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10 tips to get federal funding approval for training

April 21, 2020 by Jeff Peters

Gaining training approval from your government agency isn’t always easy. Training budgets for the fiscal year are tight and often have limited resources available. Here at Infosec, we’ve helped IT and security teams navigate those challenges and secure federal funding for more than 15 years. 

Follow these 10 tips to increase your chances of getting your training approved.

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1. Make a written training plan

Presenting a well-thought-out plan demonstrates you’re serious about training. Detail how the training benefits you and your team and, most importantly, provides a return on investment (ROI) for your agency.

2. Schedule dedicated time with your supervisor

Set aside time to discuss your training plan. Keep the conversation focused on the benefits you outlined above, and don’t get distracted by other ongoing business issues. Get the meeting on the calendar — even if it’s just 15 minutes.

3. Talk to co-workers and professional colleagues

It’s often easier to gain buy-in when a group wants to attend training. Infosec has aggressive multi-student discounts on top of government rates, so your agency will save even more money if you train as a group.

4. Find out the approval process

Many government agencies have dedicated training staff and a purchasing department that will need to approve training requests. Understand the process and try to get buy-in from these important groups ahead of time.

5. Find out your training budget 

If you have a set budget, work with Infosec to get a class that aligns with your allocated funding. If the training budget is insufficient, raise this issue with your procurement department. It may help budget planning for the next fiscal year. 

6. Consider alternate course formats for certification

Enroll in a live online boot camp, join an in-person course at the location of your choice or host live training at your office. Group training sessions enable your entire team to train for the lowest cost per student.

7. Highlight the value of new skills 

Demonstrate ROI to your agency by highlighting the skills you will acquire and the value you will immediately add. Many of our courses have hands-on labs, where you will practice and learn exactly what you will be doing the day you return to work from training. 

8. Highlight the value of new certifications 

Demonstrate ROI to your agency by highlighting how you will meet certification requirements. Many of our courses prepare you for a specific certification, which can be important for internal compliance, contractors, senior management and end-of-year progress improvement reports.

9. Get help from your Infosec representative

If you encounter any issues getting approval, report them back to your Infosec Federal Account Executive. We train over 10,000 students every year, and we know how to assist you with almost any issue, whether it’s pricing, budget, location or something else.

10. Don’t give up!

Remember the old adage: The squeaky wheel gets the grease! If you don’t get approval, stay persistent and try again in the future. In the end, it’s up to you to keep your skills current and stay compliant within your agency — and you should be your number one advocate.

Learn more about Infosec’s federal government and contractor training options.

Posted: April 21, 2020
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Jeff Peters
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Jeff Peters is a communications professional with eight years of experience creating cybersecurity-related content. As the Director of Content Marketing at Infosec, he focuses on developing materials to help cybersecurity professionals improve their skills and advance their careers. He oversees the Infosec Resources website, the Cyber Work series (Cyber Work Podcast, Cyber Work Applied and Cyber Work Live) and a variety of other Infosec content.