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Key/OIG Leadership Development Certificate

The Key Office of Inspectors General Leadership Development Certificate (Key/OIG) is a highly competitive program for leaders within Offices of Inspectors General nationwide. Designed for emerging, new and experienced leaders, the leadership development certificate helps participants achieve the next level of growth they need for a successful, satisfying career in the inspector general community.

The Key/OIG Leadership Development Certificate is based on the Key philosophy. In order to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the rapidly changing environment, the Key program is conducted in a safe and respectful environment where students practice leadership and management skills, increase leadership capacity through feedback, and learn about major issues through real-life case scenarios.

Program Overview: Finding the Right Program

Emerging Leaders: Participants have less than 3 years in the federal workforce or IG community. The Emerging Leaders program is designed to ensure organizations prepare a new generation of leaders. Results-focused, this program presents a holistic picture of leadership with an emphasis on practical knowledge. It is particularly appropriate for those who are preparing to take on a larger role within their organization.

New Leaders: Participants are GS-13 or GS-14 who have yet to partake in formal leadership development opportunities. The New Leaders program is designed to prepare accomplished functional leaders to assume new leadership responsibilities. Throughout the intensive, cross-functional curriculum, lively exchange with faculty and peers will refine participants' judgment, enhance skills, and increase confidence as a generalist and leader. In this program, participants learn how to lead under pressure, champion change, build teams, and develop talent throughout the organization.

Experienced Leaders: Participants are long time GS-14 or GS-15 leaders who may have had formal leadership development opportunities. The Experienced Leaders program is designed to transform proven leaders into global executives ready for the highest roles. This program encourages self-assessment and reflection, enhances participants' capacity to think strategically and lead effectively, and helps participants formulate a proactive, strategy for driving results.

Application Process

All Key/OIG students are sponsored by their offices for this elite leadership training. Leaders, GS-13 and above, are eligible to be nominated by their office.

OIG agencies are encouraged to identify applicants at any time for any session posted on the ignet AU/CIGIE training schedule up to 60 days prior to the first day of the first week of class.

Late applications will not be accepted 30 days (or less) prior to the first day of the first week of class.

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