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Mandatory Training

The following details mandatory training required for all VA employees. Your administration may also have its own mandatory. Contact your local TMS administrator if you have questions about what else is required for you to take.

  • 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.