CalFresh Boot Camp (Virtual Training)

As California’s vulnerable populations face new complexities and ever-increasing needs, human services eligibility staff are challenged to enhance their knowledge and skills. This two-day boot camp focuses on technical information, tools and resources eligibility staff need to work in the CalFresh public assistance program.

Day 1: Determining Household Composition in the CalFresh Program and Resource Determinations

This workshop examines the concept of a household composition in the CalFresh program. Case examples are used and participants have the opportunity to practice establishing household composition for a variety of situations. In addition, participants will learn the differences between exempt and nonexempt resources for the CalFresh eligibility determination process.

Topics include:

  • Who may apply
  • Head of household
  • Eligible household members
  • Separate households
  • Able-bodied adults without dependents
  • Excluded household members
  • Boarders
  • Residents of institutions
  • Strikers
  • Students
  • Definition of resources
  • Identifying households subject to categorical eligibility (CE), modified categorical eligibility (MCE) or broad based categorical eligibility (BBCE)
  • Availability of property
  • Excluded resources
  • Valuing countable resources
  • Transfer of resources

Day 2: CalFresh Budgeting Concepts

This workshop explores the budgeting process in the CalFresh program. Case examples and budgeting practice opportunities are provided.

Topics include:

  • Semi-annual reporting and prospective budgeting
  • Prospective eligibility determinations
  • Defining income “reasonably certain” to be received
  • Treatment of discontinued income
  • Adding and deleting persons with income
  • Impact of cash aid payments
  • Treatment of the child support disregard payment
  • Defining excluded and non-household members
  • Determining the contribution from excluded and non-household members
  • Prorating household shelter costs
  • Determining the contribution from excluded and non-household members
  • Prorating household shelter costs
Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

Fee Details: The program enrollment fee is 0.08 training unit per person for those utilizing their county contract. If not using a county contract, the fee is $350 per person. The fee for this 2-day program includes materials.

Training Format: This program will be offered via remote learning using Zoom. Login information will be provided after your enrollment is processed.

Enrollment Policies

Please notify us at least 10 business days prior to the training start date to drop a class and cancel the billing, or request a refund of fees paid, less a $30 processing fee. If you have questions, please contact us at (530) 757-8538 or at