The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Information Technology Management (CP-34)
Tier 1 Series Training & Education (GS-11-15)


The explosion of Information Technology (IT) and the rise of network security threats have escalated the demands on IT/Cyber professionals to develop new competencies and perform in turbulent environments. To meet such demands, the Information Technology Management (ITM) Career Program 34 (CP-34) builds the competencies and readiness of a 15,000 member Civilian workforce through the ACTEDS Competitive Professional Development Program. ACTEDS is a requirements-based system that ensures planned professional development through a blending of progressive work assignments, formal training and education, and self-development for individuals from entry to mid to senior level positions. Through ACTEDS, CP-34 provides a dynamic career management system with career planning tools to chart core competency development and innovative learning programs.

The IT Core Series (2210/391/301-i) with a population of 12,000 are DoD Mission Critical Occupations (MCO) that are in high demand for meeting the IT/Cyber workforce requirements now and in the future. CP-34's goal is to support the Army's critical IT/Cyber mission, create a more agile and competitive workforce, and promote professionalism and leadership within the ITM community.


The Career Program 34 population includes a range of occupational series defined by three Tier levels.


Career Program 34 offers targeted training opportunities according to the Tier Level as identified in this Catalog.


The career planning tools are the starting point for professional development. Individuals should work in close coordination with their Supervisor/Manager for their career management lifecycle. All CP-34 customers are expected to use these tools.

1. Army Career Tracker (ACT)

Army Career Tracker (ACT) is a leadership development and career planning tool that integrates training and education into one personalized, easy-to-use website. ACT provides all Army personnel - enlisted, officer and Civilian cohorts - a system to manage their professional development and to monitor progress toward training, education and career goals. As a single point of entry for career and leadership development, ACT creates an environment where Soldiers and Civilians can collaborate with leaders and mentors to enhance their career management lifecycle. See the ACT website:

ACT allows users to:
  • Search multiple education and training resources
  • Create Individual Development Plans (IDP) to establish short & long term goals and a pathway to achieve them
  • Map out events, decision points and outcomes
  • Track progress against known career benchmarks
  • Receive personalized advice from leader
2. Career Progression Ladders

Career Progression Ladders offer a structured sequence of positions to advance within a series. See the ACTEDS website:

3. Career Maps

Career Maps define competencies and the way forward for career development within each CP-34 series. See the ACT website:

4. CP-34 Master Training Plans (MTP)

Master Training Plans (MTP) provide a comprehensive outline of mandatory and recommended training and developmental opportunities from entry level through GS-15 for each CP-34 series. An MTP for each of the series is available on the ACTEDS website:


In today's technology-driven global environment with constantly emerging challenges and solutions, ITM professionals are best equipped to face the rapid pace of work, competing demands, complex problems, and changing requirements if they have a solid academic background from a graduate/ undergraduate degree program to support their work experience.

CP-34's goal is to develop problem-solvers, decision-makers, team-builders and organizational leaders at all echelons of the Army. The more today's work becomes interdependent, the more we need skills to analyze, interpret and present critical knowledge to enable enterprise-wide decisions.

The Competitive Professional Development (CPD) Program provides a planned, systematic and coordinated approach to training, education and professional development in support of organizational goals and missions.

1. Academic Degree Training (ADT)

Tier 1

  1. IT/Cyber Programs (online)
    • Norwich University - Information Assurance (cohort)
    • Arizona State University (ASU) - Information Management (cohort)
    • University of Maryland University College (UMUC) - Cybersecurity/Cyber Policy
    • University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) - Information Systems
    • Virginia Tech - Information Technology
    • Western Governors University - Information Security & Assurance
  2. Other IT Programs
    • Technology Management/IT Management
    • Computer Science/Computer Information Systems
    • Information Security/Information Assurance
    • Information Management/Information Systems
  3. National Defense University (NDU) iCollege Certificate Programs
    • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
    • Cyber Security Program (Cyber-S)
    • Cyber Leadership Program (Cyber-L)
    • IT Project Management
    • IT Program Management (ITPM)
    • Enterprise Architecture (EA)
    • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
      * See program and NDU partner university descriptions at:
2. Short-Term Training (STT)

Tier 1, 2

Short-Term Training (STT) is designed to economically and efficiently provide training to reach a wide audience in geographically dispersed areas.

  1. Outreach Training
    The goal of CP-34 Outreach Training is to develop and sustain a competent IT/Cyber workforce with tangible skills to support the Army's mission in IT/Cyber areas. 3-5 day Outreach Training provides applications-oriented, skill building topics to harness critical IT/Cyber requirements. Many courses are "virtual" and can be completed at the worksite or other location. The following topics are examples of Outreach Training courses:
    • Cloud Computing
    • Thin Client Computing
    • SharePoint Developer/Designer
    • DIACAP - DoD IA Certification & Accreditation Process
    • ITIL Foundations: Information Technology Infrastructure Library
    • ITIL Service Capability Courses (Intermediate)
    • Service-Oriented Architecture
    • IT Project Management/Advanced IT Project Management
    • Agile Project Management
    • Project Risk Management
    • Microsoft Windows PowerShell v2 for Administrators
    • Knowledge Management Foundations
    • Focused training in Information Management

Tier 1, 2, 3
  1. Career Management
    Career Challenge Workshop (CCW)

    Self assessment and career goal setting workshop with professional career trainer/coach, aimed at Civilians in career/life transition. (2 days)
    CareerPortrait is an individualized self-paced online career assessment guided by a professional career coach.

