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NEW!!!  Virtual CES through 2nd Quarter FY 22

BASIC

The 2 week virtual course will present the full resident curriculum through an entirely online distributed learning format using Blackboard with instructor facilitation.  This will not be a self-paced online distance learning course where students work alone.  Students completing this course will receive full credit for the resident Basic Course and will not be required to travel to Fort Leavenworth, KS.

This virtual course requires daily student participation in online video teleconference class sessions for nine and half workdays in a row. Each class session will take place daily for two-weeks.  Class Sessions are typically held during the scheduled workday for students in the CONUS Time Zones. Students meet virtually between online sync sessions with the Instructors and in small groups in order to complete group assignments. Individual work consists of briefings, writing assignments, and discussion board participation. May include limited out of class time to complete homework assignments.


Note to Supervisor: Students are actively involved all 8 hours of the workday in class, working in small groups, and on individual assignments. Supervisors should consider them in a TDY status like they are attending a resident course even if they are taking the course at their desk.
 

Pre-requites for attendance:

a. Meet eligibility requirement (GS 01 - 12 or equivalent).

b. Foundation Course completion for those who were hired as Army Civilians after Sep 30, 2006.

NOTE: Students do not have to be serving in a Central Standard Time (CST) zone location but they must be available to participate during the CST working hours (0800-1600). Have access to a location with high speed internet access, computer device with webcam and audio/microphone capabilities (headset recommended).  Note: This may require students to have access to a commercial internet capability and personal computer/equipment if Government NIPR network and/or Government provided computer/equipment does not support full participation in the synchronous course activities.

If interested in participating in the virtual Basic Course, applications must be submitted through CHRTAS at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/chrtas/student/logon.aspx.

Select "Apply for Training" (Update profile if required to do so) - The next screen will show what you are eligible to complete - Select "Apply for Training" again - Locate the Basic Course and click the "Select" radio button - The next screen will populate available courses - Click "Select" - On the next screen click "Apply for Course"

 

 

INTERMEDIATE

This will be a group participation course with resident course instructors facilitating the learning.  It will not be a self-paced online distance learning course where students work alone.

Students completing this course will receive full credit for the resident Intermediate Course and will not be required to travel to Fort Leavenworth, KS.

 

Pre-requites for attendance:

a. Meet eligibility requirement (GS 10 - 12 or equivalent).

b. Completion of Phase I of the Intermediate Course.

c. Completion the Foundation Course for those who were hired as an Army Civilian after Sep 30, 2006.

 

This course involves online instruction in both a synchronous mode (real-time/simultaneous interface with instructors) and in an asynchronous mode (delayed/non-simultaneous participation).

 

Course Description (3 different course lengths requiring different weekly participation commitments)–

 

Intermediate Course: 12-week Facilitated DL - this option requires students to participate in regularly scheduled mandatory online video teleconference class sessions.  The weekly 2-hour class session is held typically during the scheduled work day for students in the CONUS time zones. Students are also required to complete both group and individual assignments outside the scheduled online session. Students meet virtually with their small group in order to complete group assignments.  Individual work consists of reading assignments, required discussion board participation, and various homework assignments.  Students typically spend five to seven hours weekly on classwork outside of the scheduled online meetings. 

 

Intermediate Course: 6-week Facilitated DL - this option requires student to participate in regularly scheduled mandatory online video teleconference sessions with the entire class.  The 2-hour online class session meets twice weekly.  Class meetings are typically held during the scheduled work day for students in the CONUS Time zones. Students are also required to complete both group and individual assignments outside the scheduled online session.

Students meet virtually with their small group in order to complete group assignments.  Individual work consists of reading assignments, required discussion board participation, and various homework assignments.  Students typically spend 10 to 15 hours weekly on classwork outside of the scheduled online meetings. 

 

Intermediate Course: 3-week Facilitated DL - this option requires student participation in three daily mandatory online video teleconference class sessions for three weeks. The one-hour online class session meets three times daily for the duration of the three-week course*. Class meetings are typically held during the scheduled work day for students in the CONUS Time zones. Students meet virtually between online sync sessions with their small group in order to complete group assignments.  Individual work consists of reading assignments, required discussion board participation, and various evening and weekend homework assignments.  Students typically spend four hours daily on classwork between the scheduled online meetings for a total daily work time requirement of seven to eight hours.

*- This option requires student participation in two daily mandatory online video teleconference class sessions for three weeks. The 90-minute online class session meets twice daily for the duration of the three-week course.

  

NOTE: Students do not have to be serving in a Central Standard Time (CST) zone location but they must be available to participate during the CST working hours (0800-1600). Have access to a location with high speed internet access, computer device with webcam and audio/microphone capabilities (headset recommended).  Note: This may require students to have access to a commercial internet capability and personal computer/equipment if Government NIPR network and/or Government provided computer/equipment does not support full participation in the synchronous course activities.

