Credible Leadership Series (ICLD I-IV)

Self-Paced 187 Hours Online Certification Program

Build Your Leadership Capacity For Challenging Times


The Credible Leadership Series (ICLD I-IV), a lighter version of the Emerging Leaders Course (ACE 2), is based on the principle that all law enforcement professionals must lead within their scope of responsibility and must be given the tools to understand what leadership looks like, feels like and sounds like. It is designed to fill the void of leadership training which traditionally exists between entry-level and mid-level supervision.

Each phase of the ICLD courses are offered individually.  If you wish to complete all phases without a need to complete national testing, just register for the Emerging Leaders Course.  

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Principles & Foundations



Theories & Practices



Application & Advancement



Competency & Mastery


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National Certification


For me, these courses have helped, transformed, and confirmed the way I desire to work and the ways I desire to live my life. Leadership/Management has been something that I have wanted to do and wanted to be but one thing that has kept me from fully committing is my weaknesses. With this training it has encouraged me that my weakness can in fact be strength and that with Integrity, Humility, Compassion, Empathy, and Determination I can and will make a difference and represent Law Enforcement with Honor. Thank You for this training it has grown me and encouraged me!” Brandon Jokinen, Corrections Officer, Isanti County Sheriff’s Office/Jail, May 2018

Brandon Jokinen

Discover The Credible Leadership Series (ICLD I-IV)Course Series

This program is a lighter version of the Emerging leaders course designed for both sworn and civilian employees.  The course is made available in four (4) separate series of modules.  You have the option to register for each series directly or contact Chief of Staff Ms. Sherry Bass at 919.753.1127 or if you wish to purchase all four series at a discounted rate.  

These well-proven series will provide you with the resources needed to enhance advancement in leadership training, team building, character, and succession planning. Your career in public safety is a profession with high expectations and rewards, regardless of salary and benefits-make every effort to reach your potential.

If you have a sense of pride in knowing what you do has a great impact on the welfare and safety of your community, these courses will prove indispensable to you as you build your life, your career, and your impact for good in the world around you.

To assist you in performing your mission and achieving your highest potential, the ICLD series of courses have been tested with over 40,000 candidates nationwide to enhance the professionalism of law enforcement officers while developing character and sharpening the skills of the guardian-servant who leads with compassion, ethical decision-making, emotional intelligence, and moral courage.

ICLD I: Leadership Foundations & Principles ~ $250


This series is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to leadership, ethics, character, supervision, communication, and self-development for the Emerging Leaders.  It is based on the principle that all law enforcement professionals must lead within their scope of responsibility and must be given the tools to understand what leadership looks like, feels like and sounds like.  It is designed to fill the void of leadership training which traditionally exists between entry-level and mid-level supervision. The program stresses the importance of understanding the true definition of policing and how participant’s actions and their organizational mission must align with that definition.

This curriculum introduces participants to the expectations and responsibilities of first-line and mid-level supervisors and the concept of “Leading Down and Managing Up”, through a detailed summary of two best-selling books..  It takes a comprehensive look at leadership and ethics, identifying the most common ethical dilemmas in law enforcement and how they destroy public trust and individual careers.

As with all Credible Leadership Phases, the module faculty and video lectures by select instructors are proven experts in the field of leadership and Law Enforcement who understand the importance of every employee’s role within an organization and how to influence all for positive organizational growth.

Required Textbooks:  2 Textbooks

ICLD II: Leadership Theories & Practices ~ $350


This series is your comprehensive journey through leadership education. This course is designed to raise participants’ level of organizational thought and team-building by focusing on theories and practices of organizational leaders from both private and public sectors who have made monumental changes within their organizations.

Your faculty and video segments from select instructors in the module illustrate several exemplary examples of organizational leadership success and introduce participants to methods and rationale behind these highly successful best practices.  This course of instruction features segments from leadership giants John Maxwell, Tony Robbins, Howard Schultz, Jeff Canter, Sheriff Ray Nash, General Stanley Mc Chrystal, and many more.  The curriculum includes summaries of three best-selling books in leadership.

Practices from experts in the field of leadership are infused within the module curriculum to enhance their relevance to law enforcement practices and organizational procedures.

This combination gives rise to modules on Generations, Human Capital Management, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Management, Proactive Communication, Cultural Sensitivity, Action-Centered Leadership, Legacy Leadership and Reflective Leadership.

Required Textbooks:  3 Textbooks

ICLD III Leadership Application & Advancement ~ $450


This series addresses the balance of humanistic and tactical approaches to law enforcement and corrections leadership.

It focuses on understanding the human factors of police leadership and how if used effectively, it can change the internal culture and external perception of an organization.   The module is steeped in emotional intelligence and self-realism, containing modules featuring Advanced Emotional Intelligence, Human Factors in Policing, Adaptive Leadership, Authentic Leadership, Servant Leadership, Credible Leadership, Toxic Leadership, Community Leadership, Tactical Leadership and the Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals.  Each of these modules are designed to make students take an introspective look at how they apply leadership practices both internally and externally.

As with other modules, it contains segments from experts in the field of organizational leadership that reinforces the curriculum and prepare students for the practical applications.

Required Textbooks:  2 Textbooks

ICLD IV ~ Leadership Competency & Mastery ~ $550


This series provides an opportunity to understand and perform the complex knowledge, skills and tasks that exemplary leaders perform.

The content was researched and field tested for over a period of more than 30 years in university and justice and public safety environments including police, corrections, customs, immigration, homeland security and private security.  It is based on the breakthrough Law Enforcement transformation textbook.  The course was filmed at LAPD and piloted in collaboration with Deputy Chief Mark Perez and his Team of Leaders at the Los Angeles Police Department.  This highly competent team was carefully selected to be able demonstrate the skills involved of Credible Leadership throughout the course.

The breakthrough of this course is that officers are now able take self-responsibility for mastering the 60 Skills that enable them to perform the 40 Tasks and Responsibilities that research has revealed are critical for leadership success in justice and public safety.  Never before has professional leadership been so well-defined and distilled so that it is easily and quickly learned.  The course is a research-based, online, performance enhancement learning process that equips leaders to express more empathic caring, be more ethically conscious, and more capable of developing themselves, other leaders, teams and organizations.

Required Textbook:  1 Textbook – 2017, 3rd Edition of “Every officer is a Leader” — Purchase additional copies here.

Join a significant number of the agencies who have adopted the Institute for Credible Leadership Development (ICLD) course series for all personnel.  The program is fully customized for each agency and is delivered through a dedicated state of the art learning management system that we build and manage.  Under this option the participating agencies have the option to develop, upload, distribute and manage new on-line courses to their personnel. The following is a sample of participating clients: 

  • Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • Virginia Chief of Police Association

Please contact Chief of Staff Ms. Sherry Bass at 919.753.1101 or if you wish to schedule a demonstration and/or discuss features and/or pricing.  You may also complete the form below: