Senior members who volunteer their time to support cadets are encouraged to participate in an optional self-paced training program, the "Cadet Programs Officer Specialty Track" found in CAP Pamphlet 216.
The program includes on-line tests to ensure students fulfill the training objectives.
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Auditing the Tests
Anyone may take the on-line tests at anytime.
Taking the Tests for Credit
Senior member students may take the on-line test corresponding to the rating they are working toward for credit once their trainer or unit commander is satisfied that they have met the specialty track's knowledge requirements. See CAPP 216 for details.
Credit for passing the test is awarded by unit commanders only if students follow the procedures described above. Tests may not be "banked" -- a member may not test ahead of their next specialty track rating and apply those passing test scores to the specialty track's requirements later on. For example, technician-rated senior members may receive credit only for the senior rating test; later, after earning the senior rating, they may attempt the master rating test for credit. This requirement is necessary because specialty tracks are designed to train senior members in up-to-date CAP polices and practices, which are constantly evolving.
All three on-line tests for this specialty track -- Technician, Senior, and Master -- are 20-question, open-book, and multiple-choice. There is no time limit. Questions are based on the rating's knowledge requirements, as listed in CAPP 216. The passing score for each test is 80%. Tests are available only on-line. Members who lack Internet access and want to take the test(s) should visit a local library with public Internet access, or borrow a friend's computer. Otherwise, contact us for help!
Recording a Passing Score
Upon passing, the test software will generate a certificate of completion. Students should print the certificate and give a copy to their trainer or unit commander. See "Recording Ratings and Earning Awards" in CAPP 216 for details.
Students who fail the test may re-take it on another date.
Request the badge using CAPF 2a. (Procedures may vary depending on the wing.)
For details on what is required to attain each rating in the Cadet Programs specialty track, see CAPP 216.
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CP Officer Specialty Track
CADET PROGRAMS BADGE
As approved by the National Board, the Cadet Programs specialty badge recognizes senior member volunteer service in the Cadet Program.
The badge may be worn by senior members who have attained a technician rating in the Cadet Programs specialty track. Its design is modeled on the cadet officer service cap device.
There are three variations of the Cadet Programs specialty badge:
Blue Star: The basic badge is equipped with a blue star and denotes attainment of the technician rating.
Bronze Star: When affixed with a bronze star, the badge denotes attainment of the senior rating.
Silver Star: When affixed with a silver star, the badge denotes attainment of the master rating.