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Federal Advisor Certificate Program

The Partnership for Public Service is proud to offer the Federal Advisor Certificate program. This program is designed to provide advisors with a comprehensive view of how to:

  • Advise students on federal opportunities
  • Build agency relationships
  • Promote federal service on campus

This is a great professional development opportunity for those interested in providing the latest and greatest information on job search strategies for students interested in public sector careers.


Requirements and Program Content

To receive a Partnership for Public Service Federal Advisor Certificate, advisors must demonstrate a commitment to promoting public service opportunities by:

  • Gaining a command of federal hiring process and opportunities
  • Demonstrating active promotion of these opportunities on campus
  • Establishing the capability and commitment to building agency relationships.

To obtain the certificate, each participant must complete all events in the following three areas.

Virtual Federal Advisor
Training Series
Federal Advisor
Strategy Package
Go Government
Webinar Series

Purchase all events in the three areas required to obtain the Federal Advisor Certificate of Completion for $534.00.



Through interactive webinars, participants will gain a better understanding of the federal hiring process, learn how to advise students on federal opportunities and build meaningful agency relationships.

The next Virtual Federal Advisor Training sessions will be held in November 2014.


Advising Students on Federal Opportunities
Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. EST
Learn how to navigate the federal hiring process and learn more about student programs, where the jobs are and the federal application process.

Creating Sustainable Programs on Capus
Tuesday, November 12, 2014 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. EST
Discuss ways to promote federal service in cost-effective and sustainable ways by involving the whole campus community and building off what has worked at other campuses.

Building Agency Relationships
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. EST
Identify best practices for building agency relationships by leveraging existing college or university relationships and strategically developing new long-term relationships.


The Federal Advisor Strategy Package will connect campuses with agencies and explore topics such as student opportunities in federal service, hiring trends at federal agencies and mission-critical positions.

The next Federal Advisor Strategy Package will begin in Fall 2014.


Who Should Attend?

We recommend this program to intermediate to advanced career services professionals who are looking for specialized advice for their federal service promotion on campus and who are ready to build meaningful relationships with the Partnership's federal agency contacts.

Virtual Summit I: The New Pathways Programs
Don’t miss this chance to make connections with agency representatives while gaining insight on the changing federal landscape and hiring reform. With the new Pathways Programs in effect, this interactive summit will allow a select number of college and university representatives to interact directly with agencies regarding their use of the Pathways Programs in recruiting for internships and entry-level positions.

Virtual Summit II: Government Careers in Mission-Critical Fields
Government agencies cannot achieve their missions without the right talent. During this summit, Partnership staff will facilitate a discussion about federal agencies’ mission-critical talent needs and the variety of ways agencies get this talent in the door. Agency representatives will be on the line to discuss their strategies for attracting mission-critical talent and their top tips for students and jobseekers interested in federal positions.

One-Hour Strategy Sessions
An individualized one-hour strategy session with Partnership staff about how to build agency relationships and create a sustainable federal service campaign on campus.

Dates and times of the strategy sessions are determined on a first come first serve basis.


This webinar series provides career services professionals with convenient webinars to show to students and alumni looking for federal opportunities.

The GoGovernment webinar series will begin in October 2014.


Go Government: Find Your Fit in Government
Tuesday, October 7 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT
Interested in working for the federal government, but don’t know where to start? Searching through thousands of job announcements on USAJOBS can be intimidating. The Partnership can help you focus your search so you can find your dream job in the federal government. Hear from Partnership staff and agency representatives on how to find your fit and begin your federal job search.

Go Government: Build a Strong Federal Resume
Tuesday, October 14 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT
Federal resumes differ from traditional resumes in many ways. They can be anywhere from 2-5 pages and require information not normally found on a traditional resume. Join the Partnership staff and agency representatives as we walk you through how to build a federal resume and highlight its essential parts.

Go Government: Stand Out in the Federal Application Process
Tuesday, October 21 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT
Marketable skills such as leadership, networking, communication and teamwork are critical to careers in government, even in technically specific fields. Join agency representatives and Partnership staff for a discussion about how to identify and highlight these intangible skills to give you an edge over the competition for federal internships and jobs.

Cost of Trainings

Purchase all events in the three areas required to obtain the Federal Advisor Certificate for $534.00. If you do not wish to purchase all events, each of the three areas can be purchased individually.

Certificate Terms

For those pursuing the certificate from the same school, each advisor must complete the virtual training (separate registrations) and host the Go Government webinar series in different semesters. Advisors are permitted to participate jointly in the Federal Advisor Strategy Package programming for credit towards the certification.

The certificate of completion is valid for four years for each federal advisor. The period of validity upon completion of the last requirement of the certificate—whether that is the final virtual training, webinar, or component of the second tier programming. After four years, the participant must attend a Federal Advisor Training for renewal of the certificate.

In order to receive a certificate of completion, it is incumbent upon the advisor to notify the Partnership staff by emailing c2strainings@ourpublicservice.org at the completion of the requirements for the Federal Advisor Certificate of Completion. Upon verification of completion, the participant will then be mailed a certificate.

Retroactive Qualification

Retroactive credit will be extended to all who completed the Virtual Federal Advisor Training in June 2014 for the 2014–2015 Federal Advisor Certificate Program. In order to qualify for the fee deduction please contact c2strainings@ourpublicservice.org and specify that you have completed the Virtual Federal Advisor Training in June of 2014.

With the advent of the new Pathways Programs, the Partnership is not able to offer retroactive credit towards a certificate for those who have completed a Federal Advisor Training or the Go Government webinar series before June 2012.

The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.