The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Comptroller Career Program 11 (CP-11)

CP-11 Training Opportunities

CP-11 ACTEDS funded programs are open to all Army CP-11 civilian GS-11s and above (or equivalent), exceptional GS-9s (non-interns), assigned to a CP-11 permanent position unless otherwise stated. All opportunities are competitive; all applicants must have three (3) years of permanent, full time employment as a Department of the Army (DA) civilian at the time of application. Selections will be determined by the Functional Chief Representative (FCR) for CP-11.

ACTEDS funding is subject to availability.

NOTE: Prior to applying for any ACTEDS funded programs careerists shall contact their supervisor, local training coordinator and Activity Career Program Manager (ACPM)/Command Career Program Manager (CCPM) for training guidance and recommendations.

The CP-11 Competitive Professional Development Program (CPD) supports professional training, education, and career development to mold financial managers. CP-11 CPD programs encompass several types of training:

  • Short-Term Training
  • Long-Term training
  • University/Academic Degree Training Programs
  • Group Training
  • Other Professional Developmental Training

CP-11 funded CPD applications must process through GoArmyEd and requested training must be entered on the Individual Development Plan (IDP) in Army Career Tracker.

Group training requests must be coordinated with the CP-11 Proponency Program Manager.

ACTEDS funds cannot be used to pay for actual certification or licensure.

CPD Criteria

Careerists selected for full-time, continuous training in government facilities in excess of 120 calendar days or non-government facilities in excess of 80 hours must agree in writing to continue in DA or DOD service for a period equal to at least three times the length of the training program or course (e.g., if the approved training is 10 months, the employee is obligated to continue in DA or DOD service for 30 months upon completion of training).

Salary and benefits are the responsibility of the command and not funded by CP-11.

CP-11 will not pay for PCS costs, rental cars, travel in/around the TDY site or local mileage.

CP-11 does not fund travel associated with University or College courses or Academic Degree Training (ADT).

ACTEDS funding will not pay for any unapproved training.

Army Career Tracker (ACT)

ACTEDS funded training requests must be in the ACT IDP. Army Career Tracker (ACT) is a new Army web portal created to change significantly the way training, Tracker 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:

  • Identify training activities and requirements based on tailored Career Management Field, Career Field and Career Program Maps.
  • Track individual progress of Individualized Development Plan (IDP) goals.
  • View multiple skill and competency career progressions across multiple career maps.
  • Search multiple training catalogs and educational resources.
  • Connect with peers through My Journal knowledge collaboration. ACT will include Supervisor and Career Program Manager Dashboard functionality as well.

Provide an unofficial "lifelong learning transcript" that represents the accumulation of all assignment, training, and education accomplishments by the user.

Army Civilians will use ( to process ACTEDS 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 opportunities. To access GoArmyED, go to and select the "Student" radio button in the Create/Activate GoArmyEd Account then select the Create/Activate Account" button. After creating an account you will have the ability to apply for training.

Careerists must plan ahead for training attendance so that the training application and the SF182 are approved in GoArmyEd at least 30 business days in advance of the start of training.

Schools and vendors must have an account in GoArmyEd. Schools and vendors with existing GoArmyEd accounts to manage Army Tuition Assistance-funded enrollments will use their same accounts to manage Army Civilian-funded enrollments.

Additional information on GoArmyEd can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development (CTLD) website:

Defense Comptrollership Program (DCP)

Academic Degree: MBA/EMPA with Concentration in Data Analytics

Length of Program: 14 months

Location: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Nomination Suspense Date: October 31, 2017

Dates of Program: May 2018 – July 2019


Civilian criteria/application packets must include the following items for consideration:

