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The National Institute of Corrections offers numerous training options to accommodate participant learning styles, preferences, and work schedules. Training is available both for individuals and organizations.
NIC Learning Center
The NIC Learn center houses hundreds of online courses that can be taken any time, any day of the week. Corrections professionals can watch videos and test their knowledge on important corrections topics, while learning the latest trends and standards in the field.
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) offers comprehensive partnership training programs that are designed to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of correctional agencies. These programs are aimed at promoting collaboration and teamwork among correctional professionals, as well as providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively address the challenges and demands of the corrections field. Through visits by our specialists, correctional agencies can build meaningful partnerships with other stakeholders, including law enforcement, community organizations, and government agencies, to achieve common goals such as reducing recidivism and promoting public safety. NIC's partnership training programs are delivered by experienced trainers and subject matter experts, and are tailored to meet the unique needs of each participating agency.
If you are attending a NIC in-person (classroom) learning event, please use the links and documents below. As mentioned in NIC's Participant Travel Onboarding Packet, please reach out to your NIC Program Coordinator / Correctional Program Specialist if you have questions regarding the In-Person Learning onboarding process.
2. You will land on the home page of NIC’s Learning Center, where you can access available classroom, blended, virtual instructor led (VILT) and e‐courses. To register for and participate in NIC’s Learning Center and take courses, you must be a registered user.
Simply create an account or login if you already have an account.
2. Click Catalog tab at the top left of the screen after logging in to your user account.
3. Click and select E‐Courses under the Catalog tab.
4. Search for courses under All Courses or by selecting one of the Subject Categories. For example, if you are interested in a course on being an effective team leader check the Team Building category.
5. Locate the course you are interested in and click Click here to start this course. For example, this person has decided to take the Being an Effective Team leader e‐course.
An important note about NIC e‐courses:
As you progress through your e‐course, please click through each screen to ensure you get credit for completing the course. Please use the BLUE Exit button, and not the RED X to ensure that the system will record you as completing the course.
6. To start the e‐course, click Click here to launch the course.
As you progress through your e‐course, to ensure that the system will record you as completing the course, please use the BLUE Exit button, and not the RED X to ensure that the system will record you as completing the course.
3. Follow links at either location to page below. Click green Chat Now with Live Support for live help and support using a chat function. Depending on your internet connection speed this may take a few seconds to a minute.
4. If you are unable to reach the page below, please contact your local IT for assistance, as an internet pop‐up blocker setting is not allowing you to reach the NIC Live Help/Support feature
Important Information for Participants Intending to Apply for an In-Person or Classroom NIC Event
What to expect for in-person classroom trainings:
Create an NIC LMS account now
NIC manages its class registrations through our NIC Learn center. If you are interested in applying for any of our in-person or virtual training options, you'll need to create a free account first so that we can add you to our classes and register you properly. We recommend using your work email for the account.
There are two options for class registration and they depend on the class itself.
The class is invitation only: In this case, NIC staff will register you for an event and you will log into the Learn Center to find that the class has been added to your account.
The class is open to the public: In this case, the class will be advertised and listed on the NIC Learn Center with registration open to anyone. You can apply for the class and NIC staff will review your profile before adding you to the class roster.
NIC will securely send you forms to fill out and return
NIC will securely send you Travel Claim and Direct Deposit forms through a secure, Department of Justice link. You will have 5 days to complete the forms and send them back to NIC in order to attend the training and be reimbursed for your travel expenses.
Complete all pre-work before in-person attendance
Depending on the training, there may be preparatory work that you will need to complete before you in-person training event. This is to make sure that you and everyone else are on the same level when the training starts.
You and other participants will travel to the training location and complete the in-person classroom sessions before returning home. Please see the common questions answered below to make sure you understand how travel, lodging, and trip costs will work.
Follow Up & Reimbursement
After the in-person training, NIC will send you a survey to provide feedback on your experience so that we can improve for future students and programs. You will also need to file your Invitational Travel and Per Diem Claim Form.