 

If interested in participating in one of the Intermediate Course virtual classes, submit your application through CHRTAS at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/chrtas/student/logon.aspx.

 

Select "Apply for Training" (Update profile if required to do so) - The next screen will show what you are eligible to complete - Select "Apply for Training" again - Locate the Intermediate Course and click the "Select" radio button - The next screen will populate available courses - Click "Select" - On the next screen click "Apply for Course"

 

  

ADVANCED

The 9 week course will present the full resident curriculum through an entirely online Distributed Learning format using Blackboard.com with Instructor Facilitation.  This will be a group participation course with Resident Course Instructors facilitating the learning.  It will not be a self-paced online distance learning course where students work alone.

Students completing this course will receive full credit for the resident Phase II of the Advanced Course and will not be required to travel to Fort Leavenworth.

Pre-requites for attendance:

    1. Meet eligibility requirement (GS 13 – 15 or equivalent).

    2. Completed Distributed Learning Phase I of the Advanced Course.

    3. Course description:

      (1)  This course requires a minimum commitment of 15 hours of organizational work time per week.

      (2)  This course involves online instruction in both a synchronous mode (real-time/simultaneous interface with instructors) and in an asynchronous mode (delayed/non-simultaneous participation)

      (3)  Students will be assigned to seminars that convene twice during each calendar week for 7.5 hours each session.

      (4)  Seminar sessions are on either a Monday/Thursday rhythm or on a Tuesday/Friday rhythm.

    4. NOTE: Students do not have to be serving in a Central Standard Time (CST) zone location but they must be available to participate during the CST working hours (0800-1600) for an estimated time of 15 hours per week in synchronous mode. Have access to a location with high speed internet access, computer device with webcam and audio/microphone capabilities (headset recommended).  Note: This may require students to have access to a commercial internet capability and personal computer/equipment if Government NIPR network and/or Government provided computer/equipment does not support full participation in the synchronous course activities.

If you would like to participate in the Advanced Course Facilitated DL class, submit your application through CHRTAS at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/chrtas/student/logon.aspx.

Select "Apply for Training" (Update profile if required to do so) - The next screen will show what you are eligible to complete - Select "Apply for Training" again - Locate the Advanced Course and click the "Select" radio button - The next screen will populate available courses - Click "Select" - On the next screen click "Apply for Course"

 

 

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Foundation Course (All grades hired after September 2006)

The Foundation Course goal is to provide Army Civilians with an orientation to leader development concepts, build their careers and become Army Civilian leaders. The course objectives are to understand U.S. Army leadership doctrine; increase self-awareness, as it relates to their profession; understand team building, group dynamics, and effective communication; assess individual values and how they relate to professional ethics; understand how to manage professional advancement and leverage career potential; and complete administrative requirements expected of Army Civilians.

  • The Foundation Course is required for all Army Civilians employed after Sep. 30, 2006.
  • The Foundation Course is available through DL only.
  • Interns are required to complete the Foundation Course before completion of their intern program.

Applicants have 180 days from the date of enrollment to complete this course. Applicant has unlimited attempts to pass all lessons with a score of 80% or higher.

Eligibility: The Foundation Course is available to all Army Civilians as a self-development tool.

FREQUENCY: INITIAL ENTRY- ONE TIME REQUIREMENT TIME TO COMPLETE: 44.5 Academic Hours

 

Basic Course (GS-01 thru 09)

The Civilian Education System (CES) Basic Course is designed for the Army Civilian leader who exercises direct leadership to effectively lead and care for teams.  The Basic Course is required for GS 5–9 supervisors (and equivalent pay band/pay plan).  The Basic Course is encouraged, but not required, for those non-supervisor employees who seek supervisory and/or leader positions. The Basic Course can be completed in one of two ways:

  • The primary option is a 100% online course (Basic Course DL). This course is offered continuously and space is readily available for all prospective students in grades GS 1–9 or equivalent.
  • Prospective students may also request to attend a two-week resident course (Basic Course Resident). This face-to-face course is offered 15 times per year at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Seats are quota-managed and limited to 240 students per year.

Both versions of the Basic Course require completion of the Foundation Course  ✪ as a prerequisite.

FREQUENCY: ONE TIME REQUIREMENT TIME TO COMPLETE: Resident: 2 weeks DL: Self paced NTE 180 days

 

Intermediate Course (GS-10 thru 12)

The goal of the Intermediate course is to educate civilians to be more adaptive, innovative, self-aware, and prepared to effectively lead and care for personnel and manage assigned resources. The Intermediate Course is designed to prepare participants for increasing responsibilities to exercise direct and indirect supervision. Students enhance their leadership abilities and develop skills to manage human and financial resources, displaying flexibility and resilience with a focus on the mission. This course is a combination of dL and three weeks of resident instruction.  The Intermediate Course is required for GS 10–12 supervisors (and equivalent pay band/pay plan).  The Intermediate Course is encouraged, but not required, for those non-supervisor employees who seek supervisory and/or leader positions.

