Important Professional Development News!
On-line Exam Server Maintenance
(6 Apr 12)
Due to major system maintenance, the server for the on-line exams will be unavailable from 9–11 April 2012. During this time you will not be able to access or take an exam. The system should be up and running again on 12 April 2012. We apologize for the inconvenience but believe this will result in better access to the exams.
The ACTIV2E Leadership Model is here!
(23 Feb 12)
The “ACTIV2E” leadership model provides guidance and techniques to assist Civil Air Patrol leaders with their efforts to effectively develop, coach, empower and lead their organizations, staffs and teams to higher levels of performance. This superb leadership tool is now being made available to CAP members. You can find the ACTIV2E leadership model posted in the “CAP University” website or click here for a direct link to the “ACTIV2E” leadership model.
Make the Most of Your Meeting Time!
(25 Jan 12)
A dedicated meeting schedule is one of the simplest, yet most effective ways to control your meeting and make it enjoyable. A little foresight, imagination, and planning is all you need to make your meeting more productive and fun. When planning and scheduling a meeting, there are several things to keep in mind. Click here for a link to superb guidance on meeting planning.
The new CAP Commander's Guide (CAPP 50-1) is here!!! (23 Aug 11)
The new “CAP Commanders Guide” (CAPP 50-1) is available to all now!!! This pocket size, spiral bound, pamphlet with rugged waterproof pages has been developed to assist CAP squadron commanders in the performance of their duties, and as such incorporates information deemed useful to CAP commanders pertaining to their duties and responsibilities. While targeted at new squadron commanders it is made available to all CAP members. The information in this pamphlet will prove useful to current and potential commanders, staff officers and leaders at all levels. It is now available through Vanguard…get yours today by clicking here!!!
The new Unit Commanders Course has arrived!
(18 Aug 11)
The new Unit Commanders Course (UCC) is here! It’s completely updated and ready for use at your next UCC. The time is right for wings and groups to offer this critical leadership course to its current and potential squadron & group commanders. You can find the new UCC posted in the “CAP University” website located on the “On-line Courses & Exams” webpage or click here to go directly to the new UCC.
Organizational Excellence 2.0
(28 Jun 11)
Organizational Excellence 2.0 launches on 1 August! An exciting program gets even better… OE 2.0 provides clearer guidance for the program managers and committees, and more opportunities for growth and success for the candidates. Watch the web site at this link for updates on launch progress and for new tools to administer the program and spread the word!
National Staff College 2011
(14 Jun 11)
National Staff College (NSC) is the capstone course in professional development. NSC 2011 will be held from 15-22 Oct 11 this year at Maxwell AFB, AL. Attendance at National Staff College is restricted to those members who hold the grade of Major (or above), who have completed CAP's Region Staff College (or equivalent), and who have the endorsement of their wing commander. Applications are being accepted now. Deadline to apply is: 20 Sep 11. For more information and to apply to NSC 2011 click here.
AU Blackboard 9.1 Conversion
(8 Jun 11)
The Air University Blackboard Learning Management System server will be taken offline beginning at approximately 0001 Eastern Time on Monday 20 June 2011 for a software conversion. Although we expect that the work could be completed in as little as 24 hours, there is some possibility that it may take longer. Therefore, students should save in advance any course materials they would like to access during the week of 20 June.
This outage will impact access to all of the SOC distance learning course materials.
The Leadership Development Program (LDP) course exams will not be functional during the conversion. That is, students and staff at Test Control Facilities will not be able to access exams for the Expeditionary Leadership, Flight Commander, Officer Development, or Organizational Leadership self-paced courses.Please plan accordingly.
This outage will not impact testing for SOS Course 20, although course materials for study purposes will not be available.
Once again, be advised that access to study materials and LDP testing within Blackboard will be unavailable on 20 June 2011 and possibly for as long as several days afterward.
AU Registrar Office
The "Basic Instructor Course" is here!
(5 May 11)
There is now a way to obtain basic teaching principles and aids through a new course, the CAP Basic Instructor Course. The CAP Basic Instructor Course presents basic teaching principles and their application in CAP. It also discusses various teaching methods and techniques and ways to evaluate learning. Derived from the Air Force Guidebook for Air Force Instructors, the course provides practical information needed for any CAP member interested in learning more about teaching adults and adolescents. While it applies to most educational situations, the emphasis is on a military setting similar to that found in Civil Air Patrol.
Completion of the CAP Basic Instructor Course will show up in your PD training section of eservices upon satisfactory completion of an end of course quiz.
Click on this “Basic Instructor Course” linkto take the course or you can also find it on the CAP University website.
AU Blackboard downtime scheduled 25 April
(25 Apr 11)
Beginning at midnight (0001) Monday, 25 April, Air University's Blackboard Learning Management System servers will be removed from service in order to relocate the courseware to new servers and upgrade the operating system.
Although this outage probably will last as little as a few hours, there is an outside chance that it could last as much as two days. Students should assure that when possible, they have the study materials they need saved.
