Training & Leader Development

Historian, Archivist, and Museum Professionals (CP-61)


The purpose of the Army Civilian Training, Education, and Development System (ACTEDS) is to provide for the systematic training, education, and development of Army career civilians. The Career Program (CP) 61 ACTEDS Plan is a living document that outlines sequential and progressive training for functional specialties and in leadership, supervision, and managerial development. It also provides general information and guidance on management of the career program, including recommended career progression ladders, technical and non-technical competencies, Master Training Plans, mobility, and continued service requirements. When specific training opportunities in the CP-61 ACTEDS Plan are matched with supervisor-approved Individual Development Plans (IDPs) and with centrally managed funding, individuals in the GS 0170 (Historian), 1010 (Exhibits Specialist), 1015 (Museum Curator), 1016 (Museum Technicians/Specialists), 1420 (Archivist), and 1421 (Archives Technician or Specialist) can take advantage of developmental assignments, long and short term training, and degree or degree completion opportunities.

Questions/concerns should be directed to Dr. Richard W. Stewart, Chief Historian, at (202) 685-2709 or via email at Email:

Developmental Assignments

CP 61 includes several career-enhancing developmental assignments, centrally managed by the CP 61 career program manager. Rotations, generally early in a career, familiarize the individual with the variety of functions performed by CP 61 professionals. Exchanges or funded research at CMH, Fort Leavenworth or the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC), are possible and will be announced when available.

Short-Term Training

Job series covered by CP 61 have numerous short-term training opportunities that will be announced in the Army Career Tracker and on the CP 61 website ( Such opportunities will include, funding dependent, the bi-annual Army Historians Training Symposium especially for GS-0170 historians, the Army Museum System Training Course, especially for GS 1010, 1015 and 1016 personnel, Army Basic Training in Museum Methods Course for GS 1010, 1015 and 1016, the Modern Archives Institute and Archives Practicum: Archival Theory and Methods, both for GS 1420 Archivists and 1421 Archives Technicians/Specialists.

University Training

Although only rarely offered, and some opportunities coming with a continuing service agreement, all CP 61 career personnel should consider pursuing academic training and education to complete their professional degrees. Historians should strive to complete their Ph.D. degrees while Archivists and Museum professionals should consider obtaining their Master's degree or, at least, Master's degree level certificates. Some full or part-time, fully-funded opportunities to compete degrees may be available and such opportunities, heavily funding-dependent and subject to careful screening by a selection board, will be announced on the CP 61 website ( when available.

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

More Information
  • Academic Degree Training (ADT) Checklist - Applicants requesting 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" link below to include career program unique requirements as follows:
    • Two Letters of Recommendation are required at a minimum. The first letter must be the applicant's immediate supervisor (person who signs employee performance appraisal) and the second letter is signed by a higher-level manager within the applicant's chain-of-command.
    • Last three most current performance appraisals (TAPES/NSPS) as applicable.
    • Documentation of Continuing Education System (CES) highest level course (Intermediate/ Advanced Course) completed or equivalency document from the Army Management Staff College.
    • Resumes listing at a minimum all ACTEDs and government funded training, job titles, federal series and grade and start/end dates for each position.
  • Career Program ACTEDS Plans and Development Maps - Information about career management training, education, and development is provided in the individual ACTEDS plans and through professional development maps (PDMs.) Individual plans may be found using the " Go to ACTEDS Plan" link below.
  • Course Checklist - Employees requesting ACTEDS funds for, developmental assignments, short-term training opportunities (120 days for less) and non-academic degree programs must provide the information found in the "Course Checklist" link below.

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