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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

Workshop Agenda for:

Natural Resource Policy, Values and Economics (NRPVE)


April 4 - 6, 2017


Portland State University


Portland, Oregon; PSU

Workshop Home | Travel information: Portland, Oregon |

SF182 Information


Dropping from the Workshop: Tuition is 'low' for this workshop, consequently there is not much leeway on letting people drop. If you are registered, check with us first, just in case we have a waiting list. If there is not a waiting list, you will need to find a substitute or pay fixed costs. The budget has been set and spent based on current confirmation. Thank you for your understanding and consideration.

2016 DRAFT Agenda - DOC example of topics covered


SF182 Information

[County: Multnomah]

Getting to your SF182 in AgLearn

Step 1. Log into AgLearn

Step 2. Be sure your supervisor is listed in your profile ("Click" on your name at the top of the page to access your Personal profile.)

Step 3. Go to “Easy Links” on the right hand block, green table inside the box; Right hand column of the green table; 2nd row –underneath “Reports”. Cursor over and click/select.

Image: AgLearn home page pointing to the SF182 link.

New page comes up: Requests, Authorizations, Agreement & Certification of Training. Click/Select bottom right “New Request” button. [Read directions at top of table]

NOTE: don't confuse the use of the word "request" here with "request" used in other parts of AgLearn.
Filling out an SF182 all by itself will NOT automatically register you for training or request unscheduled training. This part of AgLearn is not connected to the registration side of AgLearn.

Filling in the SF182 in AgLearn

Section A: Trainee Information
Step 4. You should see the SF182 populated with some of your personal information. You do NOT have to provide your social security number (shouldn't be on the form anymore) or home address. The form probably lists the address where your time sheet is routed to NFC...not your real home or office address. If you see this - you can delete it.

Step 5. Fill in the other info per usual habit.

A. Agency Code, agency sub element and submitting office number. (Optional Field) – If don’t know it, skip and move on. If you happen to know your "number" go ahead and fill it in. It might automatically fill in.

B. Request Status / Record Action (Optional Field) -– choice of ‘Add’ or ‘Delete’; Choose ‘Add’ if doesn't auto fill.

A.1 Applicant’s Name Pre-populated

A. 2 & 3? Missing from the form. Must be the unnumbered fields for your name.

A.4 Home Address Optional Field – Pre-populated; delete if you want – private & not needed

A.5 Home Phone Optional Field – Pre-populated; delete if you want – private & not needed

A.6 Position Level (Mandatory Field) - Select one of the following:

6a. Non supervisory - Anyone who does not have supervisory/team leader responsibilities.
6b. Supervisory - First line supervisors who do not supervise other supervisors; typically those who are responsible for an employee's performance appraisal or approval of their leave.
6c. Manager - Those in management positions who typically supervise one or more supervisors.
6d. Executive - Members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) or equivalent.

A.7 Organizational Mailing Address Field - office mailing address. This should pre-populate in AgLearn. Sometimes it puts the administrative address where your paperwork is handled which is not always where you actually work. Enter the office address where you pick up mail. Your text book will be mailed to this address.

A.8 Office Phone (Optional Field) - Enter the trainee’s telephone number. Include area code, office number and extension.

A.9 Work Email Address (Optional Field)

A.10 Position Title (Optional Field)– - Enter the trainee’s current position.

A.11 Applicant Handicapped or Disabled (Optional Field) - If the trainee is in need of special arrangements (Braille, big print, taping, interpreters, facility accessibility, allergies, etc); describe the requirements in the space provided or on a separate sheet. This is new – and really important for the vendor to know ASAP to ensure a quality product.

A.12 Type of Appointment (Optional Field) - – Pre-populated

A.13 Education Level (Optional Field) - – Pre-populated

A.14 Pay Plan (Mandatory Field) - – If not pre-populated, enter the trainee’s pay plan. (e.g., GS, WG, ES…Pay Band)

A.15 Series (Mandatory Field) - If not pre-populated, enter the trainee’s position classification four digit series. (e.g., 0201)

A.16 Grade (Mandatory Field) - – If not pre-populated, enter the trainee’s grade level. (1-15)

A.17 Step (Optional Field) - Enter the appropriate step. (1-10)

Section B: Training Course Information

B.1a Training Vendor Name
Natural Resource Policy, Values & Economics: Dr. Craig Shinn (Mandatory Field)
Tab over to second cell, "Other" and click on the radio button; type in 'Portland State University' (vendor name) in cell labeled “If other, please specify”. You only have 30 spaces.

