The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Continuing Education For Senior Leaders (CESL) Distributed Learning (DL) and Resident

Course Number ATRRS (1-250-C63 phase 2)
Mode Classroom

Civilian Human Resource Training Application System
Resident course located at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas

Eligibility Requirements

Designed for Army civilian employees permanent appointment GS-14/15 or equivalent for Army Non-appropriated Fund (NAF), Wage Grade (WG), Local National (LN); active duty military at the rank of COL, LTC, CW5, CW4, CSM, or SGM and other DoD leaders. Applicants must have completed the AC or granted AC course credit. One year is required between each CESL attendance.

Admission Priorities

Priority 1 - Army civilians in permanent appointment GS-14/15 or comparable pay band. Active duty military at the rank of COL, LTC, CW5, CW4, CSM, SGM.

Priority 2 - DoD civilians in permanent appoint GS-14/15 or comparable pay band.


Designed to be a continuing education sustainment program to bring senior leaders together to discuss current and relevant issues facing the Army. The intent is for leaders to return to the program continuously every three or more years to refresh and update on current Army initiatives.


The CESL is conducted through blended learning - precourse work and a 4.5 day resident course. The resident course consists of both small and large group activities. The course structure is a combination of guest speakers and interactive exercises. Updates on Army initiatives are also included in the program.

Application Process

Self-registration process through the Civilian Human Resource Training Application System web-site
AKO logon and password or Common Access Card (CAC) required to enroll.


Most permanent Army civilians to include Local National, NAF, and WG employees are centrally funded. Military members; term and temporary employees; and non-Department of the Army employees, for example, are funded through their own organizations.