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PDS Performance & Development Solutions


It is the mission of PDS to: Provide performance development services that directly impact the ability of the State of Iowa to deliver expert, timely and cost effective programs and services. Please let us know how we can assist you in enrolling you or your staff in any of these courses to help make an impact within your workplace.


Presentation Skills (MTS PT 998) - June 7, 2018 

The cost will be $70 for agencies participating in the utility fee or $188 for those not participating. This one-day class, led by Carol Tripp, will be held in the Hoover building, Level A, in Des Moines.

During the class, participants will plan, organize, and present a brief, effective presentation utilizing skills gained throughout the day.  Vocal characteristics, body language, personal stories and experiences, effective introductions and conclusions, and visual aids to enhance a variety of topics will be identified. In addition, the miscues that detract from a presentation will be reviewed. Issues of “stage fright” and dealing with difficult situations will be addressed. 

Contract Administration (MTS CP 514) - June 20, 2018

This one day free course on Contract Administration is designed to assist employees of the State of Iowa who are involved in the administration and monitoring of state contracts. The course concentrates on those activities that occur following contract award, and includes contract initiation, monitoring contractor performance, payments, modifications, handling disputes and claims, termination and contract close-out. 

Course Objective:  To strengthen the administration and management of State contracts in accordance with Iowa Code, Administrative Rules, standard procedures and best practices. 

This course fulfills the re-certification requirement for Level 2 procurement certification. It will be held in the Procurement Conference Room, Hoover Building Level A. 

For either class, contact your Training Liaison to get signed up today. If your agency/department does not have an assigned Training Liaison, contact directly.





What's New - exciting offerings from PDS!

Performance & Development Solutions is excited to bring you our redesigned training program. This new program follows a comprehensive needs assessment of the PDS program and collaboration with Iowa stakeholders to identify staff development needs and existing training gaps. The redesigned program curriculum includes 13 brand new courses and 4 new certificate programs.

CPM Cohort 30 to start August 6, 2018!

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Congratulations graduates - Cohort 26 fall 2017:

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