Exams for SOS DL Course 20 will be available for students to take during this downtime. However, exams for the Leadership Development Program, which are stored in Blackboard, will not be available for administration.
AU Registrar Office
Chaplain Specialty Track Updated
(7 Apr 11)
The new chaplain pamphlets (CAPP 221, A, B, C) are posted on the capmembers.com website. For a direct link to CAP pamphlets click here.
PD Resource for granting College Credit for CAP PD Courses
(8 Mar 11)
For the PD Resource for granting college credit to for CAP PD Courses click here.
Military Salute Letter to all CAP Members!
(18 Feb 11)
For all CAP Members: Please see the military salute letter located at this link click here.
Region Staff College (RSC) Course Schedules are Available Now!
(10 Feb 11)
The 2011 RSC class dates and contact information are posted on the CAP University webpage. For a direct link to RSC schedules click here.
Air University News "The Wright Stuff" is Available
(24 Jan 11)
The current issue of The Air University's The Wright Stuff (Vol 6, Issue 2, dated 20 January 2011) can be accessed through CAP University's link titled Links to PD Resourses or at: http://www.au.af.mil/au/aunews
Please provide feedback by writing The Wright Stuff staff at: http://www.au.af.mil/mailer/index.asp?TWS
Also, please let AU know if you have difficulties with any of the links contained in The Wright Stuff. In this issue:
- AETC Symposium
- Announcement Regarding C2 Conference
- Gene Kamena on a leader’s humor
- Mark Stout on the military-industrial complex
- Joint Task Force Airmen saving lives
- Tim Kane on why some of our best leaders are leaving the service
- Film review by Dr. Bob Norton
- And much more!
Air War College Temporarily Suspended
(4 Jan 11)
Due to some challenges at the Air University level, Air War College testing in all formats will be suspended from 6-20 January. Air War College is the only course affected. AU apologizes for the inconvenience and we will keep you posted on any further information we receive.
New CAPP 50-10, Posted
(9 Dec 10)
New...CAPP 50-10, 9 Dec 10, New Horizons-Guide for Cadet to Senior Member Transition.
Click here for CAPP 50-10
New Level I Requirement Added
(7 Sep 10)
The "Introduction to CAP Safety Program for New Members" has been added to the Level I: Foundations requirements; effective immediately. Click here for Level I Requirements.
National Staff College
(8 Jun 10)
National Staff College (NSC) for 2010 will be conducted October 16-24, at Maxwell AFB in beautiful Montgomery, AL, home of CAP's National Headquarters. Click here for an informational brochure and the NSC application.
Important AWC DL Test Administration Procedures
(3 Jun 10)
TO: ALL TEST CONTROL FACILITIES (TCFs):
FROM: HQ AU/CFR
SUBJECT: AWC DL Testing
Below is the process to administer an AWC DL examination:
- Ensure you have an AU Portal/AUSIS Account
o To create an account, go to: https://ausis.maxwell.af.mil/SIS/app
o Read the AWC Login guide
o Follow the instructions to create an account
- Ensure student has:
o Selected the correct TCF on the “My Info” page of their AUSIS student record
o Nominated the TCF as their test monitor on their “View Progress” page of their AUSIS student record
- Test Monitor enters AUSIS and accesses the “Students Awaiting Tests” report, change the “FROM” date at the top of the report to one year earlier than the current date, and click the “Go” button. Enter the unlock code when prompted in AUSIS.
NOTE: If you see the student’s name but not the unlock code, the student has not successfully nominated your TCF as their test monitor. If you have any questions concerning this process, please contact AWC Student Operations at DSN 493-6093, commercial (334) 953-6093, or email to email@example.com.
Mentorship...the time is now!
(2 Jun 10)
Mentoring programs help new volunteers do the right thing by exposing them to senior members that know how to do the right thing. This helps the new volunteer perform more effectively and gives them more satisfaction. Mentoring really is something that can benefit everyone. As well as helping the mentee develop and advance, the mentor can also gain extra skills, understanding, and a friend from this important partnership.
Did you know that Dwight Eisenhower was not considered competitive enough to get into the Army's Command and General Staff College? Thanks to a special leader who saw potential in Eisenhower and invested significant time mentoring him, Eisenhower was put on track and our nation received the benefits of his superb leadership. Click this link to read more.
Mentoring is vital to an organizations long term success!
AU's On-line Course System is Temporarily Down
(2 Jun 10)
Air University's on-line course system is temporarily down due to database problems. This problem affects all AU supplied courses and includes all actions pertaining to AU's on-line courses (registration, material mail-outs, testing, etc.) We will post a follow-up message on this page when AU has resolved this issue.
CLC & SLS On-line
(27 May 10)
On-line CLC & SLS are now available! On-line CLC & SLS are open to all eligible candidates who would not otherwise be able to attend in residence. To register for either course click this link which takes you to the On-line Courses & Exams page in CAP University. Please note that the primary method of completing CLC & SLS is in residence and the on-line option is primarily for those who cannot attend in residence.
