Training & Professional Development

HRO 128 is a Human Resources Policy, strongly encouraging every employee at the University of Tennessee to complete a minimum of 32 hours of job- and career-related training per calendar year. HRO 128 applies to exempt and non-exempt employees, regular, full and part time. Training for part-time employees may be prorated. Read FAQs about HRO 128.

Training should relate to your present position or enhance your skills for future job growth. With supervisor's approval, classes both within and outside the university, conferences and seminars will count toward your 32 hours.

Additional training opportunities may be found through the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning and Continuing Education.
Banner and FERPA training, contact Records.
Blackboard training, contact the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning.
IRIS training, contact Melanie Sadler, Human Resources.

IRIS is the official record of training for university employees. At events sponsored by Human Resources, we provide a sign-in sheet and enter your training hours from it. You should complete the Request for Additional Credit and submit to the Office of Human Resources for entry into IRIS to receive credit for the following:

  • professional development courses
  • conferences and seminars
  • webinars
  • training held by university departments
  • training provided by outside consultants and vendors

Skillsoft (CBT or e-learning) course completions are automatically loaded to IRIS every 24 hours. Do not submit a request for additional credit form to receive training credit.


Employees may access training history in Employee Self-Service on the My IRIS Web portal

From the Employee Self-Service tab, click Personal Information, then click My HR 128 Training History. A new window will display with all of your training history that has been recorded in IRIS. If you have difficulty displaying “My HR128 Training History”, check to make sure you do not have pop-ups blocked on  your browser.

If you have questions about the content on your report, please contact your campus training office. For questions on accessing this or any other ESS or My IRIS Web function, please contact the IRIS Helpdesk at


Departments may run a training report in IRIS

Within your department, the departmental specialist may retrieve your training history by using IRIS transaction S_PH9_46000431 - Attendee's Training History). Detailed instructions on how to use this transaction can be found by clicking Help from the top-bar menu and selecting IRIS Help from the drop-down menu. In a separate window, you should select the first detailed list of instructions titled, Attendee's Training History.

To check the training history for all employees at one time within the department, use the same IRIS transaction. You can find detailed instructions on how to generate this report by clicking on Help from the top-bar menu and selecting IRIS Help from the drop-down menu. In a separate window, you should select the second detailed list of instructions titled, Attendee's Training History for Multiple Employees.