Unit Commanders Course
Unit Commanders Course
Welcome to the new and improved Unit Commanders Course! UCC is Civil Air Patrol's (CAP) primary course for new and aspiring squadron commanders (as well as group commanders). It is designed to ease the transition from serving on squadron staff to becoming the commander, leader and link to higher headquarters (HHQ).
The objective of the UCC is to build a cadre of well-trained officers who are prepared to lead and manage at the squadron level. Graduates will be able to weave the management responsibilities of command with the leadership skills necessary to build and encourage their team of dedicated members from all walks of life and of all ages to accomplish CAP's mission and squadron objectives.
The new Unit Commanders Course consists of 22 lessons divided into four main blocks:
Many lessons have exercises and case studies. For this reason, students must prepare ahead of time by reading the lessons, doing any required homework and assignments, and completing the end-of-block quizzes located on the Learning Management System (LMS).
The UCC will be offered in two formats:
a nationally-sponsored 100% online format or
a group, wing or region-level blended format (blended meaning starting online with a "precourse," and finishing in-residence). The blended format requires the student to read the materials, complete some assignments and take the block quizzes online before attending the 2-day course. In this way, the time spent in the classroom is spent in discussion, case study and application, rather than a more conventional lecture-based format.
Online Unit Commanders Course format
The 100% online UCC format is a moderated 8-week course occurring several times per year, in the same general format as the online Squadron Leadership School (SLS) and Corporate Learning Course (CLC). There is no self-paced online option.
Prospective students (senior members who have completed Level I and SLS) apply online and receive approval from their unit and wing commanders. Once commanders approve, they are placed on a wait list until slotted. Once slotted they will receive their selection notice via e-mail with instructions for how to begin.
To apply for admission to the 100% online UCC, log into eServices.
Blended Unit Commanders Course format
Students (senior members who have completed Level II unless waived by the wing commander) who are planning to go to the blended course must apply to access the online precourse through the UCC course director who is hosting the UCC in their group or wing. NOTE: UCC precourse completion cannot be "banked" for future use. Complete instructions for planning and administering the course are found in the Director's Handbook (linked below).
UCC Course directors must register the course using a CAP Form 46 and sending to the Chief of PD (Bobbie Tourville, firstname.lastname@example.org) not less than 45 days out from the scheduled start date for the in-residence portion. Once she has received the Form 46, she will give the course director permissions and instructions for how to enroll the students into the LMS so that they can begin their precourse assignments. Students will need time to complete the quizzes and assignments prior to the class. It is highly recommended that all students for a course be enrolled in the precourse not less than 21 days out from the start of the in-residence portion of the class.
Course Directors will have 14 days from the conclusion on the in-residence portion of the course to upload CAPID numbers of the students who had completed the in-residence portion of the UCC. This is completed using the Mentor Input/Skills Evaluation tool in the LMS. Students who have completed both the precourse and have been validated as having attending the in-residence portion will then receive credit for UCC.
To successfully complete the Unit Commanders Course and receive credit, blended course students must pass all quizzes and assignments contained in the precourse in the LMS as well as attend the classes (in a similar fashion as the new Level I is completed).
Because this coursework must be completed by students prior to the class, walk-ins will not be accepted to a blended UCC.
For a list of upcoming Unit Commanders Courses, click here.
Unit Commanders Course Materials
Care and Feeding of our Members
Squadron Staff Responsibility
CAP Squadrons and Missions
Customs, Courtesies & Ceremonies
Introduction to the Commander's Dashboard
Introduction to CAP Publications
Stewardship and Risk Management
Cadet Record Keeping
Complaint Process and Your Responsibility
Basic Knowledge of a File Plan
Understanding the SUI Program
Developing our Members
Using CAP's Performance Feedback Form (Form 40)
Leadership Fundamentals for Commanders