Earn Strategic Planning and Management professional certification and credentials from the International Association for Strategy Professionals.

LBL Strategies is the ONLY certified Veteran-Owned Small Business providing training to prepare for professional certification in strategy management. We are here to help you navigate the funding and application process for your specific branch.


Mastering Strategy: Strategic Management Performance System (SMPS)


The Mastering Strategy: Strategic Management Performance System Certification Program (SMPS), is offered in association with the George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, part of the College of Professional Studies. Endorsed by the Baldridge Foundation, this course is an intensive, hands-on Continuing Professional Education program for military members who are looking to obtain strategy management certification and credentials, by building their skill sets in the management of strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.

This program equips you with the skills you need to succeed by:

  • Learning effective strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation practices
  • Learning how to lead strategic planning efforts
  • Bridging the gap between planning and execution principles and practical tools to guide agile planning and decision making.
  • Preparing you for the International Association for Strategy Professionals (IASP) certification
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"Often, our cumulative military experiences are well-understood within military circles, but when trying to relate ourplanning, strategy, and leadership skills to new employers, we face a translation wall, as strategy is frequently used to achieve a task or complete an operation. However, with shifting priorities, we often neglect the strategic management of our organizations which would apply a set of processes and competencies to specify goals, then develop and manage initiatives to attain these goals, and determine the long-run performance of an organization." 

U.S. Army

"The “Mastering Strategy” Strategic Management Performance System course provided me with both the theory and practice of what it takes to devise a coherent, executable strategy. As a member of the DoD, I see great value in applying this knowledge to shape the strategic direction of my organization and implement, execute, and assess both the long-term strategy and strategic operating plan. The course work, case studies, and templates all were very helpful in getting ready for the International Association for Strategy Professionals “Strategic Planning Professional” (SPP) certification process. Lastly, the professional cadre was very helpful and provided the individual attention to promptly answer every question I had about the content, and process, and contributed greatly to my success in the course."

Major Brett Butler
U.S. Army

“The GWU/LBL SMPS course was one of the best decisions I made! I learned several concepts and techniques that I have applied way before the course ended. I had many light bulb moments for some of the challenges I was trying to solve on my strategic management journey. Support throughout the course was phenomenal and addition of best practices and lessons learned added great value for me. Thank you!”

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Myrna Mckenzie
Senior Innovation Specialist
Wounded Warrior Project

“Encouraging participation across the groups to gain a broader perspective for my organization and applying the strategies to the realities of my organization.”

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Tom Conaway
Strategic Officer for Business Operations
U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

“Wow, this course exceeded my expectations and more. I’ve taken numerous strategy courses over my career, and this one is by far the most comprehensive of useful knowledge, skills, and tools that can be readily applied to the real world. The instructors are top notch, combining expertise, experience, and humor to make for an engaging class experience.”

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Cheryl Christopher
Strategic Advisor
U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

“The Mastering Strategy Program provided a comprehensive framework (Strategic Management Performance System) to think about strategy as a discipline starting with assessing the needs to strategy formulation, execution and performance management.”

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Naseem Saiyed
Deputy Director for Strategy

“The program was great! Very thorough the amount of material and the tools provided exceeded expectations.”

Tom Cavaness
Planning and Policy Specialist
American Battle Monuments Commission

Courses Offered

Earn certification from George Washington University-CEPL in the SMPS Framework.

Online Live Boot Camp 

10 half-day course provides in-depth interactions with instructors and peers. Includes handbook and a case study for breakout exercises. 

Live Online

10-week online course provides access to live instructors, students and discussion forums. Includes e-copy toolkit and textbook. 

Self-Paced Online

If you can’t attend our live course, we offer the same material, taught via e-learning modules that you can access and study at your own pace. 

Simple Three-Step Process

  • Step 1

    Decide which program is right for you and/or organization and request course quote.

    Request Course Quote Now

  • Step 2

    Work with your organization and their process to request funding.

    Request Funding

  • Step 3

    Once funding has been approved, contact LBL Strategies again to schedule the course.

    Schedule Course

Funding Options

For more information on funding options and available programs, select your service portal below.


Upcoming Events

Annual Conferences, Monthly Webinars, and Member only Meetings and Events.

Mentorship Programs

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Networking Opportunities

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