The University encourages employees and staff to complete a minimum of 32 hours of job and career-related training per calendar year. Employees are encouraged to complete what they need to achieve growth for themselves and their departments. If you take a job- or career-related course, or attend a conference that isn’t sponsored by EOD or your local HR office, you may still apply to receive training credit by submitting the Request for Additional Training Credit (ATC) form.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The training should relate to your present position or should enhance your skills for future job growth.
During your annual performance review, you and your supervisor should discuss your training needs.

Many opportunities are available, including the following:

  • Professional development courses
  • Conferences and seminars
  • eLearning courses
  • Training held within departments
  • Training provided by outside consultants and vendors
  • IRIS courses
  • Computer courses
  • Courses for college credit
  • Departmental improvements or changes presented during a staff meeting not related to professional development
  • Social organizations and church-sponsored programs
  • Courses that have minimal relation to the employee’s professional role and development
Academic courses are geared toward earning a degree. Professional development courses generally provide new skill sets and career growth.

With supervisory approval, courses and conferences both within and outside the University will count toward the 32 hours. To receive credit for classes taken outside your local training department, you should:

Please submit your form as soon after the training event as possible.
  • Any course, seminar, conference, or computer course you register for through our website or by calling our office.
  • Any Online@EOD (Skillsoft) eLearning course.
  • Any IRIS training course conducted in the IRIS Training Lab (150 Conference Center Building).

Feel free to ask your course instructor if they will be collecting attendance and submitting it to EOD for training credit. They must have contacted us in advance in order to do this.

ATC forms are only accepted for the current calendar year. There is a one-month grace period in January for courses taken at the end of the prior year. We encourage employees to submit their forms immediately after the training is held.
The turn-around time is two-four weeks. This is due to the high volume of forms we receive. If you submitted your form to another campus or institute, please check with that office directly.
No. Online@EOD (Skillsoft) eLearning completions are automatically recorded in IRIS overnight.
Yes. You will not be given credit for these automatically.
No. Please submit only one form per training event, regardless of its duration.
Your training history is available through IRIS Web’s Employee Self Service.
Yes, required training courses, including safety classes, count toward the 32 hours.
Yes, your supervisor should support your training. The employee and the supervisor should plan the training.
Your professional development should be addressed during your annual performance review. At that time, determine what your supervisor considers appropriate professional development for your position. If your supervisor does not permit your training, notify an appropriate person in your department or on your campus. You may also contact your local Human Resources office.