Effective May 31, 2015, all future NIC programs and training events will be guided by the following procedures:
We understand that these changes to NIC’s business practices may result in questions or concerns. Specifically, we want to know if this change will cause any insurmountable issues or challenges to your agency. Should you have a comment or concern, please feel free to contact NIC, via email (NICLearningCenter@bop.gov) or telephone (800-995-6429). We welcome your feedback regarding this important administrative change.
Thank you for your attention to this issue. We appreciate your continued collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections and look forward to seeing you at an NIC classroom event.
Participant’s commercial airline tickets will be paid directly by NIC; participants will not be required to pay for airline tickets out of pocket.
Instructions on how to obtain airline tickets will be provided to participants in their information packet emailed out prior to the training event.
Participants will be responsible for paying the initial costs for their hotel rooms and will be reimbursed.
The charge per night per room will be based on the federal per diem for that area plus specified taxes. Participants will be advised of the exact amount in their information packet prior to travel. Participants will be fully reimbursed for his/her lodging (room and taxes) at the hotel that has been selected by NIC. Participants will need to submit their hotel receipt to NIC for reimbursement.
Participants will be responsible for paying for their own meals and will be reimbursed.
The meal per diem will be based on the federal meal per diem for that area. On travel days, both to and from the designated hotel site, the per diem will be adjusted to 75% of the daily meal per diem rate. Participants will be advised of the exact reimbursable amount in the information packet prior to travel. Participants will not be required to keep meal receipts. S/he will be reimbursed for the allotted daily meal per diem, governed by General Services Administration (GSA) travel regulations.
Participants will be reimbursed for travel between their home and the airport closest to their home as well as for parking expenses.
All participant parking receipts must be submitted with their reimbursement claim. Participants will be reimbursed at the current Federal government personal vehicle mileage rate. If they choose to drive their personal vehicle to the training site, they will only be reimbursed up to the cost of the round trip flight at the federal government rate. We are unable to reimburse costs when an agency vehicle is driven.
Participants will be reimbursed for luggage.
Participants will be reimbursed for two (2) bags each way per trip. Participants must obtain and then submit their baggage receipt(s) with their reimbursement claim.
The new procedures will necessitate that a NIC Secondary Banking Request form be completed by anyone traveling to participate in a NIC activity.
The form establishes how funds are electronically paid and expedites the reimbursement process. After the Secondary Banking Request form has been submitted, it will authorize the travel and input the participant into the travel system. Upon return from the NIC activity, the participant will need to submit all pertinent receipts to generate the reimbursement. The reimbursement, once all receipts have been received, is scheduled to be paid in ten (10) business days.
NIC Office Locations
NIC Main Office
901 D Street Southwest, 3rd Floor
Washington DC 20024
NIC Training Academy & Information Center
11900 East Cornell Avenue, Unit C,
Aurora Colorado 80014
NIC is seeking individuals with demonstrated experience in successful facilitation of, or acting for, corrections-based training.
The technical resource providers will support training implemented by NIC. This work includes facilitating training modules or acting for corrections-based role-play scenarios within correctional agencies in the United States.
NIC offers a variety of resource and services for those providing training in a correctional setting.
The Learning and Performance Initiative represents NIC’s effort to help build staff training and development capacity in corrections agencies.
Many materials are online, but most are available only through our library. If you are a correctional trainer and would like additional information about our resources and services, please contact us through our help desk.
NIC provides resources and services for trainers in the correctional system through the Learning and Performance Initiative to help build staff training and development capacity in corrections agencies, with guides and resources available to training directors, coordinators, and others responsible for training.
Frequently Asked Questions NIC receives from Technical Service Providers
If you want to change your travel arrangements to something other than those originally authorized, you must receive authorization from NIC. If the change is for personal travel, NIC is not permitted to authorize the changes (per federal travel regulations). You will need to make those changes directly with the airline once the tickets are issued. You are responsible for any costs related to the change.
Our current travel contractor is Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT). Listen carefully to the prompts. Press #1 for new reservations; press #1 again for NIC, which will allow you to speak with a travel agent.. You must have the program number ready to provide the travel agent. If CWT hasn’t received the authorization to book your flight, you may not be able make your reservation. Their phone number is 1-866-530-0062.