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Instructions: How To Register

Payment can be made by credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard); by training form (i.e. SF-182, DD-1556 or other Purchase Order forms); or by check payable to the Government Affairs Institute. If you submit credit card information with your registration, you will receive an e-mail stating that you are enrolled in the course.

If you don’t submit credit card information at the time of your registration, you will be placed in reserved status pending receipt of payment information, and you will receive an e-mail indicating that. You can submit credit card information over the phone (202-333-4838), by fax (202-333-8165), by e-mail ( or online by clicking on the Make a Payment link above. You can also mail us a check*; or e-mail or fax (202-333-8165) an approved training form.

If you are submitting an approved SF182, DD1556 or other purchase order form as a payment information for your tuition, please click the “Purchase Order” option on the online registration form. Approved purchase order forms can be submitted electronically as an attachment using the upload tool button.

Payment information is due two weeks before the start date of the course; once it is submitted, you will receive an e-mail stating that you are enrolled in the course. If we do not receive payment information two weeks prior to the start date of the course, we cannot guarantee you a space in the course.

Please note: You need to complete the online registration on our website in order to be enrolled or reserved in a course. Submitting only a training form request such as SF-182 or DD-1556 to your agency’s training office does not constitute registration and may delay your enrollment in our courses.

*Each remittance of payment by check is considered authorization to convert that particular check into an electronic transaction.  If your check is unable to be converted electronically,it will be processed as a draft against your account.

General Cancellation & Transfer Policy

A participant may cancel or transfer their course registration and receive a full refund by notifying GAI in writing (by e-mail or fax 202 333-8165) no later than two weeks prior to the start of the course. If a participant cancels or transfers their course registration in writing less than two weeks prior to the start of the course, but at least two working days prior to the start date, they will be charged a $125 fee. If a participant fails to properly notify GAI of a course cancellation or transfer request at least two working days prior to the start of the course, they will be charged the full tuition. However, they may attend a subsequent offering of the same course at fifty percent of the tuition in effect when they actually attend the course. Requests to substitute a registered participant must be received in writing by e-mail or fax. No additional fees will be charged for a substitute.

Read the Certificate Program Cancellation and Transfer Policy


All sessions will be conducted on Capitol Hill (unless noted otherwise), and will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the first day of the course. Approximately two weeks prior to the program, an e-mail will be sent to all enrolled participants that will indicate the specific location of the first session of the program. The schedule for our programs may vary slightly; however, sessions will not generally begin before 8:00 a.m., nor adjourn after 4:00 p.m. on each day of the course. You will receive a detailed program agenda and course materials during the initial session.

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