The Legal Career Program (CP-56) Competitive Professional Development (CPD) opportunities are designed to provide professional competency growth in developing Civilian attorneys and paraprofessionals in order to meet the challenges of today's Army mission. A full description of training opportunities available to CP-56 careerists can be found in their respective ACTEDS Plans located at
|Identification of Requirements|
CPD is open to all CP-56 careerists, regardless of grade, assigned to permanent positions, unless otherwise stated. All opportunities are competitive and selections will be determined by the CP-56 Functional Chief Representative (FCR). CPD is funded through the Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS). ACTEDS funds university programs, development assignments and short-term training programs, which are designed to professionally grow CP-56's careerists.
If made available, CP-56 funded university program opportunities will be announced. All degree programs must be approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs).
|Selected Short-Term Programs|
HQDA sponsored and boarded short-term training programs (e.g., Harvard Fellows or Federal Executive Institute) will be considered when they are in keeping with CP-56 ACTEDS identified training needs.
If CP-56 funding is made available, a selection board (apart from the command boards) will be convened to determine the candidate that will receive CP-56 funding. Irrespective of the CP-56 application deadlines, applicants must still comply with command application deadlines. Opportunities for HQDA sponsored and boarded training will be announced separately, as they occur throughout the year. Applicants for this type of training should complete a Request for Central Resource Support Form and include that with their command submission.
CP-56 will announce other short term training CPD opportunities and applications will be solicited in the announcement. All CPD announcements are currently posted on JAGCNet
on the CP-56 MilBook page
and on the CP-56 Army Civilian Tracker (ACT) page
Additionally, the announcements are e-mailed to the CP-56 representatives for AMC, OGC, and USACE for dissemination to the careerists via e-mail. Please ensure you have an active JAGCNet account to receive e-mail notifications of the opportunities when posted, join the CP-56 MilBook page,
and review the CP-56 community in ACT.
A panel of senior CP-56 careerists review nominations and provide recommendations to the FCR for CP-56. The FCR is the final decision authority.
|Points of Contact||
Career Program Manager |
Will Koon, Telephone 571-256-2936
CP-56 Proponency Office
Sarilyn Leary, Telephone 4254-287-2993
Ashley Ludovicy-Donahue, Telephone: 571-256-2870
|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 Training and Leader Development website at http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil/Pages/Homepage.aspx
The ACTEDS Training Catalog