When Corpsmembers first join the California Conservation Corps they go through our initial training program at their assigned center. We call this COMET, or Corpsmember Orientation, Motivation, Education and Training. COMET prepares Corpsmembers for success in the program and provides them with instruction that is broadly applicable to the job market.
COMET begins as soon as Corpsmembers start at their residential and non-residential center. The training lasts between one and two weeks depending on the center. During COMET, Corpsmembers are introduced to their centers, and review CCC policies, including sexual harassment prevention and other Equal Employment Opportunity-related topics.
Corpsmembers must pass a physical exam during COMET to ensure that they can perform the essential functions of being a Corpsmember. All individuals must also pass a drug test, as the CCC maintains a drug-free environment to reduce the potential for work-site accidents.
COMET also goes through basic safety and training topics such as proper tool use, roadside safety, first aid and CPR, injury and illness prevention, and flood fighting techniques. A range of life skills are also covered, including physical fitness, goal setting, and conflict resolution.
COMET is paid for those Corpsmembers who 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.