Non-Resident Training Courses, Rate Training Manuals Move to Navy e-Learning

Non-Resident Training Courses, Rate Training Manuals Move to Navy e-Learning

by Ed Barker
U.S. Navy

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Beginning Oct. 1, Sailors will access Navy Non-Resident Training Courses (NRTC) and Rate Training Manuals (RTM) exclusively through the Navy e-Learning (NeL) and My Navy Portal (MNP) websites.

Used primarily to prepare for advancement exams or to expand life-cycle rating knowledge, 159 NRTC and RTM self-study packages previously available through the website will be moved to NeL. NeL and MNP both require a Common Access Card to browse or download.

“We’ve moved our entire course and manual library under the NeL umbrella, eliminating the need for Sailors to print and mail-in their completion data,” said Frank Topf, NRTC program manager for the Naval Education and Training Command. “Instead of validating and recording everything manually, NeL will grade, offer certificates, and record completions automatically, entering them into a Sailor’s Electronic Training Jacket.”

Sailors will be able to download the materials for offline study, or for review at home or while at-sea, but must have online connectivity in order to complete electronic assessments of NRTC or RTM materials. Formal course enrollment is required for assessments.

“Moving to the Navy’s NeL Learning Management System (LMS) will allow continuous improvements and also facilitate updates to NRTC and RTM content and assessments going forward,” said Hank Reeves, assistant program manager, Sea Warrior Systems/PMW-240.

For NRTC and RTM access through MNP (, Sailors should look under professional resources, then select Personnel Qualifications Standards. Downloadable PDFs provide assessment questions similar to the course completion assessment format in NeL and allow Sailors to accomplish all learning/study offline if necessary; however, credit for NRTC/RTM completion can only be accomplished within NeL.

For access through NeL (, select the course catalog tab near the top of the page, and within the Learning Category, select “What’s New.” NRTC and RTMs are segmented by chapter, and Sailors can choose to either save or launch the chapter. After each chapter is launched and completed, the subsequent assessment is available. All NRTC/RTM individual assessments within each chapter must be accomplished in this manner to record completion.

The enrollment of NRTC courses in the LMS should be a user-friendly process. Through Oct. 31, Sailors with questions about the new NRTC/RTM enrollment, download, or assessment process can contact the NRTC Help Desk at 877-838-1659 and select option five or submit a ticket at After Oct. 1, any Sailors who have questions for enrollment through NeL can contact My Navy Career Center (MNCC) Help Desk via MNP at 833-330-MNCC (833-330-6662) or Frank Topf is the POC for any concerns about the program and can be reached at or 757-492-9002.

An additional program -- Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (Navy COOL), provides information about licenses and certifications applicable to all Navy occupations and offers resources and funding to help Sailors gain appropriate civilian desired, and in many cases required, credentials.

For more information about Navy COOL, visit or call 850-452-6683.

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The NRTC/RTM migration to NeL is part of the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) Transformation, a modernization effort that will overhaul the way human resources (HR) services are provided to all Sailors, their families, and future recruits. Over the next several years, the transformation will change how services are offered throughout a Sailor's entire "Hire-to-Retire" life cycle, by streamlining processes and systems to improve the speed, accuracy, and quality of HR services.

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