The ACTEDS Training Catalog


Information Technology Management (CP-34)

Section I: GENERAL INFORMATION
 

The explosion of Information Technology (IT) and the rise of network security threats have escalated the demands on IT/Cyber professionals to develop new competencies and perform in turbulent environments. To meet such demands, the Information Technology/Cyber (IT/Cyber) Career Program 34 (CP-34) builds the competencies and readiness of a 14,000 member civilian workforce through the Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS) Competitive Professional Development Program. ACTEDS is a requirements-based system that ensures planned professional development through a blending of progressive work assignments, formal training and education, and self-development for individuals from entry to mid to senior level positions. Through ACTEDS, CP-34 provides a dynamic career management system with career planning tools to chart core competency development and innovative learning programs.

The CP-34 ACTEDS Catalog sets the foundation for developing a skilled, ready and agile IT/Cyber workforce with requirements-based training, education and development programs offered on competitive basis to CP-34 customers.

Section II: OCCUPATIONAL SERIES & GRADES

The IT Core Series (2210/391/301-i) with a population of 12,000 are DoD Mission Critical Occupations (MCO) that are in high demand for meeting the IT/Cyber workforce requirements now and in the future. CP-34's goal is to support the Army's critical IT/Cyber mission, create a more agile and competitive workforce, and promote professionalism and leadership within the IT/Cyber community.

The Career Program 34 population includes a range of occupational series defined by three Tier levels.

Section III: SCOPE OF PROGRAMS

Career Program 34 offers targeted training opportunities according to the Tier Level as identified in this Catalog.

All applicants for ACTEDS funding must have a minimum of three years of experience in a permanent Army Civilian position (excludes military/DoD/other federal service or contractor experience).

Applications must be forwarded to CP-34 through the Chain of Command and the Activity/Command Career Program Managers (ACPM/CPM).

Section IV: COMMAND CAREER PROGRAM MANAGERS

CP-34 Command Career Program Managers (CPM) are designated senior level individuals located at Headquarters of the Commands, ASSCs, and DRUs. CPM responsibilities include: Identifying resources required to fulfill command responsibilities for training and development; and advising Headquarters and Major Subordinate Commands and Activities on IT/Cyber training requirements, workforce development and career management.

CPMs work as a liaison between the CP-34 Functional Chief/Chief Representative and the CP-34 community. All CP-34 personnel should know their Activity and Command CPM and work through them to secure career development and training opportunities.

Section V: CAREER PLANNING TOOLS
1. Army Career Tracker (ACT)

To manage a dynamic Career Program in a fiscally-constrained environment, CP-34 is encouraging everyone to utilize the Army Career Planning Tools as a basis for defining training and development needs that support both individual and organizational requirements. The career planning tools are the starting point for professional development. Individuals should work in close coordination with their Supervisor/Manager to influence their career management lifecycle. All CP-34 customers are expected to use the Career Planning Tools.

Army Career Tracker (ACT) is a leadership development and career planning tool that integrates training and education into one personalized, easy-to-use website. ACT provides all Army personnel - enlisted, officer and civilian cohorts - a system to manage their professional development and to monitor progress toward training, education and career goals. As a single point of entry for career and leadership development, ACT creates an environment where Soldiers and Civilians can collaborate with leaders and mentors to enhance their career management lifecycle.
See the ACT website: https://actnow.army.mil

ACT allows users to:

  • Search multiple education and training resources
  • Create Individual Development Plans (IDP) to establish short & long term goals and a pathway to achieve them
  • Map out events, decision points and outcomes
  • Track progress against known career benchmarks
  • Receive personalized advice from leaders and mentors
2. Career Progression Ladders

Career Progression Ladders offer a structured sequence of positions to advance within a series. See the ACT website: https://actnow.army.mil

3. Career Maps

Career Maps define competencies and the way forward for career development within each CP-34 series. See the ACT website: https://actnow.army.mil

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. An MTP for each of the series is available on the ACT website: https://actnow.army.mil

Section V: TRAINING, EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Overview

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, decision-makers, 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 network security and information assurance, IT/CYBER 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. Academic Degree Training (ADT)

Tier 1

CP-34 ADT scholarships provide competitive opportunities to Army Civilians, GS-11-15 who have demonstrated initiative and high performance in their work and are capable of undertaking a rigorous academic program of study. These programs are customarily taken on non-duty hours with the exception of 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 IT/Cyber mission areas are funded. CP-34 funds only graduate/undergraduate degrees. Doctoral degrees are not funded. CP-34 ADT has targeted certain academic programs for priority funding:

