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 2020 awards, initiatives conducted anytime in 2019 up through February 2020 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 February 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST

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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.

A 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.

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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. 

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When will winners be announced?

Finalists will be notified and announced on May 6, and recognized at the LTEN Connect, Virtual Learning Forum on June 10 in a virtual ceremony.

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

Winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony at the LTEN Connect, Virtual Learning Forum on June 9, 2020. More details to follow.

  • Winners will be mailed trophies and finalists will receive their certificates via mail.
  • Winners and finalists will be highlighted in a special digital issue of LTEN Focus on Training magazine in late summer
  • Winners will also be recognized with:
      • Acknowledgment on L-TEN.org website, LTENconference.com and LTENconnect.com, across all LTEN social media and the LTEN member app
      • Email announcement and press releases
  • All awards participants will also be invited to give a poster presentation.
  • 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

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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 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.

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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. If you’d like to join for $199 annually, click here.

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Will finalists be required to attend the conference?

  • The event is being hosted virtually this year. No physical attendance is required.

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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 be present a poster which will be hosted at the virtual event, LTEN Connect. After the LTEN Connect virtual forum, we will feature 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 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 cgaudet@L-TEN.org with special requests.

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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.

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If I have any additional questions who shall I contact?

For questions about the nominations process or other questions about the awards process not answered here, please email Christine Gaudet at cgaudet@L-TEN.org.

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