CAPS Academy is a Registered Apprenticeship Program with the U.S Department of Labor 

What is a Registered Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, and progressive wage increases, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally recognized credential. Registered Apprenticeships are industry-vetted and are approved and validated by the U.S. Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Agency.

The Benefits of being an Apprentice:

  • Receive a nationally recognized, portable credential
  • Ease the transition from school to career by working and learning at the same time
  • Gain workplace-relevant skills through on-the-job learning
  • Get academic credit toward a college degree for the skills you learn while avoiding student debt
  • Connect with mentor(s) who can help you advance your career

Requirements to complete the program:

Must be Referred by The Department of Rehabilitation 

Related Technical Instruction (RTI) – 144 hours required

  • CAPS Academy training: 80 hours
  • Accessing Community Resources Project: 64 hours

Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Exam

  • Within the first two weeks of completion of CAPS Academy, you will need to create a CalMHSA application and register to take the Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification exam.

On-The-Job Training (OJT) – 2,000 hours required

  • Peer Support Specialist position:
    • After completion of CAPS Academy, you will be given multiple opportunities to interview with employers and be placed as a Peer Support Specialist with a starting wage of $16.00.
    • You will be required to complete 2,000 hours of OJT which translates to 1 year full-time or 1 year and a half part-time within your Peer Support Specialist position to officially complete the Registered Apprenticeship Program.
    • Once you complete your 2,000 hours of OJT, you will receive an upgraded wage of $17.30.