Administrative Policies

California Specialized Training Institute
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Attendance/Substitution/Cancellation Policy

Once accepted into a training course, participants are expected to attend all sessions of each course.
Those who do not attend all sessions will not receive course completion certificates and will not be
reimbursed.


If an organization must cancel an accepted participant, the organization may request substitution of
an equally qualified person. This request must be made in writing at the same time as the
cancellation and must be accompanied by a completed CSTI Application Form for the substitute. If a
last minute cancellation is necessary, please call the appropriate Registrar or CSTI Administration
Office at (805) 549-3535.


Application and Registration Procedures

Please submit a separate application for each enrollee. Applications and online enrollment are
available on our website at www.calema.ca.gov/CSTI, or call (805) 549-3535. Photocopied
applications are acceptable. Applications can be mailed directly to Camp San Luis Obispo,

CalOES/CSTI
10 Sonoma Ave, Bldg 904
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
or faxed to (805) 544-7103.

All applications must be approved and signed by immediate supervisor or Training Officer prior to
being accepted. Course information packets will be mailed prior to class start date. CSTI reserves
the right to determine final eligibility for attendance. CalOES/CSTI does not discriminate on the
basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or national or ethnic origin. Please
contact the Course Registrar for registration questions.


Transportation and Lodging

Students arriving by commercial air, bus, or train are advised to rent cars since bus transportation
to and from CSTI is infrequent. Taxis and courtesy buses to local hotels are available. CSTI blocks
rooms at local hotels for many of our classes; information on specific hotels will be included in
registration materials. Hotel reservations and payments are the participants’ responsibility.
CSTI is roughly 10 miles from all hotel accommodations. Each participant is responsible for his/her
own transportation arrangements and cost. Car rental agencies with offices at the airport include
Hertz (805) 781-3383, Avis (805) 544-0630, Enterprise (805) 595-5455, and Budget (805) 541-
2722.


Refund Policy

Tuition is fully refundable for enrollments cancelled at 30 days or more before the course start date.
For enrollments cancelled within 15-29 days of the course start date, 50% of the tuition fee will be
retained. Failure to cancel enrollment(s) or enrollments cancelled 0-14 days before the course start
date, the full tuition amount will be retained.
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Tuition Policy

Tuition payment is due no later than four weeks prior to the start of a course or upon registration
and acceptance into the course. Late registration will be considered on a case-by-case basis,
depending on space availability. CSTI accepts checks, money orders and credit cards (VISA, Master
Card and American Express). Purchase orders will not be accepted. Make checks payable to:
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services For your identity safety please do not email
credit card information, call (805) 549-3599. Clearly identify student name and class for which
payment is being made. When changing enrollment date from one fiscal year (July) to another,
tuition rate is subject to change. For further information, please contact CSTI Administration Office
at (805) 549-3535.

Tuition payments can be mailed to:

Camp San Luis Obispo
Cal OES/CSTI
10 Sonoma Ave, Bldg. 904
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405


Grants Policy

The California Specialized Training Institute provides training grants for all disciplines and levels
within the California emergency responder community. Courses that are funded by the Emergency
Management Performance Grant (EMPG), provides tuition-free training for CA State/Local First
Responders. Most non-profit agencies that are affiliated with the California Mutual-Aid Response
System are also eligible. Federal employees are welcome to attend EMPG-funded courses for free, in
limited numbers, if space is available. You will be placed on stand-by and will be notified two weeks
prior to class start date of availability. Members of private industry are generally required to pay the
cost-recovery tuition rate unless documentation that verifies you are sponsored by a CA Emergency
Management Agency is provided.


CSTI courses may be eligible for the use of Homeland Security Grant Programs SHSP, UASI and
LETPP. Homeland Security Grant funds may cover the cost of Travel, Lodging and Per Diem. Contact
your agency training officer or grant coordinator for eligibility information.


CSTI training classes are in compliance with Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation
(EHP) requirements. EHP approval allows grantees to use grant funding to attend CSTI training.
This process is for programs administered by the Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) at the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). All projects funded with Federal grant dollars must
comply with EHP laws.
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Administrative Policies

Upon registration and acceptance into the course, you are expected to attend all sessions. Those
who do not attend all sessions will not receive course completion certificates. Failure to cancel will
result in your ineligibility to receive any additional grants to attend CSTI training for a period of 12
months. Please contact the appropriate Registrar or CSTI Administration Office at (805) 549-3535
to cancel.


Student Attire Requirements

We recommend casual civilian attire. No shorts and/or tank tops. Also, please bring a jacket or
sweater to wear in the classroom.

Emergency Telephone Service 

During your attendance at the course, your agency or family may contact you through CSTI’s main
line at (805) 549-3535. Students will be contacted during class sessions for emergency calls only.
After class, students may be contacted through the hotel that they are staying at.


Miscellaneous

1. CSTI adheres to a Non-Attribution Policy, which allows participants to speak freely in a
closed class session. Therefore, recording devices are not permitted.


2. If you have special physical needs, which should be considered when making seating or
room assignments, please notify CSTI in advance of the course.


3. Camp San Luis Obispo is a California National Guard facility and is subject to Department of
Defense security requirements, including random vehicle searches inbound and outbound.
You must bring a photo ID (preferably a current driver’s license), current vehicle
registration and current proof of vehicle insurance to gain access into Camp San Luis
Obispo. (If you have recently renewed your license, registration or insurance, please bring
your receipt; it will greatly expedite your entrance to the Camp.) Please fill out the
attached “parking permit” and have it ready before coming to the base. Link to form online:
http://www.calguard.ca.gov/CSLO, go to forms.


4. If you are riding a motorcycle on base, please call the registrar for the Camp San Luis
Obispo’s motorcycle policy and regulations.


Camp San Luis Obispo Gate Procedures

Camp San Luis Obispo is a California National Guard facility and is subject to Department of
Defense security requirements, including random vehicle searches inbound and outbound. You
must bring a photo ID (preferably a current driver’s license), current vehicle registration and
current proof of vehicle insurance to gain access into Camp San Luis Obispo. (If you have recently
renewed your license, registration or insurance, please bring your receipt; it will greatly expedite
your entrance to the Camp.) Please fill out the attached “parking permit” and have it ready before
coming to the base. Link to form online: http://www.calguard.ca.gov/CSLO, go to forms.

 

 

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