Training and Development
Training is a fundamental part of the PMF Program. At a
minimum, you are required to have at least 80 hours of
formal interactive training each year during your fellowship
and to have completed one 4 to 6 month developmental
Your 80 hours of formal interactive training should be tailored
to the specific learning objectives that will qualify you for
the target position at the end of the PMF fellowship. This training
may address both functional/technical and leadership competencies.
On the job training (OJT) does NOT fulfill the formal
interactive training requirement.
During the first 3 months of the fellowship, you and your
supervisor should work together to develop a written outline
of core competencies and technical skills to include in an
Individual Development Plan (IDP). You are expected to
gain these core competencies and skills before conversion to a
target position. Your Agency PMF Coordinator and/or Mentor may be
As with all Federal Government employees, you should have a
performance plan that includes performance elements and standards
directly related to acquiring and demonstrating the various
leadership, technical and/or general competencies expected
of a Fellow as well as elements and standards established for
the duties assigned.
You should also receive an annual performance evaluation in
accordance with the agency's performance management
program. The rating is derived from an evaluation of your
success in completing developmental activities designed to
prepare you to meet the development and performance
expectations described in the performance plan.
Your IDP is an important tool in relation to your
performance plan and annual performance evaluation. See the Individual Development
Plan webpage for more information about the IDP and an
optional IDP form for Fellows to use at their agencies.
You are required to complete at least one 4 to 6 month
developmental assignment in the occupation or functional discipline
in which you will most likely be placed, with full-time
management and/or technical responsibilities consistent
with your IDP. The developmental assignment should be
included on the Fellow's IDP. You and your
supervisor should identify the developmental assignment early
in the fellowship. You and your supervisor are encouraged
to review the Rotational Opportunities
webpage for possible assignments that may meet the requirements.
This webpage provides additional information regarding
developmental assignments and optional rotations.
You may identify training opportunities provided by a
number of resources included on the IDP. Training resources
specifically for Fellows can be found under the Training webpage.