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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.

  • Planner Workforce Development Guide (2022 Revision)
      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.


  • 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series – Session #6 – People Strengthen Our Connections With Each Other (18 August)
    The sixth PCoP Virtual Summer Series session focused on examples from the field of how our internal connections were strengthened to produce better results and featured opening remarks from Mr. Eric Bush, Headquarters Chief of Planning & Policy.
  • 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series - Session #5 - Partnering: Better Project Delivery Through Partnering and Tribal Engagement (11 August)
    The fifth PCoP Virtual Summer Series session focused on the importance of partnering with other federal agencies and Tribal engagement in Planning.
  • 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series - Session #4 - Workforce Development: People are our Greatest Asset (4 August)
    The fourth PCoP Virtual Summer Series session focused on professional development and increasing skills, experience, and capacity across Planning.
  • 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series - Session #3 - Innovation: Revolutionizing Our Project Delivery through Innovation (28 July)
    The third PCoP Virtual Summer Series session presented several case studies focused on how project delivery teams "revolutionized" the planning process to provide innovative features in project delivery. These case studies demonstrated innovation across various business lines.
  • 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series – Session #2 – Partnering: Engaging Disadvantage Communities in the Age of Smart Planning: Environmental Justice (21 July)
    The focus of the second PCoP Virtual Summer Series session was on how to provide meaningful engagement while implementing smart planning, discussion regarding implementation of ASA(CW) environmental justice (EJ) guidance, tools for identifying and engaging with disadvantaged communities, and EJ success stories.
  • 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series - Session #1 - Readiness: What’s New on the Planning Horizon? (14 July)
    The focus of the kickoff session of the 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series was trends in planning policy, Water Resources Development Act implementation guidance and other relevant guidance. The discussion informed planners on what to expect next in the planning and policy world and topics included scoping and the Vertical Team Alignment Memo (VTAM), evaluating and documenting benefits across accounts, conducting mega studies, and policy and guidance updates. Speakers included Mr. Al Lee (Director of Civil Works), Joe Redican (Deputy Chief, Headquarters Planning & Policy), Jason Norris (Headquarters Office of Water Project Review), Brian Harper and Saji Varghese (Southwestern Division/Regional Planning and Environment Center), and Amy Frantz (Headquarters Senior Policy Advisor).
  • 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.

  • 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.

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