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Center for Leadership Development



The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) provides federal employees and agencies with dynamic and innovative leadership and professional development solutions. Our portfolio of courses and programs transforms today’s employees into tomorrow’s leaders through learning that inspires action. We offer:

Why CLD?

For over 50 years, we’ve delivered on our mission of developing visionary leaders to transform government. We provide a comprehensive array of leadership development options to strengthen individuals and organizations.

Through virtual learning settings, classrooms in Charlottesville, Va., Washington, DC., and in agency locations, our experienced faculty, facilitators, and consultants guide individuals and agencies in applying knowledge and skills to address today’s public sector challenges.

Our Approach

Our mission is to develop visionary leaders to transform government. Our offerings are built on foundational public service values and competencies that transcend professions and missions. Grounded in the latest public and private research, our programs and services help transform people and organizations, focusing on contemporary challenges through the lens of government. This approach fosters the exchange of ideas, best practices, and resources to strengthen and improve individuals and agencies. Our offerings support developing visionary leaders, building capacity to solve challenges, and improving HR capabilities.

Developing visionary leaders

We believe great leaders can transform and improve government to best serve the American people. Whether you are an aspiring leader, new supervisor, or seasoned executive, our career-spanning, multilevel leadership curriculum guides you through development and career growth – for your current role or the one you aspire to.

Our curriculum is built upon OPM’s Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and competencies that represent guideposts on the path to career and organizational success.

Our leadership programs are offered:

Building capacity to solve challenges

Our project-based learning approach helps agencies to solve public sector, complex challenges around people, processes, and performance while building their capacity through training and participatory learning.

First, our consultants guide you in thinking how customized innovation programs can meet your agency’s unique needs. Then, we help you apply design mindsets, approaches, and methods to address those immediate needs.

This approach equips your agency’s employees with improvement, innovation, and design capabilities to apply to transformation initiatives.

  • Human-centered design: The Lab at OPM offers project-based learning in human-centered design to support capabilities in:
    • Customer experience design
    • Community and user research and engagement
    • Equity initiatives
    • Problem framing
    • Strategic planning
    • Service design
    • Program design
    • Organizational development
    • Operations and business systems
  • Process improvement: Offered through OPM's Process & Performance Improvement Program, our improvement capabilities include:
    • Utilizing data to shape critical public sector processes
    • Supporting the shift of time and energy from low-value to high-value work, and
    • Uncovering root causes of process challenges

Improving HR capabilities

Our specialized HR training, offered through the Federal HR Institute, directly supports the government-wide initiative to grow HR workforce capability. The program of study establishes a single, standardized framework based on career mapping for federal HR practitioners, developing skills in staffing, classification, compensation, and Delegated Examining. All courses offered by the Federal HR Institute can be taken individually or delivered as agency cohorts (in person or online). 

Courses and Programs

Find out why high-performing aspiring leaders, supervisors, managers, and executives like you turn to us to enhance their leadership and management skills.

Network and engage with your peers from all branches of government in our interagency courses offered in Washington, DC., Charlottesville, Va., and other locations throughout the country.

View our full course schedule or learn about specific courses:

By leadership level:

By skill:

Agency Services


Give your employees the leadership and professional development skills and technologies they need to excel at all levels of your organization. Our experts work with you to address specific needs, offering comprehensive solutions to support your workforce and address your agency’s challenges.

Group development solutions

Whether your agency needs a group delivery of a current course or completely customized solution, we can design a program that meets the scope and size of your organization.

Learn more about group training solutions for your agency:

Project-based learning

Work to solve real organizational problems while building capacity within your teams. Our project-based learning solutions in human-centered design and process and performance improvement help government organizations conduct projects that result in groundbreaking and innovative outcomes.

Learn more about project-based learning partnership opportunities.

Simplified access to learning technology

Our e-Learning services, offered through USALearning®, support the federal workforce and agencies through simplified, one-stop access to current and next generation learning technologies and environments.

  • Learning ecosystems: Integrated, cloud-based learning platforms can be customized to support your agency's unique mission. We guide you in determining the best solution based on your requirements - including learning and talent management systems, hosting, learning content management, and more.
  • Training development and design: Training and educational content often requires custom development to ensure relevancy to the competency being trained. Let our experts help you design, develop, and implement training for your government organization.

Learn more about USALearning® services.

Streamlined hiring and development

Recruit and develop top talent at GS 9-12 levels through the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. Select and onboard prequalified candidates from across a variety of academic disciplines to meet your agency’s staffing needs. During the two-year appointment, Fellows engage in developmental programs and assignments that transform them into the problem solvers, strategic thinkers, and leaders that will shape your organization's future.

Learn more about the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program.



We offer courses at our campus in Charlottesville, Va., classrooms in Washington, D.C., and locations throughout the country.

Federal Executive Institute

The Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA, is a campus setting near the University of Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located approximately two hours southwest of Washington, D.C., the Federal Executive Institute is removed from the constant interruptions of daily work. The modern 14-acre campus is in the heart of a bustling university community surrounded by beautiful woods and rolling hills.

Learn more about the Federal Executive Institute's:

1301 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
The campus has on-site parking.
Closest Airports
Charlottesville–Albemarle (CHO) and Richmond International (RIC)
Getting on Campus
The campus entry is accessible via Emmet Street. Please be prepared to show identification to the security guard, who will direct you to your classroom.

Theodore Roosevelt Building (OPM Headquarters)

Many of our courses are offered at the Theodore Roosevelt Building, in Washington, D.C. The proximity to the center of federal operations allows expanding experiential learning opportunities as well as easy access to top government experts.

1900 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20415
Public Transportation
The closest Metrostations are a six-block walk from OPM.
  • Farragut North (Red line)
  • Farragut West (Blue, Silver, and Orange lines)
There are several parking garages in the area.
Closest Airportss
Reagan National (DCA), Baltimore-Washington (BWI), and Dulles (IAD).
Getting in the Building
Access the building using the E Street entrance. Be prepared to show identification to the security guard, who will direct you to your classroom.

Contact Us

Course Registration

If you need assistance registering for a course, you can learn more about how to register for our courses and programs, or contact us at or 202-606-0008.

Agency Services

For information about our services and solutions for agencies, contact us at

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