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DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCEHeadquarters US Air ForceWashington, DC 20330-1030CFETP 8T000/8T100Parts I and II1 December 2021SDI 8T000/8T100 Professional Military EducationCAREER FIELD EDUCATIONAND TRAINING PLANACCESSIBILITY: Publications and forms are available on the e-Publishing website at downloading or ordering.RELEASABILITY: There are no releasability restrictions on this publication.

Table of ContentsPart IPreface . 1Abbreviations/Terms Explained . 2Section A - General Information . 9PurposeUsesCoordination and ApprovalSection B - EPME Development and Information . 10Specialty DescriptionsSpecial Duty SummaryDuties and ResponsibilitiesSkills and Career ProgressionSelection CriteriaManpowerTraining DecisionsCommunity College of the Air Force RequirementsSection C - 8T000/8T100 Training Requirements . 16Special Duty Qualification RequirementsSection D - Resource Constraints . 18Part IISection A - Specialty Training Standard . 19ImplementationPurposeSection B - Course Objective List . 29OPR: Barnes Center EPME Academic Affairs/DOPCertified by: HQ USAF/A1DLE (CMSgt Jason D. Andrews)Supersedes: CFETP 8T000, dated 26 Mar 2018Pages: 31i

PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATIONSDI 8T000/8T100CAREER FIELD EDUCATION AND TRAINING PLANPart IPreface1. The success of Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) requires vision,preparation, and attention to ensure faculty and support personnel have the right knowledge,skills and abilities to develop and deliver a responsive and relevant continuum of enlistededucation to prepare USAF Airmen, Sister Service, and civilians to meet the challenges ourAir Force confronts, both at home and abroad. Declining Air Force resources, expandingdiversity of mission, and ever-changing technologies are impacting the availability andcapability of our most valuable resource--people. These factors will continue to exist in thefuture, making it essential for the EPME workforce to be effectively and efficiently trained toperform duties required within this Special Duty Identifier (SDI) career field. To meet thechallenges of tomorrow, the Air Force must continue to place a great emphasis on educationand training.2. This Career Field Education and Training Plan (CFETP) is a comprehensive document thatidentifies life-cycle education/training requirements, training support resources, and minimumcore task requirements for this SDI. The CFETP provides personnel a clear path to successand makes SDI training identifiable, measurable, and resource defensible.3. The CFETP consists of two parts. Supervisors use both parts in conjunction with thecurrent 8T training database to plan, manage, and control training within the SDI.3.1. Part I provides information necessary for overall management of training in the specialty.Section A explains how everyone will use the plan; Section B identifies career progressioninformation, selection criteria, and Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) information.Section C illustrates SDI training requirements; and Section D indicates resource constraints(e.g., funds, manpower, equipment, facilities).3.2. Part II includes the following: Section A identifies the Specialty Training Standard(STS) and includes duties, tasks, technical references (TR) to support training, Air Educationand Training Command (AETC)-conducted training, core task, and correspondence courserequirements. Section B and Section C are not used. Section D identifies training coursesavailable to the SDI 8T000/8T100; Section E is not used.4. Using guidance provided in the CFETP ensures individuals in this SDI receive effective andefficient training. At the unit level, supervisors, and trainers use Part II to identify, plan, andconduct training commensurate with the rank, position, and experience of the member and IAWcurrent training database.1

