Information Technology Management (CP-34)
Section I: GENERAL INFORMATION
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/Cyber (IT/Cyber) Career Program 34 (CP-34) builds the competencies and readiness of a 14,000 member civilian workforce through the Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (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 CP-34 ACTEDS Catalog sets the foundation for developing a skilled, ready and agile IT/Cyber workforce with requirements-based training, education and development programs offered on competitive basis to CP-34 customers.
Section II: OCCUPATIONAL SERIES & GRADES
The IT Core Series (2210/0391/0301-i) with a population of 12,000 are Department of Defense (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 IT/Cyber community.
The CP-34 population includes a range of occupational series defined by three Tier levels.
Section III: SCOPE OF PROGRAMS
CP-34 offers targeted training opportunities according to the Tier Level as identified in this Catalog.
All applicants must create a student account in GoArmyEd at https://www.goarmyed.com in order to be approved for ACTEDS funding.
All applicants for ACTEDS funding must have a minimum of three years of experience in a permanent Army civilian position (excludes military/DoD/other federal service or contractor experience).
Applications must be forwarded to CP-34 Career Program Proponency Office (CPPO) through the trainee's appointed Command Career Program Manager (CCPM)/Activity Career Program Manager (ACPM).
Section IV: COMMAND CAREER PROGRAM MANAGERS
CP-34 CCPMs are designated senior level individuals located at Headquarters of the Commands, Army Service Component Commands (ASCCs), and Direct Reporting Units (DRUs). CCPM responsibilities include: Identifying resources required to fulfill command responsibilities for training and development; and advising Headquarters and Major Subordinate Commands and Activities through the Activity Career Program Managers (ACPM) on CP-34 training requirements, workforce development and career management. See AR 690-950 for further information regarding CCPM roles and responsibilities.
CCPMs work as liaison between the CP-34 Functional Chief Representative (FCR), CP-34 CPPO and the CP-34 community. All CP-34 personnel should know their designated CCPM or ACPM and work through these sources to secure ACTEDS-funded career development and training opportunities.
Section V: CAREER PLANNING TOOLS
GoArmyEd is the virtual gateway for used by Soldiers and Army civilians to submit training applications and Standard Form (SF) 182 for professional development. All applicants must create a student account in GoArmyEd at https://www.goarmyed.com in order to be approved for ACTEDS funding.
For more information go to the GoArmyEd website: https://www.goarmyed.com
2. Army Career Tracker (ACT)
To manage a dynamic Career Program in a fiscally-constrained environment, CP-34 is encouraging everyone to utilize the Army career planning tools as a basis for defining training and development needs that support both individual and organizational requirements. The career planning tools are the starting point for professional development. Individuals should work in close coordination with their Supervisor/Manager to influence their career management lifecycle. All CP-34 careerists are expected to use the career planning tools listed at:
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 leaders and mentors
3. Career Progression Ladders
Career Progression Ladders offer a structured sequence of positions to advance within a series.
4. Career Maps
Career Maps define competencies and the way forward for career development within each CP-34 series.
5. 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.
NOTE: Career Progression Ladders, Career Maps, Master Training Plans and Intern Training Plans are currently housed on the CP-34 website:
Section VI: TRAINING, EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Competitive Professional Development (CPD) Program:
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. CP-34's goal is to develop problem-solvers, 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.
In today's technology-driven global environment with constantly emerging threats and challenges to network security and information assurance, IT/CYBER professionals are best equipped to face complex problems, competing demands, and the rapid pace of work if they have a solid training and education foundation to support their work experience.
The following programs are open to the
CP-34 population according to Tier level.
(Tier 1, 2, 3)
1. Academic Degree Training (ADT)
CP-34 Academic Degree Training (ADT) scholarships provide competitive opportunities to Army civilians, GS 11-15 who have demonstrated initiative, outstanding performance, and high career potential and are capable of undertaking a rigorous academic program of study. These programs are customarily taken on non-duty hours with the exception of orientation and capstone courses that may require duty hours and/or residential participation. Only the highest caliber applicants whose intent for ADT directly supports the Army's critical IT/Cyber mission areas are funded. CP-34 funds only master's/bachelor's degrees. Doctoral degrees are not funded. CP-34 ADT has targeted certain academic programs for priority funding
- IT/Cyber Programs (online)
- Norwich University (NU) - Information Assurance (cohort)
- Arizona State University (ASU) - Information Management (cohort)
- University of Maryland University College (UMUC) - Cybersecurity/Policy
- University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) - Information Systems
- Virginia Tech (VT) - Information Technology
- Western Governors University (WGU) - Information Security & Assurance
- Other IT Programs
- Technology Management
- IT Management
- Management of Information Systems
- Information Security/Information Assurance
- Computer Science/Computer Information Systems
- National Defense University (NDU) iCollege Certificate Programs (No Tuition)
- Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
- Chief Information Officer (CIO)
- Cyber Leadership (Cyber-L)
- Cyber Security (Cyber-S)
- Enterprise Architecture (EA)
- IT Project Management/IT Program Management (ITPM)
- Government Strategic Leader (GSL) (Degree Program)
* See NDU site 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.
