Technical Career Field Training Program

The TCF Program/Human Resources Management (HRM) training program is a comprehensive program designed to train candidates for Human Resources positions within Veterans Health Administration (VHA). This program provides the foundation for developing HRM trainees from entry level to full performance level. It includes planned training, rotational assignments, and on-the-job work experiences.

While the program can be modified for local adaptation, a general framework of competencies has been developed to ensure that participants receive uniform and consistent training throughout the country.

Program Summary

The primary objective of this program is to develop a cadre of well-trained Human Resources professionals through a comprehensive curriculum that provides candidates with an in-depth training experience that includes both practical and didactic segments in all of the major Human Resources Program areas.

Training Specifics

Trainees will receive training in the traditional functional areas of Human Resources Management, as well as in the core competencies as described in the Resource Guide for HR Professionals. The general (core) competencies discussed in the Guide are:

  • Human Resources technical competencies in the areas of classification, staffing, pay administration, benefits, employee relations, and labor relations
  • Human Resources in VA
  • Communication and consulting skills

These core competencies, combined with HR technical expertise and core competencies of the High Performance Development Model, are applicable to all HR professionals.

The emphasis on these competencies is based on a VA-wide survey of managers, supervisors, and HR staff, as well as HR competency models developed by the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

The Resource Guide is a good resource for identifying the competencies needed to effectively perform HR work today. Preceptors use this guide in preparing each trainee's Personal Development Plan (PDP).