Frequently Asked Questions
Is the NICL an accredited university program?
No, the NICL is a certificate program only. We have partnered with several respected universities who accept if for credit toward a Masters Degree.
How many credits does the NICL count as?
Most universities accept the NICL as 12 credits but this is up to the individual school. We recommend you contact each school individually to see what they offer.
Are there discounts for those in ministry?
Yes, there are some discounts available to those in full time ministry. Please contact us for more details
Are class sizes limited to a certain number of seats?
This depends on the venue you attend. It is our recommendation to register as soon as you are able to ensure you reserve a seat at the location of your choice.
Do I have to pay for my spouse to attend the NICL?
No, Spouse always attend free.
If my spouse cannot attend for some reason may I bring a staff member or friend to fill their seat?
No, this space is reserved for spouses only. All other attendees must register at
Are there discounts for bringing a group?
Yes, group discounts are available. Please contact us for more details.
Is there are pre-work required before I attend?
No, the NICL does not require any pre-work prior to attending the program nor is there any assignments while you are in the program.
What books does Dr. Rutland recommend reading

It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy –
Captain D. Michael Abrashoff

Leading Change – John P. Kotter

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John C. Maxwell

Lincoln on Leadership – Donald T. Phillips

Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin

Quality is Free (1979)- Philip Crosby

ReLaunch: How to Stage an Organizational Comeback – Dr. Mark Rutland

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