Annual Training Conference

Save The Date: 2017 Annual Training Conference

CALPELRA's 42nd Annual Training Conference will be held the week of December 4 - 8, 2017, in Monterey, at the brand new City of Monterey Conference Center, the Portola Hotel & Spa, and the Monterey Marriott Hotel.

What's Included In Your Registration

Registration fees include: All Conference general and concurrent sessions; all networking events (including Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night receptions; Wednesday and Thursday lunches; Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday breakfasts, coffee, and breaks). The Thursday night reception is held at the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium, and includes a full dinner, casino, dancing, and exclusive, CALPELRA-only access to the Aquarium exhibits.

Conference Member Registration Rates

Registration for CALPELRA's 2017 Annual Conference will open in early April 2017.

Conference Guide/Conference Program

CALPELRA's free digital Conference guide allows you to access the entire Conference program from your computer, smartphone, and tablet. Create your own personalized schedule of Conference sessions from your computer, and that schedule will appear on your smartphone and/or tablet. Create Conference to-do lists of the exhibitors and sponsors you want to visit at the Conference. Create and share a mobile business card with other Conference participants you meet. Join in Conference-related conversations through the in-guide links to Twitter and Facebook.

Visit this page to find out how to download the Conference guide to your device.  Learn how to use the Conference guide here.  Or view the web version of the Conference guide here.

Conference Session Handouts

CALPELRA provides speakers’ handout materials on CALPELRA’s Web site before and after the Annual Conference, along with audio recordings of the sessions, for all Conference registrants. To download the handouts and listen to the audio recordings, you must sign into CALPELRA's Web site with your user ID and password, provided to you in your e-mailed Conference registration confirmation.

Session handouts will be available this fall.

Registration Fees / Cancellations / Refund Policy / Restrictions

CALPELRA will not refund Annual Conference registration fees for cancellations. Registration fees paid may be applied to another CALPELRA event or activity held within one year of the Conference for which the individual was registered; all requests for transfer of registration fees must be made in writing within 10 calendar days of the last day of the Annual Conference for which the individual was registered.

Please note: Individuals employed by a union, a union-side law firm, or a union-side consulting firm that, in labor relations matters, exclusively represents unions and employees, may not register for CALPELRA's Annual Conference.

Recommended Dress

Casual, comfortable clothing is encouraged. Please leave business attire behind. Jeans, sneakers, and sweaters are appropriate for this Conference.

Venue Tour

Join Conference Program Committee members for a short walking tour of the Conference venues before the Welcome Reception begins on Tuesday. The tour will depart from AskMe sign just outside the Conference registration area.

Prize Drawings

Conference participants are encouraged to enter CALPELRA's Exhibitor Booth and Evaluations prize drawings. First time Conference attendees are automatically entered in a drawing for a complimentary Labor Relations Academy registration. Casino participants can exchange casino tickets to enter prize drawings. Participants can also enter prize drawings at the Tuesday and Wednesday night receptions. The Conference guide will provide prize drawing details, including prizes and drawing times. You must be present at drawings to win.

Training Certification And Credits

  • MCLE credit for California attorneys.

  • SHRM certification for selected concurrent sessions.
    CALPELRA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

  • HRCI certification for selected concurrent sessions.
    CALPELRA is an approved HRCI provider. CALPELRA's programs have met HRCI's criteria to be preapproved for recertification credit; CALPELRA's use of HRCI's name/seal does not constitute HRCI's endorsement of the quality of the program.

  • Conference sessions may be used toward IPMA-HR recertification.


Family members, children, and/or guests are welcome to attend receptions. Tickets for the Wednesday and Thursday night receptions are only available through on-line registration, and will not be available on-site at the Conference. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tickets may only be purchased by paid Conference registrants.

As you plan your stay in Monterey this November, visit See Monterey for information about Monterey-area attractions and activities. And visit the Monterey Peninsula dining guide for information about Monterey's restaurants.

Accessibilty And Special Needs

This Conference is accessible to people with disabilities. Please let us know of any specific requests that would make your experience more comfortable. CALPELRA will do whatever it can to reasonably accommodate special dietary requests or other needs. If you wish to discuss reasonable accommodations, please contact CALPELRA before the Conference at 925-400-6320.