For over 25 years, the Institute at GPO has provided Federal publishing professionals with courses designed to help their agencies communicate effectively with a broad range of audiences using a variety of channels. Our courses and seminars in desktop publishing, digital management, and print management integrate hands-on exercises, demonstrations, discussions, and presentations led by nationally recognized experts in their fields. We can help your agency:

  • develop training for your staff in Federal sector publishing and printing best practices
  • increase your knowledge about emerging digital technologies that impact the planning, processes, and budgets for publishing, printing, and information dissemination
  • improve your skills in areas that are unique to Federal agency publishing

The Institute Offers –
All training dates are wholly dependent upon public health conditions and are subject to change. Please be advised due to Covid 19 the remaining FY 21 training schedule will be offered in virtual format. The Institute is here to serve our customers please contact us, if you are interested in coordinating a customized training session for any courses offered on the Institute schedule.


Acrobat DC Intro:  
In this two-day, hands-on Introduction to Adobe Acrobat Pro DC training course, students will learn the basics of Adobe Acrobat. Portable Document Format (PDF) is a universal file format that preserves all of the fonts, formatting, colors, and graphics of any source document. Anyone using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader can view, navigate, comment on, and print a PDF file.
Prerequisites: Students should have a good working knowledge of computers and operating systems; know how to open, save, and close files, and navigate to other folders. Students should be familiar with at least one software package, for example: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or Adobe InDesign.

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Acrobat DC Advanced:  
In this two-day, hands-on Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Advanced training course, you will learn the more advanced tools of Adobe Acrobat. Portable Document Format (PDF) is a universal file format that preserves all of the fonts, formatting, colors, and graphics of any source document. Anyone using the free Adobe Reader can view, navigate, comment on, and print a PDF file. In this course, you will do so much more!
Prerequisites: Students need to have completed our Acrobat DC Introduction course or have working knowledge in all topics covered in the Introduction course outline. Students must have a good working knowledge of computers, operating systems, using a mouse, keyboard, standard menus and commands. Students must be able to open, save, and close applications and files, as well as navigate to other folders. Students should be familiar with at least one software package, for example: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or Adobe InDesign.
2 Days
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*Acrobat boot camp $1350, TBD
 


Intro. Adobe InDesign 
InDesign is a powerful design and production application that offers precision, control, and seamless integration with other Adobe professional graphics software like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. It has long been the industry standard for books, magazines, and brochures, and has now become the industry standard for creating ePubs, interactive PDFs, and interactive magazines that are viewed on tablets. In this two-day, hands-on InDesign introduction training class, you will learn the basics of InDesign. Prerequisites: Students must have a good working knowledge of computers, operating systems, using a mouse, keyboard, standard menus and commands. Students must be able to open, save, and close applications and files, as well as navigate to other folders.
2 Days - $775
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Advanced Adobe InDesign 
Advanced Adobe InDesign training class, students will learn advanced tips, tricks, and techniques for publishing with InDesign. This course will expand on the concepts in Intro and will cover best practices and additional features. Prerequisites for Attending InDesign Advanced: Students need to have completed our Introduction course or have working knowledge in all topics covered in the InDesign Introduction course outline. Students must have a good working knowledge of computers, operating systems, using a mouse, keyboard, standard menus and commands. Students must be able to open, save, and close applications and files, as well as navigate to other folders.
2 Days - $775
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*Adobe InDesign boot camp $1350
 


