Upward Mobility Program

Registration & Counseling Announcement

The Upward Mobility Program On-line Registration System is suspended until further notice. Please continue to watch this website for future updates.

If you already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree, you can submit, prior to registration, an UMP Promotional Application, UMP100B, for any dual or credential UMP target titles for which you think you are qualified. Copies of official transcripts must accompany your application. Submit by email to CMS.UMP100@illinois.gov or by mail to UMP, 1021 North Grand Ave. East, Springfield, IL 62702. Links to the UMP100B and Targeted Job Title Descriptions and requirements are available below.

CMS Assessment Center Status Update for UMP Participants

Assessment Centers are currently open by appointment only for UMP Participants. Call-in and Walk-in appointments and services at all locations are unavailable. All Upward Mobility Program testers must be in possession of a Proficiency Examination Registration form (PER) prior to scheduling an exam. A PER must be presented to the Assessment Center at the time of scheduling to reserve a time slot. Click here for Assessment Center contact information. Due to limited seating, please consider taking your tests now to be prepared for upcoming postings.

COVID-19 Announcement

In an effort to protect our community and employees during the COVID-19 emergency, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has limited the number of Upward Mobility Program staff working in the office. UMP staff are working from home with limited ability to access participant data. If you are currently enrolled in UMP, please either email us at cms.umpcounselor@illinois.gov or call us and leave a message on the UMP Hotline at 1-833-452-4836. Thank you for your patience as we work to respond to you as soon as possible.

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Upward Mobility Program Purpose

The State of Illinois Upward Mobility Program is a career mobility program designed to give state employees an opportunity to advance to more challenging, higher paying positions. It is a joint venture between CMS and AFSCME. Employees receive individual counseling to inform them of the career opportunities available and to guide them in developing their career plans. Participants take proficiency exams and/or complete required education and training programs designed to provide the skills and knowledge needed for advancement.

Employees can work toward advancement in the following major career paths: Data Processing, Office Services, Accounting, Human Services, Criminal Justice, and Nursing.

Eligibility & Enrollment - CURRENTLY SUSPENDED

You are NOT eligible for any UMP Program benefits until you have completed the enrollment process and returned a Career Development Plan.

Please click on Eligibility & Enrollment above to access the online registration form.

Targeted Job Titles

Participants in the Upward Mobility Program have more than 50 targeted job titles to choose from.

Help for Test Anxiety

If you are like most people, you have probably experienced some degree of test anxiety at one time or another.

Test anxiety is the feeling of fear you have when your performance is about to be evaluated. When you experience this type of anxiety, your abilities to think and to pay attention drop at the time you need them most. What can you do to alleviate this anxiety you feel during the testing process?

The Upward Mobility Program and the AFSCME Personal Support Program have prepared a booklet, "Tips to Control Test Anxiety", which contains an overview of the many ways to better manage your test anxiety. Please follow the Step-by-Step method of controlling test anxiety. Check off the steps that you already follow and concentrate on those you may need. The booklet is in PDF format and may be viewed using Acrobat Reader. The UMP100B Application is only for use by Certified State of Illinois AFSCME employees under the jurisdiction of the Governor who already possess the necessary degree(s) and/or licensure for an Upward Mobility Program credential or dual title. Completed applications that are signed and accompanied by a copy of all official transcripts showing the degree conferred may be sent by mail to the UMP contact address below or emailed to CMS.UMP100@illinois.gov. Faxed applications will be accepted.

Policy Guidelines

Guidelines governing the Upward Mobility Program.

Upward Mobility Promotional Application – UMP100B

The UMP100B Application is only for use by Certified State of Illinois AFSCME employees under the jurisdiction of the Governor who already possess the necessary degree(s) and/or licensure for an Upward Mobility Program credential or dual title. Completed applications that are signed and accompanied by a copy of all official transcripts showing the degree conferred may be sent by mail to the UMP contact address below or emailed to CMS.UMP100@illinois.gov. Faxed applications will be accepted.

UMP100B

Contact Information

Upward Mobility Program
Sangamo Building
1021 North Grand Avenue East
Springfield, IL 62702
Hotline: 1-833-452-4836
TDD: 1-800-526-0844
Fax: 1-217-557-9635

E-Mail questions to: CMS.UMPCounselor@Illinois.gov>
E-Mail UMP100B Applications only to: CMS.UMP100@Illinois.gov

 

Springfield Centrex users may call:
524-1073 (voice)
785-3979 (TDD)

AFSCME Council 31
Upward Mobility Program Coordinator
615 S Second Street
P.O. Box 2328
Springfield, IL 62705-2328
Phone: 217-788-2800, Ext. 3348