ABBREVIATIONS/TERMS EXPLAINEDAccreditation. A non-governmental and voluntary process concerned with improvingeducational quality and assuring the public that member institutions meet established standards.Affiliated School. Any school accepted into the CCAF system. An affiliated school’scurriculum is worth college credit to its graduates.Affiliated School Liaison (ASL). An individual assigned to each EPME school responsible formanagement of EPME electronic faculty folders, reporting faculty credentialing information inStudent Transcript Administration Record System-Faculty Database (STARS-FD), and anyrequirements levied on EPME schools by CCAF.Air and Space Expeditionary Force (AEF). A two-pronged concept to organize, train, equip,and sustain the Air Force to provide trained and ready air and space forces for national defense,and to meet national commitments through a structured approach which enhances Total Forcereadiness and sustainment.Air Education and Training Command (AETC). Major command responsible for thedevelopment and growth of Air Force personnel through selective recruiting, training, andcomprehensive education.Air Force Career Field Manager (AFCFM). An individual assigned to the Air Staff chargedwith overseeing all training and career field management of an Air Force specialty or group ofspecialties.Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (AFSNCOA). Third level of AirForce EPME.Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC). A combination of numbers and alpha characters used toidentify an Air Force Specialty. Enlisted AFSCs consist of five alphanumeric characters.Air Reserve Component (ARC). The forces of Air National Guard (HQ ANG) and Air ForceReserve Command (HQ AFRC).Air University Student Management System (AUSMS). AUSMS is a web-based StudentManagement System exclusive to PME used to support daily operations related to theadministration and execution of PME resident courses. It also serves as a repository ofindividual student and course data for internal analysis, program management, and internalreporting, review/retrieval in special circumstances such as investigations, and providesgraduate record information.Airman Leadership School (ALS). First level of Air Force EPME.Barnes Center for Enlisted Education. Established in 2009, the Barnes Center dischargesAU’s responsibility for educating enlisted leaders throughout the Air Force.2

Barnes Center EPME Academic Affairs. The organization responsible for the analysis,design, development, evaluation of, and program standardization for EPME programsthroughout the Air Force. Responsibilities include resident and Distance Learning (DL)programs, as well as instructor qualification courses for personnel assigned to all programs.Barnes Center/CCC. Barnes Center Command Chief Master Sergeant.Career Field Education and Training Plan (CFETP). A comprehensive, multipurposedocument encapsulating the entire spectrum of education and training for a career field or SDI.It outlines a logical growth plan including required training resources. CFETPs are designed tomake career field or SDI training identifiable, eliminate duplication, and ensure training is budgetdefensible. CFETPs are officially posted at A formal indication of an individual’s ability to perform a task to requiredstandards.Commandant (CO). An individual who is responsible for all aspects of school operations andprovides leadership, guidance and direction to the faculty, support staff, and students.Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). The CCAF is a multi-campus, federallychartered institution. CCAF awards the associate in applied science degree as part of AU,which is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission onColleges (SACSCOC).CCAF Instructor Certification (CIC). A certificate offered by CCAF to its instructorsteaching in affiliated schools. The CIC is a professional credential that recognizes theinstructor's extensive faculty development training, education, and qualification required toteach a CCAF course and formally acknowledges the instructor's practical teaching experience.CCAF Policies, Procedures and Guidance (PPG). The document that familiarizes affiliatedschool faculty and staff members with CCAF’s academic mission, general organization, andpolicies and procedures applicable to schools affiliated with the college. It also assists facultyand staff members with understanding how their duties and responsibilities fit within the largerorganization-of-context of CCAF and its accreditation as a part of Air University through theaccrediting body.Center for Faculty and Staff Development and Enrichment. Responsible for administeringthe Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor Course (EPMEIC) and other associatedfaculty development initiatives.Continuum of Education (CoE). Continuum of Learning consists of three developmentalareas: education, training, and experience. The CoE is the education component; theformulation of an educational paradigm that presents a steady and continuous growth ofAirmen’s cognitive abilities over the span of their careers. It both supports and is supported bytraining and experience.Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) Leadership Academy (CLA). The fourth level of Air ForceEPME.3

