Barden Education Center provides education resources to Soldiers, Family Members, Retirees, and Department of Defense Civilians. Services include: educational and career counseling, Army Personnel Testing, Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP) classes, Multi-Use Learning Facility (MLF) including computer lab, room reservations, and on-post undergraduate and graduate college programs.

Barden EDUCATION CENTER                                      
Hours of Operation:
7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Closed federal holidays and weekends
Contact Information:
Front Desk:  703-805-9264
Guidance Counselor:  703-805-9268

Education Services Specialist:  703-805-9267

ACES Hub services
Fort Belvoir is part of the National Capital Regional Army Continuing Education Center (ACES) "Hub." In addition to receiving support from Barden Education Center staff, you may contact the Education Centers below for assistance.

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall:  703-696-3178/1541/1588/1579

Fort Meade: 301-677-5414/2064

ACES Hub General Inbox:

counseling services

Counselors are available to assist with Tuition Assistance (TA), Credentialing Assistance (CA), ArmyIgnitED portal, in/out-processing, VA education benefits (Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, transfer of benefits), Joint Service Transcript (JST), general college information, financial aid and scholarships, and unit education briefings.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Contact Information:
Barden Education Center, Room 138 (walk-ins welcome)
Phone: 703-805-9264/9268/9267

Army personnel testing

Our Testing Coordinator can assist with the following tests: Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT), Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT), Pre-GT, Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Selection Instrument Flight Training (SIFT), Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), and Basic Math and Science Test (BMST).

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Thursday

7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Tests are conducted on an appointment basis only.

Phone: 703-805-9261

Barden Education Center, Room 134 

national test center (ntc)

The nearest National Test Center sites are located at Fort Meade and Joint Base Andrews. Exams offered include: College Level Examination Programs (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardization Tests (DSSTs), Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) placements exams, Extended Learning Insitute (ELI), Student Development Assessment by Local Examination (SDV-ABLE), PearsonVue. Exam proctoring is also available.  


Fort Meade: National Business Park, 306 Sentinel Drive, Bldg. 306, 3rd Floor, Annapolis Junction, MD

Joint Base Andrews: 1413 Arkansas Rd., Bldg. 1413, Room 100J, Joint Base Andrews, MD, 20762


Fort Meade: Please email with "Fort Meade" as the subject line. 

Joint Base Andrews: Please email with "Joint Base Andrews" as the subject line. 

basic skills education program (bsep)

The Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP) class, formerly known as FAST, provides Soldiers with on-duty instruction in reading, math, and English. The goal is to strengthen academic skills, improve job performance, and increase reenlistment options. A new class is offered each month; registration begins the month prior. 

Course Details:

Monday through Friday

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Upcoming Course Dates:

4-25 JAN 24

5-26 FEB 24

4-22 MAR 24

1-19 APR 24

1-21 MAY 24

3-24 JUN 24

8-26 JUL 24

5-23 AUG 24

9-27 SEP 24


  • Contact the Guidance Counselor at 703-805-9268 for BSEP counseling (required first step) and scheduling information. 

multi-use learning facility (mlf) & room reservations

The MLF offers a computer lab for education and military-related needs. The MLF Technician also processes room reservation requests.

Contact Information:

Monday through Friday

7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (walk-in basis)

Barden Education Center, Room 123

Phone: 703-805-9264

on-post colleges

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA): 703-360-8524, 

University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC): 240-224-3520, 

Webster University: 703-781-7942,

Education resources


VA Education Benefits

Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) 

Joint Services Transcript (JST)