, development, and customer service field, ranging from retaining wall installation to enhanced cellular services.

She delivered one of the four section e-Procurement online training sessions that won a State Agency Recognition Award (SARA) for Innovation and Outstanding Achievements in a Program. Taking pride in developing and delivering meaningful, memorable curriculum in the classroom, her focus has now moved to bringing the same to an online environment. 

Her specialties include motivation, leadership, facilitation, design, and trainer training.



Proposed Accreditation/Training model

Topics and Tiers Model

CalPCA Online

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