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Career Planning

  • Mandatory Training

    All VA employees are required to take the following courses. 

    VA Privacy and Information Security Awareness

    This course fulfills the mandatory annual awareness training required by law for all VA employees. It contains annual security information and general privacy training. Certificates of completion apply to the Information Security and Privacy Awareness requirements and the Rules of Behavior. 

    Prevention of Workplace Harassment

    The Notification and Federal Employee Anti-discrimination and Retaliation (NO FEAR) Act of 2002 requires that all Federal employees receive training on their rights and responsibilities in the areas of equal employment opportunity, non-discrimination and whistleblower protections. In our effort to cultivate a fair, diverse, harassment-free work environment, we have combined previously separate mandatory training courses into one single course.

    Annual Government Ethics Training

    Completion of this course satisfies the annual government ethics training requirement for: (1) All VA employees, as mandated by the VA Chief of Staff on February 15, 2013; (2) Confidential Financial Disclosure (OGE-450) filers, as required by the Executive Branch Standards of Conduct; (3) New employees, as required by the Executive Branch Standards of Conduct. It also satisfies the ethics training requirement for employees involved in the planning and implementation of conferences as mandated by the VA Chief of Staff on September 26, 2012.

    EEO, Diversity, and Conflict Management Training for Managers and Supervisors

    This online course provides managers and supervisors with the knowledge and tools necessary to meet their legal obligations and supervisory responsibilities in the areas of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Reasonable Accommodation, Diversity and Inclusion, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Conflict Management. Educating our SES, Title 38, managers and supervisors in these areas is key to making VA a fair, diverse, and inclusive organization for the 21st century.

    Whistleblower Rights and Protection & Prohibited Personnel Practices Training 

    This online PowerPoint (PPT) Presentation provides Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) senior executives, managers, and supervisors with the awareness and knowledge necessary to meet their legal obligations and supervisory responsibilities under the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) of 1989 and Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) of 2012. The Presentation describes the mission and responsibilities of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and Office of Special Counsel (OSC), and Federal employees’ rights, remedies, and responsibilities as related to Merit System Principles, Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP), and whistleblowing.

    Other Mandatory Training

    Individual administrations also have their own mandatory training. To find out what other courses you are required to take, contact your local TMS administrator.

    No TMS Access?  

    For contractors with no TMS access, your VA point of contact can print a PDF version of required courses. PDFs are located under "Related Documents" on TMS. 

  • Skillsoft Courses


    Skillsoft course catalogs and other information  can now be accessed on the 24x7 Learning Tab of this website.

    Important Information from Skillsoft:

    Dear Valued Skillsoft Customer,

     We wanted to make you aware of new behavior users may be experiencing since the latest Oracle Java JRE updates.  After upgrading to JRE versions 1.7.0_55 or 1.8.0_05, users may be seeing the following additional warning message when launching some Java applets:

     This message is due to a change that Oracle made to the Java security model.  The user must click Allow, or the applet will be unable to communicate.  Additionally, the user may click the Do not show this again for this app and web site checkbox in order to suppress the message on future applet launches.

     The caller-allowable-codebase attribute was introduced in an earlier version of JRE 1.7.0 and it allows an applet to specify what domains are allowed to communicate with it.  Because our applets may be installed in either Skillsoft-hosted environments or customer/partner-hosted environments, we are unable to specify an explicit list of domains that are allowed to launch our applets.  Therefore, we specify the wildcard (*) so that the Player is allowed to communicate with any domain it is launched from.  Until JRE 1.7.0_51, this worked fine.  However, as of JRE 1.7.0_55 and JRE 1.8.0_05, Java will now prompt the user if an applet attempts to allow wildcard (*) as the value for the caller-allowable-codebase attribute. 

     Despite our best efforts to test with a pre-release version JRE 1.7.0_60, this new behavior was not discovered until the production versions of the JRE was released.  This behavior was also not present in the initial release of JRE 1.8, but was introduced with the latest 1.8.0_05 release.

     Skillsoft is investigating ways that we might suppress this additional prompt, but in the meantime, users will be required to click Allow in order for the applet to launch successfully. 

     We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may be causing to your users or your organization.


    Skillsoft Support

    Update to Skillsoft Courses (May 2013)

    In May 2013, an update to all web-based Skillsoft courses in the TMS was deployed. A short post-course evaluation will now be required for each Skillsoft course in order to receive your certificate of completion. These evaluations will gather user feedback to shape future training.

    If you did not complete the evaluation immediately following completion of the content, it will be available through your TMS To-Do list to complete later. You can find these evaluations either by changing your To-Do List view to “Show: Surveys” or by looking for the evaluation by title. Once you complete the short survey, the TMS will be updated with your certificate of completion.

    You will need to restart any Skillsoft course that was not completed before May 20.

  • VA Employee Competencies

    Training at VA promotes the following employee competencies. Click below to view courses available per each month:

    To view all learning opportunities, launch TMS.

  • VA Leadership Competencies

  • Veteran career resources (VA for Vets)

    VESO oversees all VA veteran employment initiatives such as VA for Vets. VA for Vets offers career support for VA staff, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members.