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Chief of Operations. Manages student operations at SNCOA.Chief of Resources. Performs the resource management function at SNCOA.Core Task. A task that AFCFMs identify as a minimum qualification requirement within anAirForce specialty or duty position.Course Manager. Directs CMSgt Leadership Academy courses (i.e., Chief Leadership Course,Strategic Leader Course, and Group Senior Enlisted Leader Course).Distance Learning (DL). The process when the majority of the course instruction occurs whenstudents and instructors are not at the same location.Developmental Special Duty (DSD). Program that manages enlisted developmental positionswith unique leadership roles and responsibilities. Airmen are nominated by commanders to fillcritical positions while providing a developmental career path. This program focuses onnominations for Staff Sergeant, Technical Sergeant and Master Sergeant.Electronic Faculty Folder. An electronic record of the teaching faculty’s credentials andqualifications maintained in STARS-FD. The primary source of instructor qualificationdocumentation for EPME instructors.Enlisted Heritage Research Institute (EHRI). Used to educate and motivate visitors byresearching, preserving, and showcasing to the world our Air Force enlisted history, heritage, andtheir resulting contributions to air power.Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME). A continuum of professional militaryeducation designed to support the total enlisted force development through resident courses.EPME, Dean (EPME/DE). The Dean develops policies and procedures governing USAFEPME programs; performs duties as required as the Director of Education to the Commander,Barnes Center; manages the cadre that provides program management/develops curriculum forall levels of EPME; manages activities that integrate/synchronize/support the EPMEcontinuum/enlisted force development (EFD); ensures curricula hours address AU's CoE andalign with AF and joint competencies/learning areas; promulgates EPME at DoD, USAF, joint,and AU venues; and hosts info exchange meetings w/international allies.EPME Course Application Toolkit. A suite of applications developed by HQ Barnes Centerfor Enlisted Education to support dynamic curriculum activities, centralized academy-basedtools, and any on-demand software development required to execute the EPME mission.Enlisted PME Instructor Course (EPMEIC). Pre-service education required prior toinstructing or developing EPME curriculum. Mandatory for all assigned 8T instructors,curriculum designers, and other selected personnel who have not completed an approvedmethodology through CCAF.4

Faculty Development. The deliberate effort to develop faculty to reach their full personal andprofessional potential in support of the AU mission.Faculty Rank. A certificate of recognition that is in line with Air University (AU) and civilianinstitutions of higher education, full-time faculty members will hold one of the academic ranksas defined by AUI 36-2602. Academic rank is based on an individual’s qualifications andperformance, and will supplement but not replace official duty titles. Promotion and tenureshall be based solely on individual merit, regardless of distribution of faculty by rank within anorganization or AU. Refer to guide or the Center for Faculty and Staff for additional details.General Education Requirements (GER). Fifteen semester hours (3 each) of communication,written communication, mathematics, social sciences and humanities.Go. Term used to indicate the stage at which an individual has gained sufficient skill,knowledge, and experience to perform a task without supervision while meeting the taskstandard.Group Senior Enlisted Leader Course. Course offered by CLA in partnership with Ira C.Eaker Center to prepare CMSgts to lead at the Group levelHQ USAF/A1DLE. The office symbol for the Chief, AF Enlisted Developmental Educationwho is the AFCFM for the SDI 8T000/8T100 (EPME).Initial Instructor Qualification Training (IIQT). Mandatory training requirements thatinclude pre-service education, teaching internship requirements, core task certification, and oraland written proficiency.In-Service Training (IST). Ongoing/recurring training for all faculty to enhance instructionalor design skills and update their knowledge of new or existing policies and procedures.Instructional System Administrator (ISA). Designated individual(s) responsible for the dailyadministration of the Learning Management System/Student Information System and otherapplicable systems. ISAs at the individual school/academy are the primary interface with theBarnes Center’s Technology Integration Section for implementation of instructional technologysystems (ITS) in their various forms. In addition, ISAs serve as the primary focal point forproblem resolution/escalation with regards to faculty/student usage of course based ITS.Instructional System Development (ISD). A deliberate, orderly, and flexible process forplanning, developing, implementing, evaluating, and managing instructional systems. It ensuresstudents are taught the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for successful job performancein a cost-effective manner.Instructor (ALS, NCOA, AFSNCOA, CLA, EPMEIC). A faculty member teaching EPMEcourses that has met the degree requirements IAW approved AF DSD guidance; completed 3semester hours of CCAF-approved instructor methodology; completed a 12 semester hourCCAF-approved teaching internship course, completed IIQT/LQT, received annual instructorevaluations; and has been subject-matter qualified.5

