California Department of Transportation

Professional Development Training Courses

  The Workforce Development Branch (WDB) provides information and guidance to planning staff in order to enhance and encourage career development and upward mobility.

The Workforce Development Branch (WDB) offers quality training to Transportation Planners, Planning Staff, and Partner Agencies. The training provides opportunities to Planning Staff to excel and achieve their personal goals, as well as the goals of Caltrans. WDB is responsible for registration, instructor, and classroom costs; the attendees’ District or Program is responsible for any travel and per diem costs.

If you are interested in attending any of the training courses that WDB offers, please contact your designated Training Coordinator.

WDB coordinates with other districts and divisions with the help of Professional Development Liaisons (PDLs), who act as a conduit between Planning staff, management, and WDB. PDLs mentor employees, disseminate information on training, rotations, and other development opportunities. They assist in identifying future training needs for the district, and facilitate and/or conduct college recruitment. Each district/division PDL is the single point of contact for communication from WDB to the district/division, and is the person to contact for additional training information.

Training Coordinators disseminate training announcements internally to Caltrans employees and externally to partner agencies. Training coordinators ensure that any existing criteria for attendance in the class are met prior to name submission. Training Coordinators also ensure the selected nominee is able to attend and has approval by his/her supervisor for attendance prior to name submittal.

Training Coordinators and PDLs work hand in hand with one another to provide information and guidance to planning staff to enhance and encourage career development and upward mobility. In smaller districts, one person may act as both PDL and Training Coordinator. In larger districts a PDL and a Training Coordinator may be two separate individuals.

  • Attendance Policy
  • Workforce Development Branch Cancellation Policy
    • Cancellation Policy for all training classes, academies, workshops and conferences:

      • Attendees must notify Alison Grimes a minimum of three working days before the date of the event via email,, or by phone (916) 651-819 before the start date of the event.
      • If within 3 days you are not able to attend the conference, please provide name of approved alternate attendee
      • The District/Division PDL or Training Coordinator and Supervisor should also be notified of all cancellations.

      Attendees are expected to attend the entire training or workshop, and may forfeit the ability to attend future trainings and workshops due to abuse of the cancellation policy. Any cancellation received less than three working days in advance will result in the attendees program or district paying the full cost of attendance.


For more information, please contact Alison Grimes.