Professional Development Center

The Professional Development Center is dedicated to furthering professional enhancement programs for all personnel. Our services include Airman Leadership School, Development Advisor, Informed Decision Seminars, NCOPE, SNCOPE, FTAC, and additional briefings or professional development events as needed. As Development Advisors, we understand the best routes to increase the development of subordinates and assist in setting up professional development classes for enlisted members.

The James C. Binnicker Airman Leadership School (ALS) prepares Senior Airmen to be professional, warfighting Airmen who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams in support of the employment of Air, Space, and Cyberspace power. ALS is designed to develop Airmen into effective front-line supervisors. It is the first Professional Military Education that enlisted Air Force members encounter. ALS focuses on building leadership and team development abilities, as well as effective communication.

Selection for ALS is open to Active Duty Airmen, sister services, Guard, and Reserve. Selection to ALS is based on priority selection and specific questions should be referred to the member’s First Sergeant or the ALS Staff.

The primary advisor to enlisted supervisors in regards to all career matters with a special emphasis on retention, retraining, and professional enhancement opportunities within our Air Force. advises group/squadron commanders, group/squadron superintendents, and First Sergeants on career progression and motivational programs which include but are not limited to the following:

FIRST TERM AIRMEN CENTER: Provides a structured program to transition Airmen from a training mindset to a mission-oriented environment. FTAC provides orientation-type information and reinforces lessons learned in Basic Military Training and technical training to aid in a successful transition. It offers a unique opportunity to create an environment for Airmen to develop their warrior ethos further. All FTA must attend within 45 days of arrival on station.

INFORMED DECISION: Provides monthly briefings for career information to first and second-term Airmen within 12-15 months of their date of separation so they can decide to re-enlist or separate. The provided information is designed to help them choose the life path, whether military or civilian, that’s right for them. Topics involved include educational benefits, transition programs, and AF Reserve/ANG opportunities.

JEPE: The Junior Enlisted Professional Enhancement (JEPE) Course is designed to build upon knowledge gained from FTAC and introduce followership developmental tools for professional and personal growth. The target audience for this course is AB-SrA, who have not been to Airman Leadership School.

NCOPE: Noncommissioned Officer Professional Enhancement (NCOPE) Course is designed to build upon knowledge from ancillary training, PME, and job experience. The target audience for this course is NCOs who have not attended PME within the last three years, and it focuses on reinforcing supervisory skills and responsibilities.

SNCOPE: The Senior Noncommissioned Officer Professional Enhancement (SNCOPE) Course is designed to build upon knowledge from ancillary training, PME, managerial experience, and NCO Academy. The target audience for this course is newly selected master sergeants with an in-depth view of their increased leadership responsibilities.

The Professional Development Center also holds numerous professional and personal development courses throughout the year. Courses are typically held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. They are available to anyone with base access and are free. Please call 919.722.5857 for more information.