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ROMA Implementer Training


Location:  Department of Community Services and Development
MLK Room
2389 Gateway Oaks Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833
*Free onsite parking
**Lunch will be provided

CalCAPA, in partnership with the Department of Community Services and Development, is pleased to provide another opportunity to participate in the ROMA Implementer Cohort Training.
The process to become a ROMA Implementer (NCRI) involves demonstration of understanding of the basic concepts related to Results Oriented Management and Accountability, demonstration of your experience in using ROMA in your job duties, and acceptance of your role in the national network to promote the use of the full ROMA Cycle in your agency.
There are four phases to the training and certification process: taking an E-Course to complete 6 modules, attending a one-day Introduction to ROMA Training, preparation of a portfolio to demonstrate your understanding of the concepts and your use of the practices, and a final exam.

A Few Important Details:

  • Please register by COB on Friday April 13th, 2018. The link to register and additional details are below. Note: it is recommended that you register as early as possible to allow time enough to receive your materials in the mail to complete the online coursework.
  • The Application Fee for the 2018 Training and Certification Process is $775.00.  This feel is being fully covered by CalCAPA so the only cost to you is for travel expenses. 
  • Your agency can have as many people attend as needed but please review the following requirements to become certified and follow the registration steps below.
  • Lunch for this training will also be provided by CalCAPA.

Steps to ROMA Certification

  1. Apply to attend online.  The application can be found by clicking here:
  • When you go to the Application Tab, enter your name and contact information using a mailing address that can be used to mail the materials to.  
  • Please enter the name and email address of the specific individuals who will support you: your employer/immediate supervisor, the state Association, and the CSBG office.   You will need to upload documentation of prior training experience and knowledge of the CAA network in the form of a resume.
  • Check that you are applying for the ROMA Implementer Cohort Training.
  • Reminder: CalCAPA will cover the costs for you and any other staff members you want to attend.

Requirements To Participate In The Nationally Certified ROMA Implementer (NCRI) Training: 
Phase 1: Pre-training work - Competition of 6 Modules; Course materials to use to complete these modules will be mailed to you after you have registered. 

  • Online Course -- 6 modules, the first module takes at least an hour, last module is about 20 minutes with the others averaging 45 to 60 minutes.   You should plan for a total of about 8 to 10 hours for this phase.
  • You will have at least 4 weeks to complete the modules.  Please plan to set aside some time each week that is dedicated to the on-line course. 

A suggested schedule to complete the required modules prior to the May 17th training is as follows:

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    Phase 2- One Day Training- May 17th, 2018

    • Course fee and lunch will be covered by CalCAPA. 
    • Prior to the one-day session, candidates will have to gather up some documents and secure information about the documents. 
      • Mission Statement
      • Community Needs Assessment
      • Strategic Plan
      • Community Action Plan (the document used to seek CSBG funding from the state office)
        Agency Annual Report (specifically the IS report submitted to the state/to NASCSP) 
      • *There is no estimate of the time it will take to gather these documents. 

    Phase 3 Development of a Portfolio. 

    • The portfolio covers the 5 stages of the ROMA Cycle and includes an overview.   Candidates write narrative answers to portfolio prompts related to principles and practices of ROMA.  This produces a document to demonstrate professional competence, so it will take some time.  Plan for the writing of each section of the portfolio to take a couple hours to write, proof, and edit. You will have 6 to 12 weeks to complete the portfolio – which again allows candidates to set aside dedicated time each week to write about the ROMA implementation they are observing and to reflect on how this implementation can be improved.
    • Between three and six Study Circle Webinars will be provided - to talk about each area of the portfolio in depth (each about 30 – 45 minutes in length).  These will be spaced out during the time frame identified for the development of the portfolio. 
    • Submit Portfolio - each portfolio will be reviewed and scored by at least two Master Trainers from across the country.  There may be questions from Reviewers that will require responses so that the portfolio will meet expectations.  This means that candidates may have to write some additional comments and provide some additional examples before the portfolio is finally accepted as demonstration of ability to apply ROMA Principles and Practices. 

    Phase 4: Take the NCRI Test

    • This is an on-line 67 item test that includes multiple choice and short answer questions.  It is divided into six sections (following the Introduction to ROMA Participant Manual, excluding Module 1) which can be taken independently.  Candidates may start and stop as often as they need.   You will have two weeks to complete the exam.  Candidates are reporting that it takes 30 to 45 minutes for each section – or a total of about 3 to 4 hours.
    • The test is scored by a Master Trainer.  If there are questions related to answers on the test, responses may be required so the test score is 85% or better. A request for clarification or additional responses or re-testing will be used as appropriate to enable candidate to meet the expectation of demonstrated knowledge.
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