  1. Registrant of the Comptroller Career Program 11 (CP-11), as defined in AR 690-950, be assigned to a CP-11 position or a position including significant financial management duties.
  2. Applicants from other career programs or agencies are encouraged to apply for DCP. If accepted, costs are paid by respective career programs/agencies.
  3. DCP is targeted to all Defense GS 9 thru GS 13 and equivalent employees and to those in other career programs whose positions include significant resource management duties. GS 14 employees may also apply.
  4. Possess three (3) years of government civilian "resource" management experience and a total of five (5) years government service required as of the application due date.
  5. CP 11 graduated interns are eligible but must have at least three (3) years of journey level experience as of the application due date (in addition to the two year internship requirement).
  6. Employees with graduate degrees may be nominated, for DCP by submitting a waiver request; however, priority is afforded to those without a master's degree. Employees who already obtained a master's degree in either program (Master of Business Administration or Master of Public Administration) will not receive further consideration.
  7. Complete required application and forms for CP-11 Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS) Training.
  8. Be cleared for access to information classified "SECRET."
  9. Accept both the long-term training (e.g., DCP), new job assignment and agree to abide by the DCP terms outlined in the DCP Memorandum for See Distribution prior to admittance into the program.
  10. Sign an agreement committing to continue DoD employment upon graduation for three times the length of the training (e.g., 42 months), and also sign an agreement covering contingencies in the event of failure to complete DCP.
  11. Apply for enrollment in Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs after receiving formal notification of Army selection.
  12. Possess a baccalaureate degree and provide academic transcripts by the application due date.
  13. Hold a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 500 or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) equivalent as of the application due date. Test results are valid for five (5) years. Testing vendor should send Official Score Reports to Syracuse University.

University Requirements

A foundation in mathematical and accounting skills and concepts for the DCP's strong quantitative methods focus is expected and tested upon students' arrival. Additional courses may be required. Candidates should also be conversant in the operation of personal computers and familiar with basic software application packages related to word processing, spreadsheets, graphics and Microsoft Excel. They should also possess a basic understanding of financial accounting principles.


To provide a high quality, accelerated program of advanced education and training in resource management for a select group of Defense military and DoD/DA civilians. The goal of the program and its pre-determined operational assignments is to train and develop the most outstanding and productive civilian employees in the Army resource management field, who have demonstrated high potential for advancing to multidisciplinary keystone positions.


The Defense Comptrollership Program is Army's premier Advance Civil Schooling opportunity for Financial Management (FM) Officers, NCOs and Civilians. The fully funded, 14-month, 60-hour curriculum is designed to prepare FM leaders for complex fiscal and economic challenges at the operational and strategic levels. Students graduate with a Master of Business Administration and Executive Master of Public Administration degrees with a concentration in Data Analytics. The course of study delivered in two semesters and two summer sessions addresses Defense/Army Comptroller and FM educational needs. The 60-hour graduate curriculum combines business and public administration theories. Dual degree program between the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Graduates are awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA). Curriculum provides future managers with conceptual perspectives, practical analytical tools, and management skills required in the increasingly complex resource management environment. Due to the unique orientation of this program, the student is normally required to successfully complete the required core courses.

For more information, Email: or visit: The latest curriculum is available by request. (Contact Ms. Wendy Frye,

Short Courses:
Army Comptroller Course (ACC)

ACC is a three week resident program held at Syracuse University's main campus, Syracuse, NY. ACC is taught at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY several times per year. ACC focuses on federal budget challenges, strategic planning, Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE), fiscal law, activity and service-based costing, manpower management, contracting, management controls, competitive sourcing, financial operations, the legislative process, and installation and Army command resource management. The course also blends current DoD/Army management and the latest in academic management techniques. The targeted audiences are journey-level Army Civilian Career Program (CP) 11, GS09 (Full Performance Positions), GS 11-12 and second year Department of the Army interns (mandatory); Officer Branch Code (BC) 36 Captain-Major (CPT-MAJ), and Enlisted Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 36 Sergeant First Class (SFC) and above, and Staff Sergeant (SSG) with waiver.

Executive Comptroller Course (ECC)

ECC is a three week resident program, held at Syracuse University's main campus, Syracuse, NY. Financial Managers obtain a broad perspective of the core competencies of Defense Financial Management and the application of those competencies in the U.S. The course also covers core competencies resource/financial management decision making in the U.S. Army. The program critically examines all aspects of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) from planning to prior year execution funds management and current issues in resource management. The targeted audiences are Civilian CP 11, GS 09 (Full Performance), GS 11-13; mid-level Officer BC 36 MAJ-LTC; Enlisted MOS 36 Master Sergeant (MSG) and above, and SFC with waiver.

