Courses



MACNLOW training courses provide relevant, practical information you will take back and use immediately in the workplace! Utilizing a combination of lecture, small and large group exercises, personal assessment tools and role play, we actively involve attendees in the learning process. Because our class sizes are limited, your personal questions and concerns will always be addressed.

In addition to the courses shown below, MACNLOW has many other options from which to choose.  If you don't see something you're looking for, please contact us for assistance or to host a course at your agency.  We also provide customized in-service training programs to address the specific needs of your agency.
Our calendar is updated weekly, so please check back often for more information or contact us at info@macnlow.com or at 517-410-0825 to be added to our mailing list.

Please note that all classes run from 8 am to 5 pm unless otherwise noted in the course description. Pricing information is included in the course description.

Cancellation/Refund Policy (as of 9-1-17):  All course cancellations must be in writing and sent via e-mail to register@macnlow.com. Cancellations made within four days of registration will be fully refunded or not billed to the agency, provided the initial registration occurs more than two weeks prior to the class start date. Cancellations made after four days of the initial registration date and up to two weeks prior to the course start date will be refunded less a $50 processing fee.  Cancellations made with less than two weeks notice prior to the course start date will be refunded less a $100 processing fee as MACNLOW has already committed those funds for the course.  No shows are non-refundable.  For special circumstances regarding cancellations, please contact Kristen at 517-410-0825 or send e-mail to kkemp@macnlow.com.


August 23, 2021

Basic 40-Hour Dispatch School

This course will utilize a virtual classroom with LIVE instruction and an interactive virtual classroom with two-way audio and video interaction amongst participants and the instructor(s).  This is a great way to participate in a MACNLOW course while avoiding travel and travel-related expenses ... More Info

August 25, 2021

Introduction to Fire/EMS Dispatching: Part One (8 am to noon)

This four-hour course is designed for telecommunicators who have or will have Fire/EMS dispatch responsibilities as part of their daily duties.  Students will be taught concepts, terminology and challenges associated with Fire/EMS dispatching. The course will discuss work flow, different appart... More Info

August 25, 2021

The Opioid Crisis and Dispatch (New 4-Hour Course!)

While the world has been focused on the Covid-19 pandemic for the past year, the opioid epidemic continues to rage in the United States.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that opioid-involved overdose deaths rose from 21,088 in 2010 to 47,600 in 2017 and remained steady in... More Info

August 26, 2021

Tactical Dispatching (1 pm to 5 pm)

This four-hour course will serve as an introduction to Tactical Dispatching. Students will learn the roles and responsibilities of a Tactical Dispatcher and gain an understanding of the ICS and NIMS structure and systems.  The primary objective of the course is to illustrate the importance of t... More Info

August 26, 2021

Negotiations for Dispatch (8 am to noon)

This course will introduce telecommunicators to crisis negotiations and the roles and responsibilities of the Tactical Dispatcher.  The course covers different phases of the negotiation process as well as specific strategies and techniques that may be used to resolve the crisis.  ... More Info

September 13, 2021

Handling Domestic Violence Calls

This course focuses on helping telecommunicators learn innovative ways to capture information, frame effective questions, understand the psychological dynamics of domestic violence, and methods to keep their officers safe.  SNC approved with Module II(a) endorsement; MNA200608E. ... More Info

September 13, 2021

Advanced 40-Hour Dispatch School

This course will utilize a virtual classroom with LIVE instruction and an interactive virtual classroom with two-way audio and video interaction amongst participants and the instructor(s).  This is a great way to participate in a MACNLOW course while avoiding travel and travel-related expenses ... More Info

September 14, 2021

Suicide Calls: Helping the Caller & the Telecommunicator

Attendees will assess their listening skills, learn to apply the skills and "thinking patterns" to help handle a suicide call successfully, assess psychological considerations, keep the caller talking, ask critical questions, and gain call handling methods proven effective for ot... More Info

September 15, 2021

911 Dispatch Liability

Utilizing 911 cases which pinpoint various types of liability, this course analyzes liability issues, examines common elements of liability, looks at why people sue, examines the typical process of a lawsuit, develops measures for reducing and/or preventing liability, demonstrates courtroo... More Info

September 15, 2021

Police Supervision (law enforcement) aka Achieving Supervisory Excellence (dispatch)

Escanaba MI

Police Supervision (aka Achieving Supervisory Excellence) is a three-day course designed specifically for first-line supervisors who direct, motivate, lead, appraise and discipline others.  As a result of coaching, role play, exercises, self-assessments, group discussions and lecture,... More Info

September 16, 2021

Stress Management

Attendees will complete a Stress Response Profile to analyze their individual stress levels with an emphasis on the challenges of a dispatching career, both in terms of tasks and toxic people, utilize the Thought Reframing and FIT/S/ACE approaches to handling stress, and examine individual appr... More Info

September 17, 2021

Homeland Security for the Telecommunicator

A comprehensive overview to define “terrorism;” identify the similarities and differences between “Domestic” and “International” terrorism; identify common misconceptions related to terrorists; discuss potential terrorist targets; identify and define eig... More Info

September 22, 2021

Handling Calls Regarding Missing and Exploited Children (New Course!)

NEW COURSE!  This course is designed to provide information and tools for the telecommunicator to quickly gather information when dealing with a missing or exploited child. Portions of the course also cover the various forms of child sex trafficking and indicators that can create opportunities ... More Info

September 23, 2021

Staying on Top of Your Profession (New Course!)

