The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Engineers & Scientists   (Non-Construction) (CP-16)


: Army Civilian Training, Education & Development Systems (ACTEDS) funds are used to competitively develop the CP-16 workforce. CP-16 Competitive Professional Development (CPD) opportunities are available to non-intern careerists in journeyman positions. Opportunities include: Short-Term Training (STT); Long-Term Training (LTT); Developmental Assignments; Training With Industry (TWI); and Academic Degree Training (ADT).

CPD priorities change annually in support of command input, emerging competency gaps, and strategic priorities. Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) ACTEDS funded priorities are:

  • Academic Degree Training
  • Short-Term Training (based on competency gaps and mission necessity)
  • Developmental Assignments

CPD Information and Criteria

CP-16 Careerists who have career status and are in a permanent competitive appointment are eligible to apply unless a higher minimum grade is listed in the training announcement. Interns are not eligible for ACTEDS funded training.

  • Careerists must plan ahead for training attendance so that the training application and the SF182 are approved in GoArmyEd at least 30 days in advance of the start of training.
  • All opportunities are competitive and applicants must have three (3) years of permanent, full time employment as a Department of Army (DA) civilian at the time of application.
  • CP-16 funded CPD applications must go through GoArmyEd (GAE) and requested training must be entered on the careerists' Individual Development Plans (IDPs) in Army Career Tracker (ACT)
  • Group training requests must be coordinated with a Career Manager at the CP-16 Program Management Office (PMO).
  • ACTEDS funds may pay for training leading to certification or licensure, but cannot be used to pay for the actual certification or licensure. Training that results in certification or licensure is allowed
  • Employees 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 (3) 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 personal benefits are the responsibility of the command and not funded by CP-16.
  • CP-16 will not pay for rental cars, travel in/around the TDY site or local mileage.
  • CP-16 does not fund travel associated with University courses or ADT.
  • If an employee attends a training event prior to receiving official approval, to include fund citation, he/she will be responsible for all associated training costs.

Short Term Training

Training of 120 calendar days or less is considered short-term training. Training instances may include, but are not limited to, professional workshops, seminars, and University courses.

Long Term Training

Long-term training and education is training in which an employee is assigned on a continuous, full-time basis for more than 120 calendar days. The assignment may be at government or non-government facilities and may include both formal training programs and strategically planned career assignments. LTT enables employees to stay abreast of changes and innovations in their occupational fields, learn new skills, or develop/improve abilities needed in current positions and meet emerging Army requirements. Each approved course, even those taken within the same semester, must be approved in advance on a separate SF-182.

Developmental Assignments

Developmental Assignments provide careerists with a competency-based approach for developing and/or broadening careerist competencies; to include operational techniques that provide a global and enterprise approach for positions of significantly higher responsibility. These assignments are at Army, Joint and various DoD activities. Developmental Assignments may include lateral movement to positions where careerists gain additional technical, management, professional skills, knowledge, and abilities to enhance performance and effectiveness. The length of the assignment should be at least three (3) months but not more than one (1) year as funding permits. Locations will vary.

Training-With-Industry (TWI)

This training program must be uniquely designed and individually tailored to offer trainees direct private industry experience that should improve the effectiveness of the trainees in their working relationships with counterparts in private industry. The Command and CP-16 Activity Career Program Manager (ACPM) should assist the employee in identifying private industries for suitable assignments. Selection is made based on approval of the careerist's Commander or designated representative, CP-16 ACPM, and Functional Chief Representative (FCR).

