Training Resources

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Training Funds

More than $1 million in State subsidies through CMTA to train your workers.

Administration and Compliance

CMTA helps with the cumbersome administration of your training so you can get funded.

Apprenticeship Development

CMTA can help develop your earn-and-learn apprenticeship programs.


Employee infectious disease prevention and sexual harassment training.

Informational Webinars

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Training Funds

The State of California wants your workers to keep their skills and productivity at a high level. For that reason, state funds are available through the “Employment Training Panel” (ETP) to pay for qualified training courses. CMTA experts can make sure your training curriculum is eligible for funds and we can be your partner through the application and the entire grant process. Over the last eight years, CMTA has helped companies receive over $10 million in training reimbursement!

To get funding we will take you through the following steps:

  • Describe the program to your training manager
  • Learn about your training needs
  • Help assemble and complete all documents
  • Participate in meetings with ETP staff
  • Tell you the project has been approved!
  • Administer the training contract

Current Training Programs Available

Overview of CMTA Training Funds with ETP
Over the last eight years, CMTA has helped companies receive over $10 million in training reimbursement!

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Live Web-Based Online Training
In an effort to help keep employees and organizations healthy, productive and engaged during this unprecedented crisis, CMTA will be offering free, live video-based training to qualified companies under a State of California Training grant.

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What Makes Us Unique

CMTA can offer you all three of these services:
  • ETP application development
  • Complete ETP Administrative Services using our custom Access Database
  • Quick-Start Training for your immediate training needs

ETP application development
CMTA has worked with the Employment Training Panel for over 15 years to assist companies through the application process. We have the expertise to help you navigate through the process so that your project will be successfully funded. If your project is not approved – we don’t get paid!

ETP Administrative Services using our custom Access Database
CMTA provides a variety of fee-based services including complete administrative support after your ETP project has been approved. CMTA uses a proprietary database to ensure that your company can easily organize and report the required tracking for the ETP.

Quick-Start Training for your immediate training needs
CMTA offers Quick-Start Training that allows you to start a short training program now and you can use an in-house trainer or an approved outside training vendor. CMTA has already applied for these training funds for our member companies so you don’t have to hassle with the ETP paperwork and application process.

Our Experience
CMTA helped shape legislation governing the ETP program in 1983 and has been actively involved in the program ever since. CMTA has successfully assisted companies in the development and administration of over 200 successful ETP funded training projects. CMTA has the experience, trust and reputation needed to navigate you through the ETP process.

Three reasons to trust CMTA for all your ETP related work:

  • Trust the company that the ETP uses to market their own program.
  • Trust the company that has worked with the ETP since their inception.
  • Trust the company that can navigate you through the ETP program and offers a variety of ways to apply for ETP funds.

Professional Services

Administrative Services

The ETP is a pay-for-performance training

contract ¬ this means that in order to receive your training reimbursement you must complete the required training and also follow the ETP’s policies and regulations. CMTA allows you to concentrate on the training while we coordinate ETP-related administrative activities.

CMTA will assist with:

  • Consulting to streamline your ETP activities including how to use Electronic Training Records
  • Enrolling employees in the ETP database
  • Input all training data into a CMTA custom database for tracking and filtering
  • Transfer all data to ETP database for invoicing
  • Invoicing to the State of California ETP
  • Manage all ETP meetings, and monitoring visits

Your company requirements:

  • Schedule classes
  • Document classes via rosters or electronic records
  • Train your employees and increase productivity

Available Funds / FAQ

Administrative Service

How Much Money can my company receive from the state for training?
The ETP reimburses your company based on the number of qualified hours your employees receive.

Other Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is the Employment Training Panel (ETP)?
ETP is a California State agency that began in 1983 and is designed to fund training that meets the needs of employers for skilled workers and the need of workers for good, long-term jobs.

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Where does the ETP get the money?

ETP gets it money from the companies’ earmarked payment into the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fund. The UI fund is administered by the State’s Employment Development Department (EDD).

Who is the California Manufacturing & Technology Association (CMTA)?

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association works to improve and enhance a strong business climate for California's 30,000 manufacturing, processing and technology based companies. Since 1918, CMTA has worked with state government to develop balanced laws, effective regulations and sound public policies to stimulate economic growth and create new jobs while safeguarding the state's environmental resources.

