Leader

Leader

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The Marine Corps has a long, rich heritage of developing leaders to assume progressively greater responsibilities in the Marine Corps and in society. Marine Corps leadership development focuses on character, competence and the internalization of our Core Values. Marine Corps leaders are developed through tough, realistic training, experience, and by the personal example of leaders who embody what it means to be a Marine.

Lejeune Leadership Institute - Marine Corps Leadership Development

The most important responsibility in our Corps is leading Marines. If we expect Marines to lead and if we expect Marines to follow, we must provide the education of the heart and of the mind to win on the battlefield and in the barracks, in war and in peace. Traditionally, that education has taken many forms, often handed down from Marine to Marine, by word of mouth and by example…
The indispensable condition of Marine Corps leadership is action and attitude, not words. As one Marine leader said, "Don't tell me how good you are. Show me!"

MCWP 6-11, Leading Marines

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Renewal Period: Lifetime

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) is a cross-industry credential providing recognition that a training professional has mastered core instructor skills. The examinations are based on a set of objectives designed to measure the core knowledge and skills that competent instructors must demonstrate to complete an instructional assignment successfully both in a classroom and a virtual classroom environment, including preparation, presentation, communication, facilitation and evaluation. While the CTT+ Program was first created for computer training and education, the certification can be applied to all industries that provide technical training, non-technical training and education. To earn the CTT+ designation, candidates must pass both a computer-based test that assesses knowledge and a Performance Based in which the candidate demonstrates prescribed skills. There are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam(s).
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Project+ is a certification for individuals who have fundamental project management skills. Project+ covers the entire project life cycle from initiation and planning through execution, acceptance, support and closure. Project+ demonstrates project managers have the skills necessary to complete projects on time and within budget, and create a common project management language among project team members. Project+ is appropriate for any managerial position across occupations. Although there are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam, one year of managing, directing or participating in small- to medium-scale projects is recommended.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Society for Quality (ASQ), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) is a professional who understands the standards and principles of auditing and the auditing techniques of examining, questioning, evaluating and reporting to determine a quality system's adequacy and deficiencies. The Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) analyzes all elements of a quality system and judges its degree of adherence to the criteria of industrial management and quality evaluation and control systems. Candidates must have eight years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Quality Auditor Body of Knowledge. A minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision-making position. Candidates who have completed a degree from a college, university or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ will have part of the eight-year experience requirement waived. Candidates must pass a written examination.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Quality Engineer is a professional who understands the principles of product and service quality evaluation and control. Candidates must have knowledge of the development and operation of quality control systems, application and analysis of testing and inspection procedures, and the ability to use metrology and statistical methods to diagnose and correct improper quality control practices. Candidates must also have the ability to develop and administer management information systems and to audit quality systems for deficiency identification and correction. Candidates must have eight years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Quality Engineer Body of Knowledge, and a minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision-making position. Education can be used as a substitute for years of experience. Candidates must also pass a written examination.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Society for Quality (ASQ), Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) is a professional who leads and champions process-improvement initiatives everywhere from small businesses to multinational corporations that can have regional or global focus in a variety of service and industrial settings. A CMQ/OE facilitates and leads team efforts to establish and monitor customer/supplier relations, supports strategic planning and deployment initiatives, and helps develop measurement systems to determine organizational improvement. The CMQ/OE should be able to motivate and evaluate staff, manage projects and human resources, analyze financial situations, determine and evaluate risk and employ knowledge management tools and techniques in resolving organizational challenges. Candidates must have ten years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the CMQ/OE Body of Knowledge.  A minimum of five years of this experience must be in a decision-making position. Candidates who have completed a degree from a college, university or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ will have part of the ten year experience requirement waived. Candidates must pass a written examination.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) is a professional who understands the principles of performance evaluation and has the ability to improve product/systems safety, reliability and maintainability. Candidates must have eight years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Reliability Engineer Body of Knowledge. A minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision-making position. Education can be substituted for years of experience. Candidates must also pass a multiple-choice examination.