Academic Degree Training (ADT)

Academic Degree Training is training or education with the stated objective of obtaining an academic degree from a College, University, or other institution that is accredited by a regional, national, or international accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and listed in its Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs. ADT must be part of a planned, systematic, and coordinated program of professional development endorsed by the Army that supports organizational objectives and results in measurable individual and/or organizational performance. The HQDA ADT program is administered as follows:

  • All ADT requests require Assistant Secretary of the Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA (M&RA)) approval, regardless of the funding source (Command or career Program).
  • Application packets must be received by the CP-16 PMO by the suspense noted below. Incomplete application packets will be returned. Application packets must contain current forms as published in the ACTEDS Catalog ( ADTs must be related to the performance of an employee's official duties.
  • The degree-granting institution must be accredited, to include full accreditation for the program of instruction or degree being sought.
  • ADT participants must satisfactorily complete all courses of study. Undergraduate students must maintain a "C" average or better; graduate students must maintain a "B" average or better for all courses completed. Failure to do so may result in repayment to the government of all costs associated with the training course/program (i.e., tuition, books, equipment, tools, fees, etc.).
  • Careerist must submit their grades to the CP-16 PMO upon receipt. Failure to submit grades to the CP-16 PMOe may prevent approval of future classes.
  • Maximum funding academic degree programs is $75K.
  • Employees selected for ADT must agree in writing to continue in HQDA or DoD service for a period equal to at least three (3) 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.
  • Expenses associated with granting course credit for life experience, school/university acceptance application, and graduation application/conferment fees will be funded by the employee
  • Attendance should be to a College/University within the applicant's commuting area. University training outside the commuting area must be accompanied with strong supporting justification, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. CP-16 does not fund local mileage or travel costs for programs outside the local commuting area.
  • Training must develop the employee's competencies or support a gap closure strategy. Job-relatedness alone is not an acceptable justification for training approval.
  • Careerists must submit their last three (3) most current performance appraisals (TAPES/NSPS). If three (3) appraisals are not available, applicants must include a statement detailing the reason.
  • Careerists must submit documentation of the highest level of Continuing Education System (CES) course (Foundation/Basic/Intermediate/Advanced Course) completed or equivalency document from the Army Management Staff College (AMSC).
  • Careerists must submit a resume. Their resume must list all ACTEDs and government funded training the careerists have completed.

Suspense Dates

  1. In general, careerists must plan ahead for training attendance, so that the training application and the SF-182 are approved in GAE at least 30 days in advance of the start of training. Specific suspense dates for ADT and Senior Leader Development are listed below.
  2. Submission deadlines for complete ADT program applications to arrive at the CP-16 PMO:
    • 15 September 2015 (for January 2016 start)
    • 15 January 2016(for August 2016 start)
    • 15 June 2016 (for January 2017 or later start)
    NOTE: The estimated time to process and obtain ASA (M&RA) approval of careerists' ADT applications/packets is 180 days. Careerists should plan accordingly and submit their completed packets to their Supervisor no later than 140 days prior to the start of class. See Army Regulation 350-1, Army Civilian Training, dated 19 August 2014, page 103, paragraph 3-94 for further details.

Selection of Trainees/Career Factors

Selection of careerists for training will be made without regard to political preference, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, age, or sexual orientation. Depending on the training, applicants will be rated against some of the following factors:

  • Return on Investment (ROI)
  • How well training targets a competency gap
  • Prior CP-16 funded training or ADT
  • Program cost
  • Proximity of training to home workstation
  • ACOM/DRU/ASCC endorsement
  • Supervisor's Assessment of Need for Training
  • Post Utilization Plan
  • Functional (ACPM) Assessment of Need
  • Performance Appraisals
  • Employee's Motivation for Attendance
  • Relevance of Training Program to mission of the Army or Career Program
  • Completion of the appropriate Civilian Education System (CES) courses or equivalency completion for their positions.
  • Supervisor Development Course (SDC) completion if applicable.
  • Acquisition certification if applicable (All applicants serving in positions requiring Acquisition Certification (regardless of acquisition classification), must provide a current copy of their Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB) and proof of certification.

