CPO Credential Program

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Upcoming changes to the Certified Practitioner of Oversight (CPO) Credential

With the exponential growth in the field of civilian oversight and the increased need for additional training and resources, NACOLE has worked over the last year to enhance the current CPO program.  The NACOLE Board of Directors is pleased to announce that on January 1, 2017, changes to this program will be put into place that will allow the CPO certification to reflect a well-rounded knowledge of oversight practices and principles through a defined number of credit hours and reading requirements.

To qualify for certification under the new CPO program, a participant must attend a minimum of 45 credit hours of NACOLE certified training within 3 consecutive years and attend a minimum of two annual NACOLE conferences during that same period.  Of those 45 credit hours, participants must have a minimum of 1.5 credit hours in each of the NACOLE’s 6 core competencies.  Participants will still be required to read two items from the approved reading list.  The certification requirements must be completed in a three-year period. 

After the initial certification, a participant can maintain their certification by completing no less than 30 credit hours of NACOLE certified training and attending a minimum of one annual NACOLE Conference within the following three year period.  In addition, those seeking to maintain their certification will be required to read two additional entries from the approved reading list during this time.  The three year period for this process will begin on January 1st of the year following the completion of the initial certification.  If recertification is not completed in this three-year period, participants must re-apply for the initial certification and complete all requirements to obtain new CPO credentials.

Because of the increased volume of training and educational opportunities provided by NACOLE, as of January 1, 2017, certain webinars, symposiums, and regional meetings offered by NACOLE will be recognized as qualifying credit hours where appropriate.  Whether the sessions will qualify for credit hours or not will be noted in all program informational materials.

All those currently holding a CPO certification on January 1, 2017 will be grandfathered into the new CPO Program.  From this point they will have to maintain their certification under the new program guidelines.  For those who began the program at the 2015 Annual NACOLE Conference or choose to do so in 2016, their credit hours and conference attendance will be applied towards the new program.

No costs will be associated with the program through 2017.  In 2018 there will be a fee added to help cover program costs.

These changes were brought about by the desire to promote proficiency and overall knowledge in civilian oversight of law enforcement and by the desire to allow the flexibility for the program to meet the individual needs of practitioners and agencies.