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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

Registering In AgLearn

USDA Employees can register through AgLearn.

If you work for a Region that offers CE-WFW tuition funding you probably want to talk with your Regional Coordinator before registering through AgLearn. If you are self funded we encourage you to forge ahead.

You must REGISTER in AgLearn and fill out the SF182. Registering and filling out the SF182 are 2 different actions. Filling out the SF182 does NOT automatically register you for training. AgLearn isn't that sophiticated yet. AgLearn login page provides "tools" for using AgLearn.

Funding regions vary year to year, but usually R3, R6 and R8 provide some funding. All other Regions have your WFW alloted training funding bundled up with all the other funding and sent to the Forest.

The following steps should make finding CE-WFW workshops in AgLearn a snap. If it is not a snap, contact the CE WFW National Program Leader (switt01@fs.fed.us).


Tip #1: USDA/FS
If you work for the Forest Service, you also work for the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). The Forest Service is one of many agencies making up the Department of Agriculture. If this is news to you, we recommend you attend our Natural Resource Policy, Values & Economics workshop or our Program Management workshop.

Tip #2: List Email & Supervisor in Profile
Be sure your email and supervisor are correctly listed in your AgLearn profile (Log in, at your profile "home" page click on your name/image at the top of the page in the green header bar). Otherwise you will miss out on important email notifications. Read the AgLearn "Getting Started Guide" - well worth the few minutes of reading. Other good resources are the AgLearn "New Resources" and "Latest Resources" listed on the Login page - especially AgLearn+ Introduction, AgLearn+ Individual Development Plan

Tip #3: Access
If you cannot access AgLearn you probably need to fix your eAuthentication account. eAuthentication is not part of AgLearn. It is a firewall to a number of USDA online programs. It is important to have your eAuthentication squared away.

We are seeing a number of people thinking they are “registered” in AgLearn when they are not. Listing a training event in your AgLearn “To-Do” does not necessarily get you registered.

Contact Shelly Witt if you need help (435-881-4203).

Below is step by step information on using AgLearn.

Registering in AgLearn:

Log into AgLearn (obviously) ||| www.aglearn.usda.gov

Having a training listed in the "To-Do" list is not the same as listing training on your IDP. IDP (Individual Development Plan) is more official - agreement between you and your supervisor for planning purposes. If you are registered you will received an AgLearn auto email REGISTRATION notification (saying you are officially confirmed and registered). If you don't get an email like that then you are not registered.

NOTE: "Registering" does not automatically fill out your SF182 and vice versa. You get to do them both in AgLearn. Filling out SF182 in AgLearn does NOT automatically register you for training. It does NOT send a note to the vendor. Please share this critical info with your colleagues.

To "register" for a scheduled event (e.g., dates are set for a training) - Use the "Browse" search function located above the "Easy Links" on the right hand side of the home page. Use words in the desired training topic or key words (see our workshop pages).

In your search results, the block for the training has "View Course Dates" if a course has dates scheduled. If available, select/click on "View Course Dates". The new page will show the button to "Register".

"Requesting" Training:
If an Item (a.k.a. training, workshop, course) is listed in AgLearn but is not scheduled (e.g., no dates set for hosting), people can "Request Schedule". That means you are requesting that the specific item be scheduled/hosted. Your name is added to a "request" list. You are NOT committed to anything by doing this. It helps me (and others administering training) know the degree of interest for specific training. "Request Schedule" does NOT mean you are requesting AgLearn to email you the trainings "schedule" or agenda.

Checking if you are registered:
Check the "To-Do" list on your Profile home page. You can sort it ("Show") for "Registrations". The default sort is "Everything".

Tip #4: Filling Out Your SF182 in AgLearn
It is mandatory to fill out your SF182 in AgLearn. There are a number of good reasons why - official commitment from your supervisr, and the administrative reporting side of things. Save an e-signed copy in your Personnel file - computers and databases are fabulous but they do crash. Or save electronic backup file.

Every WFW-CE workshop webpage has specific information for the SF182. AgLearn has "tools" instructing on completing the SF182. If current information isn't listed for the workshop you are attending, contact the WFW-CE Program Leader. Everyone does SF182s - even Line Officers.

NOTE: Filling out the SF182 in AgLearn DOES NOT automatically register you for training in AgLearn. At this point in time there is not computer connection between the SF182 form you are filling out and the tracking part of AgLearn. Maybe someday in the future, but not right now.

Whether to fill out the SF182 first and then REGISTER or vice versa is up to you. HR recommends SF182 first. Be sure you have supervisor support and funding before commiting to a vendor.





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Forest Service Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator,
WFW staff
Email: switt01@fs.fed.us
Phone: 435-881-4203
Publish_date:2/24/98
Expires: none

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 Last Modified: September 2012