Working Efficiently with InDesign Long Documents 
This Working Efficiently with InDesign Long Documents training course shows designers how to create book-length documents using InDesign. The course focuses on long document elements such as page and chapter numbering, table of contents, cross-referencing, and indexes. The course also provides an overview of document construction, from creating master pages and applying consistent formatting with styles, to placing text and images, and outputting to PDF Creating Books. Prerequisites for Attending InDesign Long Documents: Students need to have completed our InDesign Introduction and InDesign Advanced courses, or have working knowledge in all topics covered in the Introduction and Advanced course outlines. Students must have a good working knowledge of computers, operating systems, using a mouse, keyboard, standard menus and commands. Students must be able to open, save, and close applications and files, as well as navigate to other folders.
2 Days - $775
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InfoGraphics Using Adobe Illustrator 
In this hands-on, two-day Infographics Using Adobe Illustrator training course, you will learn how to create infographics by gaining the skills and techniques allowing you to analyze data and trends. You will be introduced to workflows for collecting, analyzing, story boarding and producing visual stories. The use of pre-designed Infographic templates and other files in Adobe Illustrator will be covered for use on websites, mobile devices, e-publications, and print. You will learn infographic design and learn to create infographics from the hands-on experience received in this course, where you will sketch illustrations of data and design compelling visual graphic illustration utilizing Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Excel. You will also learn best practices, workflows, and techniques through real world examples by applying font, color, images, charts and complex data maps.
Prerequisites: Students need to have completed our Adobe Illustrator Introduction class or have working knowledge in all topics covered in the Introduction course outline. Attendees should have a working knowledge of computers and operating systems, as well as experience using a mouse, keyboard, standard menus and commands.
2 Days - $775
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Adobe InDesign Accessibility Creating 508 Compliant PDFs Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class 
In this hands-on, two-day Adobe InDesign Accessibility – Creating 508 Compliant PDFs training course, you will learn how to use InDesign for creating PDF documents for use by people with disabilities. This course will teach you how to format with Master Pages, Paragraph Styles, Character Styles, and Object Styles. This course will cover techniques and strategies for creating InDesign documents that build in Section 508 accessibility, guidelines for writing appropriate Alt-text, and how to apply InDesign export tags for use in Accessible PDF files.
Prerequisites: Students must have working knowledge of computers and operating systems, as well as using a mouse and keyboard. Students must be able to start Adobe InDesign, use menus and standard commands, and open, save, and close files.
2 Days - $775
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Acrobat Pro Section 508 Introduction with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe InDesign 
This Adobe Acrobat Pro Section 508 Accessibility Introduction training course will help you become familiar and come into compliance with the Federal Government’s ADA Section 508 accessibility regulations. The course will cover software features that are designed to help you meet those requirements. Topics: PDF Accessibility Overview, Using Acrobat Pro DC Accessibility Checker, Acrobat DC PDF Accessibility Repair Workflow, Create an Accessible Microsoft Word Document, Making PowerPoint and Excel File Accessible, Create on Accessible PDF file from Adobe InDesign.
2 days — $775
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Acrobat Pro Section 508 Advanced with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, LiveCycle Designer and Adobe InDesign 
This Advanced Adobe Acrobat Pro Section 508 accessibility training course will help expand on your introductory knowledge of compliance with the Federal Government’s ADA Section 508 accessibility regulations. The course will cover advanced software features that are designed to help you meet those requirements. Topics: Current PDF Standards, Validation Tools, Reviewing Tag and Flow Order, Exploring Autotag, Combining Files and Inserting Pages, Working with Tables, Working with the Content Pane, Working with Scanned Documents, Working with Forms, Accessibility in LiveCycle Designer, Advanced Accessibility in Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign.
2 days — $775
TBD
*Acrobat Pro Section 508 with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, LiveCycle Designer and Adobe InDesign, Bootcamp Pricing - 4 Days - $1350, TBD


Intro Web Accessibility with WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance 
This training course introduces you to web content accessibility and usability for people with physical or cognitive disabilities. It introduces you to accessibility legislation (e.g., Section 508) and guidelines (WCAG 2.0). You will use a variety of tools to evaluate accessibility, such as audit tools, screen readers, browser tools, and online tools and resources. You will learn what to look for in an evaluation tool, what tools can and cannot do, and why human usability testing is vital. In the Advanced portion of this course, you will examine techniques to make websites and web applications accessible, conforming to WCAG 2.0 level A and level AA, using WAI-ARIA, HTML5, and CSS. You will examine in more detail a few of the topics that were presented in the Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance Introduction course, including semantic markup, providing navigation components, creating accessible forms, providing robust labeling, error messages in validating forms, and complex tables.
2 Days – $775
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Advanced Web Accessibility with WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance 
In this hands-on, two-day Advanced Web Accessibility for Web Pages and Applications with WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance training course, you will examine techniques to make websites and web applications accessible, conforming to WCAG 2.0 level A and level AA. You will examine in more detail a few of the topics that were presented in the Introduction to Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance Introduction course, including semantic markup, providing navigation components, creating accessible forms, providing robust labeling, error messages in validating forms, and complex tables.
2 Days - $775
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*Web Accessibility with WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance, Bootcamp Pricing - 4 Days – $1350   TBD  

