Welcome to Caltrans District 4
Mentor | Protégé | Graduate Protégé | Public Agency Participant | Steering Committee Member


Protégés are small firms seeking to grow their business and qualify their business for future Architectural & Engineering contracts with Caltrans or other public agencies. To be considered for Protégé status, the firm must:

  • Be certified as either a Small Business Enterprise, a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, or a Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise. If a firm is not certified, it must demonstrate that it could qualify to be certified as a Small Business under the State of California process. Full details about the State of California certification process may be found at http://www.dgs.ca.gov

  • Provide professional services that are procured within the Caltrans Architectural & Engineering program for the development of transportation projects. Such professional services include architectural, landscape architectural, environmental, engineering, land surveying, right of way engineering, construction engineering, construction management and project management services. It may also include incidental services such as permitting and environmental studies, design phase services, construction phase services, public outreach and meeting facilitation in conjunction with the primary professional service.

  • Protégés accepted into the Program are paired up with a Mentor for a one-year period. Protégés are expected to achieve the following development milestones at the completion of their term:
    • Successfully prepare all necessary SF330 Documents for your respective firm
    • Successfully implement accounting practices that are compliant with the Federal Accounting Regulations
    • Successfully attain Small Business Certification if appropriate
    • Successfully foster three new business contacts


    If you do not qualify for the Program and want to be involved in the District 4 contracting opportunities, the Professional Liaison Meeting group is for you.