- Planning Core Curriculum
The Planning Core Curriculum is required for all USACE planners and provides new and experienced planners with
skills. Planners are encouraged to take additional PROSPECT courses related to their field of interest/expertise.
- USACE Civil Works Project
Development Process - This distributed learning online course introduces students to the life-cycle of Civil Works
projects and an understanding of the Corps of Engineers civil works program. It is designed for Corps employees who are
relatively new to Civil Works or individuals who require an overall understanding of, and the procedural stages involved in,
the development of civil works projects. (This class replaces the former Civil Works Orientation class.) Updated USACE
Civil Works Project Development Process (PCC1) presentations and class modules are provided as a reference for Planners
below. However, in order to received official credit and a certificate for the course, Planners must register through the
USACE Learning Center and take the required test.
- Planning Essentials - This course
enhances the students knowledge and awareness of the planning process by providing training on the USACE Six-Step
Planning Process and how to integrate engineering analysis, public involvement, and environmental and economic
considerations into that process during the development and evaluation of alternative plans for the USACE water resources
development missions. Review the Planning Essentials
Syllabus. View Lessons 1-11
(This class replaces the former Planning Principles and Procedures class.)
- Plan Formulation and Evaluation
Capstone - This is the third course of the Planning Core Curriculum, providing the experienced planner an opportunity
to apply the critical thinking and decision making skills necessary to be a successful planner. This course enhances the
students planning knowledge, critical thinking ability, communication skills, and capability to use planning tools and
techniques to successfully lead a study to a quality decision document. Through case studies and participatory activities,
the course provides the opportunity for planners with some training and experience to apply the critical thinking and
decision making skills necessary to be a successful planner.
- Planning-owned PROSPECT Courses
Headquarters Planning & Policy is the proponent for several key PROSPECT Courses relevant to planners and water
resources development planning.
- Planning-related PROSPECT Courses
- Planning Training and Planner Database (6 July)
- Ms. Jodi Creswell, Environmental Planning Branch Chief, St. Paul District, provided an update on Planning Training, the Planning
Associates Program and the Planner Database. The webinar gave an overview of the three core planning PROSPECT courses that
all planners are required to take. Ms. Creswell encouraged planners to update their profile in the Planner Database and provided
information on the FY18 Planning Associates Program.
- Planning Training Updates (17 September)
- The Planning Essentials and Plan Formulation and Evaluation Capstone Development/Instructor Teams, represented by Jodi
Creswell (HQ Planning CoP), Tim Fleeger (LRP), and Leigh Skaggs (HQ OWPR), provided an overview of the new Planning Core
Curriculum courses and shared details about the Planning Essentials and Plan Formulation and Evaluation Capstone Courses.