Registration Deadline: Until Filled

Program Dates: October 14 – November 8, 2024

Registration Opens August 26, 2024

What Is the Emerging IT Leaders Boot Camp (EITL BC)?

The Emerging IT Leaders Boot Camp (EITL BC) is a fully virtual 4-week program designed for the public sector’s IT workforce with a focus on developing critical skill areas required for our future IT leaders. This is an exciting opportunity for those who are interested in growing and expanding their leadership skills.

Ideal candidates for the EITL BC are those within the IT Supervisor I or II classifications (or similar classification levels within our cities and counties), those who have recently been promoted into new IT managerial positions, those who are currently serving in a demonstrated leadership capacity, or those who want to refresh or gain foundational leadership skills.

While the program can be viewed in some ways as a “pre-IT Leadership Academy (ITLA),” it certainly can be completed as a standalone experience. In addition, while completion does not guarantee a spot within our traditional ITLA program in the future, it serves as excellent preparation if this is a future goal.  Finally, potential registrants should not view this program as a “mini-ITLA.” Those who possess more significant supervisory/managerial experience (three years or more) are encouraged to apply for ITLA or, if they still choose to attend this program, do so with the understanding that they will be in the company of students with significantly less knowledge and experience.


The program cost is $3,500.

This cost does not include a 22% cost distribution fee charged by the Department of Technology (CDT) which is our standard practice and will be included in the direct billing to the student’s department. For more detailed information regarding this additional charge, please see CDT’s Service Rates webpage.

How It Works

All training sessions will be conducted online using primarily Zoom as the remote delivery platform. Participants are expected to have a functioning camera and microphone and should commit to attending all class sessions.

The delivery model incorporates courses that will be taught by experienced vendor partners and IT executives. Throughout the program, participants will learn and grow through contributions to group discussions, shared experiences, and exposure to critical concepts impacting government entities, such as the state’s budget, IT project and IT procurement processes, conflict resolution, human-centered design, emotional intelligence, and presentation skills.

Professional Development

Participants will complete courses intended to increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities in a variety of areas. Experiencing these carefully selected classes as a cohort also provides the opportunity for participants to develop a strong network of like-minded, passionate individuals who are committed to strengthening their leadership skills.  

How to Register

With only 20 spots available, successful registration will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, and participants must currently be serving in a supervisory, managerial capacity, or demonstrated lead capacity. Once the program is full, a wait list will be created to accommodate those who attempt to register. Before registering for this program, participants must secure permission from their direct supervisor/manager and should discuss the commitment level involved. Interested participants should register via the California Department of Technology’s (CDT) open registration process.

Questions about the EITL BC can be directed to Questions regarding the open registration process can be directed to

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost for the EITL BC?

The cost for the 2023 EITL BC is $3,500 per student and is paid for by their department/agency.

This cost does not include a 17% cost distribution fee charged by the Department of Technology (CDT) which is our standard practice and will be included in the direct billing to the student’s department. For more detailed information regarding this additional charge, please see CDT’s Service Rates webpage.

When does the EITL BC start and end?

The EITL BC starts on August 14 and ends on September 8, 2023.

How many class sessions are scheduled each week?

Participants should expect to be in class 3-4 days per week, every week, for the duration of the program. The Office of Professional Development (OPD) will send all registered participants the Program Schedule and Calendar for planning and discussion with their supervisors once the registration period closes.

What are the technical requirements for attending?

All participants should possess a microphone and camera for virtual sessions. The EITL BC will be using Microsoft Teams to house all program-related documents and Zoom will be the primary medium for virtual delivery. Therefore, participants must be able to access these platforms.

How will training sessions be conducted?

All training sessions will be conducted online via Zoom.

What are the core hours for the virtual training?

The core hours for the training are 9 am – 3:30 pm. In order to verify connectivity, class sessions will open at 8:30 am. Participants are also encouraged to log in to sessions early to network and chat with one another.

Do I need to have supervisory or managerial experience to register?

The EITL BC has been developed to target those who are currently in a new IT supervisory/managerial position or serving in a demonstrated leadership capacity. Therefore, the curriculum has been chosen to include topics that are of most interest to those who are newer to these roles and wish to strengthen their skill set. More experienced supervisors and managers (three years of experience or more) are encouraged to apply for the IT Leadership Academy (ITLA) or register for this program with the understanding that they will be in the company of students who are less experienced.

What topics are covered in the curriculum?

The course topics have been carefully selected by the Executive Sponsor to provide valuable knowledge, skills, and abilities critical for the state’s up and coming leaders. Below is a tentative course listing for the 2023 program. Please note that course topics may be subject to change and that circumstances beyond our control may require adjustments to the program schedule. In addition, it is important to note that refunds will not be provided after the onset of the program (see below for further details on our refund policy).

  • Leadership Foundations
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • The State’s Budget Process
  • Human-Centered Design
  • What Leaders Need to Know About IT Projects
  • What Leaders Need to Know About IT Procurement
  • Lab for Leaders: Building Trust to Accelerate Change
  • Presentation Skills
  • Diversity and Inclusion – Why it Matters for Leaders*
  • Coaching for Performance*
  • Performance Gap Conversations*
  • Interviewing Tools to Recruit the Best Fit*
  • Developing Relationships in a Hybrid Workplace*

(*2 or 3-hour sessions)

Will I be expected to complete assignments outside of my regular schedule?

While the majority of class sessions will not involve any advance preparation or pre-work, some instructors may assign short reading assignments or activities to be completed before a class session. These should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete, at most. The Presentation Skills class will also require the preparation of a speech before the session so there is significantly more time allowed for feedback and discussion during class time.

What if I want to register and the program is full?

Once the EITL BC is filled, a waitlist will be created. In the event someone drops, the first person on the waitlist will be offered a spot in the program.

Do I have to attend all the remote training sessions to remain in the program?

The EITL BC was designed to be a compact experience; therefore, a great deal of curriculum is covered within its 4-week timeframe. As a result, a considerable time commitment is expected and required for this program upon enrollment. We understand that absences are unavoidable (e.g., illness) but the maximum allowable absences is one. Students who exceed this limit will be withdrawn from the program.

In addition, before registering for this program, students should have a frank conversation with their immediate supervisor about the commitment associated with this program as well as the likelihood that their workload may need to be redistributed while completing the program.

If I drop out of the program after it starts or if I am withdrawn due to excessive absences, will my department receive a refund?

Participants who wish to drop out must do so no later than ten business days before the program’s start date or your department will be charged the full program amount. Those who drop from the program less than ten days from the program start date, or who are withdrawn due to excessive absences, will also incur charges to their department for the full amount of the program.

Where do I direct my questions?

Boot camp questions can be directed to Questions regarding the open registration training process can be directed to