Registering for Training

To attend a workshop listed on our calendar, submit an Enrollment Form to wd.dhr@sfgov.org. A workshop cancellation policy for each individual workshop will be sent to the enrollees via email with enrollment confirmation.

Cancellation Policy

All non 24 PLUS workshop cancellations must be completed prior to the first day of class in order to receive a full refund. Cancellations completed the day of the workshop due to unforeseen illness or emergency will receive a credit for a future session. No shows will be charged the full amount of the program.

24 PLUS cancellations must be requested at least ten (10) business days prior to the webinar. Enrollees will receive a reminder email prior to the last day of cancellation. Those who do not cancel prior to the cancellation date will be charged the full amount of the program. In this case, you will have a one-time only chance to reschedule within the same fiscal year, at no additional cost. 

Training Location

All WD Learning and Development workshops are held in the Training Rooms on the 4th Floor, One South Van Ness Ave, San Francisco 94103

City employees should bring their City identification badge and show it to the security guard in the lobby before proceeding to the 4th Floor to check in at the DHR front desk. The DHR Office is open weekdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

If you have questions or you need request a special accommodation, contact the Workforce Development team at wd.dhr@sfgov.org.

Room Temperature

The Department of Human Resources is located in a LEED building, in which the temperature and use of electricity is universally controlled for energy efficiency. It is best to dress in layers, as individual training rooms sometimes take longer to adjust when additional heating and cooling is needed.

Refreshments

Complimentary coffee and tea are provided for most workshops. Workforce Development does not provide pastries or lunch. However, if you are attending an all-day session, you may bring your own lunch and eat in the room or dine at an area restaurant. Microwaves and refrigerators are not available.

Public Transportation

Because parking is difficult in this area, we recommend that you take public transportation:

By Caltrain

Get off at San Francisco Station – 4th St. and Townsend St.
Walk to King & 4th Street (1 minute)
Take the Muni Metro, N-Judah, direction towards Ocean Beach (17 minutes)
Arrive at the Van Ness Station, exit the station at the Market St. and 11th St. exit.

By Bart

Get off at the Civic Center Station
Use the 8th Street Exit
Walk west on Market St. towards Van Ness Ave.

By Muni

Get off at Van Ness Stop

By Car From the North Bay

Take US-101 S into San Francisco
Turn right at Van Ness Ave.
Facilities are located at the corner of Market St. and S. Van Ness Ave.

By Car From the South Bay

Take US-101 N into San Francisco
Exit at Mission St. / Duboce Exit
Turn right onto Mission St.
Turn left onto S. Van Ness Ave.
Facilities are located at the corner of Market St. and S. Van Ness Ave.

Parking

Should you choose to drive, please keep in mind that there is limited metered parking in the area, and those attending a workshop may wish to park in a nearby parking lot or structure. The closest garage is the Goodwill Garage, located at South Van Ness Ave. between Mission St. and Market St. Enter on South Van Ness Ave. (entrance is between the Goodwill and the MTA entrance) Please check rates and availability.

Frequently Asked Questions 

When should I consider a group workshop over sending participants to an open enrollment class?

Most of the Workforce Development training workshops can be arranged for groups. Consider a group workshop when there can be a cost savings for your department and/or when the departmental group will benefit from learning the materials together and/or the group may benefit from a customized version of the workshop.

To compare costs, contact DHR Workforce Development Director at donna.kotake@sfgov.org. All costs are based on our standard fee schedule and a maximum class size of 20 for most group workshops. (Some exceptions apply.)

I am a manager, is it OK for me to take a class with my direct reports?

Sometimes. In many cases, it is a great idea for managers and supervisors to take classes with their direct reports. It can be beneficial for an entire team to take a class together, so that the manager or supervisor can support the staff in implementing the content of the course. Full teams have taken our productivity and project management workshops together, so they could meet after the workshop and determine which tools they would use and apply as a team. This gives everyone the chance to use the same tools and lingo and support each other in applying the content. 

In the case of our basic supervision classes, including the 24 PLUS program and the Lead to Succeed program, we generally advise against attending with your direct reports. There are sensitive issues covered in these classes, around supervision topics, and we have found that people are often more comfortable to participate and speak freely when they are not attending the workshop with their own manager. In these cases, simply sign up for different sessions, and you can still support each other with applying the content. 

Should the department or an individual participant pay for Workforce Development training?

It depends. It is strongly encouraged that any department requiring an employee to attend a Workforce Development program, pay for that workshop on the employee’s behalf. The 24 PLUS Program, which is often utilized to fulfill the training requirement for City Supervisors and Managers, is a good example of a workshop that is generally paid for by all departments. 

In some cases, the employee may be pursuing a professional development program for their own professional or personal growth. In these cases, the department may agree to pay on the employee’s behalf or the employee may pay on their own behalf. In most cases, employee’s paying on their own behalf will opt to apply for tuition reimbursement through their applicable union. Employees paying on their own behalf will receive a receipt and should request a certificate of completion from the trainer. A certificate of completion is required for tuition reimbursement requests., which is required for tuition reimbursement requests. 

How do I request tuition reimbursement for my course and tuition fees?

Please visit the tuition reimbursement website for instructions on how to submit a tuition reimbursement request. Employees are responsible for submitting their own tuition reimbursement requests. We will provide a receipt for any workshop paid for with a personal check. We can also provide a certificate of completion upon request, which can be submitted as proof of attendance.