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|Director of Professional Development - Lt. Col. Charles Wiest714-379-8528|
Deputy Director (North): Lt Col Andrew Peters
Testing Officer: Lt Charles Wiest
Professional Development Officer
Manages and directs the CAP professional development program. They shall:
- Create a positive unit training environment where CAP’s adult members can develop their required skills in a comfortable, professional atmosphere.
- Instruct the Level I Foundations Course to ensure that all new adult members receive a thorough orientation and have properly assimilated into the unit.
- Make adult members aware of training material and opportunities available to them through CAP and other sources to prepare them to perform operational missions, staff assignments and other assigned duties.
- Encourage and assist the adult members to take advantage of all appropriate training.
- Help ensure that CAP provides the best quality training with sufficient availability to support CAP's missions
- Apply all directives applicable to professional development programs as necessary.
- Comprehend the structure of the CAP professional development program and its component programs, activities and events. Ensure quick and easy access to applicable forms, directives and instructions.
- Maintain a unit training library.
- Assist unit members in proper completion and processing of forms if needed.
- Maintain unit training records regarding professional development activities.
- Assure proper test administration and security for the unit’s adult members.
- Correctly prepare documentation in support of training awards for the commander’s review.
- Submit applications for awards, ensure they are processed in a timely fashion and presented appropriately
- Coordinate member training accomplishments with other members of the staff.
- Mentor PD officers at subordinate units if applicable.
The professional development officer should be familiar with CAPP 204, CAPR 50-17 and other directives in the 35, 39, 50, 52, 200, 280, and 900 series.
Q. How do I apply for a specialty track?
A. All requests to enroll, update and approve a member’s specialty track rating are now done online thru eServices. Access to this restricted application is tied to duty assignment and the associated web permissions. Unit professional development officers, personnel officers, administrative officers, vice commanders and commanders may request updates to their member’s specialty track assignments and ratings. On the eServices webpage, in the right-hand column---Restricted Applications---go to “Specialty Track” at the bottom. Select the member, specialty track, rating (None, Technician, Senior, Master) and date completed. Once submitted, the request is sent to the member’s commander to be approved or disapproved in Commander’s Corner.
Q. How do I apply for professional development awards?
A. Requests for senior member professional development awards should be submitted to California Wing Headquarters via e-mail. Units are encouraged to use the electronic version of CAPF24, since this saves paper, processing time and effort, and speeds up the turn-around time for awards certificates. As the new Request PD Awards module in eServices becomes better known, unit professional development officers will be encouraged to use this method. We will continute to accept the traditional paper CAPF 24, but this will delay the process.
Q. Where can I find information about the next scheduled Squadron Leadership School or Corporate Learning Course?
A. Check the California Wing Event Calendar for upcoming courses and activities. We also encourage you to subscribe to group and wing email lists, where upcoming courses are announced.
Q. How long does it take for SLS or CLC to appear in eServices?
A. The course director has 14 days to submit CAPF 11 (Director’s Report) to NHQ/DP. Often, this is done within a week. Once NHQ/DP receives the report, it usually only takes a day or two for them to enter the names into eServices.
Q. Why doesn’t my eServices record show that I attended Squadron Leadership School?
A. The most common reason is that you didn’t meet the published prerequisites for SLS: complete Level I and be enrolled in a Level II specialty track (at any rating: none, tech, senior or master). Start by talking to your unit professional development officer, who will make sure the prerequisites are recorded in eServices. Then contact the SLS Course Director or CAWG Director of Professional Development, who can re-submit the CAPF 11 (Director’s Report).
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