Technical Career Field Training Program

The Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) training program offers a variety of technical experiences in the world of information technology. A job in information technology at VA offers the opportunity to work in the most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the world. The program provides the foundation for developing Information Technology (IT) Specialists from entry level to full-performance level. Training for this career field follows a comprehensive training guide that leads the trainee through IT core competencies that begin at the introductory level and progress toward more advanced technical competencies. The trainee is guided through the program by their assigned preceptor who works one-on-one with the trainee and coordinates other activities with seasoned IT staff members.

Program Summary

The primary objective of this program is to develop a cadre of well-trained IT Specialist professionals through a comprehensive curriculum that provides trainees with an in-depth training experience that includes planned training, rotational assignments and on-the-job training (OJT) experiences. The program provides the training that is necessary for the transition from college to the VA workplace, with many of the same benefits as other federal employees. The trainee will work in IT specialty areas including customer support, applications software, data management, web/graphic design, network management, operating systems, information security and more. The preceptor partners with the trainee throughout the program and guides him/her in finding placement, which in most cases is at their trainee location. Opportunities abound for the trainee to grow into an IT-related career and the only real limitation is what the trainee is willing to put into the program.

Training Specifics

The OI&T career field provides a detailed curriculum designed to develop a comprehensive knowledge of IT as it relates to VA. The OI&T career field utilizes a detailed two-year training guide that describes the competencies the trainee will acquire as well as OJT activities and includes additional helpful information. There are opportunities for trainees to acquire IT certifications and other specialized IT knowledge. The first year of the program introduces the trainee to the more introductory concepts of IT, while the second year leads into the more advanced topics, providing options for specialized training in the trainee's area of interest. The trainee benefits from opportunities at their assigned facility as well as within their OI&T region.