Managing 508 Compliance for Federal Publishers
This is a hands-on course that teaches essential skills necessary to understand the 508 compliance work flow, and identifies the basic tools a publisher may use to create and identify 508 compliant documents. Publishers will be introduced to the most recent 508 Compliance standards recommended/required by the US Access Board. Attendees will be advised on what standards work best, when applied to meet various customer agency needs in the Federal arena. This course is recommended for publishers in a managerial role, who require a better understanding of 508 Compliance standards, how they should be applied, and why.
1-day – $475
TBA

Proofs and Press Sheet Inspections
One of our most popular courses returns in FY 18! This course, taught by staff from the GPO Quality Control for Procured Printing section, includes a discussion of proofs and proofing systems and the relationship between proofs and press sheet inspections (PSIs). It covers what a PSI is and is NOT, scheduling of PSIs, PSI procedures, current proofs standards and examples, and advice for agency representatives.
This is a specialized GPO led course that is available upon request with a minimum of 4 enrolled Federal customers.
TBD
1 day — $475


Simplified Purchase Agreement (SPA) Training
The GPO SPA Program offers a streamlined agency procurement option for projects under $10,000 using GPO-approved contractors. Under SPA, agencies solicit bids and issue print orders directly to the chosen contractor. This free 2 hr course provides the mandatory training for agency staff who will sign SPA work orders. The course is also open to anyone interested in learning more about the SPA Program.
GPO Central Office SPA training is provided the second Thursday every other month and lasts from 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. EST. Online SPA training is provided on the in-between months (on a Wednesday afternoon 1:30-3:30 PM EST). Check the Events and Training page to register. Upon registration for SPA training you will be contacted by an Institute staffer for scheduling.
Cost: Free

Do’s, Don’ts and Tips for Desktop Publishers: Creating and Preflighting Files for Trouble-Free Printing
This “best practices” class provides the foundation for desktop publishing and fills in the missing information government publishers need to create trouble-free files for GPO and internal print shops. Not only does it cover the technical do’s and don’ts for files that will be printed, but it also includes hands-on exercises in preflighting the main types of desktop publishing files — page layout files, photos, graphics, and PDFs.
This course is available upon request to Federal publishers.
3 days — $875
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

We can tailor any of our course offerings to fit the needs of your agency. The benefits include:

  • a pre-training consultation with an Institute staffer to discuss areas requiring customization, desired class length, and dates
  • hands-on training targeted to your agency’s needs and workflows
  • Onsite training is provided using the hardware and application software present in your office
  • class materials supplied by the Institute

All onsite classes require a minimum enrollment depending on the desired course selected. For specifics on course minimums and other information on onsite customized courses, contact us at 202.512.1283 or by email at [email protected].

The Institute is offering in class Certified Training programs to Federal workers in FY 20. All classes will be offered to attendees through a:

  • Five week hands-on program format
  • Five 4-hour scheduled training sessions
  • Final session dedicated to Certification testing

The last course with each session could include the Industry Certification test, if Federal customers choose to achieve the final certification opportunity.

Currently, the Institute is prepared to offer certification in the following Adobe and Microsoft areas of concentration:

  • Adobe
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • MS Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook

If any of the training opportunities can assist your professional needs act now. Limited slots are available. For more information, contact the Institute on 202 512-1283.

