Applications to join the Trainer Network are now open. To apply to become a CalSAC Trainer, submit the online application at the bottom of the page by Friday, August 23, 2019.

Application Process

Through a highly competitive application process, CalSAC will accept 60 new professionals across California to join the Trainer Network in Fall 2019.  If accepted into the Trainer Network, participants are required to:

  • Attend a 60-minute pre-Training of Trainers (ToT) orientation webinar. If you cannot attend one of the scheduled webinar dates we will schedule a one-on-one orientation call with you.

  • Complete self-reflection prior to the ToT, developed from the trainer competencies.

  • Attend in full the 3-day Training of Trainers Institute (ToT) October 17-19, 2019 in San Mateo County, CA.

  • Submit a one-time fee of $400. This fee covers the full trainer certification process: three days of professional development at the ToT (meals, materials and shared accommodations for two nights), mentorship, observation, and certification support between October 2019 – June 2020. Travel to the ToT and to subsequent trainings is not included. Full and partial scholarships are available and will be assessed upon acceptance. Please complete the scholarship section of the application with as much detail as possible regarding your needs.

To learn more about joining the Trainer Network and the application process, attend an upcoming Informational Webinar:

How to Become a Certified Trainer

CalSAC Apprentice Trainers complete an 8-month certification process where they participate in a three-day intensive Training of Trainers Institute, implement CalSAC's on-site training curriculum to programs in their community, and receive ongoing mentoring from a Senior Certified Trainer.  

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The Training of Trainers Institute (ToT) is the beginning of the trainer's journey, and is foundational to the CalSAC trainer experience.  This multi-day, rigorous professional development experience prepares participants to deliver high-quality training and thrive as members of the CalSAC Trainer Network.  Participants leave the ToT equipped with a range of resources, new contacts and a deeper connection to the out-of-school time community.

CalSAC's Trainer Network builds the training and facilitation skills of out-of-school time professionals and connects them to a vast network of their peers, organizations and resources to help them develop professionally and deepen their impact on the children and communities they serve.  In turn, these individuals provide training and support to staff working in a variety of youth development programs across the state.  When individual providers increase their skills and confidence, it benefits not just the young people they work with, but the strength of the out-of-school time field as a whole.

Professionals who join the Trainer Network hone and deepen their:

  • Training and facilitation skills

  • Ability to deliver effective technical assistance

  • Leadership capacity

  • Knowledge and connection to the statewide out-of-school time field

Apply Now

Applications are due by Friday, August 23, 2019. Before starting your online application, download and review the application preview. The preview document includes an overview of the applicant requirements and the trainer certification commitment. After reviewing the application preview, we recommend saving your application responses in a Word or Text document before completing the online application. Contact Hannah at with any questions.

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