Instructor Candidate (IC). An assigned faculty member prior to EPMEIC completion.Instructor candidates cannot be used for any instructor duties, but they may start core taskcertification on tasks that do not involve student contact to include lesson plan preparation andsubject matter testing.Instructor Supervisor (IS). Serves as subject matter expert for maintaining proficiency ofassigned duties, while maintaining qualifications to perform instructor duties. Performsinstructional duties in a flight based on mission needs. Provides instructor training and mentorshipon Train-For-Success principles and strategies, to develop instructor core competencies; andensures adherence to CCAF PPG and BCI/LP directives. Supports and advocates use offeedback programs. May perform duties as supervisor/reporting official (rater) for otherinstructors.Instructor Trainer (IT). Qualified instructors assigned to train new instructors.Instructor of Technology and Military Science (ITMS) Degree. A CCAF degree for AirForce and other service enlisted personnel who are assigned to CCAF affiliated schools teachingCCAF degree-applicable courses.Learning Management System (LMS). Web-based content management system used tosupport daily operations related to the administration and execution of academic courses. It mayalso serve as a repository of individual student and course data for internal analysis, programmanagement, and internal reporting, review/retrieval of data used in special circumstances suchas investigations, and provide graduate record information.Lesson Qualification Training (LQT). Training designed to qualify individuals on curriculumspecific lessons. LQT ensures individuals possess the subject matter expertise and instructionalability required to effectively teach EPME curriculum.Major Command (MAJCOM). A major subdivision of the Air Force with a specific portionof the Air Force mission.Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA). Second level of Air Force EPME.PME Center. A facility where the ALS and NCOA are collocated. The academic programsmay be taught either simultaneously by separate instructor cadres, or alternately by dualqualified instructors. This also includes Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) andInter-European Air Forces Academy (IEAFA).Pre-service Education. A requirement for all EPME instructors that must be met prior toteaching in an EPME classroom in order to meet the accreditation criteria set by SACSCOC.This requirement is met through the EPMEIC. Commandants can initiate the EPMEIC waiverprocess through Barnes Center Academic Affairs, for previously qualified CCAF instructors.Instructors must have completed a CCAF approved methodology, CCAF Internship and timeremoved from CCAF classroom is less than 5 years.6

Professional Development (PD). Within the 8T000/8T100 SDI, education, training, andexperience beyond qualification, certification, and in-service training that supports the AUmission through maintaining/expanding expertise in academic disciplines taught.Program Management Review (PMR). Periodic evaluation conducted by Barnes Centerpersonnel either by virtual PMR or on-site PMR method to evaluate EPME programmanagement effectiveness, assess curriculum effectiveness, provide faculty assistance, andsupport the ISD process.Program Requirements Document (PRD). Validates the Department of the Air Force’s(DAF) resident officer and enlisted Developmental Education (DE) requirements for the ProjectObjective Memorandum (POM) submission for active duty, Guard, and Reserve components. Itidentifies requirements based on succession planning, current DAF inventory, promotion rates,attrition rates, end strength, and policy.Qualification Training (QT). Hands-on performance training designed to qualify an Airmanin a specific position. This training occurs both during and after upgrade training to maintainup-to-date qualifications.Registrar. Individual responsible for managing class rosters, faculty AUSMS accounts, studentregistration, student graduation, and AUSMS administrative requirements and reports.Resource Constraints. Resource deficiencies/limitations, such as money, facilities, time,manpower, and equipment that can impact required training.Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Theregional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions that accreditsAU, CCAF, and all EPME schools with the exception of CLA.Special Duty Catalog (SPECAT). An assignment guide published by the Air Force PersonnelCenter (AFPC) listing requirements and application instructions for special duty assignments.Special Duty Identifier (SDI). A four or five-digit code and title used to identify manpowerpositions and persons performing duties not clearly defined within a specific career field.Specialty Training Standard (STS). An Air Force publication that describes an Air Forcespecialty in terms of tasks and knowledge that an Airman in that specialty may be expected toperform or to know on the job. It also identifies the training provided to achieve a 3, 5, or7- skill level within an enlisted Air Force Specialty. It further serves as a contract betweenAETC and the functional user to show which of the overall training requirements for an AFSCare taught in formal schools and correspondence courses. The 8T AFSC uses the STS as a toolto establish tasks and knowledge to perform on the job requirements, not to establish 3, 5, or7-skill level.Standard. An exact value, a physical entity, or an abstract concept, the appropriate authority,custom, or common consent sets up and defines to serve as a reference, model, or rule inmeasuring quantities or qualities, developing practices or procedures, or evaluating results. Afixed quantity or quality.7

