ECQ Online Writing Course – ECQ Mastery Online Course

Price: $1,800

Course Overview:

This course features all of the great training from our Senior Executive Service (SES) Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) Best Practices Course but takes things to the next level . . . after you complete your ECQs, you will email them in and receive two rounds of editorial feedback from one of our seasoned Master Senior Executive Writers and Coaches.

Are you considering applying for an SES position? Then you’re probably like most people, who don’t know where to start and feel overwhelmed by this graduate-level writing assignment. ECQs are the heart and soul of most SES applications and the final standard by which you will be evaluated after being selected for an SES position.

Well, in this first-of-a-kind online course, the most experienced Master Senior Executive Writers and Coaches in the career management industry will teach you how to write your own ECQs. CareerPro Global has assisted more than 4K federal, military, and corporate professionals in developing their SES applications. We also published the first book on SES Applications (Roadmap to the Senior Executive Service, 2011), along with a second edition, released in 2020 with updated practices.

The course provides clear instruction, proven best practices, and a step-by-step process for understanding the ECQ assessment process, choosing which of your career accomplishments to showcase, and of course writing those stories as effectively as possible to meet Office of Personnel Management (OPM) standards. After you complete each ECQ, we have even included a reminder/checklist to ensure you captured the 28 executive competencies and utilized the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) format that OPM expects.  In addition, the course features built-in knowledge checks to give our students (and their leaders) peace of mind that the best practices are fully understood.

Don’t worry if this feels little overwhelming at first . . . you’re not alone! ECQs are challenging for everyone, and our clients include seasoned GS-15s from across the government, colonels and generals from all military branches, senior scientists, PhDs, college professors, attorneys, corporate executives, and numerous other professionals. However, with this kind of expert training, more than five hours of video-based instruction, our signature ECQ builders, samples, and knowledge checks, the process becomes much more manageable, and your chances of success increase dramatically!

Training Objectives:

The goal of this course is to simplify a daunting writing exercise by making sure students understand the OPM standards and that they have a clear process and powerful tools for writing their own ECQs. In addition, the online format allows students to set their own pace and access the course for three months, during which time they can watch the videos over and over again and access the training from anywhere, anytime. Finally, this course provides students with tactical, detailed feedback on their first draft, helping them to optimize their ECQs!

Course Outline:


  • Best practices lecture and coaching via video
  • Leading Change overview, scenarios, and sample
  • Selecting your Leading Change topic(s)
  • Step-by-step process for writing your ECQ using our signature builders
  • Leading People overview, scenarios, and sample
  • Selecting your Leading People topic(s)
  • Step-by-step process for writing your ECQ in the CCAR format
  • Results Driven overview, scenarios, and sample
  • Selecting your Results Driven topic(s)
  • Step-by-step process for writing your ECQ in the CCAR format
  • Business Acumen overview, scenarios, and sample
  • Selecting your Business Acumen topic(s)
  • Step-by-step process for writing your ECQ in the CCAR format
  • Building Coalitions overview, scenarios, and sample
  • Selecting your Building Coalitions topic(s)
  • Step-by-step process for writing your ECQ in the CCAR format
  • Competency checklist
  • Formatting and submitting your ECQs to the hiring agency

Next, you will email in your ECQs for two rounds of detailed editorial feedback from a seasoned Master Senior Executive Writer and Coach to help you align your ECQs with proven best practices and OPM standards. Our edits will include verification that your ECQs are presented in the CCAR format and, most importantly, that they are told through the all-important lens of the 28 executive competencies.

Once you submit your final draft, we will send your ECQs through our staff proofreaders as a final check for grammar, style, accuracy and consistency.

*Scheduling is required with a 5–10 business day turnaround.


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