The purpose of the CAP Professional Development Program is to help ensure that CAP has "an informed, active senior membership trained in leadership, management, and functional tasks. The CAP Senior Member Professional Development Progran prepares members to serve the unit, their communities, and their nation." (CAPR 50-17)
The Professional Development Program consists of five levels.
Level I - Orientation
Level II - Technical Training
Level III - Management
Level IV - Command and Staff
Level V - Executive
Each level has specific requirements. As you progress through the levels, you gain knowledge and learn leadership skills. Unlike the cadet program, completing a level does not automatically earn the member a grade promotion, however, each grade has a specific minimum level completion requirement. For example, to be promoted to Captain, in addition to some other requirements, you need to complete Level III. However, you do not promote after completing Level III unless completion of Level III is your only remaining requirement for promotion.