Strategic Leader Course. Course offered by the CLA to prepare CMSgts to lead at thestrategic level (i.e., MAJCOM, Air and Joint Staff).Student Transcript, Administration, and Record System – Faculty Database (STARS-FD).A web-based system providing real-time CCAF faculty data. ASLs ensure all required facultycredentialing information is entered into STARS-FD.Student Information System (SIS)/Student Management System (SMS). The general termsused to describe a system that provides capabilities for registering students in courses,documenting grade transcripts and results of student tests and other assessment scores, buildstudent schedules, track student attendance, and manage many other student-related data needs.A SIS/SMS should not be confused with a learning management system where course materials,assignments, and assessment tests can be published electronically.Student Instructor (SI). An instructor teaching CCAF courses who has completed aninstructor methodology course but has not completed all requirements to become a qualifiedinstructor.Superintendent of Operations. Manages student operations at NCOA and AFSNCOA.Superintendent of Resources/NCOIC Resources. Performs the resource managementfunction at the NCOA and AFSNCOA.Teaching Internship (Formerly Student Teaching Course or Practicum). The requirementsand practical teaching experience new instructors must meet under the supervision of a qualifiedinstructor.Training/Technical Reference (TR). Any documentation used to support training.Trainer. A trained and qualified person who teaches personnel to perform specific tasksthrough on-the-job training (OJT) methods.Training Setting. The forum in which training is provided (formal resident school, on-the-job,field training, mobile training team, self-study, etc.).Utilization and Training Workshop (U&TW). A forum of MAJCOM AFSC or SDIfunctional managers, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and AETC training personnel thatdetermines career ladder training requirements.Vice Commandant. Leads faculty development, oversees course curriculum, and managesinstructor hiring, training, and qualification at NCOAs and SNCOA.8

Section A - General Information1. Purpose. This CFETP provides the information necessary for functional managers,commandants, training managers, supervisors, and trainers to plan, develop, manage, conduct, andevaluate an effective EPME training program. Standardized education and training requirementsfor all EPME instructors are a must. This CFETP accurately reflects what is necessary for a newor experienced instructor to prepare for basic instructional duties. Specifically, this CFETP:1.1. Establishes baseline training requirements for initial qualification for SDI 8T000/8T100duties.1.2. Identifies the core tasks and knowledge training requirements for instruction, support, andmanagement duties.1.3. Lists the training course(s) available for qualifying new instructors or re-qualifying returningEPME instructors.1.4. Identifies opportunities within the EPME SDI and describes the duty requirements for eachmajor position within EPME.1.5. Identifies requirements for the ITMS Degree.1.6. Identifies resource constraints that impact implementation of the desired career fieldeducation and training program.2. Uses.2.1. Managers in all EPME programs use this CFETP to develop qualified faculty who areable to meet the unique requirements of each teaching, management, or support position.2.2. MAJCOM EPME managers and commandants ensure their training programs complementthe mandatory initial instructor qualification training and continuing education requirements.2.3. The Barnes Center uses the CFETP to program training and education requirements forpersonnel engaged in developing, administering and evaluating EPME instruction.2.4. Individual EPME faculty members must ensure they complete mandatory training andeducation requirements specified in this plan. Part II of this CFETP identifies mandatorytraining requirements and training references.3. Coordination and Approval.3.1. The AFCFM is the approval authority. The Barnes Center EPME Academic Affairsserves as the Office of Primary Responsibility (OPR) for the CFETP, hosts the 8T000/8T100U&TWs as directed by the AFCFM to determine 8T000/8T100 training requirements andrevises/develops an effective CFETP. The Barnes Center will maintain the CFETP, suggestnecessary revisions, and submit new or revised CFETP versions to the AFCFM for action.3.2. The AFCFM will initiate an annual review of the CFETP in accordance with AFI 36-2670.9

