Career Level Certification (CLC)

Career Level Certification (CLC) is required for all law enforcement and corrections personnel hired, transferred to or promoted to a supervisory or management position as outlined in RCW 43.101.350.  Of the three levels of CLC, only First Level Supervisor and Middle Manager are mandated.

The core courses and elective leadership courses are available to everyone, but you cannot become certified unless you hold a position in that level. See below for certification requirements for each role.

Requirements by Level

Level 1: First Level Certification (Certification is required one year after serving in the promoted rank)

  • First Level Supervision 40 hour Course #4127 must be completed within six months of first level promotion.
  • Successfully complete 40 hours of leadership electives within one year from application date.
  • Serve in a first level supervisory position for at least 12 months.

Level 2: Middle Manager Certification (Certification is required one year after serving in the promoted rank)

  • Middle Management 40 hour Course #4221 must completed within six months of second level promotion.
  • Successfully complete 40 hours of leadership electives within one year from application date.
  • Serve in a middle manager position for at least 12 months.

Level 3: Executive Level Certification

For Executive Level Certification, an “Executive” definition is a chief, deputy chief, sheriff, undersheriff, superintendent, or director, and must hold one of the top two ranks in the agency.  We also recognize equivalent positions with different titles may qualify depending on organizational structure, these are evaluated on a case by case basis.

You must be incumbent in one of these positions to apply. 

To become certified, you must successfully complete a minimum of 80 hours as a combination of leadership courses listed below:

  • Command College co-sponsored by CJTC and the FBI
  • FBI National Academy
  • Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command
  • FBI LEEDA
  • Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO)
  • Police Leadership: The West Point Model
  • Police Executive Leadership Forum Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP)
  • FBI National Executive Institute (NEI)

Other Accepted Courses

We will honor the Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) or Police Leadership: The West Point Model course in lieu of the WSCJTC First Level Supervision and Middle Management courses to meet all requirements for Career Level Certification.

If you are applying for Executive Level Certification and would like to receive credit for a class completed within the last four years not listed, please attach the syllabus and the certificate of completion for consideration.

Application Process

Once you have completed the requirements for your CLC, you must submit an application for that Level. Follow the steps below to ensure correct processing of the application packet.

  1. Download and complete the appropriate CLC application.
  2. Scan the signed application and required documents.
  3. Email your CLC application packet to the  Advanced Training Registrar. 
First Level Supervision CLC Application

Middle Management CLC Application

Executive CLC Application

 

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