Army Career Tracker (ACT)

ACTEDS funded training requests should be in the careerists' ACT IDP. ACT is a relatively new Army web portal created to change the way training, education, and experiential learning support is provided to Army civilians 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 careerist to:

  • Identify training activities and requirements based on tailored Career Program Maps
  • Track individual progress of IDP goals.
  • View multiple skill and competency career progressions across multiple career maps.
  • Search multiple training catalogs and educational resources.
  • ACT also includes Supervisor and CPM dashboard functionality
  • Provide an unofficial "lifelong learning transcript" that represents the accumulation of all assignment, training, and education accomplishments by careerist.

All careerists must ensure their immediate and second line supervisors are identified in ACT before applying for CPD training in GoArmyEd. More information on ACT can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development website


Army Civilians will use GoArmyEd ( to process ACTEDS training applications and SF 182 Authorizations.

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

Other Professional Development Opportunities not funded by CP-16:
The Civilian Education System (CES) and Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) Program
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) careerists employees. CES leadership courses, or designated equivalent courses, are required for all Army Civilians. Careerists should include attendance at the CES course for which they are eligible in their IDP.

Careerists 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 Training and Leader Development website at

Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) Program

The Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) program, developed collaboratively as a Civilian Workforce Transformation initiative and administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office (CSLMO), 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. The SETM Program comprises the following four modules:

  • The Enterprise Placement Program is open to GS-15 or equivalent employees, who apply and are selected as Army Enterprise Employees. Army Enterprise Employees are slated for consideration for placement into positions across the Army that will broaden their skills and prepare them for greater challenges.
  • SETM-Temporary Duty is a short-term developmental assignment program for GS-14 to GS-15 or equivalent employees. Participants are temporarily assigned to work on a special command-nominated project as part of a working group or to fill a critical-need detail for a period not to exceed 179 days.
  • Senior Service College is open to applicants in grades GS-14 to GS-15 (or equivalent) who compete for allocated seats at the US Army War College or the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Attendance at SSC is designed to expand the participants' knowledge of the national security mission, understanding of complex policy and operational challenges faced by senior DOD and Army officials.
  • The Defense Senior Leader Development Program is a two-year program designed to develop the enterprise-wide perspective needed to lead organizations in the joint interagency and multinational environment. This includes attendance at another service's Senior Service College, leadership seminars and a follow-on developmental assignment.

For more information regarding the The Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) program please visit

Enterprise Talent Management (ETM) Program

Enterprise Talent Management program, similar to the Army's SETM program, is the means by which the Army preparesits senior Civilians to assume positions of greater responsibility across the department. ETM program is open to GS-13 (and GS-12) (or equivalent) employees who wish to apply for participation. The ETM Program comprises the following four modules:

  • Command and General Staff Officer College (CGSOC): is open to Army senior Civilians GS-13 (or equivalent). CGSOC is focused on expanding participants' knowledge of the operational and tactical Army and prepares the generating force for challenges of a complex environment. Competes for allocated seat CAC-Leavenworth.
  • Executive Leader Development Program (ELDP) DoD Level Program: is open to Army senior Civilians GS-12/13 (or equivalent). ELDP consists of a 10-month program of learning and training experiences requiring both mental and physical agility - requires continuity of service agreement and medical authorization. Compete for allocated seats in DoD-wide program.
  • Leadership Shadowing Experience: is open to Army senior Civilians GS-13 (or equivalent). This experience consists of a 20 working day structured leadership shadowing experience with: GS-15/SES focused at developing firsthand knowledge of what it takes to lead at senior levels in the Army
  • Enterprise Talent Management - Temporary Duty (ETM – TDY): is open to Army senior Civilians GS-13 (or equivalent). ETM-TDY consists of a TDY assignment not to exceed 90 days focused at broadening experience through participation on a special project or filling a different position to build enterprise level experience

Point of Contact

CP16 Proponency Management Office
Phone: 256-450-8781

HQ, U.S. Army Materiel Command
4400 Martin Rd.
Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5000

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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