Strategic Leadership

The Three Star NTOA Certified Credible Leader is designed for those who wish to be certified and recognized at the international level.

This certification carries with it the responsibilities, honors and privileges of a professional accomplishment with international recognition.  This includes the designation of the THREE STAR NTOA Certified Credible Leader.  Successful candidates receive:

  • Lapel Pin – A Certified Credible Leader Three Star lapel insignia (uniform pin).
  • Certificate – An 11×14 professional certificate suitable for framing.
  • Letter of Accomplishment – A letter of accomplishment mailed to the candidate recognizing him or her as a NTOA Three Star Credible Leader.


Online Strategic Leadership Modules – 90Hrs
  Every Officer is a Leader – The following five clusters require a textbook: “Every Officer is a Leader: Coaching Leadership, Learning, and Performance in Justice, Public Safety, and Security Organizations” by Anderson et. al. (2008) – 2 Hrs.
P3SLCM01  Cluster 1 ~ Self-Management Skills
P3SLCM02  Cluster 2 ~ Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management
P3SLCM03  Cluster 3 ~ Problem-Management and Opportunity Leveraging
P3SLCM04  Cluster 4 ~ Team and Organization Development Skills
P3SLCM05  Cluster 5 ~ Versatility Skills
NTOA Modules – 32 Hours Online & 40 hours Residency Course

Field Command – Requires a Textbook: “Field Command” by Sid Heal

  • 16 Hrs. Online
  • 24 Hrs. Residency Course*

SWAT Command Decision-Making and Leadership II – Requires a Textbook: “The Thinker’s Toolkit” by Morgan D. Jones

  • 16 Hrs. Online
  • 16 Hrs. Residency Course*
  * The 24 hr. Field Command residency course and the 16 hr. Command II residency course shall be taught consecutively in one week (40 hours)
Capstone Research Project 32 Hrs  

 32 Hrs (Non-Residency) Capstone Research Project – See FAQ for more detailed explanation

  • Requires 80% proficiency to meet required standards