Employment Training Panel Program (ETP) is a program to fund training for companies in the State of California.

What is ETP (Overview)

  • ETP (Employment Training Panel) is a State of California program that was established in 1983
  • It is funded by your company’s tax dollars. A portion of UI tax is set aside for ETP general fund
  • ETP allocates funding to companies who go through a proposal process leading to a contract
  • ETP funding is performance based. Funding is earned by your company on a trainee by trainee basis, after documentation of training using simple sign in sheets known as rosters, and after trainees meet basic ETP guidelines

ETP Glossary & Terms

This website will provide you with information about the Employment Training Panel Program (hereafter known as ETP),  and Learn iT!’s partner organization & services.

Want to get started? Follow these 7 EASY STEPS TO FUNDING

Some ETP Funding Guidelines (subject to change by ETP)

  • Funding is for full-time California employees below director level who earn a minimum of $14.39-$15.70 per hour or more. Wage requirements vary by county of business location.
  • You may have the option to add the company portion of health benefits (health/vision/dental) to bring up hourly wage to meet ETP minimum requirements.
  • Trainees must complete at least 24 hours each but not to exceed 200 hours of training each in a 21 month period of time
  • Reimbursement rate varies by size and type of company


Manufacturing Related Industries Other Industries
100 or less employees $26.00 per hour $22.00 per hour
Over 100 employees $18.00 per hour $15.00 per hour

To Earn ETP Funding

Our services will facilitate your company through the ETP process providing discovery assessment to an approved ETP funding contract, and finally administration of funding and earning of funds.  ETP funding is performance based. To earn funds:

Trainees must:

  • Complete training hours
  • Remain with company for 90 days after last day of training
  • Meet ETP wage and other requirement

Must be supplemental, above and beyond basic skills and routine training

A typical training program will identify and commit to:

  • Average number of hours, for an estimated number of trainees, over 21 months

Sample Types of training that are typically fundable (not limited to):

  • Can be delivered by any In-house staff person or by outside vendors approved by ETP
  • Sample training topics are continuous improvement;  lean techniques; quality implementations; Certifications such as ISO, AS9100, HAACP, OSHA 15 or 30; new product launches; new industries; new equipment training; software/computer upgrade training (upgraded CRM, ERP, manufacturing software & new servers, computers, printers, etc.)

 Some of your Client Responsibilities

  • Maintain a commitment to training employees
  • Appoint a key in-house contact to work directly with our organization and ETP
  • Provide Information about Company History, Current Operations, Goals, and Growth plans
  • Provide Information on full-time employees, wages, and demographic info
  • Utilize ETP Sign-in Sheets (known as Rosters), to document training-related activities
  • ETP or State of CA may randomly choose your company for an audit. Maintain original ETP documents and employee payroll/wage information for 3 years after the expiration date of Client’s ETP Agreement

 Summary of our Services

  • Contractor refers to our organization, Client refers to you and your company and; ETP refers to Employment Training Panel Program.

 Employment Training Panel Proposal Development:

  • We work with you and ETP to develop and submit a proposal, from Registration through Agreement approval resulting in an approved funding contract for your company.
  • If agreement is not approved by ETP, any deposit fees collected (phase 1) will be refunded.
  • A representative of our organization will accompany client to ETP Panel meeting if necessary.

ETP Administration of funding (after your approved funding contract):

  • We customize ETP templates for your use, educate you on use of templates and manage the administration of your funding from enrollment through invoicing of ETP (funding is sent directly to your company).

Our Fees:

  • Phase 1 : Assessment & Proposal Development (your ONLY out of pocket costs for our services)
  • 10% of proposed ETP funding amount, payable in 2 installments
  • 5% for Assessment when we begin, 5% for Proposal after ETP Panel approval
  • Phase 1 fees will be refunded if ETP Panel doesn’t approve project (very unlikely)
  • Phase 2: ETP Administration
  • 13% of funds earned by ETP, payable to us AFTER you receive your funds from ETP

Who is Sallyanne Monti? (ETP Experience & History)

