Rulemaking Training Classes

The Office of Administrative Law provides training courses to state agency staff on rulemaking under the Administrative Procedure Act. This includes a comprehensive 3-Day training class as well as a separate 3-hour class dedicated to underground regulations.



3-Day Rulemaking Training Course for State Agency Personnel

The 3-day APA rulemaking course includes comprehensive instruction on rulemaking requirements under the APA. Students will learn about rulemaking procedures, when regulations need to be adopted, how regulations are adopted, and what OAL looks for when reviewing a regulation for compliance with the APA.

Availability:   There are now available spots for the classes!  Please fill out the form below, and you will be contacted about placement in a specific class.  Please direct any inquiries you may have to and include “3-Day APA Rulemaking Class” in the subject line.

Location of Training: Classes are currently being held via Microsoft Teams.

Time:    8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Pre-enrollment registration/reservation: Please enroll using the form provided below.  Enrollment for a specific class will be confirmed once you receive a confirmation email. You will then be requested to make payment.  Payment is required prior to class attendance.  Please only register once, to avoid unnecessary duplication.  If you would like confirmation of your registration, e-mail:

Price:  $460 per person. Once you are confirmed for a spot in the class (per above), payment must be made by check, payable to the State of California. If you are mailing payment, please send to 300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1250 (main office), Sacramento, CA 95814, Attn: Rulemaking Class Registration.

Future Classes: We will announce future classes when dates become available.

3 Day Rulemaking Training Registration Form

All fields must be completed in order to register for this class.

Special 3-Hour Training for State Agency Personnel on Underground Regulations

Date and

September 15, 2022 – 9am to Noon

October 18, 2022 – 9am to Noon

Dates and Times for Classes in the first half of 2023 will be posted by December 30, 2022.

Location of Training: Virtual Training via Microsoft Teams

Pre-enrollment registration/reservation: Please enroll using the links below.

September 15, 2022 – This Class is Full.  

October 18, 2022 – This Class is Full.

If you have questions about the underground regulation training, please email

Cost: The training is free, but space is limited.

Underground Regulations Training Form

All fields must be completed in order to register for this class.


Information Session for Members of the Public on the Rulemaking Process under the Administrative Procedure Act

On January 24, 2023, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) will host a public information session on the rulemaking process under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).  This two-hour public information session provides the basic principles of regulations and the APA. Taught by OAL attorneys, students will learn about OAL and its role, how to participate in the rulemaking process, when an agency needs to adopt regulations, how regulations are adopted, and the underground regulation petition process. This special information session is specifically focused on assisting the public in understanding the APA. Employees of state agencies interested in learning about rulemaking can sign up for OAL’s 3-Day Rulemaking Training or Underground Regulations Training by using the forms above. Attendees may participate via Microsoft Teams online meeting platform or telephone conferencing. Use the registration form to register and receive a link to the meeting and call-in information in advance of the workshop. The meeting link and call-in information will also be posted under the Announcements heading on the front page of the OAL website, no later than 8:00 a.m. the morning of the workshop. As a reasonable ADA accommodation, limited in person seating may be available in the OAL Training Room, 300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1210, Sacramento, CA 95814. Attendees must comply with all COVID-19 safety protocols. Please email if an accommodation is requested.


January 24, 2023, Public Information Session Registration Form