(1) Action Officer Development Course - This course describes "staff work" as it is generally practiced Army-wide. The AODC covers organization and management; conducting completed staff work; managing time and priorities; conducting meetings and interviews; solving problems and making decisions; communications; writing to the Army standard; coordinating; conducting briefings; and ethics. AODC is available as a self-development tool.
(2) Supervisory Development Course - SDC provides supervisors or managers with civilian personnel administration skills such as work management and basic supervision. SDC has two sub courses. Both are required for successful completion of the course.
Sub course - ST5001: Managing and Leading, and Sub course - ST5002: Human Resources Management.
(3) Manager Development Course - MDC assists supervisors and managers with basic skills for managing work and leading people. MDC includes modules in organizational culture, time management; objectives and plans; problem solving and decision making techniques; planning, programming and budgeting; manpower management; communications and information technology applications. MDC is available as a self-development tool.
(4) Foundation Course - The FC is designed for employees to gain an understanding of the structure of the U.S. Army, the Army’s leadership doctrine, and the personnel system for Department of Army civilians. The Foundation Course is available in DL only.
(5) Basic Course - BC is designed for civilian leaders who exercise direct leadership to effectively lead and care for teams. Training focuses on basic education in leadership and counseling fundamentals, interpersonal skills and self-awareness. BC consists of a DL phase (pre-assessment determines individual length) and a two-week resident phase.
(6) Intermediate Course - IC is designed for civilians in supervisory or managerial positions. This target population is by necessity more adaptive, innovative, self-aware, and prepared to effectively lead and care for personnel and manage assigned resources. Training and developmental exercises focus on “mission” planning, team building, establishing command climate, and stewardship of resources. IC consists of a DL phase (pre-assessment determines individual length) and a three-week resident phase.
(7) Advanced Course - AC is designed for civilian leaders who exercise Predominately indirect Supervision and who are adaptive, innovative, self-aware, and capable of effectively leading a complex organization, guiding programs, and managing associated resources. The training focus is on strategic thinking and assessment, changemanagement, developing a cohesive organization, managing a diverse workplace, and management of resources.AC consists of a DL phase (pre-assessment determines individual length) and a four week resident phase.
(8) Senior Service College - SSC is at the apex of the civilian education system and prepares civilians for positions of greatest responsibility in the Department of Defense. SSC provides advanced level educational opportunities for those who have completed CES training through the Advanced Course or equivalent training. Leaders who attend must have an understanding of complex policy and operational challenges and increased knowledge of the national security mission. Attendance is a competitive process and a HQDA Secretariat Board makes elections.
(9) Defense Leadership and Management Program - DLAMP is the premier executive development program for senior Defense civilians and a key component of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) succession planning strategy. DLAMP is a comprehensive program of education and development. Participants are nominated by their respective Components and ratified for admission by the DLAMP Council.
(10) Senior Service College Graduate Placement Program - To increase the effectiveness of civilian SSC education, the VCSA established a policy of directed placement of all civilian SSC graduates, including participants in the Defense Leadership and Management Program (DLAMP).