Employment and Compensation - Training

Employment and Compensation (E&C)

Setting Basic Pay

The Setting Basic Pay course is designed to help with understanding the basis for Title 5 pay-setting rules for the General Schedule (GS) and Federal Wage System (FWS); teach how to interpret pay policies and regulations; and show how to set pay for various types of personnel actions. The course is designed for HR Specialists at all grade levels who set pay as part of their job and typically have at least six months of pay setting experience.

The course is comprised of 10 modules: Introduction, New Appointments, MPR/HPR, Reinstatement/Employment, Grade Retention, Pay Retention, Promotions, WIGI's, Change to Lower Grade, and Reassignments. The course length is 2 days. The modules include detailed examples of each rule or concept learned and includes a workshop after each module so participants can practice and apply the concepts.

DoD Recruiters Training Workshop

Recruitment and Assistance organizes and conducts Human Resource/Recruiter training for Department-wide recruiters and hiring managers once a year. The workshops provide up-to-date training and recruitment tools which enhance skills and enable new and “seasoned” recruiters to more effectively meet the needs of the ever-changing DoD workforce.

Recruitment and Assistance advisors provide Subject Matter Expert training as needed to formal and informal groups of DoD professionals.

PPP Training Course

The Civilian Transition Programs Office offers training to Human Resources representatives, particularly staffing and/or recruitment specialists and assistants who work with the PPP on a regular basis. The PPP Training courses are also appropriate for DoD Component and Regional Coordinators and their staffs. We may accommodate a limited number of other management and union officials on a space-available basis through special arrangements with the Civilian Transition Programs (CTP) Office. As a reminder, to administer all aspects of the PPP effectively Civilian Personnel/Human Resource Offices are required to maintain a sufficient number of trained staff members.

Basic PPP Training Course

This 3 ½ day class provides a comprehensive review of the policies and procedures governing the PPP. Each module includes a lecture and slide presentation as well as ample time for students to ask questions. Students will be able to apply the information imparted in the lectures through workshops that provide practical exercises in registration, requisitioning, etc.

Advanced PPP Training Course

On the second day of the Basic PPP Training Course, a concurrent class for specialists with significant PPP experience occurs. This advanced seminar consists of an in-depth discussion of current issues of interest and pertinent discussion topics provided by attendees. Experienced specialists also have the option of attending this 1-day seminar without participating in the basic course. Those who enroll in both classes will breakout from the basic session on the second day and rejoin the basic class on the third day. Students cannot attend the advanced class unless they have previously completed the basic course.

This class is taught stateside as well as overseas. The overseas class covers the policies and procedures governing the PPP with an emphasis on procedures that are unique to overseas areas.

PPP Training Course for Personnelists Who Service Positions Overseas

We conduct this special 2-day PPP Training Course for stateside personnelists who work with the PPP and have servicing responsibility for positions overseas. This course covers only those policies and procedures that are unique to overseas areas. Students who attend must have attended the PPP Basic Course and must have a good working knowledge of the PPP. Note: We do not teach basic policies and procedures in this class. The focus is on two primary aspects of the PPP, clearing overseas positions through the Automated Stopper and Referral System (ASARS); and registering displaced and nondisplaced overseas employees, and nondisplaced overseas family members.

Basic Classification

Length of the course: 4 day course.

How often it's offered: Twice a year (Mark Center). Additional course schedule is established based on the requests the Field Advisory Support (FAS) team receives from DoD Components.
(Will be available by the end of the 2nd quarter, FY-20)

Description of the training: This course is designed to provide the tools to learn how to classify General Schedule and Federal Wage System positions and make Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemption status determinations. Participants will learn the basic structure, principles, and reference sources of the federal classification system, the classification process and how to gather position information and prepare for and conduct job audits, and how to select and apply the applicable position classification standards to a variety of different types of positions. Participants will also learn the basic principles for determining FLSA exemption status.

Target Audience: Entry-level to mid-level Human Resources practitioners.

Maximum # of attendees: 25

Basic Staffing

Length of the course: 4 day course.

How often it's offered: Twice a year (Mark Center). Additional course schedule is established based on the requests FAS team receives from DoD Components.
(Will be available by the end of the 2nd quarter, FY-20)

Description of the training: This course will provide the background and knowledge necessary to operate in a DoD staffing environment where HR practitioners must ensure that Federal hiring is fair and based on merit. Participants will learn about staffing laws, rules, regulations, and principles; DoD hiring authorities, recruitment methods and hiring procedures; qualifications; merit promotion and in-service placement actions.

