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                 VCM Certification Program FAQ's






DPS Exception to Credit Card Payment Restrictions

DPS/VIP has been given an exception by the Department of Accounts on using a P-Card to pay for training. With this exception, P-Cards can be used to pay for class registration.


"The purpose of the P-Card is to reduce administrative efforts and provide cost savings for the Commonwealth in general; therefore, given the description of the process and the effort (and money) that would be required for DPS/DGS to accept IAT’s given the volume of attendees, an exception is granted to the current SPCC Topic 20355, item IAT for State Classes & Services dated December 2004."


Directions to DPS: 1111 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219 - 804 786-3842 (DPS Main)
804-225-4058 (VIP)


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Do I make my own hotel arrangements?

Yes.  Here are some places nearby:

  • Crowne Plaza - (804) 788-0900
  • Hampton Inn Downtown (804) 643-5400
  • Sheraton Park South Hotel - (804) 323-1144
  • Marriott Hotel - (804) 643-3400
  • Holiday Inn Express Downtown - (804) 788-1600
  • Hilton Garden Inn- (804) 344-4300
  • Omni Hotel - (804) 344-7000
  • The Berkley Hotel- (804) 648-4728



Public Parking:

Public Parking is available at 7th & Marshall, 8th & Marshall and on 8th between East Grace St and Franklin. Public parking can cost from $12 – 15/per day.


DPS is located in the Patrick Henry building on the east-bound side of Broad Street between 11th & 12th Streets at 1111 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Entrance is on the Capitol Square side of the building. The training room is located in the East Reading Room on the first floor.



Visitor or Handicap Parking:

Request for visitor/handicap parking will be accommodated on a space available basis. To be considered for this parking, the request must be submitted to the DGS Parking Services Office. Only DGS Parking Services Office may authorize parking for the Patrick Henry Building.  Contact or 804.786.5675.




What about food?

A continental breakfast will be provided on the first day and lunch on both Fridays.  Coffee and water are available daily.  There is a vending machine in the basement if you prefer a soda.


There are lunch carts and restaurants close by that offer a wide variety of options to fit most every lunch preference or you can bring your lunch and use our refrigerator.


  • Merriwether's: in the Capitol Building
  • Padow's: 1st Floor City Hall – 9th & Broad St
  • Cafe on the 1st floor in the State Library, 8th & Broad St
  • Garden Café: 12th Street across from MCV Ambulatory Bldg.
  • Chick-Fil-A & Subway: Inside MCV Marshall St 1st floor
  • Wendy's: Inside MCV at street level
  • Einstein's Bagels: Inside MCV at street level
  • Lunch Carts In front of MCV


Inclement Weather/Closings

Classes will not be held when state offices are closed for bad weather. We will reschedule your class, or transfer your registration to another available date. Classes will start 2 hours late on "Late Opening" days, otherwise classes are from 8:30 -4:30 Check the DHRM website for updates on inclement weather days.



What is the attendance requirement?

Participants are expected to attend the entire VCM program.  Small-group work and group dynamics are adversely affected by sporadic attendance.  Those who miss more than a total of one day during week one will not receive a VCM certificate.  No absences are allowed during week two.



What is the dress code?

Business casual is appropriate for class, although business dress is recommended for the challenge presentation on the last day.  The temperature in the classrooms may vary so please dress accordingly.



Perfume, cologne, aftershave?

Please refrain from wearing scented perfume, etc., in consideration of other classmates.



What is the protocol for the mobile devices?

A laptop will be provided to each team.  Please do not bring your own laptop because there isn’t room on the work tables for everyone to bring one.  An IPad is acceptable for taking notes or research.  Cell phones should be turned off during class and only answered during breaks.



What is the daily schedule?

The morning session starts at 8:30 am, lunch is usually from ll:30 am – 12:30 pm.  The day generally ends at 4:30 pm.



May my boss attend the presentation on the last day?

Yes.  We will need to know by Monday of that week for lunch planning purposes on Friday.