Test Control Officer Academic Training

Test Control Officers (TCOs) are military members, federal or state civil service employees or service-funded/monitored contractors appointed by DANTES, who is fully responsible for test site management and the safeguarding of paper-based DANTES-sponsored examinations.


  • How do you get TCO Academic Training?

    To get TCO Academic Training you must be nominated by your headquarters/major command in order to be granted access to the online Test Control Officer (TCO) Academic Training Course.

    A potential TCO/ATCO candidate must be nominated by their headquarters/major command before they will be allowed access to the online TCO Academic Training Course. Once the TCO nomination package is received at DANTES, the DANTES administrator will establish an account to allow access to the system. The system automatically sends a "welcome" email to the new student, including login and password information.

    While the course is estimated to take 3 days, the student has 30 days to complete the course and final exam. The system notifies DANTES of successful completion, which is then documented in the nomination package. For DANTES Test Sites located in Europe and the Middle East, the headquarters/major command must contact usarmy.badenwur.usareur.mbx.dantes-euro@mail.mil.

  • How can a Test Examiner (TE) access TCO Academic Training Courses?

    In order for a Test Examiner (TE) to access the TCO Academic Training Course, the headquarters command must contact DANTES at exams@navy.mil to request access for the TE and provide the Examiner's name, phone number, and email address. The DANTES administrator will then establish an account to allow access to the system. The system will send a notification to the student along with login and password information. The system will notify DANTES of the Examiner's successful completion of the course and final exam. For DANTES Test Sites located in Europe and the Middle East, the headquarters/major command must contact usarmy.badenwur.usareur.mbx.dantes-euro@mail.mil.

  • Who to contact?

    For TCOs, ATCOs, or TEs desiring access to the TCO Academic Training Course for refresher training without the exam, the headquarters/major command must contact DANTES at exams@navy.mil to request access and provide a name, phone number, and email address. The DANTES administrator will then establish an account to allow access to the system. The system will send a notification to the student along with login and password information. For DANTES Test Sites located in Europe and the Middle East, the headquarters/major command must contact usarmy.badenwur.usareur.mbx.dantes-euro@mail.mil.

    For more information, contact exams@navy.mil.

  • Base Sponsored NTC Establishment

    Military Education Centers interested in establishing a base-sponsored National Test Center (NTC) coordinate with a local or on-base institution (college or university), the base Commanding Officer and DANTES. The advantages of having a NTC on or near base are many. Computer-based testing reduces administrative work associated with paper-based test administration; DANTES funds the test and examination fee, and students receive instant score results.

    At the base-sponsored NTC, the institution is responsible for providing staff, computers, technical support, and Internet connection. If the NTC can be located on station, the base provides the room/space for the computer lab. It is a win-win situation for the institution if they already have a computer lab, as it maximizes the use of their computers and generates funding to maintain and operate their facility. Service members’ pay nothing while testing on base and receive instant score results.

    Download more information on starting an NTC establishment.

    Download NTC Steps

    For inquiries concerning establishing NTC operations in Europe please contact the IMCOM Europe Region Army Continuing Education System (ACES) representative, currently Mr. Mark Summerlin. He can be reached at DSN/VOIP 314-544-1240, CML 011-49-611-143-544-1240 or by E-MAIL at: mark.a.summerlin.civ@mail.mil.

    For inquiries concerning establishing NTC operations in the Middle East, Africa, and the deployed locations throughout Southwest Asia, please contact the DANTES European Representative, currently Mr. Steve Myers. He can be reached at DSN/VOIP 314-544-1210/1230, CML 011-49-611-143-544-1210/1230 or by E-MAIL at: usarmy.badenwur.usareur.mbx.dantes-euro@mail.mil.