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Cal-PCA General Information

Enrolling In A Course

Cancelling Your Enrollment

Before cancelling your enrollment., please consider sending a substitute from your department. Please see Substitutions for further information.

If a substitute cannot be found, you may cancel your class registration by doing the following:
  • Log in to your TRS profile
  • Click on View/Edit Profile
  • Click on View User's Class History
  • Then click on Cancel Class next to the course or workshop you wish to cancel out of

If you do not cancel your scheduled class three (3) calendar days prior to the start date, your department will be charged a $100 no-show fee. 

If you are having trouble accessing your TRS profile information you may contact CalPCA at CalPCAHelp@dgs.ca.gov.

Substitutions

Before cancelling your enrollment., please consider sending in a substitute from your department.

CalPCA definately encourages substitutions; but are ONLY considered for the first day of the course or workshop.

Substitute notification to CalPCA is not required; but recommended.  You may contact us by email at CalPCAHelp@dgs.ca.gov

If you cannot send a substitute and must cancel out of a class., please see Cancelling Your Enrollment.

Class Hours

All-day classes begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.

Morning classes begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon classes begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. 

No-Shows

If you fail to show up for the first day of your class without cancelling 3 calendar days prior, your agency may be billed a $100 no-show charge and you will have to re-enroll in a later class.

We strongly recommend that your agency send a substitute student in your place to avoid the no-show charge (see Substitutions).

Making Up A Class

Basic Acquisition Certification (BAC): 

Students are only allowed to miss 15 minutes per class, with the exception of the first day of the course (see Late Arrivals).  If a student misses more than 15 minutes, they will need to make up the entire missed day within 6 months of the end of that course. 

(For make up day arrangements please email CalPCAHelp@dgs.ca.gov.) 

 

Certificates of Completion will not be awarded to those students who do not complete all days of the BAC course.  If make-ups are not completed by 6 months of the original course end date, students will be required to repeat the entire course.

 

 

Workshops:

Students missing more than 15 minutes of class will have to take the entire workshop over again; and no Certificate of Completion will be given

Grading

In order to obtain a Certificate of Completion for the Basic Acquisition Certification Training students must participate in and attend all online and in-person classes; and pass a "mid-course" quiz & final exam.
 
The "mid-course" quiz will be given at the beginning of the first in-person training day.  (This quiz is pass/fail; and the score will have no effect on the final exam or passing of the overall course.)

However, the final exam will be graded and a passing score of 70% or better must be obtained in order to recieve a Certificate of Completion. 

If a student does not pass the final exam, he/she will be given the opportunity to take a secondary exam at a later date.

If a student passes the final exam, yet needs to make up missed days, they will receive a certificate stating which days need to be attended (within a 6 month period) in order to receive an official Certificate of Completion.


Certificate of Completion

A student who attends the entire training session, participates in class exercises, and passes any applicable final exam will receive a CalPCA instructor signed Certificate of Completion from the Department of General Services.

*Certificates are subject to expiration within 5 years from successful course completion. (Email reminders will be sent out automatically when the certification term is coming due.) 

Facility Location

CalPCA classes are held at the Ziggurat building in West Sacramento, CA. 
 
Ziggurat Building
707 3rd Street
West Sacramento, CA  95605

Getting here:

 

 

CalPCA has two classrooms, one on the 1st floor, (Z-1, Room 316), and one on the 2nd floor, (Z-2, Room 405).  When you enter the building, check in at the visitor desk, then look for the CalPCA sign in the lobby that will direct you to your designated classroom.

Parking

Parking is provided in the Ziggurat parking garage for $2.00 an hour or $15.00 per day with NO in and out privileges. 

Accepted forms of payment are cash or check only.  For your convenience there is a Golden 1 ATM located off the Atrium area of the Ziggurat by the River View Cafe.

Note: Please do NOT park in the parking lot at the Ziggurat entrance.  These spaces are for limited-time parking and your vehicle may be ticketed or towed.

Special Accommodations

To arrange for special accommodations check the appropriate Special Needs checkbox in your TRS User Profile.  This will alert CalPCA, and you will be contacted for details.

If you are having trouble accessing TRS you may email CalPCA at CalPCAHelp@dgs.ca.gov.

Emergencies

Anyone needing to reach you while you are in training may call (916) 375-4500 and follow the instructions provided.

Student Resource Packets

Due to budgetary constraints CalPCA WILL NO LONGER PROVIDE HARDCOPY REFERENCE MATERIALS in the classroom.

CalPCA WILL INSTEAD BE PROVIDING A .PDF STUDENT RESOURCE PACKET to each registered student for the class they are enrolled in.  The Student Resource Packet will be pre-loaded onto each computer station desktop for you to view and take notes on during class.  Once class is over students must save it to a flash drive for future reference.

Note: CalPCA will not be providing flash drives for students to use.
 

Late Arrivals

Classes start promptly at 9:00 a.m. and CalPCA requires you to be in your seat and ready for class to begin at that time.

Since our classes are in such demand, and our learning time together is so valuable, late arrivals will not be allowed on the first day of any course.  We understand things happen and people run late, but there will be no exceptions to this rule and you will have to re-enroll for that course at a later date. 

If a student is not in their seat at 9:00 a.m., they forfeit their spot to a walk-in student and their department will be billed a No-Show fee (see Walk-Ins and No-Shows).   

Walk-Ins

When the course of your choice is showing 'full' in TRS, you can take your chances at being a walk-in student.

Walk-in students are welcome for all of our in-person training courses. 


Here is how you can take advantage of being a walk-in student:

1. Classes begin promptly at 9:00 a.m., so arrive early
2. Sign the Walk-In sheet located on the front door of the classroom
3. Wait for class to begin to see if your name will be called for a seat

If an enrolled student fails to be in their seat at 9:00 a.m., they may forfeit their spot to a walk-in student.


Walk-ins are called on a first come, first sit basis so arriving early is key. 
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