NTP Toolkit

Now is the time to prepare to attend the 51st National Training Program (NTP) 2020!  All training sessions are closely aligned with OPM competencies and are eligible to receive continuing education units.  Start now by updating your Individual Development Plan (IDP) or Training Plan to include NTP 2020.  The toolkit below will help guide you in getting the approval you need to attend the NTP.


Are you concerned about approval for training offsite?  Hundreds of people like you are being approved for OPM-supported training tracks mapped directly to CEU’s on federal employee learning plans.  You can be one too.

The National Training Program workshops and presenters provide essential skills to build successful careers and opportunities for advancement. The 51st annual NTP in July of 2020 will be filled with information focused on educating, networking and inspiring day-to-day career advantages and new abilities.

Get the funds to attend, ask your supervisor!

We have gathered all of our best resources in one convenient place to help you make your case and get the approval you need to attend the National Training Program (NTP) in July of 2020.

1) Build the FEW National Training Program into your Individual Development Plan (IDP) Example IDP Template Acrobat Icon
Take the time to map the courses to your IDP and make the connection for your supervisor. You can attend training courses that will help you grow and thus provide your supervisor with every reason to allow you to attend.  To assist view our Training Rationale Tips.

2) Create a Justification Letter
In addition to your IDP, prepare a “Justification Letter” to provide a more detailed explanation as to why attending the NTP will help your career path. Explain how each session will help you grow professionally, personally and outline how each course will strengthen your knowledge, skills, and abilities as an employee. Writing a letter will demonstrate how essential these courses are towards your duties and how they would positively impact your job performance.   If you need an example, please click here.

The FEW National Training Program “qualifies as a training activity in accordance with 5 U.S.C. Charter 41 and 5 CFR 410.404.”   Note: The OPM issued certificate to Agencies will not be provided this year.  However, the OPM issued this memorandum  on May 1, 2015 which states, “When making this determination, agencies should review the conference’s agenda, session descriptions and additional information, as appropriate.  We encourage agencies to continue to consider professional training organizations and affinity groups as a source of training.”