Federal Career Training Institute is dedicated to providing federal employees certifications, education, training and other resources. The organization also offers webinar training, publications and materials designed to prepare federal employee who work in various roles become more proficient in their duties and to advance in their careers.


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The Good

  • Program offerings
  • Accreditation
  • Duration
  • Career support

Professionals working in this industry have several benefits when affiliating with FCTI.

  • Program offerings. FCTI offers the popular Ten Steps Certification Program, which has been followed by military organizations, government entities and universities around the country. The program provides certification as a Federal Job Search Trainer and as a Certified Federal Coach. The certification may be taken in person, online in the form of a webinar, or an organization may even bring FCTI into their home base to administer the certification. A number of different jobs benefit from this certification, including military counselors, university career counselors, and federal agency human resource professionals, among others.
  • Accreditation. The Ten Steps Certification Program allows individuals to qualify for better job opportunities and to afford themselves the chance to advance in their careers in ways that would not be possible otherwise.
  • Duration. The certifications are held on site several times a year at various locations in the U.S. For example, this year, the three-day programs are held in Maryland, California and Florida. Webinars are held in three sessions, each of which last seven weeks for an hour and a half for each session.
  • Career Support. Those who have gone through the certification belong to a community of like-minded professionals who are connected to a common cause. These individuals have access to resources and tools to further their careers and advance their skills. FCTI provides information on resume writing and applying for federal jobs.

The organization’s website is a wonderful resource for those currently in the industry and for those considering entering it. The site is complete, comprehensive and full of useful tools to guide the professional in whatever they’re seeking.

The Bad

  • Expensive

Certification is incredibly expensive. Federal Job Search Trainer and Federal Career Coach certification will cost an individual an eye-popping $2,735. Hosted programs by the military or university will cost $15,000 for seven attendees.

The Bottom Line

Federal job coaches and job search trainers are in a specialized field, and certification is no doubt helpful and advantageous for the employee. FCTI is the leader in certification in this field, so those interested will be getting the very best in education and training. If a person or organization can bear the high cost, the certification is definitely worth it. However, if you are looking for more than certification, check out our other career certification companies.

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