Image: AgLearn version of SF182; pull out of the section where enter vendor information.

For the WFWARP/CE program, the vendor contact information is also available at our website:

Street Address: PO Box 751

City: Portland (Mandatory Field) -– enter city of training vendor.

State/Province: Oregon (Mandatory Field) - –enter state of training vendor.

Postal Code: 97207-0751 (Mandatory Field) –- enter postal code of training vendor.

Country: USA (Mandatory Field) - –enter country of vendor; usually USA

B.1b Location of Training Site (Optional Field) - Provide town/state of the training site if different from B1a. If same, mark box labeled “If same, mark box”. Portland, Oregon

B.1c Vendor Email Address (Optional Field) -

B.1d Vendor Telephone Number (Optional Field) - 503-725-8220

B.2a Course Title (Mandatory Field) -– Enter the title of the course or the program that the trainee is scheduled to complete.
Natural Resource Policy, Values and Economics

B.2b Course Number Code (Optional Field) -– We use the AgLearn Schedule ID: 47988 (for FY17)

B.3 Training Start Date (Mandatory Field) –- Enter the start date of the training to be completed by the trainee.

Note: The label for the field incorrectly defines the format. Please use the calendar icon to select the date or enter the date manually in the following format: mm/dd/yyyy

B.4 Training Complete Date (Mandatory Field) -– Enter the end date of the training to be completed by the trainee.

Note: The label for the field incorrectly defines the format. Please use the calendar icon to select the date or enter the date manually in the following format: mm/dd/yyyy

B.5 Training Duty Hours (Mandatory Field) - Enter the number of duty hours for training.
For NRPVE: 24

B.6 Training Non-Duty Hours (Mandatory Field) - Enter the number of non-duty hours for training.
For NRPVE: 0 (zero)

B.7 Training Purpose Type (Mandatory Field)

From the drop-down list, select the purpose for taking this course or program using the appropriate training purpose type code. We recommend 03: Improve/Maintain Present Performance - Training to provide the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to improve or maintain proficiency in present job. Though for B.9 it seems you should pick 01: Program Mission.

B.8 Training Type Code Hidden Field ; Determined by selection of Field #9 (Training Sub-Type Code)

B.9 Training Sub-Type Code (Mandatory Field)

From the drop-down list, select the Training Sub-Type code that applies to the requested training. We recommend: 01_03: Scientific

B.10 Training Delivery Type Code (Mandatory Field) –- Enter the Training Delivery Type code: 01 –- Traditional Classroom

B.11 Training Designation Type Code (Mandatory Field) -– Enter the Training Designation Type Code: 05 - Not Applicable

B.12 Training Credit (Mandatory Field) - Enter 0; no credits earned.

B.13 Training Credit Type Code M (Mandatory Field) –- Enter 04 – Not Applicable

B.14 Training Accreditation Indicator (Mandatory Field) –- Enter No (N)

B.15 Continued Service Agreement Required Indicator (Mandatory Field) - Enter No (N)

B.16 Continued Service Agreement Required Expiration Date (Optional Field) - – leave blank

B.17 Training Source Type Code: (Mandatory Field) - –01: Government Internal - Training provided by a Federal department, agency, or independent establishment for its own employees.

B.18 Training Objectives (Optional Field) -
Objectives: (you don't need to be this detailed - it is asked for in the SF182 but doubt folks actually read it...)

  • describe complex factors involved in policy making
  • explain the basic role of economics in management of natural resources
  • demonstrate comprehension and appreciation of human value systems that underlie policy making and economics.

Discussion is strongly related to activities on National Forests via case study and interactive exercises. Obviously one week won't make you an economist or policy analysit - but it will help you in understanding and dealing with economic and political influences in natural resource management. And understanding economics, politics and policy will slide into "VALUES".

How do you 'value' the soil under a building...before and after it is washed away?
How do you 'value' a potential landslide and human life ... or closing a road?
Purification of air and water - what is the value?
How do we adapt our management for global warming?

B.19 Agency Use Only (Optional Field) - For use by an agency as needed. Skip it.

