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Career Program 61
Basic Museum Training Course

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

Course Description

The Basic Museum Training Course (BMTC) focuses on museum collections. The classroom component consists of five in-residence day sessions, Monday morning through Friday mid-day. The curriculum includes lectures, demonstrations, hands-on experiences, and visits.

The BMTC introduces museum professional to the provisions of AR 870-20 (Army Museums, Historical Artifacts, and Art) and covers the different responsibilities, duties, procedures, and competencies of entry-level museum professionals and their role within an Army Museum. It introduces the technical competencies needed by GS-1010 (Exhibits Specialists), GS-1016 (Museum Specialists), and GS-1016 (Museum Curators).

Instruction provided:

  • Structure of Museum Division and its branches
  • Museum Certification
  • Career Development
  • Processing Artifact Transactions
  • Training in the Army Historical Collection Accountability System (AHCAS)
  • Army Material Culture
  • Preservation and Conservation
  • Handling Historical Material
  • Storing and Shipping Art
  • Storing and Shipping Arms and Ordnance
  • Storage Practicum in Making Storage Mounts
  • Exhibit Design Principles


There is no tuition. TDY expenses are paid for members of U.S. Army Career Program 61 (0170 Historians, 1420 and 1421 Archivists, and 1010, 1015 and 1016 Museum Professionals). Staff of National Guard Museums and other entities interested in participating, but not in the CP-61 program, may apply to attend but must use their own organization funds.

Important note: CP-61 does NOT fund rental cars. Anyone wishing to have a rental car must arrange for it separately and use their command funds. If driving one’s private vehicle, daily mileage to and from Ft. Belvoir daily is not reimbursed. We recommend the IMG Hotel on post, from which shuttle transport to the MSC is provided.


Museum Support Center, Fort Belvoir, VA

Who May Apply

All museum professionals (1010 exhibit specialists, 1015 curators, and 1016 museum specialists) in grades 07 and 09 are encouraged to apply. If you are relatively new to the Army Museum System, staff at any grade level may apply. If you are a supervisor and want to get new employees trained to enhance their professional development, get them to apply. No one may apply who has not taken the Army Civilian Education System (CES) Foundation Course.

National Guard Museum staff and museum staff of other agencies are eligible, but must rely on their own organizational funds.

Selection Procedures

Please send the following to be considered for this course to

  • Supervisor endorsement letter to the CP-61 Functional Chief, which includes
    • Name of recommended employee:
    • Title/Series/ Grade of recommended employee (Exhibit Specialists are 1010, Curators are 1015, Museum Specialists are 1016)
    • Length of service of recommended employee in current position
    • Length of service of recommended employee (all positions) in your museum
    • Length of recommended employee’s museum career (any museum)
    • Statement that you and the employee have taken the Competency Management Survey
  • Personal Letter of Interest from the applicant (not to exceed one page) with these enclosures:
    • Civilian Record Brief
    • Individual Development Plan
    • Resumé
    • Position Description

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. This class may fill up quickly, so talk to your supervisor and get the application in without delay.

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.

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