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Society for Quality (ASQ), Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) is a professional who can explain Six Sigma philosophies and principles, including supporting systems and tools. Certified Six Sigma Black Belts demonstrate team leadership, understand team dynamics and assign team member roles and responsibilities. CSSBB candidates have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the define, measure, analyze, improve and control (DMAIC) model in accordance with Six Sigma principles. Candidates have a basic knowledge of lean enterprise concepts, are able to identify non-value-added elements and activities and are able to use specific tools. CSSBB candidates must have two completed projects with signed affidavits or one completed project with signed affidavit and three years of work experience in one or more areas of the Six Sigma Body of Knowledge. Candidates do not need to be a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt to qualify for the CSSBB. Candidates must pass a written examination.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM), Certified Manager (CM) is a general management certification. While it is appropriate for supervisors, managers, and leaders at all levels, in any industry, it is not necessary to hold a management title to earn the certification. Candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must pass the following three certification exams: Management Essentials, Planning and Organizing, and Leading and Controlling.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Institute of Management Consultants, Certified Management Consultant - Basic credential is an intermediate-level certification recommended for individuals with at least 3 years of relevant experience. Individuals who have earned the Certified Management Consultant - Basic provide management objective advice and assistance relating to the strategy, structure, management and operations of an organization in pursuit of its long-term purposes and objectives. Such assistance may include the identification of options with recommendations and the provision of an additional resource or the implementation of solutions. Interested candidates must have 3 to 9 years of management consulting experience as independent or internal consultants with five satisfactory clients' evaluations. Applicants must also have either a Bachelor's degree or at least 5 years of work experience including 3 years of full time consulting plus significant professional education in management consulting. Candidates must pass a written and a Peer Review oral examination with three senior consultants who are Certified Management Consultants.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Project Management Institute (PMI), Project Management Professional (PMP) is an advanced skill level credential for professionals who lead and direct projects. PMPs perform their duties under general supervision for the duration of a project and are responsible for all aspects of a project. PMPs lead cross-functional teams to deliver projects within the constraints of schedule, budget, and scope. Project Managers seeking certification through PMI must possess knowledge and experience to apply a methodology to projects that have well-defined requirements and deliverables. To apply for the PMP, candidates must meet experiential and educational requirements and pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Project Management Institute (PMI), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is an entry-level certification for project practitioners and project team members who wish to demonstrate the knowledge of project management. Designed for those with less project experience, the CAPM demonstrates an understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management such as initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, closing, and professional and social responsibility. Candidates must meet educational requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Project Management Institute (PMI), Program Management Professional (PgMP) is an advanced career certification for professionals who oversee multiple, related projects and their resources to achieve strategic business goals. PgMPs are senior-level practitioners who identify ways to group multiple related projects to achieve benefits that may not be realized if the projects were managed in a stand-alone fashion. Candidates for the PgMP must meet educational and experiential requirements; they are also evaluated by both a panel and with an exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Project Management Institute (PMI), Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) is an intermediate level credential for project schedulers. Candidates for the SP credential have advanced knowledge and experience developing, managing and maintaining project schedules. To apply for the PMI-SP, candidates must meet experiential and educational requirements and are required to pass the written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Master Black Belt (MBB) certification is a mark of career excellence and aimed at individuals who possess exceptional expertise and knowledge of current industry practice. Master Black Belts have outstanding leadership ability, are innovative, and demonstrate a strong commitment to the practice and advancement of quality and improvement. Obtaining an MBB is acceptance and recognition from your peers. Candidates must hold a current ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) and have either at least 5 years of experience in the role of a SSBB or MBB or completion of 10 Six Sigma Black Belt Projects. Candidates must also pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC), Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (ICBB) credential is for the professional who knows the Lean Six Sigma Methodology and leads complex improvement projects, typically full-time. A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt demonstrates a thorough understanding of all aspects of the Lean Six Sigma Method including a high-level of competence in the subject matters contained within the phases of Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC). A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt implements, performs, interprets, and applies Lean Six Sigma at an advanced level of proficiency. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC), Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (ICGB) recognizes professionals who are well versed in the core to advanced elements of Lean Six Sigma Methodology. ICGBs possess a thorough understanding of all aspects of the Lean Six Sigma Method including competence in subject matters contained within the phases of Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) as defined by the IASSC Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Body of Knowledge and understand how to implement, perform, interpret and apply Lean Six Sigma at a high level of proficiency. ICGBs lead improvement projects and/or serve as team members on more complex improvement projects lead by a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, typically in a part-time role. There are no prerequisites required to take the ICGB exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Project Management Institute (PMI), Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) certification is an advanced level certification for professionals who oversee one or more portfolios. PfMPs balance conflicting demands between programs