Electrical Power Systems at College of San Mateo - BART Transit Career Ladders Training Program
Electrical Power Systems
BART Transit Career Ladders Training Program

This program ended in 2017.

Thank you for your interest in the BART Transit Career Ladders Training Program. Applications are now closed (as of April 29, 2016).
     Those interested in the same certificate should look into our Certificate of Achievement: Electrical Power Systems and Instrumentation.

Those who applied have been notified by email the week of May 14 of who is moving to the next phase. 

For those applicants who have been selected to move forward to the next phase of the selection process, and who want to attend the program at College of San Mateo, please follow the steps below. 

Please contact the Instructional Support if you have any questions.

We will have orientation sessions where you can learn more about the program on the following dates. Times and locations can be found HERE. You can click on the dates listed there to register via EventBrite.
  • May 21, 2016
  • June 18, 2016
  • July 16, 2016

Step 1. College of San Mateo Program Details

Summer 2016
Fall 2016
Spring 2017
Summer 2017
Fall 2017

Step 2. Apply to CSM

If this is the college you wish to attend for the BART program, then you will need to apply by going to How to Apply & Enroll.
  • Note: If you already have a student ID # for that college, and have taken a class there within the last year, you should be able to proceed to Step 3.
Please do this immediately as we are on a short time schedule to get everything completed.

You will first create an account. Be sure to write down and save the username and password you used to create your account. Once you have created an account it will give you a CCCID number. Note that this account number is not your Student ID number but you will want to keep it for your records.

You will then fill out the application. After completing the full application, you will receive a Student ID number via email.

  • It can take up to 24 hours before your Student ID number is emailed to you (please check your Junk email folder as well).
  • Once you’ve completed your application to the college, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the BART TCLT Program Survey to let us know you’ve completed it. And don’t forget, once you get your student ID you’ll need to sign up for an assessment test.

Step 3. Take Assessment Test

After you receive your student ID #, please schedule (as soon as possible) a time to take the math & English assessment tests at your college. Detailed instructions on how to schedule the test can be found on CSM's Assessment Center website. We require everyone to take the placement tests regardless of prior education or background.

Please be sure and bring a government-issued, photo ID for the test. You should plan for at least 2-3 hours for the testing process. More details may be located on the Assessment Center website.
  • If you have already taken the assessment test at that college within the previous 12 months, you do not need to take the test again but you will need to provide the written results to the Instructional Support (see Step 4).
Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, participating colleges are willing to provide alternative testing if you require it. If you have a condition that prevents you from being fairly evaluated, please contact the Instructional Support immediately for further assistance.

Note that there are limited testing slots available. Please contact the Instructional Support if you are having problems scheduling an assessment test before the deadline date. If you schedule a test, please cancel if you cannot make it so others may take the spot.
If you are unable to schedule an appointment for the Math & English placement tests before the June 2nd deadline, you may schedule an appointment with the Assessment Center to take the tests later in June. The test results should be delivered to Building 19, Room 124 or Room 113 (if the CIS Lab is closed) as soon as possible after the test.
See Step 4.

Step 4. Drop off assessment scores and signed waiver

After taking the assessment test, you will be given a copy of your scores.

Please drop off a copy of the scores at the Business & Technology Division Office in Building 19, Room 113, or with the Instructional Support in the CIS Computer Center in Building 19, Room 124.

Include with those scores the signed waiver form that is attached to this letter.

If for some reason you cannot drop off the scores and waiver in-person, please scan and email to the Instructional Support.

Step 5. Fill out the following form

Once you’ve completed your application to the college, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the BART TCLT Program Survey to let us know you’ve completed it. And don’t forget, once you get your student ID you’ll need to sign up for an assessment test.


This is an 18-month program. It starts this summer and continues for 3 semesters of college-level training (Fall 2016; Spring, Summer and Fall  2017). You must be willing and able to attend for the entirety of the program.

You will receive college credit for the classes you complete. At the end of this program, if you successfully complete all classes you will receive a certificate for the program. Note that employment is not guaranteed with BART or with any other agency upon completion of the program. However, the certificate is an existing, accepted certificate in electronics and there are other companies that need these skill sets.  

Even if you’re not accepted into the BART program, please recognize you can still enroll in other classes at the colleges. Please check the general schedule of classes. We encourage you to contact the Instructional Support if you have questions.