The Placement Process Explained
STEP 1: Prepare your documents. Start with your most recent project and work your way backwards chronologically. Arrange and organize all of your paperwork according to the instructions listed under the “FAQ” tab, question 17. Further information for document organization as it applies to an electronic/online submission will be sent to you after you have registered on this site.
STEP 2: Fill out your application. A step-by-step guide for filling out a hard-copy application can be found under “How to Fill Out Forms” available for each QL. Include your Document Return Form. The online form is similar and the information under this tab may be helpful.
STEP 3: We do not pay for shipping to or from the DGACA office. If you are shipping your documents to us, please include arrangements for return shipping. Use the Sherman Oaks address on our website. We recommend that you track your package. You do not need to notify us of a shipment. *Shipping is currently suspended due to COVID-19.
STEP 4: Applications may be delivered in person Monday through Friday between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm. You must contact us to make an appointment before dropping off documents. DGACA is located in the San Fernando Valley, on the northwest corner of Ventura Boulevard and Sepulveda Boulevard, in the Sherman Oaks Galleria, at 15301 Ventura Blvd., Bldg. E, Suite 1073, Sherman Oaks, California 91403. Building E is the first office building you come to from the tall visitor parking structure. Buzz security at the glass doors and let them know you have an appointment. No one will be allowed into the building without an appointment. Parking validation is not provided. *In-person drop off is currently suspended due to COVID-19.
STEP 5: Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received based on the contract provisions in effect on the date the completed application form and all supporting documents are received by our office. DGACA has the discretion to determine if an application is complete. Incomplete applications will be turned away.
STEP 6: It generally takes six weeks to process an application after it is received at the DGACA offices. (Exception: Requests for upgrades on a Qualification List are generally processed in two to three weeks. An example of an upgrade is a change in job classification on the Southern California Qualification List. The application and supporting documentation are the same for initial applications and for upgrade requests, but processing time is shorter for upgrade applications.)
STEP 7: If additional information is required to process an application, DGACA will contact an applicant via phone or email.
STEP 8: After the application and supporting documents have been reviewed and DGACA is satisfied the applicant has met the requirements for placement, DGACA notifies the Directors Guild of America of its intention to place the applicant's name on the Qualification List. The applicant receives a copy of this intent-to-place letter.
STEP 9: The Directors Guild reviews the DGACA application and submitted documents, and it has 30 days to challenge DGACA's intent-to-place based on contract language in the DGA Basic Agreement. The Guild's staff reviews all initial and interchange applications. The DGA AD/UPM Council also reviews the applications at its regularly scheduled meetings each month.
STEP 10: If the Directors Guild objects to a placement, the Guild will provide information to DGACA regarding its objection. DGACA will give good faith consideration to the Guild's concerns. If the Directors Guild has no objections, the applicant is sent a final letter advising him or her of Qualification List placement. The individual's name will appear on our website as written on the QL application. *
*It is the applicant's responsibility to retrieve his or her documents immediately after placement. If documents are not retrieved within four (4) weeks, they are shredded and recycled.