Defense Financial Management Course (DFMC)

DFMC is a mid- to senior-level financial management professional development course taught at the Defense Financial Management & Comptroller School (DFM&CS), Maxwell AFB, (Montgomery), Alabama. The DFMC uses a blended delivery format with approximately 25 hours of pre-arrival course work followed by 14 days in residence at Maxwell AFB. The DFMC focuses on three main areas of instruction: Leadership & Communication, Strategic FM Environment, and Decision Support with specific emphasis placed on hands-on, experiential learning and small group discussions. This course combines resident faculty lectures, interactive seminars, networking, facilitated exercises, and an extensive and prestigious guest-speaker program to reinforce the course with "real world" applications. The course develops decision support skill sets to include critical thinking, analysis, advisory responsibility, strategic orientation, leadership and conflict resolution. The DFMC is mapped to maximize fulfillment of the DOD Financial Management Certification Program (primarily Certification Level 3, but also fulfills many Level 2 requirements.) The targeted audiences are Civilian CP 11, GS 12 and above; Officer BC 36 MAJ and above; and Enlisted MOS 36 MSG and above.

Defense Decision Support Course (DDSC)

DDSC is a four day course taught at the Defense Financial Management & Comptroller School (DFM&CS), Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL. DDSC complements the DFMC to acquaint mid-senior level personnel with the merits of Decision Support instruction and their use by subordinates. The course defines Decision Support, introduces a Decision Support Model, describes various analysis tools and techniques (both qualitative and quantitative), and allows students limited practice in putting the concepts into action through practical exercises. To achieve maximum effectiveness, students selected for this course should possess a broad knowledge of the DoD FM environment, a strategic perspective, and above average critical/creative thinking, and oral and written communication skills. The targeted audiences are Civilian CP 11 GS 12 and above; Officer BC 36 MAJ or above, and Enlisted MOS 36 MSG and above.

Senior Resource Managers Course (SRMC)

SRMC SRMC is a five day course taught at Syracuse University's Minnowbrook Conference Center in the Adirondack Mountains. SRMC focuses on current issues in the management of resource management. Careerists gain better understandings of the changing resource management environment of the Army and DoD; experience a venue for senior resource managers to discuss issues and share solutions; and develop solutions to management of resource management issues. The targeted audiences are Civilian CP 11, GS 14-15, and CP 26 (Manpower and Force Management) GS 14-15; Officer BC 36 Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) and Colonel (COL); and Senior Enlisted.

Short Course Nomination Procedures

Nominations for the above Short Term Training (STT) should identify the class and date of the requested course. The following documents consists of the application packet:

  • Letter of Endorsement
  • CP 11 Resume,
  • SF 181 - Ethnicity and Race Identification Form

The application packet should be submitted through the Command's Comptroller Junior Executive Council (CJEC) member. If the applicant's position isn't within Career Program 11, the application packet must be submitted through Command Channels before submission to the Comptroller Proponency Office.

Additional Information: The Comptroller Proponency Office centrally funds travel, per diem and tuition costs for STT sessions for Civilian CP 11, Officer BC 36, Enlisted MOS 36, except DA interns that are centrally funded by G-1. G3/5/7 will provide procedures and any applicable fund cite instructions to selectees. Cancellation notification must be made through the Comptroller Proponency Office and the Command's Comptroller Junior Executive Council (CJEC) member. Nomination packets should be routed through respective Command's CJEC members for coordination with the Comptroller Proponency Office.

Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training (EDFMT)

EDFMT is a five day, intensive financial management review course taught in three modules: resource management environment, budgeting and cost analysis, and accounting and finance. The course is provided by the Department of Defense, and licensed and copyrighted by the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC). The course is offered at a variety of locations (including overseas locations) throughout the year to make it easier for personnel to attend while minimizing travel expenses. Financial Managers who successfully complete the week of instruction are awarded 40 continuing professional education units and credit toward the DoD Financial Management Certification Program. Tuition is centrally funded. The Comptroller Proponency Office does not fund TDY and travel. Local travel is the Command's responsibility. The targeted audience for this course are Civilian CP 11, GS 09 and above; Officer BC 36 CPT and above; and Enlisted MOS 36 SSG and above. This course is not for interns.

