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CalHR Workforce Planning and Succession Planning Programs

​CalHR is pleased to offer Workforce Planning and Succession Planning Programs in order to guide organizations through the development or improvement of a comprehensive workforce plan and/or succession plan that satisfies CalHR's policy requirements. Our programs are unique in that we use a hybrid approach of workshop-based learning and one-on-one consultative support for participating organizations.

In completing the Workforce Planning Program, your organization will benefit by:

  • Graduating from our four month program with a completed workforce plan
  • Identifying workforce risks threatening to impede the organization's strategic mission
  • Applying talent management strategies to address workforce gaps, the loss of resources, and increased public expectation for services
  • Ensuring the right talent is in the right positions for the most efficient approach to accomplishing strategic goals
  • Developing forecasting tools to predict trends and proactively respond to workforce planning initiatives

In completing the Succession Planning Program, your organization will benefit by:

  • Graduating from our three month program with a completed succession plan
  • Establishing the cornerstone to build and maintain internal bench strength
  • Bolstering professional development throughout the organization by applying succession planning strategies to a variety of key or mission-critical positions
  • Providing strategies to slow the loss of institutional knowledge that organizations are currently facing

​Required Roles

To help ensure your organization's success in our programs, the following roles are required:

  • Participant(s) – An employee or team at or equivalent to the Staff Services Analyst level or above who has been established and approved to allocate up to 60 percent of their time to carry out the development and implantation of the workforce plan.
  • Executive Sponsor – An executive within your organization who is identified to actively engage fellow executive leaders to participate in the workforce planning efforts and support development and implementation on an enterprise level.

In addition to the Participant(s) and Executive Sponsor, the Workforce Planning Program will also require the role of a:

  • Human Resources (HR) Champion – An employee in your organization's Human Resources area with accessibility to workforce data such as turnover and employee demographics, and ensures continuity of the workforce plan ownership.

​Is Your Organization Ready to Participate?

Assess your organization's readiness prior to completing registration in order to help ensure successful completion of our programs. Consider the following:

  • Does your organization have a current and operational strategic plan?
  • Does your organization have the resources to dedicate a Participant, up to 60 percent, for completing this effort?
  • Does your organization have access to its workforce data?
  • Does your organization have executive support for workforce and succession planning?

If you answered yes to all of the questions above, your organization is ready to participate in our programs!

For a completed list of pre-requisites for each program, visit the Workforce Planning Program and Succession Planning Program course descriptions.

To view the cancellation policy, please visit the Statewide Training Center Guidelines web page.

​2019 Workforce Planning and Succession Planning Program Dates:


Summer 2019 Workforce Planning Program

  • Registration Opens: January 9
  • Program Kickoff: July 10
  • In-class workshop dates: July 24, August 14, September 19, October 9
  • Graduation: November 6

Click here for Workforce Planning Program and registration details!

Summer 2019 Succession Planning Program

  • Registration Opens: January 23
  • In-class workshop dates: July 24, August 28, October 9
  • Graduation: November 6

Click here for Succession Planning Program and registration details!

​Organization Alumni

Join the following organizations and become one of our Workforce Planning Program and Succession Planning Program alumni!

​Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency

Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board

Horse Racing Board

Housing Finance Authority

Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Department of Business Oversight

Department of Consumer Affairs

Department of Fair Employment and Housing

Department of General Services

Department of Housing and Community Development

Seismic Safety Commission

California Energy Commission

State Coastal Conservancy

Prison Industry Authority

Central Valley Flood Protection Board

Commission on State Mandates

California Coastal Commission

Office of the Inspector General

Office of the State Public Defender

Department of Tax and Fee Administration

​Student Aid Commission

Employment Development Department

Department of Education

Veterans Affairs

Department of Motor Vehicles

Department of Insurance

Public Utilities Commission

Victim's Compensation Board

State Controller's Office

California Lottery

Department of Justice


Health Benefit Exchange

Community Services and Development

Department of Fish and Game

Department of Parks and Recreation

Department of Social Services

Department of Industrial Relations

California Correctional Health Care Services

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

​Forestry and Fire Protection

Department of Water Resources

Office of Emergency Services

Military Department

Department of Technology Services

Department of Child Support Services

State Lands Commission

Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Department of Aging

Gambling Control Commission

Office of Systems Integration

Department of Food and Agriculture

State Personnel Board

State Water Resources Control Board

California Resources Recycling and Recovery

California Conservation Corps

California School for the Deaf

Office of Systems Integration

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