ETP = No-Cost Training for CA Companies

Join employees from these companies, just a few of the organizations who currently train or have trained at BAVC over the last 3 years...


ETP = Free Training for CA Companies


Some of you have trained at BAVC for years and some of you have just now heard about this awesome government program that allows you take BAVC training at no cost to you. In either case, we're ready to enroll you and your company!

BAVC has been providing industry-authorized training to employees at qualifying companies at no cost for the last fifteen years.  We've trained employees from a range of companies including: all the television broadcast stations, SF Chronicle, AQKA, Intel, Adobe, Safeway, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, HEAT, Couchsurfing, Pandora, Mother Jones, VIZ, Zendesk, Jamba Juice, Williams-Sonoma, Wells Fargo, Pixar, Ubisoft and LucasFilm, and hundreds of small boutique companies, among many others.

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) is a business- and labor-supported state agency that assists employers in strengthening their competitive edge by providing funds to offset the costs of job skills training necessary to maintain high-performance workplaces.

What does that mean? It means that, right now, employees at qualifying companies train at BAVC at no cost.  Companies are building a skilled workforce and increasing their competitive edge in our classrooms.

Current areas of training include:

  • Video Production
  • Video Post-Production
  • Experiential Design
  • Motion Graphics and Effects
  • Web and Graphic Design

Why train at BAVC?

BAVC has provided high-quality training to creative, media and high-tech professionals for more than 30 years. We offer training in technologies ranging from video broadcast and editing to web design, animation and production using the latest software. Additionally, in our state-of-the-art facility, BAVC provides industry-certified training from expert instructors on leading editing and design systems from Apple and Adobe.



Participating employees need to be on payroll full-time at 35 hours or more per week (independent contractors don't qualify, unfortunately) and make at least $16.25 per hour. Each employee must complete a minimum of 24 hours of training. They can take up to 160 hours each. Employees need to stay on payroll full-time for a minimum of 90 days after their last class.


Ready to see if your company qualifies?

Email the answers to the following questions to or use the same address to find out more. Please note, we need the stats from 2013 for these questions. 

1. What is your company CEAN number? (It stands for Calif Employer Acct Number, also known as the EDD number and is the state ID, similar to the Federal ID number.) It will look like this: xxx-xxxx-x. It can be found on a DE-6 Quarterly Wage Report or W-2 Form. It's DIFFERENT from the Federal ID number that follows this format: xx-xxxxxxx!

2. How many full time (35+ hours a week) employees do you have worldwide? How many in CA?

3. What percentage was the turnover rate of fulltime employees?

4. What percentage of your customers are out-of-state?

5. Are the employees to be trained part of a union?

6. How many employees do you think might participate in the training program?

7. Do your employees only want to participate in the minimum number of hours (24) or do you think they might complete training in a range of classes?

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