Certified Training Course Descriptions

Adobe Certified Associate – Photoshop
(Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop Training and Certification)

This program focuses on presenting information associated with certifying attendees for the Adobe Photoshop application. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Week 1 – Set project requirements – 4/2/2020
  • Week 2 – Understand digital images, Understand Adobe Photoshop – 4/9/2020
  • Week 3 – Create digital images using Adobe Photoshop – 4/16/2020
  • Week 4 – Publish digital images using Adobe Photoshop – 4/23/2020
  • Week 5 – (Available at attendee’s choice) Take the Certification Exam

4 weeks (certified hands-on course material and one-on-one instruction) – $1200.00 week /
5 week certification – $1500.00 (Please notify the Institute if you do seek certification testing)

Adobe Certified Associate – Illustrator

(Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator Training and Certification)
This program focuses on presenting information associated with certifying attendees for the Adobe Illustrator application. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Week 1 – Set project requirements – 6/4/2020
  • Week 2 – Identify design elements used when preparing graphics – 6/9/2020
  • Week 3 – Understand Adobe Illustrator, Create graphics using Adobe Illustrator – 6/18/2020
  • Week 4 – Archive, export and publish graphics using Adobe Illustrator – 5/25/2020
  • Week 5 – (Available at attendee’s choice) Take the Certification Exam

4 weeks (certified hands-on course material and one-on-one instruction) – $1200.00 Week /
5 week certification – $1500.00 (Please notify the Institute if you do seek certification testing)

Adobe Certified Associate – InDesign
(Print & Digital Media Publication Training and Certification)

This program focuses on presenting information associated with certifying attendees for the Adobe InDesign application. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Week 1 – Set project requirements – 2/6/2020
  • Week 2 – Identify design elements when preparing page layouts – 2/13/2020
  • Week 3 – Understand Adobe InDesign – 2/20/2020
  • Week 4 – Create page layouts using Adobe InDesign – 2/27/2020
  • Week 5 – (Available at attendee’s choice) Take the Certification Exam

4 weeks (certified hands-on course material and one-on-one instruction) – $1200.00 Week /
5 week certification – $1500.00 (Please notify the Institute if you do seek certification testing)

Microsoft Word Certification

This program focuses on presenting information associated with certifying attendees for the Microsoft Word application. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Week 1 – Lesson 1: Get started, Lesson 2: Manipulate text - 4/30/2020
  • Week 2 – Lesson 3: Format text and paragraphs, Lesson 4: Format documents to print - 5/7/20
  • Week 3 – Lesson 5: Use Tables, Lesson 6: Work with illustrations - 5/14/2020
  • Week 4 – Lesson 7: Work with references, Lesson 8: Use productivity tools - 5/21/2020
  • Week 5 - (Available at attendee’s choice) Take the Certification Exam - 5/28/2020

4 weeks (certified hands-on course material and one-on-one instruction) – $1200.00 Week /
5 week certification – $1500.00 (Please notify the Institute if you do seek certification testing)
Time and Date — TBD

Training Events Calendar and Registration

To see a list of the FY 20 training courses and to register, view our Events and Training Calendar.

Cancellation

In the event that a class must be cancelled by the Institute, every effort will be made to notify you by email of the cancellation at least 2 weeks prior to the class date. You will receive information regarding the option to transfer your registration to another class offered by the Institute or choose to receive a refund.

If you are unable to attend a class for which you are registered, contact us at [email protected] as soon as you know you will not be able to attend. Every effort will be made to reschedule you for a later class date.

Special Accommodations

If you need an interpreter, screen reader, or other special accommodation, please let us know at least 5 weeks in advance of the class. Although we are pleased to make arrangements to ensure that all students receive the maximum benefit from the training, we operate on a cost-recovery basis and must recoup any added costs from the student's agency.

Contact

Inquiries about Institute courses or suggestions for future courses are welcome. Send your question or suggestion to [email protected].

U.S. Government Publishing Office
The Institute at GPO
732 North Capitol Street, NW
Mail Stop HCT, Rm A843
Washington, DC 20401

ph 202.512.1283

Terri Cooks
Program Analyst
[email protected]

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