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The Federal Government has high standards and high expectations for its employees. To help achieve and maintain these high standards, all Federal employees are required to complete certain training.

Below are the three training courses that you must review prior to your first day.

  • Information Security Awareness and Rules of Behavior Training (ISA)
    You can take the course "USDA Information Security Awareness" online and take the test to obtain your certificate of completion. You can take the course on or before your first day. Passing the test is required to access your email and other computer systems in USDA.
  • If you do not have an Agency AgLearn account yet, and your Agency requires this course and to be completed before showing up for duty, please access the online course and take the test. You will have the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion after passing the test. Please go to for information on how to access the course.
  • Alternatively, you can also take the paper-based version of the course. There is no certificate for the paper-based version of the course; you must take and pass the test on paper. Contact your HR specialist or agency contact for information on how to take the paper-based version of the course.

  • Ethics
    Here at the USDA we pride ourselves on the fact that our employees work diligently to meet both the letter and the spirit of the ethics laws and regulations. In order to become well-versed on these rules and regulations, ethics training is essential. By continuing our tradition of compliance with Federal ethics regulations, we ensure the public's confidence in the integrity and effectiveness of our programs. All new employees nationwide must complete "Orientation Ethics" training. Further information can be obtained from the Office of Ethics website.

  • US Constitution
    When you start working for the Federal Government, you take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. This mandatory training provides a quick refresher about the Constitution. There is no training certificate at the end of this course. Just read through the materials and print the last page. Date and sign it and bring it with you on your first day at USDA.