Tuesday August 19, 2008
What is it?
The Civilian Education System (CES) provides the Army Civilian Corps at all levels the opportunity to develop leadership skills through a progressive and sequential program through a blended learning environment, distributed learning (DL) and resident instruction. Army civilians register for CES courses through the Civilian Human Resource Training Application System (CHRTAS), a portal of the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS). CHRTAS was developed in 2004 by the Civilian Human Resource Agency and selected by the Army in 2006 as the registration tool for the four new CES courses (Foundation, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced).
What has the Army done?
On June 1, 2007, CHRTAS was launched as the online method for submitting CES applications. CES registration involves the employee, supervisor and training coordinator. In CHRTAS, employees can submit their CES applications, print completion certificates and track training progress. Once an employee applies for a CES course, the request is forwarded to the supervisor for approval and training coordinator for quota management. Supervisors play a key role in the registration process as the designated "approval authority." Not only can supervisors approve their employees' training applications, they can review employee training history as well. Training coordinators from each of the Army commands, Army service component commands and direct reporting units process the applications, run rosters and reports, and ensure training seats are filled in a timely manner. Once complete, the training is recorded in ATRRS and downloaded into the Defense Civilian Personnel Database System (DCPDS), the official system of record for civilian employees.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?
Based on lessons learned during the first year of CHRTAS deployment, the system is being modified to make CES registration more "user friendly." Tutorials, help desk support and frequently asked questions (FAQs) are being updated to help individuals navigate through CHRTAS more efficiently. In addition, the three legacy civilian leader development online courses - Action Officer Development Course (AODC), Supervisor Development Course (SDC) and Manager Development Course (MDC) will be added to CHRTAS for registration capability. Additional enhancements are planned to move CHRTAS from a self registration portal to a central access point for functional as well as leader development training.
Why is this important to the Army?
As we look to the future, we see the roles and responsibilities of Army civilians continuing to change. These changes demand that we invest in the training and development of our leaders and the Army Civilian Corps. CHRTAS gives us the tool to ensure the right person attends the right CES course at the right time.
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