CES training allows Army civilian employees to develop their leadership skills through formal education programs at various intervals and levels. The program prepares Army supervisors for the evolving demands of today’s global security environment, including terrestrial and non-terrestrial wars.

To increase leadership readiness and ensure a high-quality workforce, several recent policy changes have been implemented to enhance CES course attendance and encourage lifelong learning. These include requiring 80% of supervisors to attend the CES courses specific to their grades, as well as establishing an Army Civilian Career Management Activity and implementing new leadership development curriculum and data analytics to support the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civilian Personnel).

In addition, the 10 year rule for legacy military and civilian leader development course equivalency credit has been eliminated and the CES Basic, Intermediate and Advanced courses are being offered in DL format. These courses will be delivered by AMSC at USAG Wiesbaden, USAG Stuttgart and on-site at Fort Leavenworth, through MET teams located at select military installations.

In order to participate in the CES DL programs, employees must register through CHRTAS and follow instructions provided by system-generated emails. They must also have a SECRET clearance or interim SECRET clearance and a permanent Department of the Army civilian position and must be a supervisor or higher in their organization.

What is CHRTAS?

CHRTAS is an online system used to access CES training. The system is only available on the Army/DoD network and requires a VPN connection prior to use. Once logged into CHRTAS, users must provide their current position, series and grade, and supervisor designation. Additionally, employees who have completed a professional military education (PME) course or Civilian legacy/other-service PME course that is not listed on their ATRRS training record may upload the appropriate certificate to gain equivalency credit in CHRTAS.

Students traveling to and from the training site are authorized travel and per diem for one round trip. In/around travel using privately owned vehicles (POV) is not authorized.

What Are the levels of CES

What Are the levels of CES?

CES provides training for individuals at all levels of continuity planning, from those just beginning to understand the concept to those with advanced skills. The classes help people better prepare themselves and their organizations for all types of emergencies and disasters and enhance the national capability to respond quickly and effectively.

Courses are offered online, in classroom settings, or through self-paced modules. Some courses also include hands-on practice sessions. These practice sessions provide valuable experience to the trainee and a means of preparing for the final exam.

Introduction to the philosophy, history, and legislation of rehabilitation. Emphasis is placed on the counselor’s role and function in rehabilitation. (Slashed with CES 67695)

Instruction and experience in the use of observational, measurement, and appraisal methods and instruments pertinent to clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. Includes an emphasis on counseling skills in group work with both didactic and experiential components. Prerequisite: CES 68011 or CES 78011 and doctoral standing.

A didactic and experiential seminar focusing on the intra and interpersonal dynamics of children frequently referred to counselors. This includes counseling procedures, treatment plans, and referral procedures. Prerequisite: CES 67530 or CES 77531 and doctoral standing.

  • Foundation Course: This introductory course provides a general overview of the Army, its culture, and its values.
  • Basic Course: Geared towards GS-01 to GS-09 pay grades (or equivalent), this course focuses on core competencies and essential skills for new employees.
  • Intermediate Course: Designed for GS-10 to GS-12 pay grades (or equivalent), this level builds upon the foundation by equipping participants with broader knowledge and skills for their specific roles.
  • Advanced Course: Intended for GS-13 to GS-15 pay grades (or equivalent), this advanced training focuses on leadership, strategic thinking, and problem-solving for senior positions.
  • Supervisor Development Course: This specialized course equips supervisors with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively lead and manage their teams.
  • Action Officer Development Course: This course hones the skills needed for analyzing information, making decisions, and taking action on complex issues.