Tier 1
  1. Leadership Programs
    OPM Management Development Centers

    Single topic group training for government professionals. Examples: Customer Focused Organizations, Team Development, Crisis Management and Collaborative Leadership. (3-5 days residential)

    Graduate School USA, Executive Leadership Development
    4 one-week residential training classes combined with developmental assignments. (9 mos. total)
3. Developmental Assignment

Tier 1

Structured experience for gaining a working knowledge of the interrelationships among HQDA, Army Commands and DoD. Focus on IT/Cyber projects in an enterprise environment. (GS-12-14) (2-4 mos.)

NOTE: Open through CP-34 nomination process. Requires senior level endorsement.

4. Training with Industry (TWI)

Tier 1

Intensive work experience with an industry partner organization to better understand Army/industry interrelationships. (GS-14-15) (2-4 mos.)

NOTE: Open through CP-34 nomination process. Requires senior level endorsement.

5. Army e-Learning

Tier 1, 2, 3

Army e-Learning is the cornerstone for training the CP-34 Tier 1 & 2 population. Army e-Learning is an enterprise-wide web-based training program that offers nearly 5,000 online courses in Information Technology, Business, Leadership and Professional Development as well as thousands of online books and desktop videos. This free self-paced training is available for DA Civilians and Military. To learn more about Army e-Learning, visit the homepage via AKO at Select Self Service/then My Education.

Army e-Learning gives access to:

  • Books 24x7 Referenceware ®
  • Online subject matter experts and mentors available 24x7
  • Customized Learning Paths unique to organizational training needs
  • Curricula mappings to fit your training requirements and help when developing Individual Development Plans (IDP)
  • Knowledge Centers in Leadership, Project Management, 8570 Series, MCSE and MCSA certification areas
Army e-Learning provides a wide range of technical and professional development training courses. Key topics are:
  • Desktop Computer Skills (Microsoft)
  • Operating Systems/Server Technologies
  • Security & Network Technologies
  • Software Development
  • Enterprise Database Systems
  • Web Design
  • Communications
  • Team Building
  • Customer Service
  • Management/Leadership
  • Project/Program Management
  • Strategic Planning
    * See full course list at:
Army e-Learning offers the following preparatory courses for Business Certifications:
  • ASQ (Six Sigma and CMQ/OE)
  • International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)
  • ITIL ®
  • Prince2 ®
  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
Army e-Learning offers the following preparatory courses for IT Certifications:
  • Microsoft
  • (ISC)2
  • Cisco
  • CompTIA
  • EMC
  • IBM
  • Information Systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA)
  • Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB)
  • International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
  • Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
  • Oracle
  • VMware
    * See certification materials at:
1. Civilian Education System (CES)

CES is composed of seven Civilian leader development courses. CES leadership courses are required for all Army Civilians and should be included in Individual Development Plans (IDP). The core courses are:

  • Foundation Course (FC) - Required if hired after 09/30/06
  • Basic Course (BC) - GS-01-09
  • Intermediate Course (IC) - GS-10-12
  • Advanced Course (AC) - GS-13-15
Other CES leader development programs are:
  • Action Officer Development Course (AODC)
  • Supervisory Development Course (SDC)
  • Manager Development Course (MDC)

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.

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:

2. Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM)

SETM (GS-14-15) is a Civilian Workforce Transformation (CWT) initiative administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office (CSLMO), Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs). SETM includes Enterprise Placement Program (SETM EPP), Developmental Assignment (SETM TDY), Senior Service College (SSC) and Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP). SETM Program information is available at:

1. All Program Guidelines

  1. All applicants must have a minimum of three years of experience in a permanent Army Civilian position (excludes military/DoD/federal service or contractor experience).
  2. Applicants must provide a certificate of completion for the Army Civilian Education System (CES) Course or be in the process of completing the CES Course required at their grade level.
  3. Career goals should address the applicant's career focus, accomplishments and potential contribution to the Army.
  4. Supervisor/Manager endorsements should address the applicant's job performance, career progression and training readiness, and should state the home organization's intent to utilize the learning gained through the program.
  5. Applications must be forwarded to CP-34 through the Chain of Command and the Command/Activity Career Program Managers (CPM/ACPM).
2. ADT Guidelines

  1. Stage 1: Statement of Intent (Preliminary Request)
    Applicants must submit a Statement of Intent before formally applying to ADT and submit to CP-34 reviews the Statement of Intent and conducts a phone interview with the applicant and a phone consult with the Supervisor. If there is a favorable review, the applicant advances to Stage 2. If the result is an unfavorable review, the request is declined and the applicant does not advance to the next stage. Prospective applicants are advised to delay applying to a college or university before Stage 1 is successfully completed. CP-34 funds only master's/bachelor's degrees. Doctorate degrees are not funded by CP-34.
  2. Stage 2: Formal Application
    The ACTEDS Training Catalog provides instructions on the formal ADT application process and a checklist of required documents:

NOTE: Incomplete applications will be returned without action. ADT application process may take 2-3 months from start to finish. Plan Ahead.

Point of Contact

Ms. Kimberly Crandall at 703-545-2285 (DSN 865-2285)

ADT: Ms. Tanya Briscoe at 703-545-2284 (DSN 865-2284)

STT: Mr. Timothy Williams at 703-545-2281 (DSN 865-2281)

Career Planning Tools/Army e-Learning: Mr. William Baucom at 703-545-2015 (DSN 865-2015)

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