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Professional Manager Certification (PMC) Program FAQ


  1. Will the PMC, once earned, require additional training or renewal?
  2. EPME distant learning (DL) courses may have lower CCAF credit values than the resident EPME courses; how does this impact completing PMC requirements?
  3. What are “equivalent” EPME courses? Can you give me some examples?
  4. Can an individual who has separated or retired from the Air Force be eligible for the PMC?
  5. Is the PMC limited to Air Force SNCO’s?
  6. Is a member from another service of the US Armed Services or foreign military eligible for the PMC?
  7. How is an individual nominated for the PMC?
  8. Once the PMC Letter of Recommendation is signed by the unit commander or commandant, who is it submitted to?
     

Q: Will the PMC, once earned, require additional training or renewal?

A: The PMC is a one-time certification. There will not be a re-certification process and continuing education credits (CEU) will not be required for currency.

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Q: EPME distant learning (DL) courses may have lower CCAF credit values than the resident EPME courses; how does this impact completing PMC requirements?


A: Individuals must complete the ALS, NCOA and SNCOA or their equivalent. The PMC program requires completion of 30 semester hours (SH) of leadership/management coursework with at least 6 of the 30 SH from an accredited civilian institution or exam credit (CLEP/DSST/Excelsior). The leadership/management courses must emphasize the fundamentals of leadership and/or management of human resources (i.e. Principles of Management, Personnel Management, Human Resource Management, Principles of Supervision, or Organizational Behavior). If an individual has not completed enough hours through EPME or equivalent, they must fulfill the remaining hours through acceptable civilian courses or exam credit.

Example: If an individual completed the DL versions of ALS (6 SH), NCOA (8 SH) and the Web-based SNCOA (4 SH), they would have earned 18 SH. In this case, the individual would need to complete 12 SH of acceptable civilian courses or exam credit to complete the total 30 SH requirement.
 

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Q: What are “equivalent” EPME courses? Can you give me some examples?


A: Equivalent EPME courses are other-service or international PME courses that satisfy requirements for personnel actions, i.e. senior-rater endorsement, promotion, etc. Examples are the Army, Navy, and Coast Guard senior enlisted academies and the Canadian senior enlisted course. Note: ACE credit recommendations will apply toward the 30 SH requirement.
 

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Q: Can an individual who has separated or retired from the Air Force be eligible for the PMC?


A: No. Once an individual retires, separates or is commissioned, they are no longer eligible for the PMC.
 

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Q: Is the PMC limited to Air Force SNCO’s?


A: No, not necessarily. If an enlisted Airman (TSgt with a line number to MSgt for example) completes all levels of EPME, and other program requirements, he or she may be nominated and awarded the PMC.
 

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Q: Is a member from another service of the US Armed Services or foreign military eligible for the PMC?
A: No. The PMC is offered only to US Air Force enlisted Airmen.

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Q: How is an individual nominated for the PMC?

A: Individuals are formally recommended for certification by their unit commander or commandant. A sample Letter of Recommendation is available for download on CCAF’s website at http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/certifications.asp .
Please note: Eligible members do not process the request for award of the PMC through the ESO. AF Form 968/Snapshot is not required. The PMC Letter of Recommendation is sent directly from the commander or commandant to the CCAF Credentialing Programs flight.
 

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Q: Once the PMC Letter of Recommendation is signed by the unit commander or commandant, who is it submitted to?


A: Due to OPSEC contact your education center




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