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 22 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.
2 days - $775
Please select a course date below and register for training
October 4-5, 2021, January 24-25, 2022, March 28-29, 2022, June 6-7, 2022, August 15-16, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


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
Please select a course date below and register for training
October 6-7, 2021, January 26-27, 2022, March 30-31, 2022, June 8-9, 2022, August 17-18, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p. m.
*Acrobat boot camp $1350


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
Please select a course date below and register for training
October 4-5, 2021, January 10-11, 2022, February 14-15, 2022, March 14-15, 2022, April 18-19, 2022, May 23-24, 2022, June 28-29, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


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
Please select a course date below and register for training
October 6-7, 2021, January 12-13, 2022, February 16-17, 2022, March 16-17, 2022, April 20-21, 2022, May 25-26, 2022, June 30-July 1, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Adobe InDesign boot camp $1350. Please select a course date below and register for training
October 4-7, 2021, January 10-13, 2022, February 14-17, 2022, March 14-17, 2022, April 18-21, 2022, May 23-26, 2022, June 28-July 1, 2022


Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
In this hands-on, two-day Illustrator Introduction Training is for creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Illustrator CC, the industry standard Vector Graphics application. Get to know Adobe Illustrator basics, and dive into techniques for working with objects, paths and shapes, transforming artwork, drawing with the pen tool, adding type, and using color.
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
Please select a course date below and register for training
October 25-26, 2021, January 3-4, 2022, February 7-8, 2022, March 7-8, 2022, April 11-12, 2022, May 15-16, 2022, June 21-22, 2022, July 25-26, 2022, August 29-30, 2022, September 26-27, 2022
8:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m.


Advanced Adobe Illustrator
In this hands-on, two-day Illustrator Advanced Training is for creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Illustrator CC, the industry standard Vector Graphics application. Expand your knowledge with Advanced techniques including using color, using Layers to organize artwork, creating gradients, blends, and patterns, using brushes, symbols, and more!
Prerequisites: Students need to have completed an Adobe Intro. to Illustrator class 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.
2 Days - $775
Please select a course date below and register for training
October 27-28, 2021, January 5-6, 2022, February 9-10, 2022, March 9-10, 2022, April 13-14, 2022, May 18-19, 2022, June 23-24, 2022, July 27-28, 2022, August 31-September 1, 2022, September 28-29, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m
Adobe Illustrator Bootcamp $1350. Please select a course date below and register for training
October 25-28, 2021, January 3-6, 2022, February 7-10, 2022, March 7-10, 2022, April 11-14, 2022, May 16-19, 2022, June 21-24, 2022, July 25-28, 2022, August 29-September 1, 2022, September 26-29, 2022


Intro. to Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is the industry-standard image editing software used worldwide by professional or amateur photographers, and designers, who want to perfect their digital images. In this two-day, hands-on class, you will discover the basics of Photoshop. You will learn to correct exposure and color balance, straighten, or crop photos, work with layers, and create special lighting and text effects. In addition to learning the essential elements of the Photoshop interface, this will include new features from the revised edition for the latest release!
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
Please select a course date below and register for training
October 12-13, 2021, January 18-19, 2022, February 22-23, 2022, March 21-22, 2022, April 25-26, 2022, May 31-June 1, 2022, July 5-6, 2022


Advanced Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is used not only by photographers, but by graphic designers, web designers, videographers, and 3D artists. Photoshop delivers even more image editing power and new creative options; you will learn to enhance, manipulate and composite photos. This hands-on, two-day Advanced training class will expand on the concepts and specific features of Photoshop.
Prerequisites: Students need to have completed an Introduction to Photoshop 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 folder.
2 Days - $775
Please select a course date below and register for training
October 14-15, 2021, January 20-21, 2022, February 24-25, 2022, March 23-24, 2022, April 27-28, 2022, June 2-3, 2022, July 7-8, 2022
Adobe Photoshop Bootcamp $1350. Please select a course date below and register for training
October 12-15, 2021, January 18-21, 2022, February 22-25, 2022, March 21-24, 2022, April 25-28, 2022, May 31-June 3, 2022, July 5-8, 2022


Typography Using Adobe Illustrator & InDesign
In this two-day, hands-on Typography class, you will learn the fundamentals of typography and font design, including the anatomy, psychology, and elements of type. Whether it is print, web, or motion graphics, typography is an essential element in graphic design. You will learn how to better integrate type into your design. Understand how font families, color, contrast, tone, and hierarchy affects our perception and readability of type. During class, you will use Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, to create elements with your newfound skills.
Prerequisites: Experience using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign required. 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
Please select a course date below and register for training
February 7-8, 2021, May 9-10, 2022, July 20-21, 2022, September 21-22, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


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
Please select a course date below and register for training
January 24-25, 2021, March 28-29, 2022, June 6-7, 2022, August 15-16, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


InfoGraphics Using Adobe Using Power Point & Excel
In this hands-on, two-day Infographics Using PowerPoint & Excel training course, you will learn skills and techniques to analyze data and trends for designing and building compelling Infographics. The use of pre-designed infographic templates and other resources will be covered for use on websites, mobile devices, e-publications, print, blogs and social media. Students will gain hands-on experience where they use data and design compelling visual graphic illustrations utilizing Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel. Students will also learn best practices, workflow and techniques through real world examples by applying font, color, images, charts, and maps to complex data.
Prerequisites: No prior knowledge or graphic design experience required. Familiarity with Microsoft Office. Good working knowledge of computers and operating systems, as well as 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
Please select a course date below and register for training
January 26-27, 2021, March 30-31, 2022, June 8-9, 2022, August 17-18, 2022
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Infographics Bootcamp $1350. Please select a course date below and register for training
January 24-27, 2021, March 28-31, 2022, June 6-9, 2022, August 15-18, 2022
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


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
Please select a course date below and register for training
October 4-5, 2021, January 5-6, 2021, March 9-10, 2022, May 18-19, 2022, July 27-28, 2022, September 28-29, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


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
Please select a course date below and register for training
October 18-19, 2021, January 31-February 1, 2021, February 28-March 1, 2022, April 4-5, 2022, May 2-3, 2022, June 13-14, 2022, July 11-12, 2022, August 22-23, 2022, September 19-20, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m


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
Please select a course date below and register for training
October 20-21, 2021, February 2-3, 2021, March 2-3, 2022, April 6-7, 2022, May 4-5, 2022, June 15-16, 2022, July 13-14, 2022, August 24-25, 2022, September 21-22, 2022
8:30 a. m. - 3:30 p.m.
Acrobat Pro Section 508 with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, LiveCycle Designer and Adobe InDesign Bootcamp $1350. Please select a course date below and register for training
October 18-21, 2021, January31-February 2-3, 2022, February 28-March 3, 2022, April 4-7, 2022, May 4-7, 2022, June 13-16, 2022, July 11-14, 2022, August 22-25, 2022, September 19-22, 2022


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
Please select a course date below and register for training
February 28-March 1, 2022, June 13-14, 2022, August 29-30, 2022
8:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m.


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
Please select a course date below and register for training
March 2-3, 2022, June 15-16, 2022, August 31-September 1, 2022
8:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m.
Web Accessibility with WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 Compliance, Bootcamp4 days $1350.
Please select a course date below and register for training
February 28-March 3, 2022, June 13-16, 2022, August 29-September 1, 2022 8:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m.

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 22 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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