  • Since 1996, facilitated over $15M in ETP Funding for over 700 California Companies
  • Companies are across multiple industries, ranging in size from 3- 20,000+ worldwide employees.
  • Close, long-term partnership with ETP Staff & Program
  • Invited by ETP to participate in focus groups, public hearings and new ETP services & projects
  • Piloted & developed one of the 1st Multiple Employer Contracts with ETP – now a core funding source
  • Wall Street NYC Financial Background
  • Committed to maintaining long-term value-added partnerships with clients
  • We are an independent consulting firm assisting companies to pursue and manage an ETP funding contract

Sampling of Industries we’ve served:

  • Aerospace & Biotech: High Tech Contract Manufacturers at varies levels of supply chain
  • Benefit Administration: Insurance & Medical Benefit Firm
  • Business Services: Premier office supply & equipment distributor
  • Construction: Large building contractor for Disney, Public Facilities and Schools
  • Engineering: Design and construction for municipal clients focusing on sustainability
  • Food Manufacturers: major sugar manufacturer; major farms (produce & meat processing)
  • Food Processing: Premier food distributor
  • Film Distribution: premier distributor of DVD, Blu Ray and Digital Formats
  • Health Care Services: in-home care for adults with physical and medical limitations
  • Publishing: national/ international magazine publisher
  • Specialty manufacturers: solar, semi-conductor, custom hats, custom print, injection molding, etc
  • Travel : premier provider of luxury & adventure travel companies, travel guide publisher

Understanding ETP Glossary & Terms:

  • 90 Day Retention Period: a criteria to earning funding, all trainees must remain employed full time for 90 days after the last day of recorded training.
  • Agreement:  a legal 2 year contract between your company and ETP; issued by ETP after your project is approved at either an ETP Panel Meeting or by the ETP Executive Director; approval of project and execution of agreement sets aside specified amount of funding for your company to earn under this performance based program within the 2 year term (#13 above).
  • Audit:  an in depth review conducted by a State of California Auditor (outside of ETP) that could include review of  ETP documents, payroll records, training materials and employee interviews.   This is not a routine monitoring visit. ETP can initiate an audit or your company can be randomly chosen for an audit, at any time during your project or up to 4 years after the project has completed.
  • Earning ETP funds: ETP is a performance based program. Funds are set aside for your company, at execution of your ETP Agreement. Funds are earned by your company on a trainee by trainee basis. Each trainee must complete training (at least 24 hours of training and not to exceed 200 hours for regular projects or at least 8 hours of training and not to exceed 60 hours for Small Business projects), plus a 90 day retention period and meet ETP wage and other requirements.
  • Employment Training Panel Program (ETP): a State of California program with a staff of State employees. The program is funded by the ETT tax (Employment Training Tax) paid by California employers. Since its inception in 1982, ETP has reimbursed employers $1.2 billion for training over 760,000 workers in 77,000 California businesses.
  • ETP Minimum Wage Requirement: ETP will specify a minimum hourly wage that your trainees must earn in order to qualify to participate in funding. The wage varies by county, type of business and funding category. Company paid Health benefits (health/vision/dental) can be added to the trainee’s hourly wage to meet ETP minimum wage requirements. Trainees who do not meet the minimum wage requirement (even with health benefits) can be trained, however they are not eligible for funding reimbursement under ETP.
  • ETP Panel: a group of unpaid volunteers and government assignees who meet once a month, in a public forum, typically in Sacramento to hear and approve ETP proposals. After proposal approval your company will be issued a 2 year ETP Agreement. ETP Panel Members change from time to time with panel term limits, elections, etc. You can read current ETP Panel member bios athttp://www.etp.ca.gov/panel_members.cfm
  • ETP Executive Director: The Executive Director is a paid State Employee who oversees the ETP program and who has a staff of employees statewide that report to him at various levels.
  • Executive Director Approval: In some instances a Proposal does not have to go before the ETP Panel for approval and can be approved by the ETP Executive Director. The Executive Director typically approves these types of proposals on a monthly basis and they are typically limited to Small Business Projects (SBP) or Fast Track Projects (FT).
  • Preliminary Application (PA): submitted on the ETP website, this application goes directly to ETP Contract Review Unit (CRU), whereby they determine if your company meets general criteria for funding and under what funding category your company might be able to apply for funds. Upon approval of the Preliminary Application CRU assigns your project to an ETP Regional Field Office for development of your proposal. (refer #3-5 above)
  • ETP Regional Field Office: local office in your area with ETP employees who will develop and later oversee your project. A listing of regional offices can be found at:
  • ETP Account Analyst, Program Analyst, Contract Specialist: interchangeable ETP titles for an ETP employee who for all intents and purposes acts as your “ETP account manager”. This ETP employee will remain with your project from development and approval of agreement through completion of training and expiration of agreement terms (2 yr term).
  • Fast Track Project (FT): projects under $75,000 that are typically approved by the ETP Executive Director (usually no ETP Panel approval or attendance is required).
  • Health Benefits: refers to the company paid portion of health/vision/dental benefits paid on behalf of the employee. To determine hourly cost of health benefits divide the total company paid monthly cost of health/vision/dental benefits for that employee by the number of hours per month worked by the employee.
  • Maximum number of hours: refers to the highest amount of hours per trainee that ETP will consider for reimbursement. In regular projects it is 200 hours per trainee. In Small Business projects it is 60 hours per trainee. Any training hours over the maximum will not be reimbursed by ETP.
  • Minimum number of hours: refers to the lowest amount of hours a trainee can receive and still be considered fundable. For regular ETP projects it is 24 hours per trainee. For Small Business Projects it is 8 hours per trainee. Trainees must also complete a 90 day retention period.
  • Trainee: a full time employee of your company who will receive at least 24 hours of training (not to exceed 200 hrs) within 21 months or less, beginning on the first day of eligible training under your ETP Agreement for regular projects or 8 hours minimum (not to exceed 60 hours maximum) in a Small Business project.
  • Site Visit, Start up Visit or Monitoring: Your dedicated ETP Analyst may make scheduled visits as follow:
    •  a Site Visit to your company during project development to learn about your training needs and review ETP criteria
    •  a Start up Visit to your company after your ETP Agreement is approved and prior to training beginning. It is their responsibility to review with you the terms of your legal ETP Agreement and the ETP criteria by which your Agreement will be managed.
    • a Monitoring Visit during the course of your project to review record keeping and interview trainees on value of training being delivered.


