Training & Leader Development

Information Technology Management (CP-34)

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Information Technology (IT) is a vital and integral part of the Army. The demand for an experienced and qualified workforce to build, protect, and defend our Nation’s networks and information systems has never been higher. The continuing rise of cybersecurity threats and an ever changing virtual battlefield escalate the demands on Information Technology Management (ITM) professionals to continuously develop new competencies and perform in turbulent environments. To meet such demands, CP-34 builds the readiness of the Army Civilian ITM professional workforce through the Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS). ACTEDS is a competitive professional development requirements-based program that ensures planned professional development through progressive work assignments, formal training and education, and self-development. Through ACTEDS, CP-34 provides dynamic career management opportunities with innovative learning programs and career planning tools.

Additional, detailed information on the career program is addressed in the ACTEDS Plan located on the Civilian Personnel On Line (CPOL) Website at

The CP-34 ACTEDS Catalog provides a consolidated listing of competitive programs and services offered by the Career Program.


The CP-34 population clusters into three groups: IT Core Series; IM Specialty Series; and Para-Professional Series.

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The IT Core Series (2210/0391/0301-i) comprise the majority of the career program community, which is in high demand for meeting the Army’s ITM workforce requirements. DoD has identified series 2210 and 0391 as Mission Critical Occupations (MCO). The 2210 Series (IT Management) consists of the following eleven parenthetical titles: Policy and Planning (PLCYPLN); Enterprise Architecture (ENTARCH); Security (INFOSEC); Systems Analysis (SYSANALYSIS); Applications Software (APPSW); Operating Systems (OS); Network Services (NETWORK); Data Management (DATAMGT); Internet (INET); Systems Administration (SYSADMIN); and Customer Support (CUSTSPT). The 0391 Series (Telecommunications) and 0301-i Series (Information Management) complete the IT Core Series.

The IM Specialty Series have specialized training, experience and/or recognition of expertise within an information management specialty. IM Specialty Series consist of the following: 0308/0343 (Records and Information Management); 1001 (General Arts and Information); 1020 (Illustrating); 1060 (Photography); 1071 (Audio Visual Production); 1084 (Visual Information Specialist); 1410 (Librarian); and 1412 (Technical Information Services).

The Para-Professional Series are generally responsible for technical assistance to IT Core and IM Specialty Series. The Para-Professional series consist of the following: 0332 (Computer Operations); 0335 (Computer Clerk and Assistant); 0392 (General Telecommunications); 0382 (Telephone Operating); 0390 (Telecommunications Processing); 0394 (Communications Clerk); and 1411 (Library Technician).


CCPMs are Career Program advocates at Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA), Army Commands, Army Service Component Commands (ASCCs), and Direct Reporting Units (DRUs), who serve as liaisons between the Functional Chief Representative (FCR), Career Program Proponency Office (CPPO), and the CP-34 workforce. [See AR 690-950 for further information regarding CCPM roles and responsibilities.]

Activity Career Program Managers (ACPM) assist the Command Career Program Manager (CCPM) with administering CP-34 at the Sub-Command or Activity level. [See AR 690-950 for further information regarding ACPM roles and responsibilities.]

All CP-34 personnel are encouraged to reach out to their designated CCPM or ACPM to engage in career management and professional development.


CP-34 offers targeted career management guidance and competitive training opportunities. Visit the CP-34 Website for additional information.

Applicants must have a student account in GoArmyEd prior to applying for training opportunities. All applicants for ACTEDS funding must have a minimum of three years Army Civilian service (excludes military/DoD/other federal service or contractor experience). Waivers are available for short-term training for careerists in Mission Critical Occupations (series 2210 and 0391).

Applications for ACTEDS-funding must be forwarded to CP-34 Career Program Proponency Office (CPPO) through the trainee's appointed Command Career Program Manager/Activity Career Program Manager (CCPM/ACPM).


To manage a dynamic Career Program in a fiscally-constrained environment, careerists are encouraged to utilize Army career planning tools as a basis for defining training and developmental needs that support both individual and organizational requirements. The CP-34 Website is the starting point for managing your Army Civilian ITM professional career. Individuals should work in close coordination with their Supervisors.

1. Army Career Tracker (ACT)

Army Career Tracker (ACT) is a leadership development and career planning tool that integrates training and education into one personalized website. ACT allows careerists to:

  • Create Individual Development Plans (IDP) to establish short & long term goals (See CP-34 Website for IDP tutorials)
  • Track progress against known career benchmarks
  • Receive personalized advice from Supervisor
  • Search multiple education and training resources

For more information, visit the ACT Website.

