The NHQ Professional Development page Complete
details about CAP's professional development program are available
through CAPR 50-17, CAP Senior Member Professional Development
The first step to take as a CAP senior member is to complete Level
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.
Completing Level One earns you the membership ribbon and completes
one of the eligibility requirements for promotion (see CAPR 35-5 for
promotion criteria). Talk with your mentor or commander if you have
any questions about Level One.
Professional Development Program Overview:
For more than 50 years Civil
Air Patrol has been serving the nation thru its programs of
Aerospace Education, Emergency Services and Youth Development. In
order for Civil Air Patrol to complete its missions it requires an
informed, and active Senior Membership.
The Officer Professional
Development Program is
structured much like the Air Force officer's lifetime career
progression. Adults begin as a 'Officer Member' in a five
level training program , each of which is associated with
educational growth, skill acquisition and upgrade, awards, and
promotions. The five training levels are as follows:
Level I - Introduction
Level II - Technical Training
Level III - Management
Level IV - Command and Staff
Level V - Executive
Officers can participate in many of the same activities as the
cadets. In addition to this there are several other training options
available to Officer members. Officer members may participate in such
training options as:
Squadron Officer School (SOS)
Air Command and Staff College (ACSC)
Air War College (AWC)
AFRCC CAP Mission Coordinator Course
Region Staff College
National Staff College
Officer members are also eligible to take several AFIADL Courses thru
the Air Force's Air University. Members as part of their training
select a specialty training area to specialize in. These specialty
tracks as they are called cover the material, training, and
experience one needs to become a leader in their respective area.
The following are the available specialty tracks for Officer members:
Requirements for becoming a Officer Member:
* Possess the desire, willingness, and capability to promote
the objectives and purposes of the Civil Air Patrol.
* Must be at least 18 Years old. Active duty members of the
Armed Forces can join the CAP as a Officer member at any age.
* Must be a United States citizen or alien lawfully admitted
for permanent residence in the U.S.
* No Felony conviction by any court of record whether
federal, state, or military.
* No pattern of arrests and/or convictions including but not
limited to sex offenses, child abuse, driving under the influence of
alcohol or an illegal substance, dishonesty and violence.
* If you were previously in the active duty military, you
must have been discharged under honorable conditions.
* Must complete background check by local & federal law