Engineers & Scientists
Competitive Professional Development (CPD) opportunities within the Engineers and Scientists (Resources & Construction) include: Continuing Job-Related Education; Technical Training; Accredited Continuing Education Programs; and Career Broadening Developmental Assignments. These opportunities are designed to develop a pool of high-potential careerists for positions of leadership or higher responsibility in our career program and challenge existing leaders to reach new levels of professional achievement.
Our funding is prioritized each year to put emphasis on competency gap closure through outreach training and web based technical training. Each year the CP-18 Career Program Planning Board determines a ratio of funding for each element of our career program with academic degree training (ADT) funding being the lowest priority.
|Short-Term Programs and Outreach Training|
Short-Term Programs and |
Short Term Training provides careerists with a competency-based approach for developing or broadening individual competencies. Short-term or less than full-time training will be supported when the training is in keeping with ACTEDS identified training needs and is particularly meritorious and timely with significant benefit to the individual and the organization. This opportunity for training (120 calendar days or less) is designed to broaden careerists' experience, knowledge and perspective in management and operational techniques. Examples of training instances in this category include engineering/scientific technical courses offered through various training providers and accredited vendors. Outreach courses are technical based courses or gap closure courses that are brought on-site to reduce travel and per diem costs and are hosted in government provided facilities.
|OPM Management Development Center Seminars|
The OPM Management Development Center provides leadership, management and technology seminars to mid and senior level employees to improve their knowledge and skills. The seminars provide the latest knowledge to ensure participants are current in their functional areas and also may cross-train in other functional areas in preparation for advancement. The seminars are located at the OPM MDC in Shepherdstown, WV and Denver, CO.
|Information Resources Management College (IRMC)|
IRMC is part of the National Defense University and is located at 4th and P Streets, SW, Washington DC. IRMC offers state-of-the-art training varying in length from 5 days to 14 weeks. The IRMC annual catalog provides a listing of course titles and dates. Tuition is free to DoD employees and competitive opportunities for funding for travel and per diem may be offered based on funding availability.
|Defense Resource Management Institute (DRMI)|
Established in 1965 as an educational institution by the Secretary of Defense the DRMI conducts professional education programs in analytical decision making and resources management for military officers of all services, and senior civilian officials (GS09 and above) of the United States and 162 other countries.
|Competitive Professional Development (2nd priority - all programs may not be funded)|
The Competitive Professional Development (CPD) Program is open to Army Civilians serving in career status appointments, Schedule A excepted appointments without time limitation, or excepted appointments in the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS), who have a total of three years of service in an Army Civilian permanent position(s); who have completed the appropriate level of Civilian Education System (CES) training; and any other course/program prerequisites. Army Civilians include local National (LN) employees of comparable pay grades (when their salaries are funded with Operations and Maintenance Army (OMA) dollars), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Civil Works and Cemeterial funded employees serving or registered in a career program.
The type of developmental assignment may vary, but should be in keeping with identified organizational needs and the career goals of the nominee. The ACPM should assist the applicant in identifying suitable assignments and coordinating between supervisors. Developmental assignments are competitively advertised throughout the fiscal year based on available funding.
CP-18 will work with OSD, AMC, MEDCOM, NETCOM, ARCYBER, TRADOC, ACSIM, IMCOM and USACE to identify best opportunities for developmental assignments to include no cost, job swap and CP-18 funded travel. Focus areas may include environmental, engineering, energy and others. Salary remains the responsibility of the organization.
|Senior Leader Development Programs|
Each year the CP-18 Career Program Planning Board (CPPB) will determine which programs to support and opportunities will be competitively advertised. Based on the availability of funds CP-18 may fund a variety of these programs such as: Senior Service College, Federal Executive Institute (FEI), Harvard University Program for Senior Executive Fellows (SEF), Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP), and the DoD Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP).
Training with industry (TWI) is rarely used. Any requests or submission of potential TWI assignments would be vetted by the CP-18 Proponency Team and competitively announced. This assignment should be in keeping with identified organizational needs and the career goals of the nominee.
This MOU will describe what work the trainee will perform and how he/she will be evaluated. The MOU will also include a statement that explains that salary and benefits are paid by the employee's home office with per diem and TDY paid by the FCR.
|Academic Degree Training (ADT) (last priority for funding - may not be funded)|
|Academic Degree Training (ADT)Guidelines|
University Training includes graduate level programs in technical areas as well as limited programs designed to enhance the managerial and leadership skills of experienced professionals. Employees must have career status, have three years of Army permanent Civilian service, and be in a permanent competitive appointment. Selection will be based on the need for the training to assist in competency gap closure, previous funded training, competitive considerations and the utilization plan. CP-18 does not fund full time attendance in lieu of traditional work assignments.
|Academic Degree Training (ADT) Checklist Career Program Unique Requirement|
Candidates who apply for ADT (training or education with the stated objective of getting an academic degree) must provide the information found in the "ADT Checklist" link below as well as the following career program unique requirements which are listed as item #11 on the checklist:
|Funding and Competitive Considerations|
While in short term training applicant's command/activity/laboratory will continue paying all costs for salary and personal benefits. Costs for authorized travel, per diem, tuition, and books will be covered by ACTEDS resources, as available, and in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulation (JTR). CP-18 will not pay for rental cars, travel in/around the TDY site or local mileage. CP-18 does not fund travel associated with University or College courses or academic degree training (ADT). See University Training/ADT and Competitive Selection Considerations for more details.
|Competitive Selection Considerations|
Selection of employees for training will be made without regard to political preference, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, age, or sexual orientation.
