The MEL Safety Institute (MSI) has created the MSI Leadership Academy for Managers, Administrators, Department Heads, and Supervisors interested in sharpening and expanding communication, conflict resolution, stress management, and team-building skills. The goal is to enhance leadership skills by offering participants varied and in-depth training.

Classes will be offered through MSI LIVE and will include a combination of virtual and in-person options at various locations throughout New Jersey. Participants who successfully complete the requirements will receive a plaque to commemorate graduation from the MSI Leadership Academy.
  • Complete 4 mandatory classes and 4 elective classes of your choice.
  • Classes must be completed within two-years from the date the student starts the program.

NOTE: Classes have been updated to reflect the goals of the Leadership Academy. In order to qualify for the Leadership Academy classes taken prior to 2022 will need to be retaken.

Academy Open Enrollment:
Open enrollment will be held for 3-weeks prior to each session. The enrollment form must be submitted during this timeframe, or the participant will not be eligible to start and will be required to wait for the next enrollment period. Participants only have to enroll one time. Once enrolled they can register for mandatory and elective classes.
Open Enrollment Dates: Click on the date during open enrollment to fill out the registration form.
    • December 1-22, 2021 (Start Date: January 1, 2022)
    • June 1–22, 2022 (Start Date: July 1, 2022)
    • December 1-22, 2022 (Start Date: January 1, 2023)
The list below includes all classes approved for the MSI Leadership Academy. Please note that classes will be offered on a rotating basis. All classes are virtual except where noted with (*) to indicate “in-person” only. Registration for all these classes is open to everyone; however, they will only count towards the graduation requirements if a person is enrolled in the Leadership Academy.


  • The Power of Collaboration (JIF 101)*
  • Ethics for NJ Local Government Employee*
  • Practical Leadership — 21 Irrefutable Laws*
  • Implicit Bias in the Workplace


  • Accident Investigation
  • Building a Constitutionally Sound Police Department Through Training
  • CDL: Supervisor Reasonable Suspicion
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Employee Conduct and Violence Prevention in the Workplace
  • Fire Department Risk Management
  • Hazard Identification: Making Your Observations Count
  • LE: Below 100
  • LE: Career Survival for First-Line Supervisor
  • Leadership Skills for Supervisors (counts for two electives)
  • NJ Defensive Driving (4 Hours)
  • Preparing for First Amendment Audits
  • Preparing for the Unspeakable
  • Productive Meeting Best Practices
  • Protecting Children from Abuse
  • Public Employers: What You Need to Know
  • Safety Coordinators’ Skill Training
  • Shift Briefing Essentials
  • Special Events Management
To Qualify for Completion: All class completions will be recorded in attendee transcripts in the MSI Learning Management System. Please send an email to Andrea Felip at when all required mandatory and elective courses have been completed and include a list of the courses and dates.
Class Registration:
To register for MSI Leadership classes see the MSI LIVE schedule.  If a link is not present the class may not be offered yet, so please check back.
  • To register for MSI LIVE Virtual classes view the schedule and click on the registration link.
  • To register for MSI LIVE In-Person classes view the schedule and click on the title of the class to link to the Learning Management System (LMS) to register for the class.  In-Person classes will begin in February and will be added to the MSI Live schedule soon.