Intermediate Course


Course Number

Phase 1

1-250-C61 (DL)

Phase 2


Delivery Method

Phase 1

Online (Blackboard)

Phase 2



Phase 1

Self-paced not to exceed 180 days

Phase 2

Three weeks

Academic Hours

Phase 1


Phase 2



Phase 1


Phase 2



The Intermediate Course prepares current and aspiring Army Civilian leaders (GS 10-12) to become more innovative, self-aware, and prepared to effectively lead and care for personnel and manage assigned resources at the organizational level. Training and developmental exercises focus on "mission" planning, team building, establishing command climate, and stewardship of resources.

The course is conducted through blended learning consisting of a distributed learning (DL) Phase 1 and a three-week resident experience (Phase 2). Resident training is taken after successful completion of the Phase 1 DL and takes place in a university setting encompassing a classroom environment and small group seminars.

Phase 1 – DL


The Intermediate Course Phase 1 is available to all Army Civilians as a self-development tool.


Phase 2 – Resident


  • Army Civilians in permanent appointments in grades GS–10 through GS–12 (or equivalent).
  • Army Non-appropriated Fund (NAF), Wage Grade (WG), Local National (LN).


  • Foundation Course (required only for individuals hired after September 30, 2006).
  • Intermediate Course DL Phase 1 must be complete before the three-week resident Phase 2.

Selection Priority

  • Priority 1: Army Civilians in a permanent appointment to a supervisory position.
  • Priority 2: Army Civilians in a permanent appointment to a non-supervisory position.
  • Priority 3: Military supervisors of Army Civilians, DOD and other Federal agency leaders. Army Civilians in term or temporary appointment who are responsible for leading or supervising Army Civilians. Priority 3 attendees are not centrally funded and must be funded by their organization.

Additional Information

  • Army Civilians must have a current performance rating of successful or above and be in good conduct standing.
  • Students must graduate from Phase 1 prior to registering for the resident Phase 2.
  • CES courses are centrally funded for most Department of the Army Civilians. Refer to AR 350-1 for specific requirements and eligibility.
  • Courses are open to DOD employees and employees from other military departments. These employees are NOT centrally funded.

Accessing the Course

Apply through CHRTAS and follow the instructions provided in system-generated emails. This course is conducted using and does not require a CAC-enabled computer.

Student Testimonials

Thank you for teaching such a great course and for giving me the confidence to reach higher. My expectations of myself and my colleagues are totally different now, and I'm grateful for everything I learned at CES. - Intermediate Course Graduate

During the CES goal planning exercise, I documented a timeline for completion of a Ph.D. I was very ambitious about finishing in December, but I worked daily to reach this goal. Thank you so much for all of your encouragement and motivation. Taking the CES course over the summer helped me reach and accomplish my goal of completing the Ph.D. - Intermediate Course Graduate

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