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LTEN Excellence Awards FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible? Does everyone nominated need to be a member?
What is the time frame for nominations?
How do I apply? What's the difference between "nominator" and "nominee"?
Is there a cost? How can I pay? What if I apply for award categories?

When will winners be announced?

What do award winners receive, and how will they be recognized?

What is the judging process? Will the judging be "blind" and what how do I submit a blind application?

What is the award criteria?

Will I receive feedback regarding my submission?

Do I have to be a member of LTEN to apply?

Will finalists be required to attend the conference? 
If awarded, are there duties or requirements expected for me or my organization to perform?
Can I send LTEN tangible documents or documents via USB, CD in addendum to my application?

Will I receive a registration confirmation?

If I have any additional questions, technical support needs, etc. who shall I contact?


Who is eligible? Does everyone nominated need to be a member of LTEN?

All awards recognize trainers, organizations, and industry partners for initiatives conducted within the past year. In the case of the 2015 awards, initiatives conducted anytime in 2014 up through February 2015 are eligible. Initiatives that were begun earlier are eligible so long as demonstrable results can be documented in the current award nomination period. Not everyone who is being listed or nominated for an award needs to be a member. The person submitting the application (nominator) must be a LTEN member and pays the application fee.

What is the time frame for nominations?

January 2 to March 9 at 11:59 pm EST – 3 months prior to annual conference.

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How do I apply? What's the difference between "nominator" and "nominee?"

Apply online and preview nomination requirements here. The nominator is the person filling out the form.  For example:  If you are a supplier submitting the award on behalf of a client/customer, you would be the nominator and your client would be the nominee. If you are submitting for your own company, you are the nominator. A nominee is the person or organization who would be the recognized as the winner if selected. If you are nominating a department, please list the contact person for the department.

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Is there a cost?  How can I pay? What if I apply for multiple award categories?

  • There is a $295 application processing and handling fee for both practitioner and provider categories.
  • Note that the application fee is per application.
  • When you complete the online application and click submit you will be required to pay the application fee with a credit card. Your application is not finalized until payment has been received. Start the submission process here.

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When will winners be announced?

Finalists will be notified and announced in April, and recognized in June at annual conference.

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What do award winners receive, and how will they be recognized

  • Winners receive a specially designed trophy and recognition on stage during LTEN Annual Conference.
  • Winners will also be recognized with:
    • Special section in the Fall 2015 issue of Focus Magazine
    • Mention on L-TEN.org website
    • Featured in the LTEN member eNewsletter
    • Featured on the L-TEN LinkedIn company page and Facebook page
    • Opportunity to be a Guest Presenter at an LTEN Webinar – sharing their best practices of award
  • Use of the LTEN Excellence Award Winner logo

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What is the judging process? Will the judging be "blind" and how do I submit a blind application?

  • Judging process
    • A panel of judges/award committee has been established for each of the categories of awards to ensure the entries can be judged consistently and fairly.
    • Winners will be determined by averaging scores assigned by judges to each entry. In the event of a tie, a select group of judges will review competing entries to determine winners.
    • Judging to focus on innovation, planning, implementation, and impact. Nominees to provide concrete examples of stellar achievements with samples of their work, if possible.
    • Judging will be blinded in regard to size and type of company to ensure a fair process for all practitioners and providers. Judges will see applications with a numerical identifier.
  • Blind judging simply means that your organization is anonymous to the judges. When submitting "blind" attachments or supporting documents, you are asked to remove or hide references to the organization/person being nominated. Here is a sample plus a few points of clarification:
      • Do NOT include any references to your organization's name or learning staff on your application and be sure to remove or hide organization references on your photos, screenshots, charts or graphics.
      • We recommend replacing any mention of your organization with a fictional name. See examples below. 
      • You may also black-out/white-out any references to your organization.  See examples below.
      • You may designate parts of your answer NFP (not for publication) if you are including information that should not be shared publicly if your training practice is chosen as a winner.

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What is the award criteria?

  • The scoring has been set up to be consistent across the award categories and judges will provide numerical scores for each of the following criteria:
    • 9-10 (Breakthrough and/or Role Model): For learning practitioners or supplier companies considered "breakthroughs" and/or "role models" for the learning and development industry. The challenge is considered to be extreme (across an entire industry) or global (large numbers of learners, many stakeholders, very difficult to accomplish), and the nominees have demonstrated role-model leadership.
    • 6-8 (Outstanding): For learning practitioners or supplier companies who did an outstanding job, met or exceeded all of the criteria as described and accomplished all goals. The complexity was significant and/or the nominees demonstrated clear leadership.
    • 3-5 (Meets the criteria): For learning practitioners or supplier companies whose initiatives met the criteria, but did not or could not provide clear or reliable evidence to identify initiatives as breakthrough or outstanding.
    • 1-2 ( Provided some evidence but does not meet the criteria)  For learning practitioners or supplier companies whose initiatives contributed to the criteria, but did not or could not provide clear or reliable evidence to identify initiatives as breakthrough or outstanding
    • 0 (Does not meet the criteria): Did not meet the criteria established or failed to document how the criteria were met.

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Will I receive feedback on my submission?

The judges will provide feedback to applicants who would like to receive comments or suggestions from the judging panel.

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Do I have to be a member of LTEN to apply?

The awards program is limited to LTEN members only.

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Will finalists be required to attend the conference?

Finalists are encouraged and invited to attend the conference but it is not a requirement. We would encourage your team to send at least one representative from your organization, if possible, for on-stage recognition.

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If awarded, are there duties or requirements expected for me or my organization to perform?

(i.e. attend a certain amount of events? Be a part of the Advisory Committee? Chair subcommittee?)

Winners are not required to participate in any activities, but are strongly encouraged to be present at the annual conference. After the conference, we want to feature the winning organizations and teams and may ask for quotes, pictures or interview to feature in our various communication channels. We also would love to feature our winners by having them host a future LTEN webinar and share their key to success and winning ideas with LTEN members. Again, this is a request but not a requirement. We respect your time and simply want to highlight your training team's efforts.

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Can I send LTEN tangible documents or documents via USB, CD in addendum to my application?

All applicants are encouraged to submit all materials through the online portal. For those with technical issues or other concerns, LTEN award organizers will work with you to ensure we receive all materials. Please email dbrehm@L-TEN.org with special requests.

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Will I receive a registration/submission confirmation?

Yes, all applicants will receive notice of when their applications have been received. If you do not receive your confirmation, please check your spam or junk folder. You may also contact technical support.

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If I have any additional questions who shall I contact?

For questions about nominations process or other questions about the awards process not answered here, please email Dawn Brehm, LTEN executive director atdbrehm@L-TEN.org.

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