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Eligibility, Membership, Deadlines & Fees

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

All awards recognize trainers, organizations, and industry partners for initiatives conducted within the past year. In the case of the 2023 awards, initiatives conducted anytime in 2022 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?

Call for entries closes on December 14, 2022, at 11:59 pm Eastern time

How do I apply? What’s the difference between “nominator” and “nominee?”

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.

nominee is a person or organization who would be recognized as the winner if selected. If you are nominating a department, please list the contact person for the department.

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.
  • The application fee is per application.
  • The scholarships do not have application fees associated with them.

When you complete the online application and click submit you will be required to pay the application fee with a credit card or you may choose to be invoiced. Your application is not finalized until payment has been received and application uploaded. 

Award Criteria & Judging

Is the video summary required? I need more details on the video.

This year, we’re giving applicants an opportunity to submit a 90-minute video, explaining what’s special about their nomination and why they deserve to win. The video is optional and applicants will not be penalized for not submitting a video.

Click here for complete details on the video summary.

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 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.
  • Blind submissions are not required. We do require that each submission have a company name associated with the entry.
    • Any information considered “Not for Publication” should not be included in the applications for judging purposes.
    • Any information shared through the application process may be used for internal or editorial purposes, including possible inclusion in a special issue of Focus magazine spotlighting the LTEN Excellence Awards.

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.

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.

Can I send LTEN tangible documents or documents via USB, CD in an 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 awards@L-TEN.org for any questions or special requests.

Will I receive a registration/submission confirmation?

Yes, all applicants will receive notification 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. Be sure to have your IT team add info@L-TEN.org and contact@L-TEN.org to your safe senders list.

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

All awards recognize trainers, organizations, and industry partners for initiatives conducted within the past year. In the case of the 2023 awards, initiatives conducted anytime in 2022 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.

Winners & Finalists

When will winners be announced?

Finalists will be notified and announced on January 30, 2023, and recognized at the LTEN Excellence Awards in-person ceremony on June 14  at the LTEN Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

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

Winners will be announced at the  LTEN Excellence Awards ceremony on June 14, 2023 in Phoenix, AZ. More details to follow.

  • Winners will receive trophies at the ceremony and finalists will receive certificates before the event.
  • Winners and finalists will be highlighted in LTEN Focus on Training
  • Winners will also be recognized with:
      • Acknowledgment on L-TEN.org website, LTENconference.com and across all LTEN communication channels
      • Email announcements and press releases
  • All award participants will also be invited to give a poster presentation live on Wednesday, June 14 before the awards ceremony.
  • Award participants will also have their posters showcased online at L-TEN.org and the event mobile app and web portal.
  • Opportunity to be a Guest Presenter at an LTEN Webinar – sharing best practices of award
  • Use of the LTEN Excellence Award winner and finalist logos

Will finalists be required to attend the conference?

Finalists are not required to attend the live conference but attendance is highly encouraged. Registration discount codes will be distributed to finalists in February 2023.

Find complete details about the conference here.

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

Winners and finalists are not required to participate in any activities but are strongly encouraged to present a poster which will be hosted at the LTEN Annual Conference on Wednesday, June 14 before the awards ceremony.

All awards participants are encouraged to share their poster artwork with LTEN, so that we can highlight your entries in advance of the conference online at L-TEN.org and across the conference web portal and app.

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.

Have more questions or feeling a little stuck?

For questions about the awards process not answered here, please email our team at awards@L-TEN.org.