Leadership Certificate Program

The Leadership Certificate Program (LCP) is a challenging, 400-hour pursuit toward leadership excellence.

It is designed to enhance leaders serving as or preparing to someday serve as criminal justice executives (chiefs, deputy chiefs, chief deputies, wardens, civilian support administrators, etc.). Understanding that every agency’s budget becomes strained, the NCJA provides participants the ability to attain advanced leadership development with minimal expense. Most program courses are free to participants, apart from standard travel and per diem costs. This program also seeks to reduce the amount of time students spend away from home and work by incorporating enhanced class schedules and virtual and online class options. Further, we recognize that many students have already attended leadership development training through other excellent schools, and some of that training may be eligible for credit toward elective requirements for the LCP. Most students can satisfy the requirements of the LCP in less than two years (some within one year), but we also understand that life happens and priorities change over time, so we allow up to ten full years to complete the program. If you are ready to take your leadership skills to the next level, please consider joining the LCP journey!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The LCP is open to both sworn and non-sworn leaders
  • The student must have a minimum of three (3) years of full-time experience with a criminal justice agency (in-state or out)
  • The student currently serves as sergeant or above or is ranked as a non-sworn supervisor. (Administrators – if your rank structure is such that your first-line supervisors are ranked below sergeant, or if your candidate has extenuating circumstances, you may contact the Program Coordinator to discuss a possible waiver of this requirement)
  • Each student must submit a completed application (see link at the bottom of this page for online enrollment)
  • At the time of application, the student must attach an endorsement from their agency administrator or a member of the agency’s executive team (Administrators: By endorsing, you confirm that you will allow the student’s participation in any required courses needed to complete the program, that they meet all eligibility requirements, and this student demonstrates a commitment toward excellence in leadership).

Program Requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 400 hours of leadership-based training.
    • Mandatory Core Requirements (160 hours):
      • The NCJA Leadership Institute (120 hours) is the primary core requirement offered twice per calendar year (Spring and Fall). It is held on the Salemburg campus and is limited to 50 students per year. LCP participants are allowed priority enrollment in this class. However, based on the number of participants in the program, entry to the L.I. class could be delayed as long as two years or more from the time you begin the program. Still, participants will want to enroll on the waitlists when they are made available, as this could open unexpected opportunities to attend sooner. The dates for the next calendar year are generally announced in July of the current year by the Program Coordinator via e-mail to all LCP participants. Enrollment to this course is done by the Program Coordinator. You will not be able to enroll in this course through Acadis (Student Portal) since it is unpublished.
      • The second core requirement (40 hours) is to attend at least one of the following *NCJA courses:
        • Leadership Development for Law Enforcement Managers
        • First Line Supervision
        • First Line Supervision for Detention
        • Tactical Leadership: Critical Lessons Learned
        • Field Traning Officer
        • Detention Field Training Officer
        • Telecommunicator Supervisor Training (24 hours) plus a minimum 16-hour course from the list of electives (this option is for non-sworn only)
        • NCACP Chief’s Leadership Institute (Note: this class may require a fee)
    • The remaining 240 hours* are elective credits. This can include any of the courses listed in the table below. You may submit copies of certificates to the Program Coordinator to review for up to 120 hours of elective credit based on outside (non-NCJA) leadership training completed. Examples of eligible outside hours are programs such as AOMP, West Point Leadership, Credible Leadership, FBI-NA, FBI-LEEDA, other formal leadership programs, or courses through community colleges that are equivalent to those in the elective list. Please note that once you reach 120 “outside” hours, all other hours must be completed through the NCJA.

Length of Program:

  • All LCP requirements must be completed within ten (10) years of your date of application to the program.
  • Note that credit is allowed for courses completed prior to the start of the LCP as long as they do not exceed ten years from the time you finish the program.
  • Once you submit your application, the Program Coordinator will check your NCJA transcript and provide you with an overview of credited hours along with recommendations for any remaining courses needed.

LCP Courses List:

Note: The hours listed for each course below can vary. You will receive credit only for the hours actually awarded in your official transcript. Each course in this list is based on the value it adds to leadership in the field of criminal justice.

Background Investigation (Virtual) 16
Budgeting for Police (Online) 52
Community Oriented Policing 24
Conflict Management for Mid-Level Managers 16
C.J. Standards Certification Workshop 11
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) 8
*Detention Field Training Officer 40
Developing Speaking Skills 24
Employee Development & Performance Mgt. (Online) 8
FTO Supervisor (Online) 20
*Field Training Officer 40
*First Line Supervision 40
*First Line Supervision for Detention 40
**Instructor Training (maximum 80 hours) 80
Introduction to Internal Affairs Investigations 16
*Leadership Development for L.E. Managers 40
*NCJA Leadership Institute 120
Weathering the Storm (Classroom portion only) 16
Property & Evidence Room Management (Online) 16
Recruiting & Retention for a New Generation (Online) 8
**Specialized Instructor Training (Partial Credit of 10%)
*Tactical Leadership: Critical Lessons Learned 40
Telecommunicator Supervisor Training 24
T.R.R.U.T.H. 16
*NCACP Chiefs’ Leadership Institute 44
**Police Law Institute (Partial Credit of 10%) 8
***Other Approved Leadership Courses

 NOTE: All credited hours are pursuant to the approval of the Program Coordinator

*Denotes Core Eligible

**Instructor Training (General Instructor) is considered to add value in leadership development and is therefore eligible for elective credit up to a maximum of 80 hours (effective 4/1/2024). Specialized Instructor courses, or courses such as Police Law Institute also have a leadership-based component, but their primary focus is typically on other subject matter, therefore they are credited at 10% of the total course hours awarded for those courses. Note that Instructor Training completed anywhere other than at NCJA is credited only as outside hours. If taken at NCJA, those hours apply toward regular electives.

***Other courses are sometimes added on a temporary basis at NCJA and hold value as leadership-based training. Examples are courses dealing with media, accreditation, and other topics with which CJ leaders should be familiar. These courses may be eligible for LCP credit on a case-by-case basis. Mandatory In-service Training courses sometimes include a leadership-based focus and may be credited as elective hours. All non-listed courses are subject to review by the Program Coordinator to determine its potential value for credit toward the LCP.

Contact Us

For More Information, contact:

Kevin Tingen, Program Coordinator
(910) 926-6076


Program Application

  • PLEASE COMPLETE Entire Application (Incomplete applications are not considered)
  • Personal and Agency Data

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Your Academy ID is found when you log into the Acadis portal.
  • Choose the highest grade completed.
  • Experience

  • Endorsement

  • Agency Head or Regional Director
  • Download and attached your signed Agency Head Endorsement Letter
    Max. file size: 256 MB.


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