1 Or Pay Band Equivalent
All applications for FY15 Competitive Professional Development Training Programs are due to Career Program-18 (CP-18) on a quarterly basis by the dates shown below. These deadlines are required to ensure all submissions meet the ASA (M&RA) input suspense dates. Check with your local HR personnel, training coordinator and/or CP-18 MSC career program manager for internal deadlines.
The submission deadlines are as follows:
|Completion of Training|
Army has moved to GoArmyED, individuals will be responsible for completing forms in that system.
All participants selected for funding are required to sign a Continued Service Agreement (CSA) equal to at least three times the length of the training and may be required to sign a Mobility Agreement when participating in a developmental assignment. CSA service obligation begins after the completion of training. A CSA is required for funded training even if training is on employees own time. See http://cpol.army.mil/library/permiss/7b2.html
Participants are responsible for accessing GoArmyEd and completing a SF 182 training request. Documentation must contain the signatures of the supervisor, FCR/FCR Representative, and a G-3 Budget Analyst prior to students beginning an ACTEDS training assignment. USACE candidates will process a manual DD Form 1610 Travel Authorizations. All other candidates will use the Defense Travel System (DTS).
Students who attend a training assignment prior to receiving an approved SF 182 or DD Form 1610 (USACE only), will be responsible for costs associated with the training assignment. We must receive documents at least 30 days prior to the training start date to ensure there is sufficient lead time for the processing of training documents prior to the proposed training start date.
|Point of Contact|
CP-18 Proponency Office,
|Civilian Education System (CES)|
The Civilian Education System (CES) is the foundation of the Army's leader development program for all Army Civilians, providing progressive and sequential education courses throughout their careers. CES is centrally funded by HQDA G-37/Training Directorate for most permanent Army Civilians, including but not limited to general schedule (GS), non-appropriated fund (NAF), local national (LN) and wage grade (WG) employees. CES leadership courses, or designated equivalent courses, are required for all Army Civilians. Employees should include attendance at the CES course for which they are eligible in their Individual Development Plans (IDP).
Employees are eligible to attend the CES course that is targeted at their grade level. GS-01 through GS-09 employees are eligible to attend the CES Basic Course; GS-10 through GS-12 employees are eligible to attend the CES Intermediate Course; and GS-13 through GS-15 employees are eligible to attend the CES Advanced Course.
NOTE: All Army Civilians who were hired after 30 September 2006 are required to take the Foundation Course prior to enrolling in either of the CES courses.
ALARACT 051/2014 Effective 25 February 2014 -CHANGES TO SHORT-TERM COMPETITIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD) COURSES/PROGRAMS AND THE CIVILIAN EDUCATION SY addresses the Advanced Course (AC) CES requirement. Based on the ALARACT employees applying for the Competitive Professional Development (CPD) Programs will be granted a waiver with Command Endorsement that allows them to apply to these programs if they have met the below requirements.
This change is in an effort to support continued development of army Civilians who have tried without success to enroll in the CES AC due to an increased demand. Any army civilian granted a waiver under these conditions is still required by AR 350-1 to complete the CES advanced course, the Army's core leader development course for GS 13-15 / equivalent employees. The interim policy change will expire on 31 September 2016.
More information on CES courses, as well as instructions on how to enroll can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development website at http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil/Pages/Homepage.aspx
|Army Career Tracker (ACT)|
Army Career Tracker (ACT) is a new Army web portal created to change significantly the way training, education and experiential learning support is provided to Army enlisted, officer, civilian, and their leaders/supervisors. Users can search multiple education and training resources, monitor career development and receive advice from their leadership. Additionally, ACT will allow the user to:
More information on ACT can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development website https://actnow.army.mil.
Army Civilians Corps will use GoArmyEd (https://www.goarmyed.com) to process online training applications and SF 182 Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training requests for G-3/5/7 centrally and command-funded training and professional development courses.
The schools/vendors vendor must agree to use the GoArmyEd system for submitting invoices and grades to the Army for approved ACTEDS-funded enrollments.
More information on GoArmyEd can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development (CTLD) website: http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil/goarmyed/Pages/default.aspx
The ACTEDS Training Catalog