Office of Leadership (CG-128)

Contact the Office of Leadership

Commandant (CG-128)
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Stop 7907
Washington, D.C. 20593-7907

Chief Warrant Officer Professional Development Course (CWOPD) (500736 & 501614)

**Important Note Regarding COVID-19**

Temporary Suspension of Promotion Requirements for Leadership Courses: Due to the impacts of COVID-19, many FY20 Chief Warrant Officer Professional Development (CWOPD) sessions were cancelled. These cancellations created a significant backlog, and may prevent CWOs from meeting the 18-month requirement to attend in order to promote. For more information, please read ALCOAST 326/20 (

About the Course


The CWOPD course is designed to assist newly commissioned CWOs in transitioning into the commissioned officer ranks. The course curriculum focuses on leadership, service etiquette, customs and courtesies, communication (oral and written), and the necessary administrative skills needed to become an effective Coast Guard Officer. Attendance and successful completion of the CWOPD course is mandatory for all W-2s within the first 18 months of commission. Newly appointed CWOs who have not attended CPO Academy or an authorized substitution should apply for the three week course of instruction, course code 500736. CWOs who have graduated from CPO Academy or an authorized substitution should apply for the two week course (501614). 


Training Objectives


CWOPD builds upon individual skills attained through ones career and provides a vehicle for sharing experiences to improve group effectiveness.  This course facilitates professional and personal growth in knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities through learning, self-awareness, self-assessment, feedback, and reflection.  Key areas of emphasis are Coast Guard Vision, Core Values, Professionalism, Lifelong learning, and the uniqueness of Chief Warrant Officers in our service.  This course also emphasizes education assessment, diversity, critical thinking, and mentoring.

Convening Dates


11/09/2020 - 11/20/2020   Blended (1 week virtual, 1 week CG Academy)

12/07/2020 - 12/18/2020   Blended (1 week virtual, 1 week CG Academy)

Application Procedures

Coordinate with your Training Officer or ESO to submit an Electronic Training Request (ETR) using Direct Access. Course code: 501614 (2 week) or 500736 (3 week). If you are approaching the 18 month requirement, contact the Program Manager before submitting your ETR.

Program Manager

CWO Nicole McKenzie, COMDT (CG-128), phone 202-475-5518, email: