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NIH Resources for Mandatory Supervisory Training

It's no secret that supervisory skills can make or break a manager. Supervisory development is under the spotlight across the federal government, as OPM  and HHS amended their training and development regulations pertaining to the Federal Workforce Flexibility Act in 2009.

What are the requirements?

As part of a succession and performance management strategy, the OPM amendment* requires that new scientific and administrative supervisors receive formal training in the initial twelve months of their new roles as supervisors. In addition, retraining is required every three years. Our current cycle is January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018. Training must at a minimum cover actions, options, and strategies addressing unacceptable performance, mentoring employees, employee performance improvement and productivity, and conducting employee performance appraisals. HHS policy PDF icon brings in the following additional mandatory training topic areas for new supervisors:

  • Human resource staffing
  • PMAP
  • Performance management
  • Employee and labor relations
  • Leave administration
  • HHS enterprise systems
  • Work life quality
  • Employee viewpoint input

In addition, an NIH cross-IC Supervisory Training Committee has clarified these regulations by developing NIH-specific guidance. The committee continues to meet to further support these efforts, and reach out to the NIH community.

Where can I take supervisory training?

A course meeting the OPM regulations and HHS guidance is currently available through the NIH Training Center: NIH-Supervisory Essentials Training. In addition, a refresher course is available: Supervisory Refresher. Individual IC’s may offer courses and/or programs meeting the above areas.

Find more information on other Management, Supervisory and Leadership Development courses that the NIH Training Center offers.

What other resources are available to me?

For Supervisors and Administrators:

Refresher Training Resources

Additional Resources:

* “The OPM amendment refers to OPM’s recent modifications to regulation 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 410 and 412.”

This page was last reviewed on October 3, 2017