This is one of two Certificates offered by TheCapitol.Net.
Also see our
Fellows and Presidential Management Fellows Training.
Our Certificate in Congressional Operations explores
Congress, the legislative process, congressional budgeting, and congressional
relations. This program supports the education and career goals of employees and staff who want to more effectively
understand and participate in the legislative arena.Many Congressional, Legislative,
and Presidential Management Fellows complement and enhance their fellowship with our Certificate in Congressional Operations.Our courses
are designed for professionals with substantial experience as well as those
new to the field to better understand the legislative process, prepare congressional testimony, draft federal legislation, research legislative histories, monitor legislation, communicate with Congress, and work with federal regulatory agencies.The Certificate in Congressional Operations and its hands-on training is ideal for staff and employees of
To enroll in the 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 Congressional Operations.Certificate in Congressional Operations students must complete 4 required and a minimum of 6.5 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: 703-739-3790 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
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 four required courses and 12 elective courses, requires completion of at least 12 course-days.
Required Courses (5 1/2 course-days)
Congress in a Nutshell (1/2 day)
Congressional Dynamics and the Legislative Process (1 day)
Congressional Operations Briefing - Capitol Hill Workshop (3 days)
Understanding Congressional Budgeting and Appropriations (1 day)
Elective Courses (minimum of 6 1/2 course-days)
Preparing and Delivering Congressional Testimony (1 day)
Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments (1 day)
Advanced Legislative Drafting (1 day)
The New Congress (1 day)
Advanced Legislative Procedure (3 days)
Budget Formulation, Justification and Execution (1 day)
The President's Budget (1 day)
The Defense Budget (1 day)
Advanced Federal Budget Process (2 days)
How to Find, Track, and Monitor Congressional Documents: Going Beyond Thomas (1/2 day)
Researching and Compiling Legislative Histories (1 day)
Update on Congress (1/2 day)
Congress, the Legislative Process, and the Fundamentals of Lawmaking -- 9-part Audio Course (2 days)
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"TheCapitol.Net's Certificate program in Congressional Operations was a first class learning experience that provided direct access to a wide range of highly regarded lecturers and speakers." --Andrew Radcliffe, completed Certificate in Congressional Operations"The program provided significant insights and guidance about how Congress works and how to work with Congress." --Mike Casey, completed Certificate in Congressional Operations "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 "The knowledge I've gained from the courses that I have taken is already making a difference in my job performance." --Mary McKoy, completed Certificate in Congressional Operations "I've gained so much from the courses I've taken--and they have had an immediate impact on my skill set." --Kimberly Lindsey-Feagin, completed Certificate in Congressional Operations
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