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NPS Fundamentals Program Updates in Response to COVID-19
As of January 1, 2022, return-to-work restrictions remain in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until these restrictions are lifted, NPS Fundamentals classes are being postponed. Information regarding classes for the remainder of FY2022 will be posted on CLP as soon as it becomes available.

As NPS park units and offices begin a phased return to operations, the NPS Fundamentals Program and Albright Training Center are planning on how to best meet employee needs for training while following guidance set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the White House during this unprecedented time.

Decisions about canceling or rescheduling courses are being made as necessary based on changing circumstances and guidance provided from the Department level. We recognize this approach may make it difficult to plan your attendance to NPS FundamentalsWe encourage you to review the FAQs below to determine the best course of action for your situation. Additional questions can be sent to Fundamentals_Instructors@nps.gov.  

We recognize this situation can be stressful for many, especially new agency employees. The NPS Fundamentals Program is committed to providing opportunities for you to build your professional and personal development during this time. As we look at current training options and potential new ones, we are committed to using technologies that allow us to reach employees at any location while looking forward to resuming our residential courses.  

I was signed up for a class that was cancelled. When classes resume, will I automatically be put into a class or do I need to reapply?

Plans of when and how classes will resume remain undecided at this time as we examine our practices around class size, length of stay, transportation, etc.  Due to this, we do not know how we will proceed with future registrations at this time. Once decided, updates will be posted here and on the CLP Fundamentals Page. Additional questions can be sent to the Fundamentals email at Fundamentals_Instructors@nps.gov. 

I am signed up for an upcoming course, but I don’t feel comfortable traveling

Not a problem. We want all our students to manage the risk of traveling and being in face-to-face training at their own discretion. If you are signed up for a course, but would like to postpone or cancel your attendance, please speak with your supervisor first about your decision, then email us at Fundamentals_Instructors@nps.gov. so we can discuss next steps.  

I am approaching my two-years as a permanent employee. If I don’t attend now, am I ineligible to attend NPS Fundamentals in the future? 

Not at all. We understand that canceling or rescheduling courses in addition to personal and work obligations may mean you can’t attend before the cut-off period (within two years of obtaining permanent status). We will be flexible in extending this timeframe.  

How is Albright Training Center adjusting operations to prevent the spread of the disease?

The training center is following cleaning practices outlined by the CDC. We are currently looking at additional options to provide our guests with a safe experience that includes: 

  • Providing sanitizer, gloves, and masks to guests
  • Limiting class sizes to meet social distancing requirements
  • Limiting the number of people allowed in government vehicles at a time

We will continue to revise practices as additional updates regarding the operation of facilities is released. Specific questions about the facility, including lodging rooms and cleaning procedures, can be directed to Albright_Campus@nps.gov.  

What about classes next year? 

While we plan to adapt to changing circumstances, we are proceeding with tentative scheduling of classes for FY22 and FY23. This will include a full menu of class options including 8-day classes, 5-day classes, and opportunities for mid-career employees. Upcoming class dates and how to apply can be found on the Common Learning Portal 

Is there is way to take NPS Fundamentals virtually or online

Currently there is no option to complete the NPS Fundamentals course virtually or online as a major component of the curriculum is networking, peer-to-peer learning, and field experiences. However, there are several virtual opportunities for new employees to start becoming familiar with the NPS mission, culture, and operations. Please note that these resources are open to any employee, volunteer, or intern: 

  • NPS Fundamentals EssentialsThese short articles found on the Common Learning Portal provide an overview of various NPS operations. They are great place to start when looking to build a holistic understanding of how the agency works to meet its mission. 
  • Welcome New NPS Employees Webinar: These monthly, 1-hour webinars provide information and resources that are “need-to-know” for new employees.  
  • NPS Fundamentals: Introductory Concepts for New Employees: This is an instructor-led session for 5-days (1 and half hours/day) course; the webinars will introduce new employees to the National Park Service and the bureau’s five NPS Universal Competencies.

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