Typical ETP leadtime for funding approval is 2-3 months. We will expedite ASAP within our authority.

Action Description Included in Our Services?
Proposal Development through an Approved ETP Contract (Agreement)
Step 1 Register your Company Register your company online at: www.etp.ca.gov Yes
Step 2 Online Orientation Client (you) must review online Orientation of ETP requirements.
We will provide you with web info.
Step 3 Preliminary Application ETP determines your company’s basic eligibility & determines your funding category. Yes
Step 4 ETP Regional Office Site Visit If deemed eligible (in step 3) an ETP Analyst in your area will perform a site visit at your company to review ETP funding criteria and learn about your training needs. We participate as well. Yes
Step 5 Application for Funding
(Proposal Development)
We will work with you and your ETP Analyst and develop your proposal application, through submission to ETP Yes
Step 6 ETP Panel Approval The ETP Panel meets at the end of each month to approval proposals.

You may be required to attend this meeting, typically held in Sacramento. We will accompany you.

Step 7 Funded Training begins ETP will officially notify you when training can begin Yes
Our Fees Phase 1

(Steps 1-7)

  10% of proposed ETP funding
(your ONLY Out of pocket costs for our services)

  • 5% payable when we start (for assessments)
  • 5% upon ETP Panel Approval (for proposal development)

In the unlikely event ETP doesn’t approve your project, any Phase 1 fees collected will be refunded and no other fees will be due. We are committed to delivering value for our clients.

After ETP Approval
Step 8 ETP Administration We will perform all required administration of documents from enrollment through invoicing ETP on your behalf for funding.

You will be required to use ETP forms prepared for you and submit forms and info required to us for processing in a timely manner.

Our Fees Phase 2

(Step 8)

  No out of pocket in Phase 2 fees.
Our fees are payable only AFTER you receive your ETP funds
Fees are 13% of funds earned by your company