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Advanced Communications Training Officer (ACTO), Course #0744

Advanced Communications Training Officer (ACTO) provides students with information about adult training that makes training faster and more effective.  The class is interactive and students gain exercises and hands-on training. 

ACTO is an advanced class recommended for CTOs who have one (1) year of successfully training employees for their agency.  

ACTO is a 24 hour class, including 8 hours of pre-course reading and assignments and 16 hours of in-class time. 


The topics covered in ACTO class:

  • Review of basic adult learning principles
  • Introduction to the philosophy of accelerated learning
  • Advanced adult learning methods
  • Multiple Intelligence theory (Gardner)
  • Triune brain theory and learning (MacLean)
  • Hemispheric Brain Dominance theory and learning (left-brain, right-brain) (Sperry)
  • Whole Brain Learning theory (Herrmann)
  • Conditions of Learning (Gagné)
  • Situational Leadership and the CTO
  • Comparison of the San Jose and Reno training models
  • Creating effective DORs and SEGs
  • Trainer roundtable discussion of issues


Pre-Course readings and assignments:

  • Leadership and the One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Drea Zagarmi by mail
  • Two modules on Adult Learning from CJTC’s CTO course by email with course acceptance letter
  • Pre-course assignment is sent by email and is attached to the acceptance letter.


There are no pre-requisites for this course. 

Persons with T1 and T2 certifications will be given selection preference in order to assist them in meeting their continuing education requirements.

  • Currently employed as a telecommunicator at a recognized PSAP in the State of Washington


 Who can attend our classes?

  • Public safety telecommunicators employed at a recognized PSAP in the State of Washington.
  • Employees from other call centers, government agencies or security departments will not be accepted.


  • None


  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Dates and locations listed below.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Notification to our office is required three (3) weeks before the start of class
  • Student no shows or cancellations less than three (3) weeks before class are billed $125.
  • Materials may be required to be returned to our office.


There is no test for this class.



Priority of Acceptance

If submitting more than one application, mark each one in the order you’d like them accepted.



Application Form

CJTC Telecom Application (WORD)

CJTC Telecom Application (PDF)



Submit Applications, Course, Program

or Policy Questions

Gayle Pond, Administrative Assistant
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Fax: 206-835-7959



ACTO Student Guide - PDF

ACTO Student Guide - PDF



This class is: Sponsored
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Session Start & End Date Location Status/Cost/Downloads
0744-1 October 24 -25, 2016 Skagit 911,
2911 E. College Way
Mount Vernon WA 98273
Open  / None  

0744-2 March 13 -14, 2017 WSCJTC
19010 1st Ave S
Burien WA 98148
Open  / None