  1. IT/Cyber Programs (online)
    • Norwich University - Information Assurance (cohort)
    • Arizona State University (ASU) - Information Management (cohort)
    • University of Maryland University College (UMUC) - Cybersecurity/Policy
    • University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) - Information Systems
    • Virginia Tech - Information Technology
    • Western Governors University - Information Security & Assurance
  2. Other IT Programs
    • Technology Management
    • IT Management
    • Management of Information Systems
    • Information Security/Information Assurance
    • Computer Science/Computer Information Systems

    ADT POC: Ms. Tanya Briscoe tanya.l.briscoe.civ@mail.mil


  3. National Defense University (NDU) iCollege Certificate Programs
    • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
    • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
    • Cyber Leadership (Cyber-L)
    • Cyber Security (Cyber-S)
    • Enterprise Architecture (EA)
    • IT Project Management/IT Program Management (ITPM)
    • Government Strategic Leader (GSL)
      * See NDU site at: http://www.ndu.edu/

    NDU POC: Ms. Erin Saynuk erin.s.saynuk.civ@mail.mil


2. Short-Term Training (STT)

Tier 1, 2

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 IT/Cyber workforce with tangible skills to support the Army's mission in IT/Cyber areas. 3-5 day Outreach Training provides applications-oriented, skill building topics to harness critical IT/Cyber requirements. Many courses are "Virtual" and can be completed at the worksite or other designated locations. The following topics are examples of Outreach Training courses:
    • Agile Project Management
    • Cloud Computing
    • COBIT 5: Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology
    • ITIL Foundations: Information Technology Infrastructure Library
    • ITIL Service Capability Courses (Intermediate)
    • IT Project Management/Advanced IT Project Management
    • IT/Cybersecurity
    • Knowledge Management Foundations
    • Microsoft Windows PowerShell v2 for Administrators
    • Project Risk Management
    • Risk Management Framework
    • Social Media
    • SharePoint Developer/Designer
    • Service-Oriented Architecture
    • Thin Client Computing

    Outreach Training POC: Mr. Timothy Williams timothy.m.williams.civ@mail.mil

Tier 1, 2, 3
  1. Career Management
    Career Challenge

    Self-assessment and career goal setting workshop with professional career trainer/coach, aimed at Civilians in career/life transition. (GS-09-13) (2 days) CareerPortrait ® is an individualized self-paced online career assessment guided by a professional career coach.

Tier 1
    Management Programs
    OPM Management Development Centers

    Single topic group training for government professionals. Examples: Customer Focused Organizations, Team Development, Facilitation Skills, Extraordinary Leadership, and Collaborative Leadership. (GS-11-15) (3-5 days residential)

    Graduate School USA, Executive Leadership Development (ELP)
    4 one-week residential training classes combined with developmental work experiences. (GS-12-13) (9 mos. total)

    Graduate School USA, Executive Potential Program (EPP)
    4 one-week residential training classes combined with developmental work experiences. (GS-14-15) (1 year total)

    Career/Management Programs POC: Ms. Erin Saynuk erin.s.saynuk.civ@mail.mil
3. Developmental Assignment

Tier 1

Structured experience for gaining a working knowledge of the interrelationships among HQDA, Army Commands and DoD. Focus on IT/Cyber missions in an enterprise environment. (GS-12-14) (2-4 mos.)

NOTE: CP-34 will announce. Open through CP-34 nomination process. Requires senior level endorsement.

Developmental Assignment POC: Ms. Grace Dalton grace.e.dalton.civ@mail.mil

4. Training with Industry (TWI)

Tier 1

Intensive work experience with an industry partner organization to better understand Army/industry interrelationships. Focus on IT/Cyber missions in an enterprise environment. (GS-14-15) (2-4 mos.)

NOTE: CP-34 will announce. Open through CP-34 nomination process. Requires senior level endorsement.

Training with Industry POC: Ms. Grace Dalton grace.e.dalton.civ@mail.mil

5. Army e-Learning

Tier 1, 2, 3

Army e-Learning is the cornerstone for training Tier 1, 2 & 3 for the CP-34 population. Army e-Learning is an enterprise-wide web-based training system that offers nearly 5,000 online 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 for DA Civilians and Military. To learn more about Army e-Learning, visit the homepage via AKO at https://www.us.army.mil Select Self Service/then My Education or login at: https://usarmy.skillport.com/

Army e-Learning gives access to:

  • Books 24x7 Referenceware ®
  • Online subject matter experts and mentors available 24x7
  • Customized Learning Paths unique to organizational training needs
  • Curricula mappings to fit your training requirements and help when developing Individual Development Plans (IDP)
  • Knowledge Centers in Leadership, Project Management, DoDi 8570 requirements, MCSE and MCSA certification areas

Army e-Learning provides a wide range of technical and professional development training courses. Key topics are:
  • Desktop Computer Skills (Microsoft)
  • Operating Systems/Server Technologies
  • Security & Network Technologies
  • Software Development
  • Enterprise Database Systems
  • Web Design
  • Communications
  • Team Building
  • Customer Service
  • Management/Leadership
  • Project/Program Management
  • Strategic Planning
    * See full course list at: https://usarmy.skillport.com/

Army e-Learning offers the following preparatory courses for IT Certifications:
  • Microsoft
  • (ISC)2
  • Cisco
  • CompTIA
  • EMC
  • IBM
  • Information Systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA)
  • Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB)
  • International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
  • Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
  • Oracle
  • VMware
    * See certification materials at: http://www.skillsoft.com/catalog/certification/curricula.asp?oid=00015

Army e-Learning offers the following preparatory courses for Business Certifications:
  • ASQ (Six Sigma and CMQ/OE)
  • International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)
  • ITIL ®
  • Prince2 ®
  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
Section VII: CIVILIAN LEADER DEVELOPMENT (Centrally Funded)
1. Civilian Education System (CES)

CES is composed of seven Civilian leader development courses. CES leadership courses are required for all Army Civilians and should be included in Individual Development Plans (IDP). The core courses are:

  • Foundation Course (FC) - Required if hired after 09/30/06
  • Basic Course (BC) - GS-01-09
  • Intermediate Course (IC) - GS-10-12
  • Advanced Course (AC) - GS-13-15

Other CES leader development programs are:
  • Action Officer Development Course (AODC)
  • Supervisory Development Course (SDC)
  • Manager Development Course (MDC)

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 permanent Army Civilians, including but not limited to General Schedule (GS), Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF), Local National (LN) and Wage Grade (WG) employees.

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: http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil/Pages/Homepage.aspx

2. Enterprise Talent Management

Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) is a Civilian Workforce Transformation (CWT) initiative for GS 14-15s administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office (CSLMO), Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs). SETM includes: Enterprise Placement Program (SETM EPP); Developmental Assignment (SETM TDY); Senior Service College (SSC); and Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP). SETM Program information is available at: http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil/Pages/Homepage.aspxprofessional/Pages/SETM.aspx

Enterprise Talent Management (ETM) is a newly developed program for GS-13s to provide a pathway toward enterprise leadership. More information will be available at: http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil/Pages/Homepage.aspx

Section VIII: HOW TO APPLY
1. Outreach Training

  1. All applicants for ACTEDS funding must have a minimum of three years of experience in a permanent Army Civilian position (excludes military/DoD/other federal service or contractor experience).
  2. CP-34 applicants must provide a certificate of completion for the Army Civilian Education System (CES) Course or be in the process of completing the CES Course required at their grade level.
  3. Applicants should be prepared to provide a copy of their Army Civilian Records Brief (CRB). Accessible through the Employee Data on the CPOL portal: http://cpol.army.mil
  4. Career goals should address the applicant's career focus, accomplishments and potential contribution to the Army.
  5. Supervisor/Manager endorsements should address the applicant's job performance, career progression and training readiness, and should state the home organization's intent to utilize the learning gained through the program.
  6. Applications must be forwarded to CP-34 through the Chain of Command and the Activity/Command Career Program Managers (ACPM/CPM).
  7. Please contact POC for more information on each program.

Outreach Training POC: Mr. Timothy Williams timothy.m.williams.civ@mail.mil

2. ADT

  1. Stage 1: Statement of Intent (Preliminary Request) Applicants must contact the ADT POC and prepare a Statement of Intent before formally applying to ADT. CP-34 reviews the Statement of Intent and conducts a phone interview with the applicant and a phone consult with the Supervisor. If there is a favorable review, the applicant advances to Stage 2. If the result is unfavorable, the applicant does not advance to the next stage. Prospective applicants are advised to complete Stage 1 before applying to a college or university. Only graduate/undergraduate degrees will be funded. Doctoral degrees are not funded by CP-34.
  2. Stage 2: Formal Application Once Stage 1 is approved; the applicant can proceed with a formal ADT application. Application forms and a checklist are provided at: http://cpol.army.mil/library/train/catalog/ch04adt.html

NOTE: Incomplete applications will be returned without action. ADT application process may take 2-3 months from start to finish. Plan Ahead.

ADT POC: Ms. Tanya Briscoe tanya.l.briscoe.civ@mail.mil



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