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Merit Courses Accredited by SHRM®


Merit Courses Accredited by SHRM®

Nearly all offerings from Merit will now qualify for PDCs from Society for Human Resources Management


Merit Career Development, a division of Merit Systems LLC, is pleased to announce that the majority of our course catalogy has been accredited by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). SHRM® is the world's largest HR professional society, with more than 255,000 members in over 150 countries.


Our courses in leadership, professional development, as well as some in project management, will now qualify for Professional Development Credits (PDCs). For more information, view our course catalog or contact Merit Career Development.


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U.S. Dept of Homeland Security Dove Into Strategic Decision-Making


U.S. Dept of Homeland Security Dove Into Strategic Decision-Making

Merit just completed two weeks of facilitating a workshop on Strategic Decision-Making and Critical Thinking for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenships and Immigration Services.


During the last week in September and the first week in October (2015), Merit was facilitating two, 2-day workshops at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services, called Strategic Decision-Making and Critical Thinking. Participants really enjoyed learning so many new ways of approaching and resolving challenges as well as the many exercises that kept them engaged and actively learning. Comment from these courses included:


Merit's facilitator, Gail Cooperman, MLD, enjoyed the lively participation as much as the employees enjoyed the workshop.

  • Lots of tools and methods...almost too many! Good exercises
  • I enjoyed the open discussion and the opportunity to work through a real scenario
  • The interaction and communication with other employees made the effectiveness of the class more interesting and engaging
  • The workshop was very helpful. I learn[ed] a lot in getting ready for a project.
  • The workshop was a great tool to build a method to help make a decision.
  • The workshop is well worth your time


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U.S. Navy Awards Merit Risk Management Workshop


U.S. NAVY Awards Merit Risk Management Workshop

Two-day course will help Naval Acquisition Workforce better monitor and control project risks.


The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, chose Merit Career Development, a Merit Systems LLC, company to teach Project Risk Management to their Acquisitions Workforce. This workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, tools, and skills to better manage projects and streamline their acquisition processes. Participants will gain practical, in-depth experience in order to use risk management methodologies and best practices in accordance with the Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. Beyond the PMBOK® Guide, the workshop also covers key concepts and tools to develop effective measures for monitoring and controlling project risks and creating risk response plans with associated "triggers" to execute the plan.


Merit was chosen to teach this course because of its long history of delivering high-value content to the Federal Government, the proficiency and quality of its instructors, and Merit's expertise in designing and delivering courses to professional audiences utilizing the latest, proven instructional design principles. The content is developed for quick absorption and for immediate transfer to the work place.


Following the workshop, participants will rate different aspects of the workshop, usually providing statements about their experience, their knowledge gained and the overall value of it. These statements will be available to review through this website within a week of the event.


PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.


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U.S. Navy Awards Merit Advanced Estimating Techniques Workshop


U.S. Navy Awards Merit Advanced Estimating Techniques Workshop

Three-day course will help the Acquisition Workforce enhance cost estimating accuracy and proficiency


The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, chose Merit Career Development, a Merit Systems LLC company, to teach several 3-day cost-estimating courses in Virginia Beach, VA. The goal of this in-depth training is to better manage projects with enhanced knowledge and skills in cost estimating. The course introduces the use of various methods and techniques for cost estimating with guidance on how to select the most appropriate technique based on defining tasks, work breakdown structure and the factors that impact costs.


The Acquisition Workforce will create several cost estimates through the workshop using the different techniques they will learn. On the final day of the workshop, they will have the opportunity to apply their new knowledge by creating a project network and a spending plan.


Merit was chosen to teach this course because of it's long history of delivering high-value content to the Federal Government, the proficiency and quality of its instructors, and Merit's expertise in designing and delivering courses to professional audiences utilizing the latest, proven instructional design principles. The content is developed for quick absorption and for immediate transfer to the work place.


Following the workshop, participants will rate different aspects of the workshop, usually providing statements about their experience, their knowledge gained and the overall value of it. These statements will be available to review through this website within a week of the event.


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U.S. Marine Corps Awards Merit Risk Management Workshop


U. S. MARINE CORPS Awards Merit Risk Management Workshop

Two-day course will help Logistics Workforce better monitor and control project risks.


Merit Career Development, a Merit Systems LLC company, will be teaching the U.S. Marine Corps, Logistics Workforce Risk Management in Albany, GA on August 25th through the 26th, 2015.


This workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, tools, and skills to better manage projects and streamline their acquisition processes. Participants will gain practical, in-depth experience in order to use risk management methodologies and best practices in accordance with the Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. Beyond the PMBOK® Guide, the workshop also covers key concepts and tools to develop effective measures for monitoring and controlling project risks and creating risk response plans with associated "triggers" to execute the plan.


Merit was chosen to teach this course because of it's long history of delivering high-value content to the Federal Government, the proficiency and quality of its instructors, and Merit's expertise in designing and delivering courses to professional audiences utilizing the latest, proven instructional design principles. The content is developed for quick absorption and for immediate transfer to the work place.


Following the workshop, participants will rate different aspects of the workshop, usually providing statements about their experience, their knowledge gained and the overall value of it. These statements will be available to review through this website within a week of the event.


PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.


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Merit Partner and CEO John Juzbasich Published in Noted Leadership Journal


Merit Partner and CEO John Juzbasich Published in Noted Leadership Journal

Article about whether moral reasoning was associated with levels of leadership to appear in The Leadership Quarterly 32


Merit Career Developments's partner and CEO John Juzbasich, along with Merit academic advisor Dr. John J. Sosik and Dr. J. U. Chun have co-authored an article that has been published in The Leadership Quarterly 32.


The article, entitled "Effects of moral reasoning and management level on ratings of charismatic leadership, in-role and extra-role performance of managers: A multi-source examination" investigated whether upper and lower-echelon managers' moral reasoning (n=377) was associated with the levels of charismatic leadership, in-role and extra-role performance they displayed as perceived by their subordinates (n=1731), superiors, and self.


Managers completed the Defining Issues Test (Rest, 1990) to assess their moral reasoning capacity. Self-ratings of managers' charismatic leadership, in-role and extra-role performance were collected two weeks later. Subordinate- and superior-ratings of these constructs were collected one month later. Analysis of covariance indicated that managers possessing the highest (i.e., postconventional) level of moral reasoning outperformed managers at the lower preconventional and conventional levels, but displayed lower levels of self-rated charismatic leadership. Upper-echelon managers displayed higher levels of charismatic leadership and extra-role performance than lower-echelon managers.


Within and between analysis (WABA) indicated that upper-echelon managers at conventional and postconventional levels of moral reasoning agreed with their subordinates and superiors that their charismatic leadership ratings exceed those in lower management, but are lower than those of leaders who possess preconventional moral reasoning.


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