740 External Training Policy

741 Background

741.1 Introduction

The Postal Service values its employees’ education as important to overall corporate success. The organization’s funding external training opportunities enables its officers to develop and financially support high-potential Postal Service employees in their pursuit of professional certifications, individual college courses, and degree programs.

This subchapter covers the Postal Service policy for external training, which includes non-Postal Service training (NPT) and the Centralized Funding for Development (CFD) Scholarship. For information on applicant eligibility for external training, refer to the Resource Guide for External Training, located under Non-Postal Training (NPT) on External Training at https://blue.usps.gov/hr/training-development/external-training.htm.

Documents pertaining to this section are subject to updates. For current documents, reference External Training above. Employees are responsible for reviewing the details in all documents associated with their training packets.

Note: Training that external sources provide under contract with the Postal Service falls within the definition of Postal Service training.

741.2 Approval Restrictions

Restrictions include the following:

  1. External training is not an obligation of the Postal Service, nor is it an employee right that the Postal Service pay for external training.
  2. The Postal Service may pay for external training when the chief Human Resources officer (CHRO) or an appointed designee approves the training in advance.

741.3 Prohibited Training Vendors

The Postal Service does not pay external training costs for a training vendor that commits one or more of the following:

  1. Discriminates because of:
    1. Race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity, including transgender status), national origin, religion, age (40 or over), genetic information, disability, or retaliation for engaging in EEO-protected activity as provided by law; or
    2. Other non-meritorious factors, such as political affiliation; marital status; status as a parent; and past, present, or future military service.
  2. Engages in lobbying for and supporting political campaigns as a substantial part of its activities.
  3. Is a college or university that does not have accreditation from one of the accrediting bodies that the U.S. Department of Education recognizes.