The Information Technology Leadership Academy (ITLA) is a 17-week program for public sector IT professionals with a focus on developing the critical leadership skills needed by the state’s IT workforce.

Participants in the academy are selected from state and other public agencies and departments that work in information technology programs. Individuals with a vision for enterprise-wide thinking, strong potential for career advancement into executive or senior management positions, and experience carrying out their organization’s mission and vision are ideal candidates for acceptance into this program.

To be considered for acceptance, candidates must be currently serving in an IT managerial or IT supervisory capacity (or similar classification levels within our state’s cities and counties), ideally with at least three years’ experience in one or a combination of both levels and/or have completed the Department of Technology’s (CDT) Emerging IT Leaders Boot Camp (EITL BC). 


The program cost is $4,200 per candidate.

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. For more information, please see CDT’s Service Rates webpage

To Apply

The following documents must be submitted to the Department of Technology’s (CDT) Office of Professional Development (OPD) for your application to be considered complete:

    • Completion of the formal application below – applicants should consider their responses carefully before submitting since selection is based on the quality of the application.
    • Upload a signed CIO Authorization form (in PDF)

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) Authorization form must have your CIO’s signature for consideration. An alternate signature in place of your CIO’s signature will not be accepted without an explanation as to the unavailability of the CIO to sign. Please secure this form prior to beginning the application process as you will be unable to save information entered.

Please note that a formal letter of recommendation from your CIO is no longer required; however, CIOs may provide additional commentary regarding the worthiness of their nominated candidate within the CIO Authorization Form.


Supervisor Name

Training Coordinator

Chief Information Officer


Academy acceptance depends largely upon the insight expressed by the applicant in response to these questions. As such, please provide thoughtful and well-written responses to each question.

Additional Questions

The following questions are for informational purposes only and will not be included as part of the formal scoring process.

Program Requirements


Applications and CIO Authorization Forms must be received by the Office of Professional Development (OPD) by 5:00 PM on October 31, 2022.

Office of Professional Development Training & Education Center
10860 Gold Center Drive, Suite 100, Bldg. 1
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
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