Professional Development


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 R50-17, 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.

What do you want to do now?

  1. Starting point for new members (click here).
  2. See the paperwork required to document training, promotion, and PD achievements  (click here).
  3. Final words (click here).
  4. Anything else: contact your squadron PDO or the wing DPD (click here).

New Members Start Here:

[Note:  Strictly speaking, only completion of the requirements for Levels I-V are considered part of Professional Development. The other requirements and training listed below are necessary to participate in specific CAP activities. Decide which requirements you need to complete based on your CAP participation goals. That said, if you can complete steps 1-10 in your first three weeks, and step 11 the next week, you are REALLY on the fast track!]

  1. With your membership, you should have received a copy of  the CAP pamphlet P7, CAP Member Fast Start Handbook. If not, print it here. It will be used later.
  2. As soon as you get a CAP membership number (CAPID), go here and select Level I. Complete, in sequence, each step described below. THIS TRAINING SHOULD BE COMPLETED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. When that training has been completed, you will have completed Level I. You will be promoted from Senior Member to 2nd Lieutenant upon completion of Level I and six months as a Senior Member. Here is what is covered in Level I:
    • Set up your CAP eServices account
    • Complete OPSEC training
    • Complete the Basic Safety Course
    • Complete Cadet Protection Program Training (CPPT)
    • Complete Equal Opportunity Training
    • Complete the Foundations Course
  3. Complete GES training (CAPT 116 & 117) and exams here (several hours).
  4. After Level I completion has been posted in eServices, go to step 14 below now and choose a Specialty Track*.
*The importance of choosing a specialty track early cannot be overemphasized. Refer to the Fast Start Handbook for a description of specialty tracks. Ask your unit commander or Professional Development officer to enter your specialty track into eServices as soon as you have chosen one. Obtain the Specialty Track Guide for your specialty track and begin completing the requirements for the first level, Technician. You may have many specialty tracks, but you must have AT LEAST ONE in which you plan to advance from Technician to Senior to Master.
  1. Sign up for your SC Paperless Wing account here.
  2. Get a CAP driver's license (SCWG Form 01--on the SC Paperless Wing ).
    • Login
    • Go to Document Library, SCWG Forms
  3. Complete GES training (CAPT 116 & 117) and exams here (several hours).
  4. Complete the Ground Handling Video on eServices here (about fifteen minutes).
    • Login
    • Click on CAP Multimedia, Video Courses
  5. Complete Skills Evaluator Training (SET) and exam here (about half an hour).
  6. Complete Aerospace Education Training for Senior Members (AEPSM) and exam here (several hours).
  7. As time permits, complete the remaining two Safety courses and all three ORM courses here (about an hour or less each).
  8. Complete FEMA IS100, IS200, IS700, and IS800 here (one hour or more per course).
  9. Complete Communications (ROA) classroom training (one day--offered by the SC Wing when available).
  10. Complete Mission Scanner (MS) classroom training (two days--offered by the SC Wing when available).
  11. Go here and select Level II. Complete each step described below. You should complete this training within a year of completing Level I, so start right away and complete it as you have time. You will be promoted to Captain upon completion of Level II and twelve months as a 1st Lieutenant. Here is what is covered in Level II:
    • Choose a Specialty Track (if not completed in step 4 above).
    • Complete the CAP Officer Basic Course.
    • Complete the Squadron Leadership School (SLS).
  12. At this point you are well on your way. Return to the CAP University link here to continue your progress in the CAP for Levels III, IV, and V.  There is also specialized training available for specific CAP activities such as cadet programs, aerial photography, aerospace education, and chaplains, to name a few.

Processes and Paperwork

  1. Most on-line test scores are automatically captured by eServices. Level I and classroom courses are recorded using CAP form F11.
  2. Progression through the CAP PD Levels II-V are recorded using CAP form F24.
  3. Promotions are recorded using CAP form F2.
  4. Electronic forms are strongly preferred. Except for signatures on financial forms, e-signatures are acceptable. Almost any format that identifies the signer is acceptable. Here is an example:  //e-signed// John W. Doe, Major.
  5. Duty positions and specialty track assignments are entered into eServices by the unit commander, or the PD officer and then approved by the unit commander.

Final Words

It helps to take training as soon as it is available, whether it is required immediately for your next promotion or CAP activity, or another promotion down the line. The sooner you complete it, the farther along your career track you will be, and the less you will have to complete on short notice before your next promotion or to participate in selected CAP activities. Also, some requirements, such as specialty track achievements, cannot be completed back-to-back.

After the completion of Level I, the CAP has provisions for appointments and promotions other than for duty performance described above. These include special appointments (e.g., for prior military service), mission-related skills (e.g., for commercial pilots), and professional appointments (e.g., for legal or medical training).  These are described inR35-5.  If you qualify for promotion through one of these channels, you should still participate in CAP Professional Development training at least through Level II in order to be well-rounded and well-grounded in the CAP.  Also, subsequent promotions still require the PD level achievements described in Appendix 1 of R50-17.

One warning: Don't hesitate to say "NO" when you need to. Every member in the CAP faces and understands the same demands and respects the need for limitations on your time. Don't get burned out from spreading yourself too thin; that doesn't do you or the CAP any good.

And lastly:

  • YOU must manage your Professional Development in the CAP. Don't wait for someone to tell you what to do next.
  • Be sure your CAP personnel file contains documentation of your training and achievements. Not everything will be recorded in eServices.

If you have any questions or need help, ask your squadron Professional Development Officer (PDO) or the SCWG Director of Professional Development:

James L. Freeman               or               2nd Lt. Katrina Thompson
(864) 933-5046                                     (843) 368-5052
jameslfreeman@msn.com                      katrina.a.thompson@usmc.mil
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