Army redefines CES requirements

| June 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Julia Bobick
U.S. Army Recruiting Command

FORT KNOX, Ky. — The Army has redefined employee eligibility for its complement of Civilian Education System, or CES, leader development courses, as well as the rules for receiving course equivalency credit based on previous military education and training.

“We wanted to eliminate any confusion and establish a clearly progressive leader development model for our civilian workforce,” said Vicki Brown, chief of the Army’s Civilian Training and Leader Development Division, Army G3/5/7 Training Directorate.

Brown added the changes were implemented to help all Army leaders, supervisors and managers better define command training requirements; more clearly understand their civilian employees’ training and leader development requirements; and make appropriate recommendations for their professional development.

CES courses are aligned with a civilian employee’s grade level, similar to the way the Army has identified grade requirements in the Noncommissioned Officer Education System, Warrant Officer Education System, and Officer Education System, which allows for greater consistency of requirements development across commands and organizations, provides deliberate progressive development for Army civilian employees and meets Department of Defense Instruction 1430.16 to grow civilian leaders.

Eligibility is based on the following grade levels, with first priority given to supervisors, managers and team leaders, in accordance with Army Regulation 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development:

•Basic Course: GS-01 to GS-09 or equivalent pay band,

•Intermediate Course: GS-10 to GS-12 or equivalent,

•Advanced Course: GS-13 to GS-15 or equivalent (no change), and

•Continuing Education for Senior Leaders: GS-14 to GS-15 or equivalent (no change).

In addition, a Foundation Course is required for all civilian employees (GS-01 to GS-15 or equivalent) hired after Sept. 30, 2006. If required, the Foundation Course must be completed before employees are eligible to apply for the resident phase of their target CES leader course.

When individuals create/update their profiles and register for CES courses within the Civilian Human Resource Training Application System, or CHRTAS, they will see the CES course for which they are eligible based on grade level and previous professional military education and civilian leader development course completions recorded in the Army Training Requirements and Resource System, known as ATRRS.

CHRTAS automatically determines equivalent course credit for PME and civilian leader development courses that have been approved for equivalent credit by TRADOC.

In addition, the “10-year rule” for receiving course equivalency credit has been eliminated. Individuals may now receive credit for legacy civilian or military leader development courses, regardless of when they completed the courses.

The FY 13 training schedule for CES courses is now available in CHRTAS, and qualified employees may begin registering for Phase II (resident) courses.

“It’s important for employees to learn about the system and the programs available to them so they can take ownership of their own development,” Brown said. “A successful career always requires active managemet, and the best person to manage your career is you.

“No one else has as much at stake in the outcome of your career decisions,” Brown added, “and no one else will work as hard to ensure success.”

To learn more about and register for CES courses and other Army civilian professional training and leader development opportunities, visit

(Editor’s Note: Bobick, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, wrote this article during a public affairs fellowship with the Civilian Training and Leader Development Division in the Headquarters, Department of the Army, G-3/5/7 Training Directorate.)

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