CPO Credential Program

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

With the recent exponential growth in civilian oversight and the corresponding need for additional training for oversight practitioners, NACOLE has begun to offer training outside of the annual NACOLE Conference, including seminars, webinars, symposia and regional meetings. Over the past year, NACOLE has developed a revised CPO program that incorporates these new training opportunities. The NACOLE Board of Directors is pleased to announce that on January 1, 2017, a new CPO program will go into effect that will more closely meet the needs of NACOLE members by allowing members to apply these new NACOLE training opportunities towards their CPO certifications

To qualify for certification under the new CPO program, a participant must receive a minimum of 45 credit hours of NACOLE certified training and attend two annual NACOLE conferences within three consecutive years. Of those 45 credit hours, participants must receive a minimum of 1.5 credit hours in each of NACOLE’s 6 core competencies (Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, Investigations, the Public and Transparency, Law, Policing/Law Enforcement Policies & Procedures, Remediation and Discipline).  Participants will be required to read two items from the approved reading list. All certification requirements must be completed in a three-year period. 

After the initial certification, a participant can maintain their certification by receiving 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 recertification period 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.  Whether the sessions will qualify for credit hours or not will be noted in program informational materials.

All those currently holding a CPO certification on January 1, 2017 will be grandfathered into the new CPO Program.  From that point they will have to maintain their certification under the new program guidelines.  For those who began the certification process at the 2015 or 2016 Annual NACOLE Conferences, 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.