Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL)

Learn the management skills you need to lead.

APCO International’s Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) Program is designed for individuals interested in developing a solid foundation of management and supervisory skills necessary for successful PSAP operations.

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RPL Program Application Form

RPL Service Project Guidelines and Requirements

Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) Recertification Requirements

Registry of Public-Safety Leaders

Through a series of online courses offered by APCO Institute – in cooperation with, the American Management Association’s e-learning provider, you’ll learn how to:

  • Communicate with Authority
    Write and speak in a way that motivates and inspires others.
  • Build and Manage High-Performance Teams
    Get people to work together for the common good.
  • Break Down the Barriers to Solid Interpersonal Negotiations
    Employ a negotiation framework that encourages a positive outcome for both parties.
  • Enhance Team Performance
    Provide team members with the realistic assessment of performance that is critical to motivation and morale.
  • Lead with Confidence
    Provide direction, lead by example, enable others, share power and seek a better way.
  • Make a Difference Within Our Association and Our Industry
    Develop a broad knowledge of our industry and our association to better face future challenges.
  • Apply the Skills Sets Learned for the Betterment of Our Association and Our Industry
    Complete industry-specific course assignments that culminate in a state, regional or national service project.

Registered Public-Safety Leader Graduates Receive:

  • The granting of the professional designation “Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL)”
  • A certificate of acceptance into the APCO Institute Registry of Public-Safety Leaders.
  • A certificate of completion of a leadership course of study from the American Management Association
  • Recognition throughout the public safety communications industry as a professional with the skills, vision, motivation and commitment to lead our industry to greatness
  • Consideration for enrollment in APCO’s Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Program.

To be eligible to apply, you must be:

  • APCO International member in good standing (active, member and commercial categories) with a demonstrated record of service to our association and our industry.
  • Willing and able to commit to completing and critiquing the program requirement.
  • Dedicated to accepting the challenge of ongoing professional development and service for the betterment of public safety communications.

Tuition for the RPL Program is $995.

CDEs Earned: 128

For more information, contact the APCO Institute at 888-272-6911.

RPL Program Schedule

2018 classes start on:

  • January 17, 2018
  • April 18, 2018
  • June 20, 2018
  • October 17, 2018