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The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE)

In 2015, FedVTE will undergo extensive changes which will ensure long-term access to free cybersecurity training for the Federal IT workforce.The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) is an online cybersecurity training center for Federal IT professionals.

FedVTE is transitioning. Read below for important information.

If you are a current FedVTE user, here is what you need to know:

  • On January 30, 2015, the current FedVTE website will be shut down.Training provider presenting course materials
  • A new FedVTE site is coming February 2015.  All details will be posted on this page as they become available.
  • User accounts will NOT transfer to the new site.  All users must set up a new account once the new FedVTE site has launched.

In preparation for the transition, the following actions are recommended:

  • If you are currently enrolled in any courses, complete your course before January 30, 2015 or your progress will be lost.
  • Download any certificates for completed courses for your records. Directions can be found on page 14 of the FedVTE Quick Start Guide.
  • If you are a Community Manager and/or Training Advisor,  you should run final reports for your communities.  Directions can be found beginning on page six of the FedVTE Training Advisor Guide.  All reports can be exported to a .csv file and printed.

What's next for current users?

1. Once the new site is available, the web address will be posted to this web page.

2. Self-registration will be available on the new site. User accounts will no longer need to be established through a Community Manager.

This page will serve as a primary source for up-to-date information and FAQs related to the FedVTE transition.

FedVTE Transition FAQs

Who manages FedVTE?

The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cybersecurity & Communications’, Cyber Education and Awareness (CE&A) branch manages the FedVTE program. The mission of CE&A is to lead national cybersecurity public awareness, education, training, and workforce development efforts to support the protection against and response to cyber threats and hazards to the Homeland’s economic and national security. Part of CE&A’s training effort is FedVTE, an online, on-demand training center that provides Federal cybersecurity and IT professionals with training courses and hands-on labs.

What is the benefit of FedVTE?

To ensure a secure cyberspace, we must develop a technologically-skilled workforce and an effective pipeline of future employees.  FedVTE helps train current and future Federal cybersecurity professionals.

Will my current FedVTE account transfer to the new FedVTE site?

No. Your current account will be closed when the existing FedVTE site closes on January 30, 2015. You will need to set up a new user account on the new FedVTE site.

Will my certifications from the old FedVTE site transfer to the new FedVTE site?

No. You will need to download and save your completed certificates for your records. Directions can be found on page 14 of the FedVTE Quick Start Guide.

I am a Community Manager and/or Training Advisor.  How do I run final reports for my communities?

Directions can be found beginning on page six of the FedVTE Training Advisor Guide.

I am a Community Manager and/or Training Advisor. How can I get a full list of my users?

By running a Community User Rollup report under the Training Advisor section of your Community Dashboard.  General directions on how to export reports can be found in the FedVTE Training Advisor Guide.

I am a Community Manager and/or Training Advisor. Where can I go for more information?

You will be invited to attend one of two webinars which will be held in January.  Invitations will be distributed via email.

If I am in the middle of a training course, will I be able to continue with my progress on the new site?

No. You must complete any currently in-progress courses and download certificates before January 30, 2015. Course enrollment will not transfer to the new site.

Where should I go to set up a new account?

Registration for the new FedVTE site has not yet opened. A link to the new site will be posted to this page once the new site is open.

How do I stay updated on the progress of the system transition?

This page (http://niccs.us-cert.gov/training/fedvte) will be the best source of up-to-date information during this transition.

Additional information for users and  community managers will be posted here in the coming weeks.

FedVTE Tools and Resources

FedVTE users and managers can find answers to questions about the existing FedVTE platform remaining in use until January 30, 2015 through the resources available on the NICCS website. Links to these resources are offered below:

  • FedVTE Quick Start Guide - An introduction to FedVTE. This guide also details instructions to enroll and manage your courses and account information.
  • FedVTE Courselist - A catalog of Federal Virtual Training Environment courses provided free of charge for the federal workforce. Updated as of January 2014.
  • FedVTE Community Manager Guide - Each organizational unit that uses FedVTE has its own community. This guide details tasks available to Community Managers (CM) to manage their communities. This manual is written from the perspective of a CM for a parent organization that has no additional assigned roles, such as Administrator or Training Advisor (TA). Topics include managing a community and managing the users in the community.
  • FedVTE Reporting Guide - This guide lists all of the reporting options available in the Federal Virtual Training Environment. While each of these capabilities is described in other documentation, this Guide serves as a summary and index of those reporting capabilities.
  • FedVTE Training Advisor Guide - This guide details tasks that may be performed by a user who has the assigned role of Training Advisor in FedVTE. A Training Advisor (TA) has the ability to monitor the training progress of fellow community members. TA’s can generate reports on Users, Courses, and their overall Community.

Users should contact their Community Manager if they have any questions about the existing platform. For questions related to the upcoming transition, please contact: FedVTE@hq.dhs.gov.