2. Career Progression Ladders

*Career Progression Ladders offer a structured sequence of positions to advance within a series.

3. Career Road Maps

Career Road Maps define competencies and the way forward for career development within each CP-34 series. Career Road Maps are available on the ACT Website.

4. 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 and Master Training Plans are currently located on the CP-34 Website. The Master Intern Training Plan (MITP) is available on the CP-34 Intern Website.


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 networks, ITM 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.

1. Army e-Learning

Army e-Learning is the cornerstone for training the CP-34 population. As an enterprise-wide, web-based training system, Army e-Learning 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 to all DA Civilians, regardless of grade. Additional information available on the CP-34 Website under “Army e-Learning”.

2. Short-Term Training (STT)

Short-Term Training (STT) is designed to economically and efficiently provide training to reach a wide audience in geographically dispersed areas.

  1. Outreach Training
    The goal of CP-34 Outreach Training is to develop and sustain a competent ITM workforce with tangible skills to support the Army's mission. Outreach Training provides application-oriented, skill building topics to harness critical ITM requirements. Courses are generally "Virtual", three to five (3-5) days long and can be completed at the worksite or other designated location. Training Courses and schedules are available on the CP-34 Website under “Outreach Training”.
  2. Career Management
    Career Challenge ™ Workshop

    Group training with self-assessment and career goal setting led by a professional career coach (GS 09-13) (two (2) days). Individualized self-paced online career assessment guided by a professional career coach available through CareerPortrait ®.
  3. *Management Programs
    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) (three to five (3-5) days residential). Additional information available at the Office of Personnel Management Website.
  4. Graduate School USA, Executive Leadership Development (ELP)
    Four (4) one-week residential training classes combined with developmental work experiences. (GS 12-13) (Nine (9) months total). Additional information available at the ork experiences. (GS 12-13) (Nine (9) months total). Additional information available at the Graduate School USA Website.
  5. Graduate School USA, Executive Potential Program (EPP)
    4 one-week residential training classes combined with developmental work experiences (GS 14-15) (Twelve months total). Additional information available at the Graduate School USA Website.

*NOTE: CP-34 Does not manage nor administer the identified Management Programs (b.-e.) listed above.

3. Academic Degree Training (ADT)

CP-34 Academic Degree Training (ADT) ACTEDS funds provide competitive opportunities to Army Civilians 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 ITM mission areas are funded. For more information on CP-34’s ADT Program, please visit the CP-34 Website.

NOTE: Incomplete applications will be returned without action. The ADT application process may take five to six (5-6) months from start to finish. Plan ahead.

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4. Development Programs

CP-34 may provide limited opportunities for structured work experience across Army/DoD/Federal Agencies to build enterprise level management and leadership skills (GS 12-15). Visit the CP-34 Website. for additional information.

1. Civilian Education System (CES)

CES is the foundation of the Army's leader development program for all Army Civilians, providing progressive and sequential education courses throughout their careers. Composed of eight Civilian leader development course and centrally funded by HQDA G-37/Training Directorate, CES leadership courses are required for all Army Civilians and should be included in IDPs. The following core courses include Distance Learning (DL) and Resident (R) components:

  • Foundation Course (FC) – GS 01-15 - (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)

Additional CES leader development programs:

  • Action Officer Development Course (AODC) - (DL)
  • Supervisory Development Course (SDC) - (DL)
  • Manager Development Course (MDC) - (DL)
  • Continuing Education for Senior Leaders (CESL) - (DL-R)

More information on CES courses, as well as instructions on how to enroll, can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development Website.

2. Talent Management

Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) and Enterprise Talent Management (ETM) are the means by which Civilians GS 12-15 are positioned to assume greater responsibility and broaden the enterprise perspective that is required to lead Army organizations and programs in the joint, interagency and multinational environments. SETM and ETM programs are managed by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office (CSLMO), Assistant Secretary of the Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA(M&RA)). For more information on SETM/ETM go to the CSLMO Website.

  1. SETM program modules include (GS 14-15):
    1. 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 (1) year.
    2. 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.
    3. 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).
    4. Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP): DSLDP is a two (2) year comprehensive educational and developmental program for DoD Civilians in grade GS 14-15 (or equivalent) designed to inculcate in participants the enterprise wide perspective needed to lead organizations and programs in the joint, interagency and multinational environments.
    5. Army Senior Civilian Fellowship (ASCF): The ASCF is a two (2) year, phased comprehensive study and utilization program for Army Civilians in grade GS 14-15 (or equivalent), designed to broaden the enterprise wide perspective participants need to lead organizations and programs.
  2. ETM program modules include (GS 12-13):
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.

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