Government Training


Online Training for Today's Government Employees


The demand on governments to increase efficiency, improve quality, manage projects and contracts, and follow enhanced IT security protocols has never been higher. To address these issues, governments are calling for more targeted training initiatives to drive a higher benchmark of knowledge and competence from their employees.

Whether you’re currently working for the government or aspire to, you can get the skills you need to distinguish yourself from the crowd. Villanova University offers the most sought-after master certificates for today’s government employees and agencies, in disciplines such as: Project ManagementSix Sigma, Business Process ManagementContract Management and IS Security.

Exclusive Savings


Federal government employees now have access, via the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), to special government program pricing. All federal government employees are eligible to save 10% off individual certificate courses and 5% off the specially priced master certificate programs. Access this exclusive pricing by clicking here or calling 1-800-959-6138.

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Earn Credentials While You Work — 100% Online


Learn new skills you can apply today — build a safer, more efficient, more productive government of tomorrow. Whichever program you choose, you can complete your master certificate 100% online and around your own schedule. Each master certificate consists of professor-led, online streaming video courses you can access anytime, anywhere. And you can enroll immediately because no exams or special requirements are necessary. It’s never been easier to gain leading-edge skills while you keep work and family in balance.

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Programs of Particular Interest and Government Examples


Master Certificate in IS/IT Project Management

Qualified federal IT project managers are our first line of defense against the cost overruns, schedule slips and poor performance that threaten agencies' ability to deliver efficient and effective services to citizens. Earn your Master Certificate in IS/IT Project Management.

Government examples:
  1. The executive office of the president stated that all major projects are to be managed by project managers qualified in accordance with CIO Council guidance.
  2. The U.S. Department of Energy mandated that all IT Project Managers must be qualified in order to meet Office of Management and Budget requirements.

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The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) has teamed up with Villanova University Online to offer training to Department of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics personnel. Through this dynamic partnership, students who have attained Level 2 or Level 3 certification may be eligible to receive credit toward one of Villanova University’s master certificate programs.

The following programs are now available through a strategic partnership between DAU and Villanova University:


Master Certificate in Applied Project Management

Department of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics personnel possessing a Level 2 or 3 Certification in Program Management will receive credit for the Essentials of Project Management course. Only two additional courses are required to complete the Master Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University.


Master Certificate in Government Contract Management

Department of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics personnel possessing a Level 2 or Level 3 Contract Management Certification are eligible to receive credit for the Essentials of Government Contract Management course. Only two additional courses are required to attain the Master Certificate in Government Contract Management from Villanova University. You’ll learn how to track and report on the expenditure of taxpayers’ money. This master certificate program also prepares you for industry certification.

Government examples:
  1. A Government Accountability Office report issued in September 2009 identified several weaknesses in contracting data systems.
  2. In an August 2010 report, the Government Accountability Office stated that an Army contract for engineering and maintenance support for the Chinook helicopter swelled from $34.7 million to $477 million due to poor oversight.

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Master Certificate in Six Sigma

Department of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics personnel possessing a Level 2 or Level 3 Certification in Production, Quality and Manufacturing are eligible to receive credit for either theSix Sigma Green Belt or Lean Six Sigma course. Completion of two additional courses, either the Six Sigma Green Belt or Lean Six Sigma course, and the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course will fulfill the requirements for the Master Certificate in Six Sigma from Villanova University. With this certificate program, you’ll get the skills to improve processes and enhance results.

Government examples:
  1. The Army reported a financial benefit of nearly $2 billion, according to an iSixSigma report accessed in October 2010. Ronald E. Rezek, Special Assistant to the Acting Secretary of the Army, called the application of Lean Six Sigma in the Army “revolutionary.”
  2. Ohio governor’s office data accessed in October 2010 reports that, during the first two years of Lean implementation in state government (May 2008 to May 2010), more than 25 Kaizen events produced big improvements at some of the state’s biggest agencies. Cumulatively for all these projects, the changes eliminated up to 62% of the process steps and 72% of the delays. On average, start-to-finish process time was cut by 45%.

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Master Certificate in Information Security Management – Government

Gain valuable insight into the latest techniques and cutting-edge technology while you prepare for industry certification with a Master Certificate in IS Security Management – Government. This government program can help you become compliant with Department of Defense Directive 8570.1 by preparing you for certifications including CompTIA Security+ (2008 Edition), CISSP® and SSCP®, and CAP®, which satisfies FISMA requirements. The program also conforms 100% to the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Standard 4011, a benchmark dealing with intelligence activities, military command and control, and other vital national security issues.

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Government examples:

In December 2005, the Department of Defense mandated that any full- or part-time military servicemember, contractor, or foreign employee with privileged access to an information system must obtain a commercial information security credential.

The certifications shown below are the only commercial certifications accepted by the Department of Defense. Those in bold are offered through Villanova.


Department of Defense Qualifying Commercial Certifications


(Fulfillment for the 8570.1M requirement)

Technical I Technical II Technical III
SSCP Security+ CISSP
A+ SSCP SCNA
Network+ GSEC CISA
TICSA SCNP GSE
Management I Management II Management III
Security+ CISSP CISSP
GSLC GSLC GSLC
GISO CISM CISM
CAP CAP  
TISCP    

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