Certified Public-Safety Program (CPE)

Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Program Courses

The Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Program consists of two 12-week online courses and one nine-day capstone course at APCO headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida. More information about each course follows:

CPE 101 – Introduction to Executive Leadership

Online

This course focuses on foundational issues in the field of executive leadership, including: management versus leadership; models, theories and styles of leadership; issues specific to public-safety communications leadership; and ethical leadership in the 21st century. The course includes resources and selected readings from renowned professionals and distinguished academic sources that illustrate the core concepts of the course.

Course Topics

  • Management Versus Leadership
  • Model/Theories of Leadership
  • Public Safety Leadership Issues
  • Situational Leadership: Employee
  • Situational Leadership: Leader
  • Adaptive Leadership: The Self
  • Adaptive Leadership: The Organization
  • Leadership Styles
  • Ethical Leadership in the 21st Century

Duration
12 weeks, online. Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours each week on coursework.

This course is delivered via APCO’s remote learning platform, accessible 24/7/365.
See requirements for online courses.

CPE 202 – Defining Leaders

Online

This course explores the various attributes, skill sets and attitudes that define successful leaders. Topics include the ways leaders define themselves, relate to others, understand their organizations, provide vision and initiate and manage change. The course includes resources from renowned professionals in the leadership field and distinguished academic institutions. Individual and group assignments and exercises during the course help cultivate an awareness among students of their own personal leadership style, strengths and challenges.

Course Topics

  • How Leaders Define Themselves
  • Leadership: Relating to Others
  • Understanding Your Organization
  • Providing Vision
  • How Leaders Take Responsibility
  • Identifying Problems and Recognizing Opportunities For Change
  • Leadership: Formulating Courses of Action
  • Executing Change
  • Managing Ongoing Change
  • Leaders in Action
  • Leadership for the 21st Century

Duration
12 weeks, online. Students should expect to spend 3 to 4 hours each week on coursework.

This course is delivered via APCO’s remote learning platform, accessible 24/7/365.
See requirements for online courses.

CPE 303 – Executive Leadership in Action

APCO Headquarters, Daytona Beach, FL

The culmination of the CPE program takes place at APCO headquarters in Daytona Beach, FL.  During this final course, participants put all the key points of the coursework together in a high-paced seminar featuring case studies of leadership in the public sector and insights from distinguished guest speakers with years of experience in the public-safety communications industry.

Duration
Nine days, onsite at APCO Headquarters, Daytona Beach, Florida.