Basic Course


The Civilian Education System (CES) Basic Course is designed for the Army Civilian leader who exercises direct leadership to effectively lead and care for teams. The Basic Course is required for supervisors grades GS 5–9 or equivalent.

The Basic Course can be completed in one of two ways:

  • The primary option is a 100% online course (Basic Course DL). This course is offered continuously and space is readily available for all prospective students in grades GS 1–9 or equivalent.
  • Prospective students may also request to attend a two-week resident course (Basic Course Resident). This face-to-face course is offered 15 times per year at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Seats are quota-managed and limited to 240 students per year.

    The Basic Course Resident is currently operating in an online, virtual classroom format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both versions of the Basic Course require completion of the Foundation Course as a prerequisite.

For more information on each of these Basic Course offerings, click on the links below:

250 Gibbon Ave, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
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