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Level 1: Orientation


Welcome to Civil Air Patrol!  You have just joined one of the most prestigious volunteer organizations in the country, offering nearly limitless possibilities and opportunities.

The Level I Orientation is the first of CAP's Five professional development program levels. During this training you will be exposed to the history of our organization and familiarize yourself with the general policies and procedures. To complete this level, complete the Level 1 Orientation course with the help of your Professional Development Officer (PDO) as outlined below (in accordance with CAPR 50-17). Should you have any questions about what you are leaning in level one please do not hesitate to talk to your mentor, unit Professional Development Officer, or unit Commander. 


By completing
Level I you earn the Membership Ribbon

On 30 September 2013, the "Level 1: Orientation Course" became required training for all new members. 

NEW MEMBERS:  As a new member in the Civil Air Patrol, the first thing you should do is meet with your Professional Development Officer (PDO) and Commander to lay out a plan of action for your career in CAP.  Your next task is to complete the Level 1 Orientation Course.  In the Orientation Course, you will gain a breadth of knowledge that will serve you well as you begin your journey and through your entire career.  Your PDO will be your mentor as you proceed through the course to provide guidance and advise.  The Orientation course is located on the CAP Learning Management System (LMS) titled "Level 1 Orientation".  The Student guide available through this link Student Guide Link provides in-depth details about the course.  If at anytime you have a question, don't hesitate to contact your PDO or commander.

Follow the link below "Level 1 Orientation Link" to access the LMS and Level 1 Orientation Course.

(You must have established your eServices account prior to accessing the LMS.)


Level 1 Orientation Link

(The link above will take you to eServices and after you log in to the LMS)


Level 1 Orientation Student Guide

Student Guide
Level 1 Orientation Instructor Guide

Instructor Guide


Level 1 Mentor Input Guide (Provides instructions on how a mentor enters new member in-residence portions of the Level 1 course) Mentor Guide
Copy of Commander and Professional Development Officer Email detailing Level 1 Requirements CC/PDO Email

The Next Step

Talk with your mentor or commander to explore Level Two professional development opportunities that will assist you as you advance as a CAP member. You should also become familiar with the governing regulation on professional development,
CAPR 50-17

Other Resources

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