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  • The intent of the SF-182 is to approve and record completion of employee training—not for use as a procurement document.   However, agencies that choose to use the SF-182 to procure training should consult with the agency contracting office for agency specific policies on the use of SF182 as a training procurement option. 

    You should include guidance on use of the SF-182 as a procurement document in your agency training policy manual.  For more information on procurement and the SF-182, refer to the Training Administration Fast Facts Index.

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  • Only OPM training programs listed for a given level of leadership will count towards a LEAD Certificate at that level.

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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.

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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.

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  • You may earn a LEAD certificate for a level of leadership, even if you are not at that level. We strongly recommend checking with your agency's training manager whether there are specific rules regarding taking courses for a higher level than your current position.

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  • Yes, 5 U.S.C. 5757 allows agencies to pay for professional credentials including professional certification.

    For more information on certifications, please refer to the Training Administration Fast Facts Index.

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  • Several courses are ACE accredited for either or both undergraduate and graduate credit. Information about each course will specify the type and amount of credit for each course. Contact the LEAD Certificate Program Manager at  LEAD@opm.gov. 
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  • The Government Employees Training Act (GETA) became law in 1958 giving Federal agencies general authority for employee training.  Under GETA agencies manage their own training, determine their own training needs, and select and fund training to meet those needs.   

    GETA is codified in Chapter 41 of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.).

    We are often asked where employees can access GETA funds.  There is no central GETA fund. Agencies must use their own appropriated training funds to pay for agency training programs. 

    For more information on GETA and Chapter 41 of title 5, refer to the Training Administration Fast Facts Index.

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  • For more information, click here: LEAD Certificate
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  • Visitors are not permitted during delivery of FEI programs.

    Leadership for a Democratic Society program participants can host visitors in their FEI bedrooms during non-working weekends. There is no charge for guests staying in participant bedrooms. Measl for guests are available but the participant there are visiting must pay for them.

    No pets are allowed on the FEI campus.  Only service animals for participants can stay on the campus.
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