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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

For Planning Community (PCC) Proficiency Verification Tests/Assessments and Instructions to Access/Take Them on the Army Learning Management System (ALMS)

In response to PCC training requirements mandated in HQ USACE CECW-P memorandum dated 13 March 2012, Subject: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Planning Capability Training (see below for link to Memo); and to make efficient use of resources, employees in the Planning Community who already demonstrate knowledge/master of course content are allowed to verify their knowledge by taking PCC tests.

 HQ USACE CECW-P Memorandum, 13 March 2012


Testing requirements:

*You have only one opportunity to take the test.

*Once you answer a question and move to the next, you cannot go back and change a previous answer.

*You must score at least 80% on the test.


Available tests:

PCC1 Civil Works Orientation

PCC2 Planning Principles and Procedures

PCC3 Environmental Considerations

PCC4 Economic Analysis

PCC5 H&H Considerations in Planning

PCC6 Plan Formulation

PCC7 Public Involvement & Team Building


Registering for a test/assessment:

  • Go to Army Knowledge Online (AKO): (On AKO home page, you will see navigation headers, e.g. Home, My Account, Favorites, Quick Links and Self Service.)
  • Note: If you do not have an AKO account, click the "Create Account with CAC" button below 'New to AKO?'
  • Select "Self Service", then "My Education".
  • Click on the ALMS logo or below the logo click the link "Access the ALMS". (You are now logged into the ALMS and on the homepage.)
  • Click the "Catalog Search" button.
  • In the "Search" entry field, enter "PCC".
  • Click the "Search" button. (You will see all PCC Assessments below under Course Iterations.)
  • Locate the test you want to take and click on "Register" under 'Actions'.
  • Scroll down and click "Continue Registration". (You will see a 'Registration Confirmation' screen.)
  • Scroll down and click "Go to Enrollments" and locate the test you just enrolled for.
  • Click "Launch" to start the test/assessment. Note: You will see two entries for your test. The second entry is your certificate (to obtain after you pass the test).
  • (Note: If you do not launch your content now, the test will remain available under 'Current Enrollments'.

    Taking a test/assessment:

  • Carefully read the test instructions.
  • For each question, ensure you select desired answer before moving to next question. The test will not allow you to return to a question after you answer and move to the next question.
  • You have one attempt to pass the test.
  • You must score at least 80% to pass the test.
  • (Once you have closed the assessment, your transcript will reflect completion.)

    To print a Certificate of Completion:

  • Return to "My Enrollments" by clicking the 'Enrollments' tab on the left.
  • Locate the PCC certificate for the test you just took.
  • Click "Launch" to open and print your PROSPECT Bypass Certificate.
  • (You can also print a certificate on Army DA Form 87. To do this, on the ALMS Homepage, click on the 'Detailed Training Records' button. You will now see all of the courses that have been completed and transferred to your My Detailed Training Records.)


  • ULC cannot assist students with logging in and taking courseware delivered by the Army Learning Management System (ALMS). ULC simply handles the registration for these tests. Students will need to contact the ALMS Help Desk at 877-251-0730 or DSN 826-4745 for guidance on resolving problems concerning accessing courseware within the ALMS.
  • For questions regarding the content of the tests, contact the Course Manager: Annette Biddle, 256-895-7432.