Does CMTA provide training courses?
CMTA can assist you in finding qualified instructors in your area. CMTA assists employers in applying for training reimbursement funding from ETP.

Does ETP provide training courses?
ETP does not provide training. ETP provides the guidelines for reimbursable training topics.

Who is eligible to conduct the training?
You can choose to use your own employee to deliver the training, an employee from another office site of your company, professional trainer, or training group. If you use a vendor to conduct training, the vendor must sign a sub-agreement and be located in California.

Which training topics are eligible for reimbursement by ETP?

  • Business Skills
  • Commercial Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Management Skills
  • Manufacturing Skills
  • Literacy Skills.

What training courses are not covered by the ETP program?
Any of the following course topics are not reimbursable:
  • Sexual harassment training
  • Labor laws
  • Stress management
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • Basic hire orientation

What are the acceptable training methods for reimbursement?

Classroom training, laboratory training, class/lab combination, or computer-based training

Is there a class size requirement?
There is no minimum class size; however, there is a maximum class size ratio of 20 trainees per instructor.

What about training on-site vs. off-site?
You can choose to conduct training at your own location or any other site, as long as training takes place in California.

Do I have to train all of my employees?
You may choose to train as few or as many of your employees as you choose. However, no more than 20% of your trainees can be managers or supervisors.

Who is eligible to be a trainee?
Any full-time, permanent employee who has been on your payroll for at least 90 days and meets the ETP minimum wage requirement for the county in which your company is located.

Are there guidelines on the number of training hours?

Yes, there is a minimum of 8 hours training per employee. There is a maximum number of 200 hours per employee. If more than 200 hours per trainee are needed, please contact CMTA

What is the reimbursement rate?
Your company will receive up to $26 per person per hour.

How does my company get reimbursed?
You input trainee information via the online ETP database. The reimbursement plan is “pay-for-performance”. As your trainees complete a minimum level of training, you submit an invoice for payment which is processed by ETP and will amount to 25%. At the completion of training, your company can submit invoice for 50%. After the trainee meets the 90-day retention period, the final 25% will be earned.

How much time is allowed for an employee to complete his/her training?

The standard ETP agreement is for 24 months which includes the 90-day retention period. Your employee will have to complete his/her training within 21 months and then will have to complete the 90-day retention period for your company to receive reimbursement.

What about training that my company has already conducted?
ETP funding is not retroactive. Funding is only for training hours that begin after your application has been approved and within the term dates of your agreement.

What is the process to apply for this program?
Complete the initial eligibility determination with your CMTA representative.
CMTA and an ETP analyst will contact you for a site visit.
CMTA assists you with the application process and submits to ETP
Your application is reviewed by the ETP Panel at the monthly ETP Panel meeting.
Once approved, the ETP rep conducts a Start-Up meeting and your training hours can begin.

What is Quick Start Training?
Quick Start Training allows your company to start a small ETP funded training project quickly and easily with no application to the ETP. CMTA has already received approval for these ETP funds and if you qualify we can pay you to train your employees in a range of approved topics

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Apprenticeship Development

Earn-and-learn programs that work

If you are interested in setting up Apprenticeship programs for your incoming workers, CMTA has Federal grant funds and resources to help. Earn-and-learn programs are simply one of the most efficient ways to skill up your manufacturing workforce. Contact Rob Sanger at if you are interested.


Informational Webinars

Modernize your operations

CMTA partners with The Manufacturing Network, our regional manufacturing partners and our Members to provide regular informational webinars on manufacturing modernization, innovation, training and other operational aspects. Click here to see the calendar of events.



We can take care of your training reporting and ensure your compliance

If you have been approved for Employment Training Panel funding (either through CMTA or on your own), CMTA can help with the cumbersome tracking and reporting functions of your training to help you comply and report correctly to receive your State funds. Contact Rob Sanger at if you are interested.



Employee infectious disease prevention and sexual harassment training

CMTA offers infectious disease prevention certification courses for your production employees through a partnership with Peak Performance. As a CMTA member you receive 5 free initial licenses. Click here and use code “CA3CMTA005” to sign up.

We also offer California’s required Sexual Harassment Prevention training and Certifications. Let us know if you would like to take advantage of this course by emailing

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