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Professional Development Levels

The CAP Professional Development is  a program to develop senior members to become well-rounded and well-grounded in CAP organization and activities. The requirements for professional development are described in CAPR 50-17, and summarized in Attachment 1 of that document. Refer to Attachment 1 to assess your progress and determine the next step.

As you progress through the CAP Professional Development program, the more valuable you will become to the CAP and the more satisfaction you will derive from your participation in the CAP.  This Professional Development summary is based on regulations that may change.  All members should always reference the latest CAP regulation by following the link provided.

LEVEL I – Orientation

Level One provides you with the foundations of Civil Air Patrol missions, policies and opportunities for service. To complete Level One of Civil Air Patrol’s professional development program, you will need to complete the following:

a. The CAP Foundations Course.
b. Online Cadet Protection Program Training (CPPT).
c. Online Operations Security (OPSEC) Awareness Training
d.  Equal Opportunity Training
e.  Intro to CAP Safety for New Members

Completing Level One earns you the membership ribbon and completes one of the eligibility requirements for promotion.  To get started visit the Online Level I information page.

LEVEL II – Technical Training

a.  You will need to complete the Officers Basic Course (OBC).
b.  You will need to achieve a Technician rating in one CAP Specialty Track.
c. You will complete the Squadron Leadership School (SLS).

Upon completing these requirements, you will earn the Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Award.

LEVEL III – Management

a. You will complete the Corporate Learning Course (CLC).
b.  You will become senior rated in a specialty track, ,
c.  Serve in a staff or command assignment for at least one year
d.  Attend two major conferences and
e.  Earn the Brig General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Award

At the completion of this level, you will earn the Grover Leoning Award and the Loening ribbon.

LEVEL IV – Command and Staff

a.  You will complete Region Staff College (RSC) or a military equivalent.
b  You will become master rated in a specialty track,
c.  Serve as a director or a staff member in a wing, region, national course or conference,
d.  Serve in a staff or command assignment for at least two years.
e.  Complete one of the following:
1) Prepare and deliver a CAP-related presentation to a non-CAP group.
2) Conduct a hands-on unit aerospace education program,  or an external aerospace education classroom program.

At the completion of this level, you will earn the Paul Garber Award and Garber ribbon.

LEVEL V – Executive

To complete this level and earn the Gill Robb Wilson Award and Wilson ribbon, you will serve as a staff member in a region or national level course (or director of a wing level course), conduct a Level One Program in your squadron, and serve in a staff or command assignment for at least three years.

a.  You will complete National Staff College (NSC) or a military equivalent.
b  Mentor a junior officer or NSCO through the Technician’s rating in a specialty track.
c.  Serve in a director or staff member capacity in a CAP approved course (reference CAPR 50-17, Attach 4).
d.  Serve in a staff or command assignment for at least three years.

At the completion of this level, you will earn the Gill Robb Wilson Award and Wilson ribbon.

For all awards see CAPR 50-17 for details on these requirements.

Training Opportunities

AU A4/6: USAF Distance Learning (DL) Courses
AFIADL provides CAP members with opportunities to increase their professional development through on-line and correspondence coursework. Learning is self-paced, with CAP volunteers setting their own schedule and educational goals. AFIADL courses are designed for both self-study and group-study.

Civil Air Patrol University

Civil Air Patrol On-line Courses & Exams

FEMA Independent Study

Civil Air Patrol Ribbon Order Checker

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