Fort McCoy News May 8, 2015

CES provides leader-development opportunities

The Civilian Education System (CES) is the foundation of the Army's leader-development program for all Army civilians and provides progressive and sequential education courses throughout their careers.

The courses are designed using leadership competencies derived from the Office of Personnel Management and Center for Army Leadership, according to Workforce Development Specialist Kathleen Peterson of the Directorate of Human Resources (DHR).


CES provides eight levels of civilian development: Foundation Course, Basic Course, Intermediate Course, Advanced Course, Supervisor Development Course, Continuing Education for Senior Leaders, Action Officer Development Course, and Manager Development Course.

All Army civilians hired after Sept. 30, 2006, are required to take the Foundation Course prior to enrolling in any other CES course, Peterson said.

Employees are eligible to attend the CES course that is targeted at their grade level. GS-01 through GS-09 employees attend the Basic Course, GS-10 through GS-12 employees attend the Intermediate Course, and GS-13 through GS-15 employees attend the Advanced Course.

Training is delivered through distributed learning (DL) computer-based training; resident instruction; and blended learning, which is a mixture of both DL and resident instruction. The training is developed and conducted by the Training and Doctrine Command.
More information on each course can be found at the Army Management Staff College website,

For the Basic, Intermediate, and Advance Courses, employees must complete the online or phase-one portion before they can register for the resident or phase-two portion. "Employees now have four years to complete the resident phase after completion of phase one," Peterson said.

Most permanent Army civilians and local national employees are centrally funded. The Army pays for tuition, travel, and per diem when employees travel for resident courses. It does not come out of a unit budget. Military members, term and temporary employees, and non-Department of the Army employees are funded through their own organizations.

Some employees may receive equivalency credit for prior military or civilian training. For example, completion of the Basic Officer Leader Course or Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course would provide equivalency credit for the CES Basic Course, Peterson said.

A complete list of all approved Army Legacy Courses and instructions for requesting equivalency can be found on the DHR Workforce Development SharePoint website.

Registration for all CES courses is through Civilian Human Resources Training Application System online at "You can register at any time, and it requires supervisory approval," Peterson said.
Registration instructions also can be found on the DHR Workforce Development SharePoint website.

"We've created step-by-step instructions to assist in the registration process and instructions to submit for course equivalency," Peterson said. "Both are posted to SharePoint along with other CES information. We also can help employees (directly) with registration and provide any new information as it becomes available."

Peterson said supervisors and managers should know their employees' training requirements and ensure training is projected on employees' Individual Development Plans.

"Completion of CES for your targeted grade is extremely important for those employees who plan to take advantage of IMCOM (Installation Management Command) training and development opportunities, such as the mentoring or developmental assignment programs," Peterson said. "If all things are equal among applicants, those who have completed CES for their grade can be selected over those who have not completed the training."

For more information about CES, call Peterson at 608-388-5872.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and the Directorate of Human Resources.)