Engineering Student Services Team
We want every College of Engineering student to feel supported through their application of Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
Since this process requires a collaboration of multiple entities on campus, we have outlined the steps below that will ensure the most timely process for your approval. Please be patient with us as we are navigating the best options to ensure you meet the federal and Cal Poly requirements.
It is important to remember that this process can take several weeks for approval. We ask that you do your best to plan ahead and discuss your options with an advisor early.
You can review the full list of CPT requirements on the International Students and Scholars CPT Webpage. The following are an overview of those requirements:
If you do not meet these requirements, CPT may not be the best option for you. You should meet with the International Students and Scholars staff to discuss alternate options to achieve your personal goals.
Prior to pursuing CPT, you must obtain an offer from an employer. Please make sure the offer letter contains the following so that we have all the documentation needed to move forward in the process:
Once your offer letter is obtained, you will meet with an Advisor to discuss your offer letter, graduation plan, and available use of degree applicable credit.
Please schedule an appointment with either Maria Zavala or Katie McGuire.
Please be prepared to provide the following at your appointment:
During this appointment we will discuss potential courses you can take that may meet the requirements below:
After you have met with your advisor, they will email your Department Head/Chair and copy you so that everyone is on the same page for your plan.
Since the course you take for CPT must be degree applicable, your Department will most likely need to approve the course you plan to take and how many quarters they will allow for degree credit.
Once your Department has provided guidance on the course and number of approved quarters, your advisor with work with you to complete a Petition for Major or Support Course Substitution/Exception.
Please note that this process requires signatures from multiple areas of campus. This form can take a few days or a few weeks to be signed.
Once approval has been officially given for you to receive credit for the discussed course, you may register in it for the quarter.
Submit the online CPT Application, which will be available after registration opens for the term.
You will receive an email when your CPT is approved.