Section B – Career Field Progression and Information4. Specialty Descriptions.4.1. Special Duty Summary. Develops and conducts professional military educationprograms for Airmen, noncommissioned officers (NCO), and senior noncommissioned officers(SNCO); provides management consultant services.4.2 Duties and Responsibilities:4.2.1. Instructs EPME subjects. Instructs both indoors and outdoors, using informal lectures,case studies, teaching interviews, guided discussions, and a variety of other teaching methods.Uses computers, software applications, audiovisual equipment, and multi-media tools in supportof educational goals.4.2.2. Plans, organizes, and directs EPME programs and activities. Plans and organizes EPMErequirements for education, facilities, space, equipment, visual aids, and supplies. Developsand revises curriculum materials. Conducts needs analysis.4.2.3. Monitors entire education program. Plans and organizes phases of education, studentflow, and class schedules consistent with production goals and available resources.4.2.4. Inspects and evaluates EPME activities, personnel, and facilities. Conducts periodicinspection of school activities and assists schools in deficiency corrections. Evaluates studentperformance. Counsels and advises individuals on academic and nonacademic issuesimpacting student performance. Monitors and ensures facilities support educational mission.4.2.5. Prepares and maintains files and records pertinent to EPME matters. Prepares andmaintains administrative records on each student. Prepares statistical reports and records aboutstudent performance. Maintains completed school record files for historical review.4.2.6. Provides management consultant services. Conducts and administers symposiums,workshops, or conferences; interprets organizational surveys; evaluates program managementeffectiveness and provides feedback.4.3. Skills and Career Progression. The 8T AFSC utilizes a Faculty DevelopmentDiagram (Figure 1.1).4.3.1. Instruction. This area contains: Student Instructor, Instructor, and Master Instructor. Student Instructor. This member has completed EPMEIC or approved CCAFmethodology and is assigned to a course at an EPME school. They are a student instructor untilthey have completed their internship and all requirements outlined in the CCAF PPG. Instructor. This position is held by an instructor who has completed all internshiprequirements to become a fully qualified instructor. This is required to be completed within 12months of Date Assigned Instructor Duty (DAID). A qualified instructor has variousdevelopment opportunities as shown in Figure 1.1.10 Master Instructor. This qualification is held by an instructor who has completed theAETC/BCEE Master Instructor Badge requirements. These requirements include: 600 podiumhours (300 podium hours for returning instructors), led two 60 minute or longer ISTs, 90 hoursof PD or 6 semester hours of college/university education, 3 overall Excellent ratings (90 orabove) on Evaluations, and 50 hours/points on a professional project. Requirements are alsooutlined in Figure Authorized duty titles. IAW AFH 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure, Superintendentduty titles may only be held by SNCOs. ALS is authorized to use Commandant, Instructor Supervisor, and Instructor. NCOAs and PME Centers are authorized to use Commandant, Vice Commandant,Superintendent of Operations, Superintendent of Resources/NCOIC, Superintendent of FacultyDevelopment/NCOIC, Instructor Supervisor, and Instructor. Authorized SNCOA duty positions. Commandant, Vice Commandant, Chief of Operations,Chief of Resources, Superintendent of Faculty Development, Instructor Supervisor, and Instructor. Authorized CLA duty positions. Commandant, Instructor, and Course Manager.4.3.3. Support. This area contains non-8T000 personnel assigned to an EPME schoolhouse andBarnes Center Academic Affairs faculty that are not assigned to an EPME schoolhouse.4.4. EPME positions are controlled special duty tours, temporary in nature, and performed byAirmen for a period of up to 3 years. Based on the needs of the Air F

PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION SDI 8T000/8T100 CAREER FIELD EDUCATION AND TRAINING PLAN Part I Preface 1. The success of Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) requires vision, preparation, and attention to ensur