Before enrolling in the California Conservation Corps, applicants must successfully complete the COMET program, which stands for Corpsmember Orientation, Motivation, Education, and Training. COMET takes place at or near the applicant’s assigned center and lasts one to two weeks.
Upon arrival at COMET, trainees complete enrollment paperwork, are issued uniforms, and are introduced to their CCC center. Those in the residential program receive a room assignment as well.
COMET prepares trainees for life in the CCC through training on topics such as proper tool use, roadside safety, First Aid and CPR, injury and illness prevention, and CCC policies (including sexual harassment prevention and other EEO-related topics). A range of life skills are also covered, including physical fitness, goal setting, and conflict resolution.
During COMET, trainees must pass a physical exam to ensure that trainees can perform the essential functions of being a Corpsmember. Trainees must also pass a drug test, as the CCC maintains a drug-free environment to reduce the potential for work-site accidents.
After successful completion of the first week of COMET, physical exam, and drug test, trainees are officially enrolled in the CCC. COMET is paid for those Corpsmembers who successfully complete their first pay period in the CCC. If a Corpsmember leaves the program before reaching this milestone, COMET will be unpaid, with the stipend prorated to reflect the period from the completion of COMET to the Corpsmember’s exit date.