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Public Policy Certificate Program


The National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics Public Policy Certificate (PPC) program is today's gold standard for certifying that lobbyists, government affairs, and grassroots professionals possess in-depth knowledge of legislative and political processes plus the rules, regulations, and ethics that shape lobbying requirements. The PPC program is FOR the profession, BY the profession. It is critical for government affairs professionals to keep up-to-date on the latest insights into working with policymakers and stakeholders, especially in a time where technology and social media is changing the way we all advocate. PPC participants will learn the keys to success for getting results while meeting the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.



The PPC strengthens the skills and effectiveness of government relations personnel in lobbying firms, corporations, associations, and not-for-profit organizations. New-from-the-Hill lobbyists quickly gain expertise they might otherwise take years to acquire, while experienced lobbyists can update their skills in new ethical and regulatory areas as they earn professional certification—and recognition as leaders in the federal and state lobbying community.

  • Only members of the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics can earn a PPC certificate. 

  • Courses combine classroom style and panel discussions available through in person and online sessions.


  • To receive a Public Policy Certificate (PPC) participants will have to complete 24 credits of course work, or 12 courses. ​​


  • Courses are a mix of 4 required core sessions and 8 electives of your choosing. 


  • In-person or online live courses are scheduled once a month either in the mornings or late afternoons on Monday or Friday. Note: In-person courses have been moved to online only due to COVID-19, in-person will resume once it is safe to do so.

    • All courses are recorded and available online as well as in person​​​. This allows participants to complete the program at their own pace.

      • Any course completed online through the member portal must have the corresponding course assessment completed to receive credit.​


  • Each course ranges from 1-2 hours in length.  


  • NILE Member Cost:  $135 per course or $1,400 for the complete program (this includes a one year membership.) 

Upon receiving your PPC credentials you will need to complete one course every year to keep current and in good standing.  New courses will be added throughout the year for those who have their PPC.

Courses are also available for non-members, but only members will be able to obtain the Public Policy Certificate. Courses cost $225 for non-members. You can view our archived courses here

If you would like to start earning your PPC click here to grab a membership and get on your way!

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