Section C: Cost and Billing Information

C.1 Direct Cost and appropriation/fund chargeable (Mandatory Field) -– Enter the following data:

1a. Tuition: 975 (don't enter commas or $)
Insert the actual/final cost of training tuition and fees for training completed by the employee that was paid for by the Federal Government.
Enter the associated budget and accounting code in the Appropriation Fund field. Something like “0100 NFVW00”. Be sure to have the override (4 digits – for Regional participants the 1st 2 digits are your Region number … “03xx”. Second 2 digits are your Forest number (back to the Data General code days). If you are in Research it should start with a similar code for areas and stations. WO starts with lucky number 13.
1b. Books or Materials - 0.00
1c. Total Cost - 975

C.2 Indirect Cost and appropriation/fund chargeable (Mandatory Field) –- Enter the following data:

2a. Travel - Insert the actual/final travel cost excluding per diem for training completed by the employee that was paid for by the Federal Government. You need to calculate this based on if you are traveling by walking, metro, driving, flying, shuttle, taxi or any combination.
Enter the associated budget and accounting code in the Appropriation Fund field. Something like “0100 NFVW00”. INCLUDE your Override code too!

2b. Per Diem - Insert the actual/final per diem cost (e.g., meals, lodging, miscellaneous expenses) for training completed by the employee that was paid for by the Federal Government. You can get Per Diem from the GSA website.
Per diem for Portland: $151 lodging and $64 M&IE
First and last days of travel are usually less.

Enter the associated budget and accounting code in the Appropriation Fund field.
2c. Total - The total cost is system generated after the Travel and Per Diem costs are entered.

C.3 Total Training Non-Government Contribution Cost: (Mandatory Field) - Enter the cost contributed by the trainee or other non-Government organizations for the training completed by the trainee. This is listed as a mandatory field - but you don't have to fill it in. Move along.

C.4 Document/Purchase Order/Requisition Number: (Optional Field) - Not applicable for the WFWARP-Continuing Education workshops.

C.5 8-Digit Station Symbol (Optional Field) -– Enter the 8-digit station symbol of the nominating Agency Finance Office.This is the same number discussed at the top of this document for field “A”. Skip it if you don’t know it off the top of your head.

C.6 Billing Instructions (Optional Field) -– Normally asking for ASC address. For NRPVE, this is not applicable because the SF182 is not used as a billing document unless you aren't paying with purchase card online. It is used to confirm permission to attend training and for processing your travel.

NOTE: "It is your responsibility to make a training request in AgLearn, ensuring the proper forms (an SF-182 and any other needed documents) are completed. Final approvals in accordance with our agency’s training policies must be received before going forward with the registration for any training request. Work with your Training Specialist to ensure that all training and budget approvals are properly obtained." -- ASC

Questions? Problems? Contact Shelly Witt, USFS, WFWARP-Continuing Education Program Leader. Happy to help.

The Government Travel Card may never be used to pay for training, training fees, or conference fees. The use of your personal credit card is also inappropriate, and may lead to personal financial responsibility for any training costs.

Submit Your SF182

Signature blocks will show up after you submit the form in AgLearn.

Step 6. Go to the bottom of your screen and hit submit. This will send a message to your Supervisor's email box (hence why you need your supervisor info in your profile before you start - and your supervisor needs to have his/her email info entered in AgLearn).

You might get a second screen asking you to hit the submit button. This is an opportunity to check your supervisor listed in your profile. Check the info then hit "submit". After that ... You should see the status show up immediately in your AgLearn profile - the page where you first clicked "New Request". Stand up - take a bow!

NOTE: some supervisors don't notice the AgLearn email because it can come from "Plateau" (AgLearn's real software name). On rare occasions the FS Spam filter can filter out the email. Always good to ask your supervisor to go into AgLearn and approve the SF182.

AgLearn will NOT automatically pay the vendor. Once you get supervisor approval you should print your SF182 and get it signed. Check with the vendor about their current payment process. You can always go the "Misc. Payment/Individual" process through ASC. It isn't as hard as people think. Contact the WFW Continuing Education Program Leader for pointers if you are paying through ASC.

That should be "it"! 6 fun steps (ok probably a few more steps than 6 if you count all the cells in the form). Thanks for taking the time to fill it out! Hope it doesn't take all day.

After the workshop: When you return from NRPVE you need to go back into your AgLearn profile and "verify" you attended. Your supervisor will need to do this too. Otherwise you will get naggy emails later on. HRM has information docs setting out all this on their internal web site.

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Forest Service Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator,
WFW staff
Phone: 435-881-4203
Expires: none

Photo Credits

USDA Forest Service
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
(202) 205-8333

 Last Modified: June 2013