Fort Benning

U.S. Army Fort Benning and The Maneuver Center of Excellence

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Common Faculty Development-Instructor Course (CFD-IC)


The Common Faculty Development (CFD-IC) satisfies the required qualification to complete instructor certification as outlined in Chapter 8 of TRADOC Regulation 350-70, dated 10 July 2017 with further detail in Chapter 4 of TRADOC Pamphlet 350-70-3.

The CFD-IC graduate will demonstrate instructor competencies to teach, train, and facilitate learning in an adult learning environment. The 80 hour course combines the outcomes of the Army Basic Instructor Course (ABIC), the Small Group Instructor Training Course (SGITC), and the Faculty Development Program Phase 1 (FDP1). Successful demonstration of the final teaching practicum provides initial professional development in the application of instructor competencies.

The Instructor Course is competency-based; it prepares you to teach, train, and facilitate learning. You will be introduced to instructor roles and responsibilities, teaching and learning models, and professional and ethical requirements. The course also introduces new instructors to classroom management techniques, the process for building learning objectives and lesson plans, and techniques for effective communication. You will be assessed and evaluated on your ability to deliver instructions while maximizing engagement and learning.

Group discussions and daily homework assignments are used to discuss the Army Learning Concept for Training and Education (ALCT&E) 2020-2040, instructional methodologies and instructor/facilitator responsibilities. Students evaluate their lesson plan for completeness and identify instructor responsibilities that support and sustain the Army Leader Development model.


  • Student must be assigned as an instructor, instructor/writer, writer/instructor, or training developer.
  • Upon confirmation of registration, students must read the CFD-IC welcome letter.
  • Must meet height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9.
  • Must not be flagged or pending UCMJ action.


Registration is conducted by the unit Schools NCO using the Registration Form.

Note: Priority is given to assigned instructors on a first come first served basis.

The Registration Form is sent to the following email:


6561 Dock Ave, Building 490, Classroom #112, Fort Benning, GA 31905

Course Start Time: 0830

Schedule FY21

ATDC Schedule

Click HERE to view the CFD-IC FY21 Schedule (PDF Format)

Schedule FY22

ATDC Schedule

Click HERE to view the CFD-IC FY22 Schedule (PDF Format)

Click HERE to view advance readings / course homework