Nomination Procedures: Nominations should register for specified class, location and date via the EDFMT online application system:

The supervisor will either approve or disapprove the online application. Once the online application is approved by the supervisor, a generated e-mail message is sent to the Comptroller Junior Executive Council member for concurrence. The final approval process is the Army Quota Manager within the Comptroller Proponency Office.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) with SAP TERP 10 Certification Course

ERP SAP TERP is a four week course taught at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. It provides students with an overall understanding and working knowledge of the function, design, control, and use of ERP systems as implemented by DoD. Students obtain and understanding of SAP systems and the technology of the entities they interact. The curriculum provides students with conceptual understanding and skills to navigate the complexities of transaction processing and data queries inherent in modern ERP systems. This course consists of four graduate level course: Financial Accounting with a Federal Government Emphasis; Database Management for Business; Advanced ERP Systems, and Special Topics in Accounting (SAP TERM 10 Certification Preparation.) The targeted audiences are Civilian CP 11 financial managers; BC 36 Officers; and Enlisted NCOs with undergraduate degrees.
For an application, contact

Advanced Business Analytics (ABA)

ABA is a four week resident graduate education course taught at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. The course provides students with the conceptual understanding and applied critical business analytics skills, as well as an analysis of the curricula at the top 30 business analytics programs in the U.S. Selected candidates must complete approximately 20 hours of preparatory work prior to the first day of class. (BC 36 Officers, Noncommissioned Officers and CP 11 Civilians are eligible.)
For application, contact .

Cost Management Certificate Course (CMCC)

CMCC is a four week course taught by University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. The course teaches students how to manage Army business operations efficiently and effectively through accurate measurement and thorough understanding of the "Full Cost" of business processes, products, and services. Certificate holders become consultants equipped to help decision makers, and provide the best value to customers and stakeholders. Successful participants earn 12 graduate credits from the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. The targeted audience are Civilians GS 13 and above, and Military MAJ and above with Bachelor degrees and three years of government service.
For application, contact

University Training
Academic Degree Training (ADT) Program

Competitive professional development provides a valuable learning experience and competitive edge for future advancement. Financial Managers develop their own full-time or part-time course of study with local accredited colleges or university for the purpose to obtain a degree. The Financial Management Career Program-11 Competitive Professional Development Program emphasizes distribution of limited ACTEDS program funds to the maximum number of qualified nominees. Although, part-time academic programs are encouraged, full-time applications will be considered for acceptance. All degree programs, whether funded by ACTEDS or commands must be approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs).

Full-time University Programs

Full-time University Programs: Careerists nominated and selected under this announcement for full-time university training will be evaluated competitively based on their experience, education, government-related training, awards, and motivation for requesting this training. This high priority training must be more than 120 calendar days and normally occurs during duty hours. Tuition and book expenses will be funded for selected nominees. The full-time program must be completed in one year. If the program is not completed in one year, you must apply for part-time training.

Part-time University Programs

Part-time University Programs: be forwarded through supervisory and major command channels (with full justification) for approval by the FCR. This lower priority training may consist of evening, weekend, and/or part-time courses at the rate of fewer than 12 hours per semester. Non-degree training funding is a command responsibility.

All applications for Competitive Professional Development Training Programs are due to Comptroller Career Program-11 NLT 120 days prior to the start of first classes. The entire process will require approximately 180 days contacting the college, assembling the package and obtaining chain of command endorsements to final staffing and approval. Check with your CP-11 ACOM, Army Service Component Command (ASCC) or Direct Reporting Unit (DRU) career program manager for internal deadlines.

Employees who work for an Army Staff Principal, Headquarters Department of the Army, the Army Staff, or a Program Executive office must obtain endorsement from the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army (AASA) or assigned designee.

For more details, checklists and forms go to

Academic Requirements
  • University Training Program Dates: Applicants are requested to plan for at least a three-semester lead-time due to the lengthy approval process of the application package and the training request.
  • Course of study: Must be from an accredited institution in any of the following academic disciplines: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods and organizational management, etc.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): Students are required to maintain a "B" GPA for graduate level courses and a "C" GPA for undergraduate level courses. Failure to maintain the GPA may result in removal from the course of study. The Government's interests must be protected when an employee fails to complete training for which Army pays all or part of the training expenses. If the student fails to complete training satisfactorily or does not fulfill the Agreement to Continue in Service, the guidelines of Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 410.309(c) will apply.

