To ensure that the branch conducts thorough investigations of passenger carriers, the commission should implement a formal training program to ensure that all investigators have adequate knowledge and skills related to regulating passenger carriers.
In July 2016, TEB finalized its mandatory training schedule. The finalized TEB mandatory training schedule establishes procedures regarding when and how frequently TEB requires investigators to attend training sessions. TEB verifies training completion by certificate for one-time external trainings and by attendance for recurring seminar trainings provided by TEB management. TEB informs all investigators of their one-time training requirements upon employment, and the hiring supervisors register new staff at courses offered at selected colleges. In 2016, TEB piloted a series of weekly training sessions, based on topics contained in investigators' enforcement guidelines. For 2017 and beyond, TEB planned a series of monthly seminars, which will be offered to TEB staff statewide and calendared in advance, with invitations sent by the TEB Branch Chief every December.
Although the California Public Utilities Commission (commission) established a training program that consists of a training plan specifying the training classes investigators are required to take, it did not provide evidence demonstrating that it informed all investigators of these training requirements. This training plan includes procedures directing investigators when the classes are offered and how frequently they are required to attend the required trainings. It also shows which of the required training classes the investigators must complete within one year of being hired. However, it did not provide documentation demonstrating that it has distributed it to the investigators.
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TEB rolled out an in-house survey in November 2014 to solicit staff input regarding remedial training needs, and developed a formal training program based on the results in December 2014. TEB investigators attended a required week-long investigative techniques course in October 2014 or April 2015, offered through Rio College. Course materials form the backbone of the formal TEB training program, supplemented by other effective and low-cost online and in-house training options. And finally, TEB held a three-day internal workshop in March 2015 to, among other tasks,refine and confirm training needs.
Although the California Public Utilities Commission (commission) sent investigators to an investigative techniques training and established a training program, it has not yet fully implemented this program. This program consists of a training plan specifying the training classes investigators are required to take. However, the commission did not establish procedures or otherwise direct investigators when and how frequently they are required to attend the required trainings. The commission drafted a schedule showing which of the required training classes the investigators must complete within one year of being hired. However, it has not yet finalized this draft schedule or distributed it to the investigators.
TEB conducted individual surveys this Fall to identify staff training needs, identified in-house and external training opportunities, and prepared a formal training program.
Status: In progress
The commission provided its Transportation Enforcement Branch training plan on December 31, 2014. This training plan identifies relevant training for investigators along with potential dates and costs. However, the commission did not yet provide evidence that it has directed investigators to take these trainings.
To jump-start training program efforts, TEB staff will attend a week-long investigative techniques course in October 2014, offered through Rio College. Course materials will form the backbone of the formal TEB training program, supplemented by other effective and low-cost online and in-house training options. And finally, TEB will roll out an in-house survey this Fall to solicit staff input regarding remedial training needs.
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