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Leadership Education and Development Certificate Program (LEAD)

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • No. The certificate will show your future employer that you have mastered a certain body of knowledge that OPM recommends for a specific level of leadership. 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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  • 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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  • If you have taken the courses after October 1, 2005, then they can count. The 3 year window for the LEAD Certificate will begin as of the start date of the first course taken. Be sure to leave yourself enough time to complete the necessary courses for the LEAD Certificate. Click here for more information: LEAD Certificate
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  • 1. Within 90 days of completing the last of the 5 courses at a given level, email the list of the 5 courses with their start dates to validate completion within the three year period to the OPM LEAD Certificate Program Manager at LEAD@opm.gov . 2. Once OPM has verified that you have completed your required courses,  you will have 90 days to complete a capstone paper (4-6 pages). You will email the paper to the LEAD Certificate Program Manager at LEAD@opm.gov. 3. Once you receive a "Pass" rating on your capstone paper, the LEAD Certificate Program Manager will email  you the notification of the "Passing" rating as your official record for personnel. You will be notified about the date of the annual LEAD commencement ceremony in Washington DC where you will receive your certificate (signed by the OPM Director) with other LEAD graduates.  If you cannot attend the ceremony, your LEAD certificate will be mailed to you. Click here for more information:   LEAD Certificate
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