Professional Development Library Catalog Released
(27 Jan 10)
PD has just released a Professional Development Catalog of DVDs on popular management, leadership, and interpersonal communication subjects. These DVDs can be used to augment senior leadership education at any training level, and are ideal for use at SLS, CLC, UCC, RSC, and other schools. They can also be used during commanders calls and as seminar subjects at wing conferences. Interested? Go to the Links to PD Resources page to find the "Professional Development Library Catalog" and find out what's available for your course!
(12 Jan 10)
It’s January again and that means it’s time for all TCOs to review their testing procedures in preparation for another great year of testing. For your convenience we’ve provided this link to current TCO procedural information. TCOs please click here to start your review.
(30 Dec 09)
Due to overwhelming demand for the Officer Basic Course and the need for members to complete their Level II training, as an alternative, ADL-13 enrollments will be now be accepted through normal AU A4/6 channels until Midnight 30 June 2010.
Of course, if you wish to enroll in the Officer Basic Course you are free to do so, but be aware that we are now filling the 1 July class. Please consider both alternatives when planning your Level II progression.
(16 Dec 09)
Classes are filled through 15 MAY 2010, future requests will be placed in the 1 July class until filled. If unable to submit registration form, please send name, CAP ID, and e-mail address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
OBC is Here!
(8 Dec 09)
The Wait Is Over!
CAP Officer Basic Course (OBC) Replaces ADL-13 Beginning 1 January 2010
RESERVE YOUR SLOT NOW!
For OBC Enrollment information: click here
Due to the overwhelming interest and registrations we have received, our on-line team is receiving inquires faster than they are able to answer them. We have dedicated the entire on-line team to this effort until the inflow becomes more manageable. Please be patient...they are pedaling as fast as they can. Thank you.
(note added to above announcement: 10 Dec 09)
CAPP 204 (Posted!)
(7 Dec 09)
CAPP 204 (posted): CAPP 204 Professional Development Officer Specialty Track Study Guide dated 7 Dec 09 is posted. It is available through this link or go to the Indexes, Regulations, and Manuals page in the gocivilairpatrol .com website.
CAPR 50-17 (Updated!)
(22 Sep 09)
CAPR 50-17 (updated): An updated version of CAPR 50-17 CAP Senior Member Professional Development Program dated 22 Sep 09 is posted. It is available through this link or go to the Indexes, Regulations, and Manuals page in the gocivilairpatrol .com website.
SLS On-line (for Chaplains)
(31 Aug 09)
On-line SLS: Now available to chaplains. Chaplains may register through this link or go to the On-line Courses & Exams page in CAPUniversity. On-line SLS will soon be open to all eligible candidates who would not otherwise be able to attend in residence. Please note that the primary method of completing SLS is in residence and the on-line option is primarily for those who can not attend in residence.
ECI-00013 Course Registration Suspension Notice
(18 Aug 09)
For newly registered students: If you have received a post card from AU A4/6 indicating that ECI-00013 has been suspended, what this means is that they have temporarily run out of ECI materials to send out and have temporarily suspended your registration until the materials arrive for distribution. When the materials arrive, they will immediately mail them out to you and assign a new registration date consistent with the date that the materials were mailed out to you. AU A4/6 regrets any inconvenience this delay may cause and is very appreciative of your patience.
Easy to Remember web routes to PD Training Levels I-V
(17 Aug 09)
New training level aliases (web addresses) are now available. Just type capmembers.com + /one-five in your web browser to get to the PD training level you want.
Level I: capmembers.com/one
Level II: capmembers.com/two
Level III: capmembers.com/three
Level IV: capmembers.com/four
Level V: capmembers.com/five
The above web aliases are provided as easy to remember ways to get straight to the various PD training levels you desire. Best of luck to you in your training!
Update on Replacement for AFIADL-13, CAP Senior Officer Course
(1 Jun 09)
By now, most of you have heard that CAP is working on a replacement course for AFIADL-13, CAP Senior Officer Course. As of June 1, progress is going well, and we project standing up the new course, CAP Officer Basic Course, at the end of 2009.
You may have heard two rumors going around: the first is that AFIADL-13 is not longer being offered by Air University; and the second is that completion of AFIADL-13 is being waived until the new course launches. Neither of these rumors are true. Air University is still enrolling students in the course, and completion of the course is still required for completion of Level II, and is still one of the choices cadets have to complete Phase IV. As the development of the new Officer Basic Course advances, we'll keep you updated. In the meantime, please don't be afraid to enroll students in AFIADL-13. We'd hate to see members slow their own progress waiting for the new course. While members have a year to complete it, it doesn't really take a year to complete it. If AFIADL-13 is the only stopping block to attaining the Davis Award and gaining promotion to Captain, please encourage your members to take the plunge.
Best of luck to all of you, and thanks.