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  • For each additional night you elect to stay beyond the term of the seminar you will be charged the per diem rate,  For children who are 12 years old and under, the cost is free. For guests 13-17 years of age, the additional cost is $10 per night. For guest 18 years and older, the cost is $20 per night. Please note on your lodging and transportation sheet any additional nights. For further information please call Angie Kutcher, Clarion Hotel EMDC Liaison, at  304-870-7021.
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  • The Clarion Hotel provides shuttle transportation at a cost between the three area airports and the EMDC.  Service must be scheduled in advance.  Instructions for reserving transportation are provided with seminar pre-course materials. Payment is due at the hotel's front desk upon check out. Pricing is one-way
    • Reagan - $145
    • BWI - $145
    • Dulles - $95.60
    Contact information
    • Clarion Hotel front desk: 304.87.7000
    • EMDC Liaison/Shuttle Coordindator: Annie Kutcher, 304.870.7021 (Monday-Friday 8 am - 430 pm)
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  • There must be a job opportunity announcement (JOA) in order to apply for a Federal job.  A Federal application consists of submitting a resume, usually completing an assessment and may require additional information such as: transcripts, SF-50s from government employees and/or DD 214.   Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind while applying for jobs: 1. Find a job opportunity announcement that matches your skills and interests by using the search jobs function (http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/). · Search by occupation, agency name, location, announcement number · Click Search for Jobs   2. After finding a job of interest, it is very important that you carefully review the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of the job opportunity announcement to see if you qualify for the job.   3. After you carefully review the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section, review the How to Apply" section of the job opportunity announcement. When applicants do not follow the instructions provided in the "How to Apply" section of the job opportunity announcement, the application will be considered incomplete and they are not considered for the job.   4. After following these initial steps, you are now ready to apply for a Federal government job. Additional Information:   When you apply for a position, we recommend that you print out the job opportunity announcement, so that you will have the information to refer to when checking on your status after the closing date. When an agency's job opportunity announcement is closed, it is removed from USAJOBS®. We do not provide copies of closed job opportunity announcements. You can also save the job opportunity announcement as an HTML Web page. To save, you must view the job opportunity announcement on your screen. Then, go to "File", "Save As", select "Web Page, complete" and click "Save".   You can also log into "My Account" and create a "Saved Search" that will notify you by email when jobs meeting your qualifications have been added to the system.   For more information, visit http://www.usajobs.gov/firsttimevisitors.asp to learn about Employment Information, Federal Hiring Processes, and how to assess your skills and interests to match potential career opportunities.
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  • Many courses offered in the LEAD Certificate Program are certified by the American Council on Education (ACE) for college and graduate credit. The credit hours vary depending on the length and content of the course. ACE serves as the registry for student to collect ACE-certified course credits for nontraditional training courses. After paying one-time fee to establish a transcript with ACE, a student can use ACE to collect and maintain a permanent record of classes and credits.   Click here for information: ACE
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  • Only OPM training programs listed for a given level of leadership will count towards a LEAD Certificate at that level. For more information click here: LEAD certificate
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  • 1. The LEAD Certificate Program is a self-paced program, which means OPM is not formally involved until you complete the 5 required seminars for a given level of leadership. This also means you register for each course individually as you progress through the seminars. 2. Within 90 days of completing the last of the five seminars at a given level, you must email a list of your 5 completed courses with the start dates to validate completion within the three year period to the OPM LEAD Certificate Program Manager.  The contact information is LEAD@opm.gov and 304-870-8014. 3. Once validated, you will have 90 days to submit a 4-6 page capstone paper, detailing lessons learned and describing at least one application example at your job. The paper will be reviewed for Pass/Fail by an OPM Program Director/Faculty Member. 4. Once a "Pass" rating on the capstone paper is attained, you will received a LEAD Certificate. Click here for more information: LEAD certificate
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  • 1. LEAD Certificates are issued for a specific level of leadership. 2. For a given level, you must complete the required number of courses.  3. The last of the 5 courses must be completed within 3 years of the start date of the first courses taken. 4. It is recommended, but not required, to complete the Assessment and Core courses first, before taking the Policy and Skill categories. 5. You may earn a LEAD Certificate for a level of leadership, even if you are not at that level, but we strongly recommend checking with your training manager to check whether your agency has any specific rules regarding taking courses for a higher level than your current position. Click here for more information: LEAD certificate 
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  • Email your questions to the LEAD Certificate Manager at LEAD@opm.gov. 
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  • All training programs for a LEAD Certificate must be completed within 3 years of the state date of the first course taken. Click here for more information:LEAD certificate
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  • It is recommended, but not required to complete the Assessment and Core courses first before taking the Policy and Skill categories. Click here for more information:  LEAD certificate
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