Human Resources Development (HRD)


Welcome to the Human Resource Development page that provides a complete range of training and developmental programs to support DoDEA employees in becoming more productive and effective. DoDEA continue to strive on creating an environment conductive to advancing the learning experience of our employees.

This page provides a comprehensive list of training and education resources. To assist employees and supervisors alike, Human resource development programs may be authorized to:

  • Orient employees to the federal service, their organizational assignments and conditions of employment.
  • Guide new employees to effective performance during their probationary period.
  • Provide knowledge and skills to improve performance.
  • Prepare employees with demonstrated potential for increased responsibility in meeting future staffing requirements
  • Provide continuing professional and technical training to avoid knowledge/skill obsolescence (e.g., keeping the skills of engineers, lawyers, computer programmers, procurement specialist, and clerical employee's current).
  • Development the managerial workforce focusing on competencies identified as essential to effective performance at supervisory, managerial, and executive levels (e.g., communication, interpersonal skills, human resource management, technology management, financial management, planning and evaluation, and vision).

The information on this page is provided to guide employees; no matter what their position or grade is, throughout their career development. Bookmark this site and check it on a regular basis for great learning opportunities.

Training Opportunities

International Public Management Association for Human Resources

The IPMA-HR knows that public sector human resource professionals face situations and challenges not present in a private sector setting. We have therefore developed in-house training programs that encourage professional growth in areas that promote HR excellence in the public sector.

OPM Leadership

The Federal Executive Institute and the Management Development Centers are dedicated to developing career leaders for the Federal Government. Our three centers, in Charlottesville, Virginia, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and Denver, Colorado all offer exceptional residential learning environments and are staffed with program directors, seminar leaders, and facilitators drawn from America's elite corps of training professionals.

USDA Graduate School

The Graduate School offers career-related and continuing education courses to professionals and federal, state and local employees throughout the country. The School annually enrolls 200,000 students in nearly 1000 courses.

USDA Graduate School - Distance Education Courses

Learn at your own pace, on your own time, in your own home or office. The Graduate School offers a wide range of courses in various distance education delivery formats. Options for self-paced learning include paper-based, CD-ROM, and Web-based courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

    Normally you are in full pay status while participating in agency or interagency training programs. However, training law prohibits paying overtime to title 5 employees who are in training or while they are traveling to training.

    Yes. Agencies keep records of approved training in their training files and procurement records. Agencies use their records for planning and evaluation purposes. You should also keep your own record of any significant programs, whether sponsored by your agency or taken on your own.

    When you are assigned to training, your agency may require that you sign an agreement to continue employment in your agency for a period of time. If you do not complete the agreed service time you may have to repay the agency for your training expenses.

    Your developmental needs should be a regular topic of discussion between you and your supervisor. Announcements of agency-supported programs are usually provided to supervisors and employees by the HRD office, which also maintains information on interagency and non government training programs. Periodically you should talk with your supervisor or HRD officer about opportunities available to you to improve your performance.

    There are a wide variety of basic education, skills development, and career enhancement programs tailored to agency needs and resources. Some of these are adult basic education programs; the Veterans Readjustment Appointments Program; apprenticeship programs; administrative, technical, and professional career ladder programs; and career transition programs. Your HRD office is the best source of information on available programs.

    Agencies are authorized to pay, or reimburse you for, all or a part of the necessary expenses of training. This includes tuition, books, supplies, and travel. It also means that you can share costs with your agency. For example, the agency could pay half the cost of a college course, while you pay the other half. However, the agency may not pay for training that is unrelated to your official government duties.

    Career Development Guide

    Cornerstone on Demand

    Cornerstone On-Demand (CSOD) is DoDEA’s online and mobile friendly comprehensive learning platform. CSOD supports all DoDEA employee’s individualized professional learning and development needs.

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