Training and Development
Training and Development (T&D) assignments are temporary assignments to provide an employee training and experience to move to a different occupational field. A T&D assignment is a formal agreement between the employee, the current supervisor, and the new supervisor. The duration of agreements can vary in length but shall not exceed twenty-four (24) months. The duration may also be the length of experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications.
No T&D assignment may be extended beyond twenty-four (24) months, with the exception of T&D assignments for employees in a less than full-time time base position, who may continue their T&D until they reach the equivalence of twenty-four (24) months.
Government Code Sections 19050.8 and 19400-19401, California Code of Regulations (CCR), State Personnel Board (SPB) and Department of Human Resources (CalHR) provide laws, rules, regulations and policy that govern, authorize, and define T&D Assignments.
It is the policy of the Department of General Services (DGS) to utilize T&D assignments in order to facilitate an employee’s entry into new occupational fields, help prepare employees for a future promotion, and provide a process for the movement of lower-paying positions into technical, professional, and administrative level positions by providing an opportunity to meet the minimum experience qualifications.
The following standards and guidelines are embodied in the laws and regulations governing T&D assignments.
T&D Assignment Eligibility
Eligibility for T&D assignments require the employee be a state employee, and have permanent status in their current classification, with no break in service due to a permanent separation since that permanent status. The employee may, but is not required to, satisfy the minimum qualifications of the T&D classification. The employee shall possess any licensure, certificate, or similar credential that is a component of the minimum qualifications.
An employee may apply and be selected for a T&D assignment without the agreement of their current appointing power. The receiving appointing power must notify the loaning appointing power of the nature and length of the T&D assignment. The loaning appointing power may hold the employee no more than fourteen (14) calendar days after the date of the written notice. Pursuant to CCR, Title 2, Section 438.5, Termination and Corrective Action by Executive Officer, any participating agency or employee may terminate a temporary assignment or loan at any time for any reason.
Selection Process for T&D Assignments
Pursuant to CCR Title 2, Section 439.3 (a), CCR Title 2, Section 249.1, and CCR Title 2, Section 439 (b), the selection process for a T&D involves the use of job-related criteria and any other selection instrument or procedure designed to objectively and fairly, evaluate and compare the candidates.
T&D assignments may be made to any of the following:
- The same classification as the employee’s current classification, but a different position.
- A different classification with substantially the same salary range as the employee’s “from” classification.
- A different classification with a promotional salary range provided that:
a. The higher salaried class is the class in the employee’s desired occupational area that will provide the appropriate training experience.
b. There is not another class nearer in salary to the employee’s current class that will provide the appropriate training experience. If such a class exists, that class shall be used for purposes of the T&D assignment.
c. The higher salaried class is not in the same class series as the employee’s current class, unless the T&D assignment involves an apprenticeship program approved by the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Apprenticeship Standards.
d. A different classification with a demotional salary range provided that the assignment to the lower class is not used where other action, such as voluntary demotion, medical demotion, corrective action, or disciplinary action, is relevant to the employee’s situation.
- A classification with a demotional salary range only when all the below criteria has been met:
a. It is the classification in the desired occupational area, nearest in salary to the employee’s current classification, that will provide the appropriate training experience.
b. Any assignments to classifications that are more than three steps below the employee’s status classification must be approved in advance by the DGS’ Personnel Officer.
c. The purpose of a T&D assignment is to prepare for future service in a classification that has a salary range that is substantially the same, or promotional in comparison to the salary range of the employee’s current classification.
d. The assignment will provide experience that differs from duties that the employee has previously performed.
Note: While on a T&D assignment the employee remains in the civil service classification they were in prior to accepting the T&D.
Completion of a T&D Assignment
In accordance with CCR, Title 2, Section 439.4, after completion of a T&D assignment, the employee shall have the absolute right to return to their former position. However, an employee who successfully completes a T&D assignment in a different position, regardless of whether the classification is the same or different, or whether the appointing power is the same or different, may be appointed to the same position in which they served the T&D assignment provided that all of the following apply:
- The appointment is by way of transfer, list appointment, or demotion.
- The employee satisfies the minimum qualifications of the classification.
- The employee competed for the assignment pursuant to CCR, Title 2, Section 439.3 and the assignment was advertised pursuant to CCR, Title 2, Sections 249.1, 249.1.1, and 249.2, unless otherwise exempted.
After an employee is appointed, they will serve the applicable probation period, unless the employee has already served in the same class under the same appointing power.
The following chart outlines the procedure to initiate a T&D Assignment:
Employee Resource Liaison (ERL)
Note: The duty statement for the T&D classification is not posted on the job advertisement.
Examinations (Exams) Analyst
Note: Exams must request the highest list appointment information (A01) if candidate is coming from another State department, to verify permanent or probationary status, and list appointed classification.
Government Code Sections
California Code of Regulations
- 249.1 – Advertising for Job Vacancies
- Article 19.1. Temporary Assignments or Loans
- 437 - Definitions
- 438.5 - Termination and Corrective Action by Executive Officer
- 439 - Purpose of Training and Development Assignments
- 439.1 – Eligibility for a Training and Development Assignment
- 439.2 – Training and Development Classification
- 439.3 – Selection Process for Training and Development Assignments
- 439.4 – Completion of a Training and Development Assignment
Other Reference Materials
Responsible Control Agencies
Department of General Services
Office of Human Resources
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Contact your assigned Classification and Pay Analyst.