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Recommended training course list 2022 for EPAP Professional Associates

Updated Training Requirements

  • Functional training for all EPAP positions (except for IRM and OBO) is highly encouraged. For centrally funded positions, functional training and its related costs (travel, per diem/lodging, and M&IE) may be authorized upon approval from GCLO and GTM’s Executive Office, Resources Management Division (GTM/EX/RMD), subject to available funds, course availability, and Mission needs.
  • Functional training for all IRM EPAP positions is required during the 2022 cycle, regardless of the funding mechanism (IRM, Bureau, or post-funded). IRM training is all virtual and provided at no cost. AEFMs hired into EPAP positions in Information Management must successfully complete approximately six weeks of required online courses within 20 weeks after Entrance on Duty (EOD).
  • Functional training for all OBO EPAP positions is required during the 2022 cycle.

Because of the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some courses listed below may be only offered virtually. Please check the FSI online catalog (by clicking on the course link) and reach out to FSIRegistrar@state.gov to determine if they are offering the course in which you wish to enroll virtually. Please note that most virtual classes are limited to 15 students per session so that the instructor(s) may provide the requisite level of support. This course list, as well as the course delivery mode, may change based on COVID circumstances. Funding for travel and per diem will not be granted for virtual courses. Please contact GCLOASKEPAP@state.gov for additional information.

EPAP employees, in consultation with their supervisor and post training officer, may request approval for one main course (or alternatively one embedded module or a combination of those as long as they are available in succession and that they remain under the umbrella of the main course). The selected course(s) and funding mechanism may be confirmed by GCLO and approved by GTM/EX/RMD for centrally funded positions, subject to available funds, course availability and Mission needs. Any additional training courses requested would be post’s financial responsibility.

Summer slots are traditionally oversubscribed. Please check course dates availability with the course manager. For the course manager list, please contact GCLOAskEPAP@state.gov. For more information about the course, please click on the hyperlink.

1. List of training courses for EPAP Generalists

Political EPAP (FP-06 through FP-04):

Economic EPAP (FP-06 through FP-04):

Recommend PG140 with added specialist options below, appropriate when 50 percent or more of the portfolio covers this issue:

Management EPAP (FP-06 through FP-04):

There is no entry-level tradecraft for Management Officers. Entry-level employees serve in GSO, HR, or Financial Management prior to being a Management Officer. PA243: Overseas Management Tradecraft is designated for mid-level employees who have already served in one of the management functions. Entry-level and EPAP employees are encouraged to take the following courses based on work requirements:

Or,

Or,

Public Diplomacy EPAP (FP-06 through FP-04)

If in Public Affairs equivalent position:

Or,

If in Information Officer equivalent position:

Or,

If in Cultural Affairs equivalent position:

Or,

If requiring grant training:

2. List of training courses for EPAP Specialists

Facility Manager EPAP (FP-04)

By invitation only

Human Resources EPAP (FP-05 through FP-04)

Financial Management EPAP (FP-05 through FP-03)

General Services EPAP (FP-05 through FP-04)

Office Management EPAP (FP-07 through FP-06)

Medical Positions

Determined by MED on a case-by-case basis

FSI Learn Center Online Courses

EPAP employees may enroll in online courses through the FSI Learn Center. They will need their Supervisor and Post Training Officer’s approval. As those online courses do not require travel, neither the EPAP employee nor post needs to seek GCLO’s approval for enrollment.

1. List of online training courses for EPAP Generalists

Political EPAP (FP-06 through FP-04)

Economic EPAP (FP-06 through FP-04)

Distance learning specialist options below, appropriate when 50 percent or more of the portfolio covers this issue.

Management EPAP (FP-06 through FP-04):

See DL list for General Service, Financial, and Human Resources Overseas courses

Public Diplomacy EPAP (FP-06 through FP-04)

2. List of online training courses for EPAP Specialists

Information Management EPAP (FP-06 through FP-05)

Find up-to-date IRM training information in the Program Information section of GCLO’s EPAP webpage.

Facility Manager EPAP (FP-04)

Seek PTO’s recommendation

Human Resources EPAP (FP-05 through FP-04)

Seek PTO’s recommendation

Financial Management EPAP (FP-05 through FP-03)

Seek PTO’s recommendation

General Services EPAP (FP-05 through FP-04)

Seek PTO’s recommendation

Office Management EPAP (FP-07 through FP-06)

Medical positions

Seek MED recommendation

 

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