Office of Leadership Courses

Leadership courses are available to active, reserve and civilian personnel; through multiple agencies.

Aspiring Leader Program (500926)


About the Course

The Aspiring Leader Program, conducted by the Graduate School, USA, prepares federal employees for positions as team leaders, supervisors and managers. The program is designed to strengthen basic competencies in oral and written communication, problem solving, leadership, interpersonal skills, self-direction, flexibility, customer service, and decisiveness.

The training requires participants to be away from their primary duties for two, one-week, sessions over a two month period. The program components include:

1. A team project that involves the design and delivery of a one-hour presentation on a management related topic
2. An individual needs assessment (covering Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI) and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
3. Formulation of a leadership development plan
4. A one-week assignment "shadowing" a federal manager
5. One-on-one interviews with federal managers
6. The reading and preparation of a written review of two books on management issues

This commitment must be clearly understood by all applicants and their supervisors.

School Information

Class Convening Dates 

Application Deadline

Program Duration

Resident Session Dates

01 March 2018

One month,

23 JUL 2018 to

31 AUG 2018

23-27JUL 2018 and
27-31 AUG 2018


GS 4-6, Non-appropriated Fund (NAF) NF 2-3, and equivalent wage grade levels (WG 5-11, WL 1-14, WS 1-8)

Application Procedures

To apply:

1. Coordinate with your Training Officer or ESO to submit an Electronic Training Request (ETR) using Direct Access. Course code: 500926.
2. Complete a Grad School Application Form, which includes statements from the applicant and their supervisor. Do not provide your social security number on the school application form.
3. Submit a current resume, or equivalent documentation, signed and dated by the applicant showing a current home address. Resumes or equivalent documentation shall not exceed one page.
4. Include a letter of nomination in CG memo format from the commanding officer at field units or appropriate office/division chief for HQ, Area, District or Sector staffs.
5. Scan the documents (in paragraphs 2-4 above) into a .pdf file and send as an email attachment Include the course title within the subject line of the email.

NOTE: DO NOT submit application directly to Graduate School, USA.
Costs are paid by Coast Guard Headquarters (AFC 56 "C" school account).

Selection Procedures

1. A selection panel will review the documents of all eligible applicants.
2. Selected individuals will be notified by record message traffic of their selection.
3. Alternates will be selected and will attend the program in the event a primary candidate cannot attend.
4. Selected individuals will be directed to submit a completed SF182, including the signed Continued Service Agreement (pages 4-5 of the SF182).

    Program Manager

    Kin Szeto, COMDT (CG-128), phone 202-475-5515, email

    Additional Information

    For additional information (including conveying dates, prerequisites, location, etc.) please visit the TQC website.


    For course information conflicts between CG-128 website and TQC website, CG-128 takes precedence.