and projects and allocate resources based on organization priorities and capacity. Candidates for the PfMP must meet educational, experiential and training requirements and must pass the exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Project Management Institute (PMI), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) is an intermediate-level certification for project management professionals especially those who work in software development and IT. The PMI-ACP certifies an individual’s expertise in the agile methodology applied to project work settings. Candidates for the PMI-ACP must meet experiential and training requirements and must pass the exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Project Management Institute (PMI), PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) is an advanced-level certification for professionals who work with project teams, manage requirements and product development, and perform business analysis in their role as project and program managers. Earning the PMI-PBA demonstrates an ability to coordinate with stakeholders to define business requirements, lead the discovery, analysis and overall management of the requirements for a project, and apply business analysis tools and techniques to enable project success. Candidates for the PMI-PBA must meet educational, experiential and training requirements and must pass the exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office 2013 credential is an entry-level certification for individuals who wish to demonstrate expertise in using Microsoft Office programs. Key technologies include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, SharePoint and OneNote. Candidates must pass one certification exam. There are no experience requirements for this certification but Microsoft Learning recommends that a candidate have hands-on experience with the product prior to testing.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office 2016 credential is an entry-level certification for individuals who wish to demonstrate expertise in using Microsoft Office programs. Key technologies include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Office 2016 certification, candidates must pass three certification exams related to the key technologies. There are no experience requirements for this certification but Microsoft Learning recommends that a candidate have hands-on experience with a product prior to testing.
Click here to go to Resilience-Building Leadership Professional (RBLP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Resilience-Building Leader Program, Resilience-Building Leadership Professional (RBLP) certification is for front-line supervisors who can demonstrate their competence for building resilient teams. The RBLP certification is the first of three progressive levels of certification in the Resilience-Building Leadership Program. RBLP candidates are required to meet an education and/or experience eligibility requirement. Candidates must pass an oral exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Resilience-Building Leader Program, Resilience-Building Leadership Professional Coach (RBLP-C) certification is an intermediate-level certification for middle managers that have experience in building resilient teams and facilitating team learning. RBLP-C candidates are required to meet one of several education and/or experience requirements. Candidates must pass an oral exam.
Click here to go to Resilience-Building Leadership Professional Trainer (RBLP-T) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Resilience-Building Leader Program, Resilience-Building Leadership Professional Trainer (RBLP-T) certification is an advanced-level certification for senior leaders that have experience in building resilient teams, facilitating team learning, and supporting organizational learning. RBLP-T candidates are required to meet one of several education and/or experience requirements. Candidates must pass an oral exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office 2016 credential is an entry-level certification for individuals who wish to demonstrate expertise in using Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Excel 2016 certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of program functionality in order to successfully complete the tasks in each of the projects in the exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Excel 2016 Expert credential is targeted towards individuals who wish to demonstrate advanced skills in key Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Excel 2016 Expert certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience or pre-requisite requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of the program functionality in order to demonstrate proficiency with the advanced features of Excel 2016.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Access 2016 credential is an entry-level certification for individuals who wish to demonstrate expertise in using Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Access 2016 certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of program functionality in order to successfully complete the tasks in each of the projects in the exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Outlook 2016 credential is an entry-level certification for individuals who wish to demonstrate expertise in using Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Outlook 2016 certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of program functionality in order to successfully complete the tasks in each of the projects in the exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 credential is an entry-level certification for individuals who wish to demonstrate expertise in using Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of program functionality in order to successfully complete the tasks in each of the projects in the exam.
Click here to go to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Word 2016 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Word 2016 credential is an entry-level certification for individuals who wish to demonstrate expertise in using Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Word 2016 certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of program functionality in order to successfully complete the tasks in each of the projects in the exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Word 2016 Expert credential is targeted towards individuals who wish to demonstrate advanced skills in key Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Word 2016 Expert certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience or pre-requisite requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of the program functionality in order to demonstrate proficiency with the advanced features of Word 2016 for document and content management and for advanced formatting.

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Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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