Office of Leadership Courses

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

Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program (DCELP)


About the Course

The Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) provides training to the next generation of Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Federal interagency leaders.  DCELP fills a critical need by enabling the DoD and interagency partners to focus on leader development at the entry and emerging leader level of the civilian workforce.  Leadership development at this level establishes a baseline for further growth and development for the participant as the leadership responsibilities increase.  DCELP builds on the competencies generally required for the Lead Self, Lead Teams/Projects, and Lead People levels of the DoD Civilian Leader Continuum and support the DoD Civilian Leader Development Framework. The following represents a sample of competencies that will be addressed:

  • Mission orientation
  • DoD mission and culture (an on-line interactive course of instruction)
  • Decisiveness
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Written and oral communication
  • Problem solving
  • Conflict management
  • Accountability
  • Influencing/negotiating
  • Leveraging diversity
  • Team building
  • Continual learning


The tuition and course material are paid for by DoD Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service (DCPAS).  Travel and per diem will be the responsibility of each participant's unit.


The in-residence courses are conducted at the DoD Executive Management Training Center, Southbridge, Massachusetts.  Click here for the tentative FY19 schedule.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be between a GS7 and GS12, or equivalent. Program is best suited for those in the Acquisition, Financial Management, and Human Resources communities. You must have been with DHS for at least one year at the time of the application.

Application Procedures

Units may nominate no more than two (2) candidates for consideration, while Directorates may nominate up to three (3) candidates for consideration. Nominations are due to the Office of Leadership (CG-128) no later than October 8, 2018.


  1. Individuals must completed the DCELP application electronically.
  2. The applicant shall electronically sign the document, and obtain direct supervisor electronic signatures.
  3. Applications must be submitted as a pdf and saved using the following process: LastName_FirstName_USCG
  4. Completed applications must be sent to HQS-SMB-CG-128TrainingCourses <>. 

Selection Process

Components will nominate no more than three (3) candidates for consideration; therefore, a panel will be convened to review all internal applications before submitting the three (3) candidates to DHS. The DHS Nomination Panel will review the applications based upon established criteria.  The panel will submit their recommendations to the Chief Learning and Engagement Officer for approval and nomination to the Department of Defense.  DHS will nomination 5 primary individuals.

Program Manager

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

Additional Information

Review the DCELP overview for more information and check out all DHS Advanced Education opportunities on the DHS Academic Programs page (Accessible only through Coast Guard workstations).