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Academy FAQs

Once enrolled in the Academy, can I attend and get credit for stand-alone NTOA courses?

No. Once enrolled, you should not attend any of the stand alone courses that are required for each module. One of the goals of the Academy, is to make it easier for students to attend and complete courses. By being an Academy student, you will have an opportunity to complete a portion of those six courses (two in each module) online and then shorten your time in the residency portion. Those shortened residency courses will be scheduled, announced and open only to Academy students. The residency portions will be offered at the Tactical Conference each year. Students enrolled in the Command College will not have to also pay for the conference registration, if attending the residency courses.

What are the benefits of completing the NTOA Academy?

Attendees will improve their own individual decision making and leadership capabilities in the field. This portable certificate will add value to your professional resume as a law enforcement leader, regardless of what organization you work for. Completion of the program will also help reduce both individual and organizational liability.

Do I have to be an NTOA Member to enroll?

Yes, as part of the Academy enrollment process, you must pre-pay for an NTOA membership.

Can I use previously attended NTOA courses as credit for the academy?

Yes, if the course was attended within 5 years of the application date to the academy.

Can I complete the program at my own pace?

Yes, students set their own pace.  NTOA instructors will be monitoring your progress to ensure you are devoting the appropriate amount of time necessary to view and read all of the course material before taking your quizzes and moving on to the next section.  Although you set that pace, we highly encourage you to take your time so that you are prepared for the capstone research project phase.  It may take some students several months to complete a module, others may spend all year working on it.  It’s up to you.

Can I get college credits?
  • The Leadership courses of the NTOA Command College are acceptable to some universities, including Columbia Southern University.
  • The NTOA plans to apply for articulation of the entire NTOA Command College in the near future at select universities.
When do we take the residency courses?

The NTOA will pre-schedule the residency courses at various locations throughout the country and will be offered annually at the tactical conference. Each offering will be presented in a back to back format, as outlined in the manual.

A person can attend the stand alone classes if they choose to and it will count toward academy credit as well.

What does the research project consist of?

Each module has its own research project and will consist of the following:

  • Concept paper based on subjects covered in the module the student is currently enrolled in
  • Resource List identifying sources of information used to support position or theory
  • Abstract outline or executive summary that captures the intent of the research and outcome
  • The final product should be of high enough quality that it can be published
    • It will be peer reviewed and the best submissions will be published in a manual. All papers will be available on the NTOA website.

 

If I use a previously attended NTOA Course for credit in the Academy, is there a cost reduction for the academy?

Yes, Upon acceptance into the program, students will pay the entire tuition for each module(s).  After verification of prior attendance to eligible classes within 5 years of the application date, a refund will be applied for any eligible courses.

NTOA Course Previously Attended Tuition Credit
SWAT Team Leader Development $150 Credit
Training Management & Risk Mitigation for SWAT $150 Credit
Incident & Tactical Command Post Operations $150 Credit
SWAT Command Decision-Making and Leadership I $150 Credit
Field Command $150 Credit
SWAT Command Decision-Making and Leadership II $150 Credit
Total Possible Credit $900 Total Credit
May I use my GI Bill funding to pay for the Academy?

The NTOA has applied for VA approval and a decision is pending.

How can tuition payment be made?

On-line with PayPal, check, or purchase order.

Are the required textbooks and reference materials included?

Yes. They will be shipped to you upon acceptance into the program and tuition payment.

How do I sign up?