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Career Program 61
Advanced Museum Training Course

Advanced Museum Training Course for Army Historians, Museum Personnel, and Archivists

Course Description

The Advanced Museum Training Course (AMTC) is aligned with the core competencies of senior-level professionals in the Army Museum System. The classroom component consists of five in-residence day sessions, Monday morning through Friday midday. The curriculum includes lectures, demonstrations, visits, and a practicum.

The AMTC focuses on legal, budgetary, and policy issues and collections accountability. Centered on the provisions of AR 870-20 (Army Museums, Historical Artifacts, and Art), it covers the responsibilities, duties, procedures, and competencies of senior-level museum professionals and their role within an Army Museum.

Instruction provided:

  • Career Program 61
  • Issues in the Army Museum System
  • Command Relationships
  • Museum Law
  • Disaster Training
  • Support Groups and Fundraising
  • Budgeting and POM Preparation
  • Running an Arms Room
  • Certification Training
  • Soldier Education
  • Collecting: Theory and Practice
  • Macro and Micro Artifact Conservation
  • Exhibit Critique at National Museum of the USMC

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There is no tuition. TDY expenses are paid for members of U.S. Army Career Program 61. Staff of National Guard Museums and other entities interested in participating, but who are not in the CP-61 program, may apply to attend but must use their own organization's funds.


Museum Support Center, Fort Belvoir, VA

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Who May Apply

The Course is open to anyone who is a curator/director of an Army museum or any Army museum professional in classifications GS-1010 (Exhibit Specialist), GS-1015 (Museum Curator) and GS-1016 (Museum Specialist) with senior responsibilities within his or her institution, and who has taken the Basic and/or Intermediate Museum Training Course.

To apply, you must at least be enrolled in the CES Foundation Course.

National Guard Museum staff and museum staff of other agencies are eligible to apply but must rely on their own organization's funds.

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Selection Procedures

Please send the following to be considered for this course to

  • A letter from your supervisor that authorizes you to attend.
    These enclosures:
    • Civilian Record Brief
    • Individual Development Plan (see attachments 2, 3)
    • Resumé
    • Position Description
    • Copies of your CES Foundation Certificate (or enrollment) and other levels you have achieved, if any (i.e. Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)

This is a competitive training announcement and not all applicants may be selected. All eligible applicants will be reviewed by a three-person competitive selection panel, which will review application packets and rate the applicants based on selected criteria. There will be no more than twenty slots available.

Once candidates have been selected for the course, instructions will follow on how to establish an account in ACTNOW, in GoArmyEd, and preparing a draft travel authorization in DTS, and other important details of course management.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All eligible candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor.

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Point of Contact

For further information contact, James C. Kelly, Ph.D., Chief, Museum Programs Branch/Museum Basic, Intermediate, and Advance Courses Director, CMH at 202-685-2472/DSN 325-2472 or via email at