- 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 designated locations. The following topics are examples of Outreach Training courses:
- Cybersecurity Foundations
- Cybersecurity for Practitioners
- Risk Management Framework (RMF)
- Securing VoIP Networks
- TCP/IP Networking
- Understanding Network Fundamentals
- IT Project Management/Advanced IT Project Management
- Cloud & Virtualization Essentials
- Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
- ITIL Service Capability Courses (Intermediate)
- Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) 5 Foundation
- System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012
- System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2012
- SharePoint Designer/Developer (2010/2013)
Tier 1, 2, 3
- Career Management
Career Challenge ™ Workshop
Group training with self-assessment and career goal setting led by a professional career coach (GS 09-13) (2 days).
Individualized self-paced online career assessment guided by a professional career coach available through CareerPortrait ®.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Center for Leadership Development (CLD)
Single topic group training for government professionals. Examples: Customer Focused Organizations, Team Development, Facilitation Skills, Extraordinary Leadership, and Collaborative Leadership (GS 11-15) (3-5 days residential).
Graduate School USA, Executive Leadership Development (ELP)
4 one-week residential training classes combined with developmental work experiences.
(GS-12-13) (9 mos. total)
Graduate School USA, Executive Potential Program (EPP)
4 one-week residential training classes combined with developmental work experiences.
(GS-14-15) (1 year total)
3. Developmental Assignment
Structured experience for gaining a working knowledge of the interrelationships among HQDA, Army Commands and DoD. Focus on IT/Cyber missions in an enterprise environment.
(GS-12-14) (2-4 mos.)
CP-34 CPPO will announce nomination process. Requires senior level endorsement
4. Training with Industry (TWI)
Intensive work experience with an industry partner organization to better understand Army/industry interrelationships. Focus on IT/Cyber missions in an enterprise environment.
(GS-14-15) (2-4 mos.)
CP-34 CPPO will announce nomination process. Requires senior level endorsement
5. Army e-Learning
Tier 1, 2, 3
Army e-Learning is the cornerstone for training Tier 1, 2 & 3 for the CP-34 population. Army e-Learning is an enterprise-wide web-based training system that offers over 5,000 web-based 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
https://www.us.army.mil Select Self Service/then My Education or login at:
Army e-Learning gives access to:
- Books 24x7 ® with access to over 14,000 IT professional titles
- 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, DoDi 8570 requirements, MCSE and MCSA certification areas
- 200 IT certification test preparatory courses
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
- Team Building
- Customer Service
- Project/Program Management
- Strategic Planning
* See full course list at: https://usarmy.skillport.com/
Army e-Learning offers the following preparatory courses for IT Certifications:
- Information Systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA)
- Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB)
- International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
- Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
* See certification materials 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)
Section VII: CIVILIAN LEADER DEVELOPMENT (Centrally Funded)
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 following core courses include Distance Learning (DL) and Resident (R) components:
- Foundation Course (FC) - Required - (DL)
- Basic Course (BC) - GS-01-09 - (DL/R)
- Intermediate Course (IC) - GS-10-12 - (DL/R)
- Advanced Course (AC) - GS-13-15 - (DL-R)
The other CES leader development programs are:
- Action Officer Development Course (AODC) - (DL)
- Supervisory Development Course (SDC) - (DL)
- Manager Development Course (MDC) - (DL)
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 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. Talent Management
Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) and Enterprise Talent Management (ETM) are the means by which Senior civilians (GS 13-15) and GS 12s (by exception) are positioned to assume greater responsibility and broaden their enterprise perspective that is needed to lead Army organizations and programs in the joint, interagency and multinational environments. SETM and ETM are managed by Civilian Senior Leader Management Office (CSLMO), Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)(ASA (M&RA)).
- SETM program modules include (GS 14-15):
- Enterprise Placement Program (EPP): The EPP, open to senior Army civilians in grade GS 15 (or equivalent), results in the designation of selectees as Army Enterprise Employees (AEEs) eligible to be considered for placement in a position of greater scope and responsibility through one of two options:
- Option 1: Slates AEEs for reassignment to key GS 15 (or equivalent) positions designated as Army Enterprise Positions (AEPs).
- Option 2: Allows for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions to be filled by the detail of AEEs not to exceed one year.
- Temporary Duty (TDY): The SETM TDY module facilitates the matching of senior Army civilians in grade GS 14-15 (or equivalent) with temporary projects or details of importance to the Army through a centrally funded TDY not to exceed 179 days. These project-based
developmental experiences provide participants the opportunity to acquire knowledge in areas outside of their expertise.
- Senior Service College (SSC) and Senior Service College Distance Education (SSC DE): SSC and SSC DE modules prepare senior Army civilians in grade GS 14-15 (or equivalent) for positions of significant responsibility in the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Army by expanding participants' knowledge of the national security mission, understanding of complex policy and operational challenges faced by Senior DoD and Army officials. All applicants compete for allocated seats at the U.S. Army War College (resident or DE course) or The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (acquisition or non-acquisition course).
- Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP): DSLDP is a two year comprehensive educational and developmental program for DoD civilians in grade GS 14-15 (or equivalent) designed to inculcate in participants the enterprisewide perspective needed to lead organizations and programs in the joint, interagency and multinational environments.
- Army Senior Civilian Fellowship (ASCF): The ASCF is a two year, phased comprehensive study and utilization program for Army civilians in grade GS 14-15 (or equivalent), designed to broaden the enterprisewide perspective participants need to lead organizations and programs.
- ETM program modules include (GS 12-13):
- Shadowing Assignment: The Shadowing Assignment is open to select Army civilians in grade GS 13 (or equivalent), the ETM shadowing participant has the opportunity to accompany and observe a senior leader (GS 15 or SES) in his/her daily work environment for up to 20 working days.
- Temporary Duty (TDY): The ETM TDY module facilitates the matching of Army civilians in grade GS 13 (or equivalent) with temporary projects or details of importance to the army through a centrally funded TDY not to exceed 90 days. These project-based developmental experiences are intended to give participants opportunities to acquire knowledge in areas outside their expertise by giving them an opportunity to work on a special project as a member of a working group or task force or to fill a critical need on a detail.
- Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC): The CGSOC module allows Army civilians in grades GS 13 (or equivalent) and GS 12 (by exception) to compete for allotted seats in the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Developmental School at Fort Leavenworth, KS. CGSOC offers a collaborative, experiential and educational partnership in which Army civilians gain expertise and knowledge in solving today's complex problems in a dynamic and global environment.
- Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP): The ELDP is a 10-month training program that allows Army civilians in grade GS 12-13 (or equivalent) to compete for allotted seats in a DoD wide leadership development program providing participants with extensive exposure to the roles and missions of DoD in its entirety, leading to an increased understanding of and an appreciation for today's warfighter.
NOTE: More information on SETM/ETM is available at: https://www.csldo.army.mil/
Section VIII: HOW TO APPLY
All applicants for ACTEDS funding must have a minimum of three years experience in a permanent Army civilian position (excludes military/DoD/other federal service or contractor experience)
Applicants must have a student account in GoArmyEd prior to applying for training opportunities
1. Outreach Training
Outreach Training POC: Mr. Tim Williams
- CP-34 Outreach Training opportunities will be announced by CP-34 CPPO through the CCPM/ACPM.
- Applicants must submit a CP-34 Outreach Training application form, endorsed by their supervisor, along with all other required documents, through their CCPM/ACPM. The CP-34 Outreach Training application form is available at:
- Applicants must provide proof of completion, or be in the process of completing, the target Army Civilian Education System (CES) course for their grade level.
- Applicants must provide a copy of their Army Civilian Records Brief (CRB) or Civilian Career Record (CCR). The CRB is accessible through ACT ( https://actnow.army.mil/) and the CCR is accessible through MyBiz
- The CCPM/ACPM will forward all endorsed applications to the CP-34 CPPO Outreach Training POC.
ADT POC: Ms. Tanya Briscoe , email@example.com
ADT Website: http://cpol.army.mil/library/train/catalog/ch04adt.html
- Stage 1: CP-34 Statement of Intent
All applicants must prepare a Statement of Intent before formally applying to ADT. The Statement of Intent includes: school, academic plan, cost; benefit to the Army; benefit to careerist; supervisor's utilization plan. CP-34 CPPO will review the Statement of Intent, conduct 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 unfavorable, the applicant will be notified and will not advance to the next stage. Prospective applicants are advised to complete Stage 1 before formally applying to a college or university. Statement of Intent is located at:
- Stage 2: Formal ADT Application
Once Stage 1 is approved, the applicant can proceed with a formal ADT application packet. The ADT application checklist and forms are located at: http://cpol.army.mil/library/train/catalog/ch04adt.html. The applicant will submit a completed ADT application packet to the CP-34 CPPO for FCR endorsement.
- Stage 3: ASA M&RA
If the FCR endorses the ADT application, the completed ADT packet will be forwarded to the applicant to be uploaded into GoArmyEd utilizing the applicant's student account. If the application does not receive FCR endorsement, the applicant will be notified and no further action will be taken.
- Stage 4: GoArmyEd (Review):
The completed ADT packet will be processed in GoArmyEd through the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-37, Training Directorate, Civilian Training and Leader Development Division (G-37/TRV) and sent to ASA (M&RA) for approval.
- Stage 5: GoArmyEd (Funding):
If ASA (M&RA) approves the ADT packet, the applicant will be notified through GoArmyEd that the ADT packet has been approved and funded. If ASA (M&RA) does not approve the ADT packet, the applicant will be notified and no further action will be taken.
NOTE: Incomplete applications will be returned without action. The ADT application process may take 5-6 months from start to finish. Plan ahead.
SETM/ETM POC: Ms. Tracey Johnson,
- Upon application window opening (announced by CSLMO), applicants may apply via SETM/ETM automated system located at: https://www.csldo.army.mil/index.aspx
- Select "How to apply" option on the left hand navigation column for further information on the entire application process (Submission processes for SETM/ETM are the same).