Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) Distance Learning

The Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) is the second level of Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) and prepares Technical Sergeants to be professional, war-fighting Airmen and Space Professionals who can manage and lead units in the employment of Air and Space power.

EPME Consolidated Course Guide - This is a step-by-step instruction for EPME.

Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Distance Learning Curriculum Flow

Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Curriculum Flow


The eligibility criteria for the NCOA DL program are found in Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2670, Total Force Development​.

Only Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard personnel in the grade of Technical Sergeant (E-6) are eligible to enroll in the NCOA DL program per policy provided by their respective headquarters.  


To enroll, download and follow our step-by-step instructions by clicking here. A CAC card is required to complete the enrollment process.  Please read through the guide completely and follow all the steps to fully onboard into the program. There are additional tips provided in the last few slides to help you have a better PME experience.


The Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Distance Learning (NCOA DL) program provides professional military education to prepare NCOs for strengthening the Air Force culture, leading and managing teams, solving problems collaboratively, and connecting national strategic documents to joint operations.  The program enhances the development of NCOs by reinforcing knowledge about leadership and management while increasing understanding of joint missions and cultures.

The NCOA DL program includes a mix of self-paced and applied courses. The program is designed to provide professional development to enlisted military members at a specific and critical point in their career. The program provides students with peer-to-peer interaction and collaboration opportunities.


Enlisted Student Handbook

Enlisted Student Handbook

The NCOA DL program produces graduates who are able to...

1.     Describe the impact of leadership actions and determine proper courses for achieving team goals. 

2.     Describe how to collaborate with team members to analyze problems and implement solutions.

3.     Describe how to assess and advocate actions necessary for strengthening AF culture. 

4.     Describe how to connect National Defense strategic imperatives to tactical and operational actions. 

For course descriptions and requirements, see the current Air University Catalog.

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