County of Ventura announces new scholarship for EV workforce development


Ventura, CA – Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) and Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition (C5) are pleased to announce the “Power Your Future” Scholarship, open to all state-certified general electricians in the central coast tri-county region.

The National Energy Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates that California will need nearly 1.2 million electric vehicle (EV) chargers to support the state’s aggressive electrification goal of 8 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030. There is a critical need to address the region’s growing demand for an electrical construction workforce capable of building and maintaining a robust network of charging stations. Moreover, Assembly Bill 841 and CA Public Utilities Code 740.20 require at least 25 percent of installation crew members of any State-funded EV charging infrastructure be certified under the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP).

The “Power Your Future” Scholarship is a collaboration project between VCREA, C5, and EVITP, a brand-neutral, volunteer-based, non-profit organization that trains electricians in the EV infrastructure space. The scholarship aims to increase the number of EVITP-certified electricians in the region, ensuring that our workforce can keep up with the state’s electrification goals and that EV charging equipment is installed to the highest safety and quality standards. VCREA invites all eligible electricians to apply to the “Power Your Future” Scholarship to guarantee they have the opportunity to participate in California’s electrified future.

To learn more about EVITP and this scholarship opportunity, please attend the “Power Your Future” Webinar on February 9, 2023, from 1:00pm – 1:45pm. Register at:

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The EVITP training and certification program is a 20-hour comprehensive online course that includes site assessment, load calculations, National Electric Code, job site safety, personal protection equipment, and other installation and maintenance best practices. All EVITP Certified Electricians must pass a certification exam for proof of knowledge and skill. To date, EVITP has certified thousands of qualified electricians across all 50 States. At this time, the EVITP training is only available in English.

VCREA is housed in the County of Ventura’s Sustainability Division, for more information on the County’s sustainability efforts, please visit