This is one of two Certificates offered by TheCapitol.Net.
Our Certificate in Communication and Advocacy supports the education and career goals of public affairs and legislative affairs professionals by giving them the background they need to
handle media exchanges and effectively communicate and advocate in Washington, DC.The Certificate in Congressional Operations and its hands-on training is ideal for staff and employees of
Public Relations Firms
Legislative Affairs Firms
Courses emphasize key skills in media relations, crisis communication,
executive briefings, speechwriting, writing congressional correspondence,
critical thinking and writing, social media, and strategies for working with
RequirementsTo enroll in our Certificate Program, please submit a letter of intent prior to completion of all required courses. Participants completing 12 course days of programming within three years of enrollment receive a Certificate in Communication and Advocacy. Certificate in Communication and Advocacy students must complete three required courses and a minimum of 7 days of elective courses. Though course sequencing is not required, we recommend introductory course completion prior to advanced course participation.Students may substitute relevant professional experience or attendance at one of our custom training programs for one (1) required course. Please speak with our
Vice President of Training: 202-678-1600 ext. 115 to learn more.Upon completion of the Certificate program, we
award a framed Certificate of Completion and issue a press release to the media.
Letter of Intent
Please mail your letter of intent: rtf for word processor or PDF (1-page)
Register for courses online or by postal mail or fax using our print registration form
Tuition details are provided in each course description.
Cancellation and Transfer Policy
Standard policies, including payment, cancellation, and transfer policies, apply to all certificate program courses.
Our certificate program, including three required courses and eight elective courses, requires completion of at least 12 course-days.
Required Courses (5 course-days)
Operations Briefing - Capitol Hill Workshop
Writing for Government and Business: Critical Thinking and Writing (1 day)
Speechwriting: Preparing Speeches and Oral Presentations (1 day)
Elective Courses (minimum of 7 course-days)
Media Relations for Public Affairs Professionals (1 day)
Advanced Media Relations Workshop (2 days)
Editing (1 day)
Effective Briefings (1 day)
Strategies for Working with Congress: Effective Communication and Advocacy on Capitol Hill (1/2 day)
Preparing and Delivering Congressional Testimony (1 day)
"I strongly recommend this program to those who want to stay on the cutting edge of advocacy and policy work in Washington, DC. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to advance my career through this program." -- April Hale, completed Certificate in Communication and Advocacy"TheCapitol.Net curriculum provided me with the information and resources to sharpen my communication skills and to immediately increase effectiveness both on and off the job. Crafting a clear message, written or verbal, that resonates with and prompts individuals to get involved is essential to any successful grassroots campaign." --Mary Margaret Marrin, completed Certificate in Communication and Advocacy"This coursework has improved my job performance immensely by connecting textbook knowledge of congressional operations with real-world experience." --Ashley Austin, completed Certificate in Congressional Operations"TheCapitol.Net certificate program has been invaluable to my job as a legislative liaison. Each class improved my understanding of the legislative process and had a direct impact on my ability to advise the NNSA leadership on Congressional matters. The program provided me a real behind-the-scenes look at how decisions are made on Capitol Hill and how I can effectively shape those decisions to further the NNSA's mission." --Major D'Anne Spence, USAF, completed Certificate in Congressional Operations"Working through the Certificate Program in Communication and Advocacy was a meaningful experience. The program brought me in contact with seasoned media experts and gave me the tools to work with communications professionals and congressional staffers." --Frederica Leighton, completed Certificate in Communication and AdvocacySee more testimonials about our Certificate Programs.