This course is designed to keep experienced telecommunicators abreast of best practices and call handling techniques in difficult suicide calls and volatile domestic violence calls, examine cultural diversity and how bias may affect their job performance, discuss ways in which they can reduce mistak... More Info

September 27, 2021

Police Supervision (law enforcement) aka Achieving Supervisory Excellence (dispatch)

MI

Police Supervision (aka Achieving Supervisory Excellence) is a three-day course designed specifically for first-line supervisors who direct, motivate, lead, appraise and discipline others.  As a result of coaching, role play, exercises, self-assessments, group discussions and lecture,... More Info

October 04, 2021

Basic 40-Hour Dispatch School

Kalamazoo MI

MACNLOW’s Basic 40-Hour Dispatch School utilizes a unique and practical combination of lecture, personal assessment, small group exercises, skill-building exercises, and role play to cement learning. Our instructors for this course are all highly-qualified, experienced disp... More Info

October 04, 2021

Advanced Supervision

MI

This course is registered with MCOLES and is eligible for 302 funds as well as SNC approved for dispatch training funds (MNA201902A).  
Agencies insured by MMRMA should also check with their agent on partial reimbursement for qualifying courses.
The cost is $375 per personMore Info

October 07, 2021

Professional Policing

Lansing MI

Policing in America is complicated and we, as a profession, have been tasked to do it better than ever before. We are up to that task. This course teaches time-tested practices you can use to ensure your success as a professional.  The legitimacy of the individual officer and organization ... More Info

October 11, 2021

The Opioid Crisis and Dispatch (New 4-Hour Course!)

While the world has been focused on the Covid-19 pandemic for the past year, the opioid epidemic continues to rage in the United States.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that opioid-involved overdose deaths rose from 21,088 in 2010 to 47,600 in 2017 and remained steady in... More Info

October 12, 2021

Active Shooter Incidents for Dispatch

Active shooter incidents are dynamic situations that pose many unique challenges for public safety communications.  These situations require an enormous response from law enforcement, fire, EMS, various support entities and communication centers.   As with any other type of ... More Info

October 18, 2021

Advanced 40-Hour Dispatch School

Kalamazoo MI

MACNLOW’s Advanced 40-Hour Dispatch School enables attendees to meet all SNC Module II requirements (MNA201408A) by attending all five days for $699 or any one-day course for $275.  Our team utilizes a unique & practical combination of lecture, personal assessments... More Info

October 18, 2021

911 Dispatch Liability

Kalamazoo MI

Utilizing 911 cases which pinpoint various types of liability, this course analyzes liability issues, examines common elements of liability, looks at why people sue, examines the typical process of a lawsuit, develops measures for reducing and/or preventing liability, demonstrates courtroo... More Info

October 19, 2021

Homeland Security for Telecommunicators

Kalamazoo MI

A comprehensive overview to define “terrorism;” identify the similarities and differences between “Domestic” and “International” terrorism; identify common misconceptions related to terrorists; discuss potential terrorist targets; identify and define eig... More Info

October 20, 2021

Handling Domestic Violence Calls

Kalamazoo MI

This course focuses on helping telecommunicators learn innovative ways to capture information, frame effective questions, understand the psychological dynamics of domestic violence, and methods to keep their officers safe.  SNC approved with Module II(a) endorsement; MNA200608E. ... More Info

October 21, 2021

Suicide Calls: Helping the Caller & the Telecommunicator

Kalamazoo MI

Attendees will assess their listening skills, learn to apply the skills and "thinking patterns" to help handle a suicide call successfully, assess psychological considerations, keep the caller talking, ask critical questions, and gain call handling methods proven effective for ot... More Info

October 22, 2021

Stress Management

Kalamazoo MI

Attendees will complete a Stress Response Profile to analyze their individual stress levels with an emphasis on the challenges of a dispatching career, both in terms of tasks and toxic people, utilize the Thought Reframing and FIT/S/ACE approaches to handling stress, and examine individual appr... More Info

October 25, 2021

Advanced 40-Hour Dispatch School

Mt. Clemens MI

MACNLOW’s Advanced 40-Hour Dispatch School enables attendees to meet all SNC Module II requirements (MNA201408A) by attending all five days for $699 or any one-day course for $275.  Our team utilizes a unique & practical combination of lecture, personal assessments... More Info

November 08, 2021

Handling Calls Regarding Missing and Exploited Children (New Course!)

NEW COURSE!  This course is designed to provide information and tools for the telecommunicator to quickly gather information when dealing with a missing or exploited child. Portions of the course also cover the various forms of child sex trafficking and indicators that can create opportunities ... More Info

November 09, 2021

Staying on Top of Your Profession (New Course!)

This course is designed to keep experienced telecommunicators abreast of best practices and call handling techniques in difficult suicide calls and volatile domestic violence calls, examine cultural diversity and how bias may affect their job performance, discuss ways in which they can reduce mistak... More Info

November 29, 2021

Basic 40-Hour Dispatch School

This course will utilize a virtual classroom with LIVE instruction and an interactive virtual classroom with two-way audio and video interaction amongst participants and the instructor(s).  This is a great way to participate in a MACNLOW course while avoiding travel and travel-related expenses ... More Info

December 06, 2021

Advanced 40-Hour Dispatch School

This course will utilize a virtual classroom with LIVE instruction and an interactive virtual classroom with two-way audio and video interaction amongst participants and the instructor(s).  This is a great way to participate in a MACNLOW course while avoiding travel and travel-related expenses ... More Info