Target Audience: Human Resources practitioners.

Maximum # of attendees: 25

DoD Direct Hiring Authorities (DHAs)

Length of the course: ½ day course.

How often it's offered: Course schedule is established based on the requests FAS team receives from DoD Components.

Description of the training: The objective of this course includes an agenda that covers three modules, which includes a brief summary of Merit System Principles and Prohibited Personnel Practices, a discussion on how the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) hiring authorities are developed into DoD policies, and a lesson/discussion on the individual DoD-specific hiring authorities and their diverse features. There are also interactive exercises through the course to assist participants in retaining knowledge of the material.

Target Audience: Human Resources practitioners.

Maximum # of attendees: 25

DoD Human Resources Hiring Lifecycle Training

Length of the course: 3 day course.

How often it's offered: Twice a year (Mark Center and Southbridge locations). Additional course schedule is established based on the requests FAS receives from DoD Components.

Description of the training: This course will provide attendees hiring policies, principles, and skills through lecture, discussion, and interactive workshops to facilitate the hiring process of DoD civilians. The first two days will cover hiring policy and concepts in classification, staffing, priority placement program, compensation, and strategic outreach and recruitment. Day three will provide participants the opportunity to actively apply the learned concepts.

Target Audience: Entry-level to mid-level Human Resources practitioners.

Maximum # of attendees: 25

DoD Priority Placement Program (PPP) Basic Course

Length of the course: Basic PPP training course is 3.5 days. The advanced course is offered as a one day breakout session for HR specialists with significant PPP experience who have successfully completed the PPP Basic Course.

How often it's offered: Four times a year (Alexandria, VA and Southbridge, MA locations and in the Atlantic and Pacific overseas regions). Additional course schedule is established based on the requests the FAS team receives from DoD Components.

Description of the training: The objective of this training is to prepare Human Resources Offices (HROs) to administer the PPP in accordance with DoD policies and procedures. This will include the policy and procedures for matching and filling positions, registration of employees, the function of the Automated Stopper and Referral System (ASARS), PPP for overseas activities, report action codes of referral resumes, and option codes for registration and requisitioning.

PPP Advanced Training Course: As a part of the 3.5 day course described above, a separate break-out session is offered on the second day of the course for HR specialists with significant PPP experience. This advanced seminar consists of an in-depth discussion of current issues of interest and attendees are asked to provide pertinent discussion topics.

Target Audience: Human Resources practitioners.

Maximum # of attendees: 50

PPP Course for CONUS HR Practitioners who Service Positions Overseas

Length of the course: 2 day course.

How often it's offered: Twice a year (Atlantic and Pacific regions). Additional course schedule is established based on the requests FAS team receives from DoD Components.

Description of the training: This special PPP Training Course is conducted for stateside practitioners who work with the PPP and have servicing responsibility for positions overseas. This course covers only those policies and procedures that are unique to overseas areas. Students who attend must have previously attended the PPP Basic Course and must have a good working knowledge of the PPP since basic policies and procedures are not taught. The course will focus on two primary aspects of the PPP: clearing overseas positions through the (ASARS); and registering displaced and nondisplaced overseas employees, and nondisplaced overseas family members.

Target Audience: Human Resources practitioners.

Maximum # of attendees: 30

Setting Basic Pay

Length of the course: 2 day course.

How often it's offered: Four times a year (Mark Center). Additional course schedule is established based on the requests FAS receives from DoD Components.

Description of the training: The Setting Basic Pay course is designed to help with understanding the basis for Title 5 pay-setting rules for the General Schedule (GS) and Federal Wage System (FWS); teach how to interpret pay policies and regulations; and show how to set pay for various types of personnel actions. The course is designed for HR Specialists at all grade levels who set pay as part of their job and typically have at least six months of pay setting experience.

The course is comprised of 10 modules: Introduction, New Appointments, MPR/HPR, Reinstatement/Employment, Grade Retention, Pay Retention, Promotions, WIGl's, Change to Lower Grade, and Reassignments. The course length is 2 days. The modules include detailed examples of each rule or concept learned and includes a workshop after each module so participants can practice and apply the concepts.

Target Audience: Human Resources practitioners.

Maximum # of attendees: 25

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