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Canadian Credible Leadership Series

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Your career with public safety makes you a leader in the community you serve and provides you with a position of power and trust. Develop competencies in leadership at your own pace that will allow you to best serve your organization and your community with the Canadian Credible Leadership Series.

Canadian Credible Leadership Is

Easy to Access

Easy to Access

Course content, textbook, and pdf resources are all available exclusively online. You can spend as much time on each module as you need and can access the materials, workbook activities and supporting materials 24/7. All this means you can complete the course at your own pace.



There are no pre-requisites to enroll. Use the course as independent training, or to enhance other leadership education. All you need to complete the course is a computer and internet access. How you choose to use the material is based on your own organizational needs.

Relevant to All


The cumulative approach to skills building means that there are skills for all stages of your career. The course is beneficial whether refreshing basic skills or building new ones. Applicable to both sworn and civilian members.

Competency Based

Competency Based

The series develops 60 skills based on public safety related competencies. These skills align with competencies required by many services and public safety organizations for internal promotions.



The International Academy of Public Safety (IAPS) has field-tested the US program. This testing has demonstrated a high-level of skill retention and satisfaction with the training. The Canadian version has been piloted with a Canadian audience and modified based on feedback.

Cost Effective

Cost Effective

The high price tag of Canadian leadership training (avg. $3000.00) means training multiple members is cost prohibitive. Now you can access training that has been customized for a Canadian audience and is available through CPKN for $500.00 because of collaboration in the building process.

The Evidence

The Canadian Credible Leadership Series provides easy to access and affordable leadership training that can enhance and develop skills in public safety professionals that can be used as stand-alone training or as a part of your organization's leadership training strategy. The series develops skills and competencies that were identified through leadership survey as being most in need of development and addresses a gap in leadership training for all ranks and roles.

The effectiveness of the training has been identified through two pieces of research: the IAPS field test, and the Canadian course pilot.

"There is a need to develop leadership training earlier in the career of police officers so that the basics are covered off prior to them having the opportunity to lead. Typically, we wait until they are in leadership roles to do this and sometimes it is too late" - Leadership Research Respondent


Leadership Research Study

In the spring of 2019, CPKN initiated a research project to assess what leadership training was available in the Canadian police community. Responses to the survey represent 80% of the police community population in Canada and demonstrates that although there are many leadership courses available, additional training would benefit all ranks and staffing levels but with frontline officers and early career supervisors requiring the most additional training.

The research identified the following gaps in training:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Impact and influence
  • Motivation
  • Innovation
  • Team building
  • Problem solving
  • Accountability

The Canadian Credible Leadership Series builds skills on these topics in a cumulative program with exercises and activities to help practice using the new skills.

IAPS Field-test
Canadian Pilot

The Webinar

Learn more about the history of the Canadian Credible Leadership Series, the skills developed, and how it connects to leadership research through this webinar featuring Supt. Michel Legault from the Pacific Region Training Centre.

The Partners

RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre (PRTC), other BC agencies, IAPS, and CPKN created the series based on an identified need for additional leadership education. It was a collaborative approach with input from a diverse selection of partners from a variety of public safety organizations, primarily in BC.  

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