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Apply for Awards

2020 Awards Application Process

Entries accepted until October 10, 2020 at 12:00 midnight ET

Click on the button for the selected category in order to enter an Awards submission. You will first be asked to create an account and register. You will then be able to select your submission category from the drop-down menu.  Using the Awards Submission Workbook, complete the respective submission form. On each form, you will be asked to score your submission with a numerical value and to provide evidence of the key outputs by noting the page number and section of your submission. You can also include brief additional comments. When finished completing the online form, you will upload your PDF document supporting your submission. You can use the same login information for multiple submissions and all will appear on your dashboard.

For each submission in each category, the respective Awards entry fee must be paid to be considered.  When you have completed the online form and uploaded the PDF submission file, submit the final version and add it to your cart. You will then be brought to the payment page. Each submission costs $350 + tax. If submitting an application for multiple categories, fill in each respective form and then after submitting each final version you can pay for all of the submissions in your cart at once. You can pay using a major credit card. For instructions on sending the video for the Learner Impact Award, please see page 18-19 of the  2020 Awards Submission Workbook.




Q1: How much detail should I put in the online form and how does it relate to the PDF document?

A1: For the online form, the idea is to reference the page of your PDF document where the PDF provides evidence of the criteria for the key output. For example, the PDF document sets out a complete description of a learning experience you designed, to be entered for consideration in the Designing Learning Experiences category.  The PDF document gives a detailed description of how you conducted the design analysis, established the learning objectives and evaluation, created the detailed design, and developed the materials. In your description of the creation of the detailed design, you might refer to how you determined the delivery channels and what factors you took into consideration.  All of this detail is contained in the PDF and in the online form, you are asked to score yourself on how well you achieved this key output. Let’s assume you did very well – enter a score of “5”.  Then, you would type in the page number or numbers of the PDF where the judge can find the details of this consideration of the best delivery channels. Let’s assume that discussion appears on pages 23-25 of your PDF. You would write in the comments box: “Section 3, Detailed Design, pages 23-25”.  Then, if you deem necessary, you have the opportunity to include an additional comment, such as: “Appendix with comparison chart of various delivery methods considered is on page 95”.  Your information in the comment boxes in the online form should be concise and to the point. The detailed description of the training or learning experience created is all in the PDF.  Judges will review both documents.

Q2: Will my submission automatically be considered for both the Standard of Achievement Award and the Award of Excellence?

A2: If you wish to apply for the Award of Excellence in addition to the Standard of Achievement, you need to attach an abstract to your PDF, following the abstract instructions in the workbook, and possibly another relevant document, e.g., an endorsement received or learner testimonials. 

Q3: How do I submit a video for the Learner Impact Award?

A3: You can submit the video through  and send it to, making sure to reference your own name and unique submission number (obtained when you click to make the final submission).  Detailed instructions are in the  2020 Awards Submission Workbook.

Q4: Is there a maximum number of awards given for each category?

A4: There is no maximum number of awards for the DLE and DC categories. The judges decide on a merit basis alone whether an award is to be granted – based on the total score .

Q5: How do I score my submission?

A5: Only score the competency assessment criteria, not the sub-competencies or individual key outputs. Write your score in the box. For example, under the box for Key Output 1a : Confirm learning will address the identified performance gap(s), you would write:

"Score on 1. Conduct design analysis: 5" 

And then list the pages giving the evidence for each of the key outputs, for example:

1a - see evidence in: Page 10, section 1 and Page 11, chart 1.2 

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