Developmental Assignments (under revision)
Developmental Assignments

Developmental assignment opportunities are available for the competitive professional development of CP-11 careerists. They allow careerists within HQDA to work in field organizations and/or activities and vice versa. Developmental assignments include, but are not necessarily limited to, duties and responsibilities designed to broaden the careerists' perspectives of the issues pertinent to Army financial management policy and practice.

The annual announcement of CP-11 developmental assignment opportunities is issued by the FCR at fiscal year's end for the following year. Assignments may vary in length from three to twelve months and reporting dates will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Funding for salary and benefits will be assumed by the parent organizations. Subject to the availability of funds, travel and per diem will be centrally funded by CP-11 ACTEDS funds. Specific Information about the individual opportunities is contained in attachments to the announcement.

Other Professional Development Training
Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP)

In accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act 2010, Section 1112, Public Law 184, the Secretary of Defense shall establish a program of leadership development for civilian employees of the Department of Defense (DoD). The objective of this program is to develop a new generation of leaders for the Department.

DCELP is the premier Department of Defense (DOD) leader development program for civilians in the grades of GS-7 through GS-12 (or equivalent) in the DOD and other Federal Agencies. The program consists of a series of 4 one-week in-resident sessions, assessment tools, knowledge transfer activities, participant writing and briefing projects, and individual coaching. The program concentrates on the five terminal learning objectives of Know Self, Express Self, Build Teams, Manage Organizations and Understand the DOD.

Contact the DCELP Staff,, for more information.

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.

More information on CES courses, as well as instructions on how to enroll can be found on the Civilian Human Resources Training Application System (CHRTAS) at

Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM/ETM)

The Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM/ETM) program, developed Professional collaboratively as a Civilian Workforce Transformation initiative and Development administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office (CSLMO), Training Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), is open to GS-14 and GS-15 (or equivalent) employees who wish to apply for participation.

Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM)

Other Leadership Training Opportunities

Leadership for a Democratic Society (LDS) at the Federal Executive Institute (FEI)

House Appropriations Committee (HAC) Professional Development Program

Senior Leader Seminar: Senior Leader Development Course

Harvard University Program for Senior Executive Fellows

Army Congressional Fellowship Program

Senior Manager Course (SMC) in National Security Leadership

DoD FM Certification Program

The DoD Financial Management (FM) Certification Program establishes a framework to guide DoD FM professional development. The program encourages career broadening and leadership; establishes a mechanism to encourage key training in Audit Readiness, Decision Support/Analysis; transitions to a more analytic orientation (Transform Bookkeepers to Analysts); ensures Financial Management workforce has knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to meet DoD resourcing challenges and achieve auditable financial statements; provides the FM Workforce with a standard body of knowledge and is a course-based Program.

  • FM Online - Current and timely information of interest to the Department of Defense Financial Community and other related stakeholders; contains all the information on the DoD FM Certification Program.
  • FM myLearn - Online catalog of professional training opportunities for FM personnel and support career-long learning objectives; Helps members find current and prior training and how it relates to the DoD FM Certification Program.
  • DoD FM Learning Management System (LMS) is the system of record for the DoD FM Certification Program used to track progress towards obtaining and maintaining FM Certification.

For information regarding Army’s program, contact

More Information
  • Academic Degree Training (ADT) Checklist - Employees requesting DA ACTEDS funds to obtain an academic degree (training or education with the stated objective of getting an academic degree) must provide the information found in the "ADT Checklist" below.
  • Career Program ACTEDS Plans - Information about career management training, education, and development is provided in the individual ACTEDS plans. Individual plans may be found using the ACTEDS link below.
  • Course Checklist - Employees requesting ACTEDS funds for training-with-industry programs, developmental assignments, short-term training opportunities (120 days for less) and non-academic degree programs must provide the information found in the "Course Checklist" below.

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