Chief Warrant Officer Professional Development Course
About the Course
The Chief Warrant Officer Professional Development (CWOPD) Course focuses on
preparing Chief Warrant Officers for transition into the officer corps.
Building upon individual skills attained throughout a member's Coast Guard
career, this program provides a vehicle for sharing experiences to improve
overall group effectiveness. Attendance is mandatory within one year of
commissioning as a Chief Warrant Officer appointed on or after 1 June 1994.
The curriculum consists of:
- Time management
- Computer lab - Administrative Software: Microsoft Office
- Written and verbal communications
- Public speaking
- Health assessment
- Decision making
- Military justice
- Wardroom integration
- Officer evaluation reporting
- Project management
- Sword manual training
To strengthen the officer corps by preparing Chief Warrant Officers to
competently Lead, thoughtfully Mentor and positively Influence a diverse
Areas of Emphasis
Coast Guard vision, Coast Guard core values, professionalism, life-long
learning, leadership competence, and uniqueness of Chief Warrant Officers in
the Coast Guard.
Leadership Development Center, Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT
- 12 days – intended for CWOs who have successfully completed the CPO Academy
or USAF Senior NCO Academy (2 Wks)
- 19 days – required for CWOs who have not attended the CPO Academy or USAF
Senior NCO Academy. The curriculum includes some subjects taught at the CPO
Academy (3 Wks)
- Must be a Chief Warrant Officer Two; Chief Warrant Officer Three's may be
allowed to attend when seats become available (on a case by case basis)
- Attendees must be in compliance with Coast Guard weight standards to execute
orders in accordance with COMDTINST M1020.8G, Weight and Body Fat Standard
- Members who are not in compliance upon reporting will not be allowed to
attend the course and will be sent back to their command
- Must have:
- Uniform prescribed for CWOPD is Tropical
Blue Long (All Seasons)
- Standard Dress Blue (SDB) w/combo cover
is required for the 3 week course
- ODU's (optional) may be worn, when Trops are not required, but must always
be clean and worn in accordance with uniform regulations
- Combo Cover and/or Garrison Cover
- Appropriate jacket (i.e. Parka or Windbreaker). The time of the year should
determine which jacket to bring if necessary
- Smart casual attire - for outings
- Work-out clothes
How to Apply for the Course
Applicants must submit an ETR, via the
CG TQC website
to your Training Officer (TO) and/or your Educational Services Officer (ESO)
for submission of Electronic Training Request (ETR).
A message will be required by TQC and CG-12C in accordance with page two of
Review CWOPD CX Message
From the Program Manager:
Once you have submitted your ETR/STTR you will get an email stating that you
have been enrolled in the session in which you have selected ("You are
enrolled - seat guaranteed"). If a seat is not available in the session in
which you first selected, you will be enrolled in your second or third
choice. If you put no other date in your STTR or the comments section of the
ETR, your request will be deleted after initial date.
You should get your orders no less than 4 - 6 weeks prior to the class
From CWOPD Staff:
Once the Program Manager has provided TQC and CWOPD Staff with a class
roster, your orders will be issued within a couple of days of submission.
You will be notified by email from TQC (see below) and the CWOPD Staff with
pre-arrival information and request for your travel itineraries. You should
get up to a total of four emails from the CWOPD Staff.
You should get an email Notification From TQC: (example below) - Make sure
your email address is correct in Direct Access (DA).
"Orders for: EMPLID 0000000 Warrant,Person Course: 500736 or 501614 - CWOPD
(three weeks) or (two weeks), session 0000."
"This email has been automatically generated by Direct Access for travel
"Upon receipt of this email notification you must contact your unit
Administration Office to finalize your travel orders. Orders must be
authenticated prior to execution."
Timing Guidelines for CWO Candidates
Per COMDTINST 1500.1, CWO candidates may also place their names on CWOPD
class waiting lists after receipt of transfer orders and a firm
commissioning date from CGPC-opm-2.
The goal is to schedule the CWO candidate’s attendance as close to the
commissioning or PCS date as possible. However, actual commissioning dates
don't always coincide with class convening dates. In those cases, per
COMDTINST 1500.1, members may be frocked to attend CWOPD. Frocking will only
be authorized not more than 90 days of actual appointment date. Since some
individuals may return to their current commands as a frocked CWO, a request
to be frocked must be included in the remarks "REQUEST TO BE FROCKED TO
ATTEND THIS SESSION" portion of your Electronic Training Request (ETR) or
Short Term Training Request (STTR) and must be approved by your command.
Frocking authority will be contained in the remarks block of the TDY orders.
You will be issued NO COST ORDERS FROM TQC unless your are on Title 10 or
EAD Contract. If you are a normal drilling reservist (SELRES), once you have
been notified that you have been enrolled and a seat is available, you
should request orders in the same manner in which you would normally request
ADT through your ADMIN/SPO and ISC (FOT). If you have already completed your
annual training for the year, you can request ADT-ODT orders if funds are
available. You can not utilize IDT orders for this class.
If you are on Title 10 or EAD Contract you will be issued COST orders
Class Convening Dates
Please visit the CG TQC website
scheduled CWOPD classes
CWO Jerry Fitchett, COMDT (CG-12C), phone 202-475-5518, email
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