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Training Resources - Professional Development

  • Army Engineers and Scientists (Resources and Construction), Career Program 18 (CP-18)
      CP-18 provides information for the careerist to identify potential career advancement to become highly developed and seasoned effectively within the DA environment, while gaining expertise for attaining career goals. This is part of the Army Civilian Training, Education, and Development System (ACTEDS) Plan.

  • Army Regulation 690-950: Civilian Personnel Career Management
      This regulation provides policy governing Army civilian career programs. It is the Army's merit promotion regulation for career program positions.

  • Civil Works Planner Capability: Task Force Report (Training and Development)
      The Planning Capability Task Force produced a report on Planner Training and Development with 14 recommendations to the HQ Chief of Planning and Policy. The Report laid the groundwork for the establishment of the PROSPECT Planners Core Curriculum, the Planning Community Toolbox, and other core elements of USACE Planner training.

  • Human Resources Training Center, Career Advancement, and Career Program Opportunitie  Corps Castle
      USACE Human Resources site containing training, career, and leadership opportunities

  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Chart for Planners
      The guide is intended to serve as a roadmap for planner development during the stages of a planner's career, from novice to expert. The guide shows the "core courses" that planners should take, and at what stage in the planner's career they should be taken. It also shows the developmental activities that should occur at each stage of the planners' career.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Planning Capability Training
      On 13 March 2012, Major General Michael Walsh, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations (DCG-CEO), directed the completion of certain Planning Core Curriculum PROSPECT courses for all current Civil Works planners and other feasibility study Project Delivery Team members.

  • Planning Associates
      The Planning Associates Program is an advanced training opportunity in water resources planning offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to broaden planners' competencies in solving complex water resources problems and challenges, and to strengthen their leadership talents.

  • Memo: Planning Excellence Program and Maintaining Planning Capability
      This memorandum aims to stress the importance of maintaining Civil Works Planning capabilities and to reaffirm support of the Planning Excellence Program.

  • Planning Workforce Development Guide
      This document provides PCoP members guidance in holistic development based on their individual career goals and the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to excel in USACE water resources planning. MARCH 2022 UPDATE: The Plan Formulation KSAs and Career Roadmap have been added to Appendices A and B. The Career Roadmaps and KSAs for the remaining sub-CoPs are still under development and will be added later this year.

  • Professional Associations
      List of Professional Associations that may be of interest to planners.

  • Professional Planning Certifications
    • American Planning Association (APA)
      APA is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA measures its success by the successes of its members and the communities they serve.
    • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
      AICP is the American Planning Association's professional institute, providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice.

  • Program and Project Management Community of Practice  Corps Castle
      Links to the USACE Project Management Business Process (PMBP) Portal, and other resources for Program and Project Managers.

  • Water Resources Certified Planner Program
      The USACE National Water Resources Certified Planner program sets a standard of excellence for the USACE water resources planners and supports the continuing development of a highly capable planning workforce. In addition, the program advances the technical capability of individual planners, strengthens the quality of USACE planning products, and recognizes USACE national planning capability.


  • Plan Formulation Career Roadmap and KSAs Update (10 March)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Plan Formulation Career Roadmap and the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) Crosswalk. The Career Roadmap provides an overview of the practice of Plan Formulation within USACE, and also provides guidance to Planning professionals, particularly plan formulators, regarding career development expectations throughout a person’s career within a Planning discipline. It is paired with the KSAs crosswalk that indicates the point in one’s Plan Formulation career at which each KSA will likely be acquired or significantly upgraded. The crosswalk also provides recommended sources of training and guidance to assist in acquiring each KSA. Presenter Ray Wimbrough (HQUSACE Senior Policy Advisor) discussed how KSAs can be used by planners on all levels to focus their development in specific areas as well as by supervisors to refine Individual Development Plans and help guide and mentor planners throughout their careers.

  • Let’s Hear from You! FY22 PCoP Webinar Topics (26 August)
    This webinar focused on solicitation of input from Planning Community of Practice members on which topics they would like to hear more about in FY22 as part of the PCoP Webinar Series (e.g., lesser-known Corps mission areas, soft skills training, how PDTs can engage with ERDC labs, IWR Centers, and other SMEs, etc.). Kim Townsend (PCoP Webinar Series manager) highlighted a wide variety of subject areas and asked attendees to indicate their top choices, as well as provided an opportunity for attendees to suggest their own topics. Planners with additional ideas about topics that should be addressed in future webinars should reach out to Kim Townsend
  • Tips for USACE Interview Success (12 August)
    This webinar presented tips for building a resume and delivering a strong interview for USACE employees. Presenters Susan Layton (Acting Chief of Planning & Policy, South Atlantic Division) and Rhiannon Kucharski (Chief of the Civil and Public Works Branch and Legislative Liaison, Honolulu District) covered all aspects of the interview process, including tips for a top-notch interview; what NOT to do during an interview; how to prepare for various types of interviews; and tips for developing an effective resume. Additional leadership perspectives were also provided by Joe Redican (Deputy Chief of Planning & Policy, HQUSACE) and Wes Coleman (Chief, HQUSACE Office of Water Project Review).
  • Water Resources Certified Planner Program (8 April)
    This webinar provided an overview of the USACE Water Resources Certified Planner Program in advance of the 2021 Call for Applications. The webinar was presented by Kim Townsend (HQUSACE Senior Water Resources Planner) and addressed the purpose of the program, qualifications required for certification, and the application and evaluation process.

  • NDMU RISK Management Certificate Program (20 July)
    This webinar provides information on the distance learning Risk Management Graduate Certificate Program available through the Notre Dame of Maryland University. The webinar was be presented by program graduates including Ms. Karen Miller Plan Formulation Regional Technical Specialist (LRH), and other graduates and current students of the program. The Risk Management Graduate Certificate program consists of six accelerated graduate level on-line courses to be completed in just under one-year and has been supported by the Dam and Levee Safety, Planning, and Asset Management Communities of Practice (CoPs).

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