Pre-Requisites: Must have graduated from the Foundation Course if you are an Army civilian hired after September 2006.

Special Information: Must graduate from 1-250-C61 (DL), Phase 1 prior to registering for the resident phase 2. CES courses are centrally funded for most Department of the Army Civilians.

FREQUENCY: ONE TIME REQUIREMENT TIME TO COMPLETE: Resident: 3 weeks DL: Self paced NTE 180 days

 

Advanced Course (GS-13 thru 15)

The Advanced Course focus is on Army Civilians skilled in leading a complex organization in support of national security and defense strategies; integrating Army and Joint systems in support of the Joint Force; inspiring vision and creativity; implementing change; and managing programs. The Advanced Course is conducted through blended learning - DL and four weeks resident training. Resident training is taken after successful completion of the DL and takes place in a university setting encompassing a classroom environment and small group seminars. The Advanced Course is required for GS 13–15 Supervisors (and equivalent pay band/pay plan). The Advanced Course is encouraged, but not required, for those non-supervisor employees who seek supervisory and/or leader positions.

Pre-Requisites:Must have graduated from the Foundation Course if you are an Army civilian hired after September 2006.

Special Information: Student must have graduated from the Advanced Course dL phase 1 prior to registering for the resident phase 2.

FREQUENCY: ONE TIME REQUIREMENT TIME TO COMPLETE: Resident: 4 weeks DL: Self paced NTE 180 days

 

Continuing Education for Senior Leaders (CESL) (GS-14 & 15)

The CESL courses provide the continuing education sustainment program that brings senior level Civilian leaders together to discuss current and relevant issues facing the Army. The program's intent is for leaders to return to the program continuously to refresh and receive updates on current Army initiatives. The CESL course is conducted through blended learning - DL and four and a half days resident training. The DL consists of reading materials and written assignments. CESL resident training consists of both small and large group activities. The course structure is a combination of guest speakers and interactive exercises.

Pre-Requisites: Student must have graduated from the Advanced Course (or equivalent) and the Foundation Course if you are an Army civilian hired after September 2006.

Special Information: CES courses are centrally funded for most Department of the Army Civilians.

.FREQUENCY: ONE TIME REQUIREMENT TIME TO COMPLETE: Resident: 4.5 days

 

Supervisor Development Course (All Supervisors)

The SDC provides supervisors with knowledge necessary to successfully manage work processes and lead in the Army Environment. The Supervisor Development Course is a web-based course with lessons that focus on supervising Civilian employees and is required for all Civilian and military personnel who supervise Army Civilians. The Supervisor Development Course must be completed within the first year of placement in a supervisory position in accordance with the one-year supervisory probationary period. Supervisors are required to complete this course as refresher training every three years. Supervisor Development Course is available to all Army employees as a self-development tool.

Applicants have 120 days from the date of enrollment to complete. There is one final exam associated with this course that is comparable in difficulty with a graduate level college compreshensive examination. Applicant has 2 attempts to pass the final exam and must score an 80% or above to pass.

FREQUENCY: ONCE EVERY 3 YEARS TIME TO COMPLETE: 39 Academic hours

 

Resident Supervisor Development Course (All Supervisors)

- This four day course is designed to arm supervisors on Fort Campbell with the knowledge and information they will need to best lead the installation workforce. It is a one-time requirement for all supervisors. Please note that this course is NOT in lieu of the mandatory online Supervisor Development Course. Send seat requests to Scott Galbraith at scott.b.galbraith.civ@mail.mil.

 

CES Equivalency/Constructive Credit

Course credit may be requested using the (equivalency or constructive) credit process and may be granted in certain circumstances in lieu of course attendance. Failure to upload your packets using the correct process may result in non-recommendation or delay. Course credit does not count as a course completion, nor does it count as course graduation. It simply means you are not required to take the CES course that is equivalent to the course(s) you have already completed

Equivalent Credit - Employees who have equivalent Professional Military Education (PME), Civilian legacy or other-service PME courses that are NOT listed on their ATRRS training record may manually upload the certificate(s) in CHRTAS to gain equivalent credit for CES courses. See Legacy Course Lists ⚠. Use these instructions to request equivalency credit through CHRTAS.

Constructive Credit - Constructive course credit may be granted to individuals who clearly demonstrate the requisite competencies and have achieved the same learning outcomes as the comparable CES course. This is generally available to Civilians who have come to the Army from the private sector and do not have prior professional military education (PME). The Army Management Staff College will review submitted documentation of completed leader training and education, supervisor experience and at least 5 years supervising Civilian employees. Only specific documentation listed in the instructions will be reviewed for consideration. Visit the About Civilian Education System (CES) Credit ⚠ for instructions on applying for Constructive Credit.

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