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Public Policy Certificate Program (PPC)

The National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics Public-Policy Certificate program is designed to provide lobbyists, governmental affairs, grassroots, social media, public relations, and corporate/association professionals at all levels, the necessary professional education they need to keep pace with an ever changing profession. Over the past 15 years we have seen a dramatic change in how lobbying is done at all levels. We have seen changes in traditional lobbying activities to include new methods using innovative technology. These changes along with the regulatory requirements can be challenging, and that is why getting your Professional Public Policy Certificate (PPC) is critical.

Our PPC program is not just for entry level lobbyists and governmental affairs professionals, but is a program professionals at all levels can benefit from. We understand that time is valuable today and you may not think you have time to commit to receiving your PPC. We assure you these classes are designed around the busy professional’s schedule.

Certificate Structure:

A. Courses combine classroom style, guest speaker, and online webinar sessions.

B. To receive a Lobbying & Ethics Public-Policy Professional Certificate (PPC) participants have to complete 24 credits of course work. (12 classes)

a. Required Courses: Lobbying Ethics, House & Senate Procedures, Avoiding Conflicts of Interest; and Political Action Committees & Campaign Finance Rules and Regulations

b. Examples of Electives: LDA & FARA, Appropriations & Budget Process, Drafting Legislation, Government Contracting & the Regulatory Process, State Lobbying, Communications, Online Advocacy, Using new Technology, Grassroots Lobbying & Coalition building, Managing GR staff and Consultants, Building & Sustaining Lobbying and GR Program, Developing Fly-In Program, Aligning Advocacy & Communication Functions, Integrating new technologies with grassroots & Lobbying Campaigns, PAC Fundraising, Corporate Lobbying, Association Lobbying

C. To maintain your designation you will need to take 2 credits (1 course) every year.

D. Courses will be a mix of required core sessions and electives.

E. Courses are typically scheduled in the morning or late afternoons. The preferable days of the week are Mondays and Fridays. These two days tend to work best around the congressional calendar.

F. Each course ranges from 1-2 hours in length. We believe this time allotment allows us to provide in-depth training while ensuring participants can get back to their jobs. This PPC program looks to balance the need for continuing education and your busy and demanding work schedule.

G. Cost: $135 per course for NILE members, $225 per course for non-members.

At the completion of the 4 required courses and choice of 8 electives, participants will receive their Public Policy Certificate (PPC) credentials, which is recognized by professional lobbyists and government affairs professionals as a must have designation. This program is important at all levels and stages of your professional career. Advocating at all levels will continue to change and without your willingness to adapt you will be left behind.

Upon receiving your PPC credentials you will need to complete one course every year to keep current and in good standing. New courses will be added throughout the year for those who have their PPC and are looking to keep in good standing.