Other training establishments

Education and training

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) prides itself in providing members with the best knowledge and skills necessary to get the job done and to develop professionally.

Continuing education, life-long learning and development, are part of modern CAF life. Constantly improving occupational knowledge and skills builds a professional military.

At the centre of advanced and specialized training is the system of Canadian Armed Forces training establishments. These institutions have a long history, some going back 100 years, of training young soldiers, sailors, air men and women.

Here is a list of the most significant CAF training establishments:

Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS)

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC. The Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School conducts basic training for officers and non-commissioned members joining the Regular Force component of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). The School is also responsible of professional development programmes for officers and non-commissioned members. Every year, more than 4000 people start their military career at CFLRS, while 5000 military members train via Distance Learning.

Canadian Forces Chaplain School and Centre (CFChSC)

Borden, ON. The Canadian Forces Chaplain School and Centre trains all chaplains (Regular and Reserve, from different faith groups) who provide ministry to CAF personnel and their families. CFCHSC provides training in operational and static ministry, preparing military chaplains for service in times of peace as well as during times of conflict.

Canadian Forces Fire and CBRN Academy (CFFCA)

Located in Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario. The Canadian Forces Fire and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Academy is the national Centre of Excellence and the primary source for joint advanced individual training in the areas of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence, Nuclear Emergency Response, Radiation Safety and Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear Counter Terrorism response and provides the training to the Fire Service for the Department of National Defence.

The Fire Service Curriculum provides a very diverse selection of career path and specialized training in the areas of Fire Prevention, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, Structural Fire Fighting, Fire Investigation, Rescue and Respiratory Protection Programme Administration.

School’s reputation for being subject matter experts in the fields of Fire Fighting and Hazardous Materials Incident training has allowed it to market its training to some 20 agencies throughout the world.

Canadian Forces Logistic Training Centre (CFLTC)

Borden, ON. Each year, the Canadian Forces Logistic Training Centre trains approximately 3,000 military members (both Regular Force and Reserves) and civilians. The CFLTC provides entry level training to Logistics Officers from all three environments (Navy/Army/Air Forces) such as Supply, Music and Explosives Training Cadres, of Resource Management Support, Food Services, Transportation & Traffic Training Cadres, and oversees Officer and Advanced Training. In addition, the CFLTC also trains sub occupations for Logistics Officers in the Supply Chain Management, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Fleet Management and Food Services.

The CFLTC trains the non-commissioned members’ occupations of: Resource Management Support Clerk, Cook, Steward, Supply Technician, Ammunition Technician, Traffic Technician, Mobile Support Equipment Operator, and Musician.

Canadian Forces Training Development Centre (CFTDC)

Borden, ON. The Canadian Forces Training Development Centre is the Centre of Excellence for instructional methods and training development; e-Learning development services; and training development support to the CAF. CFTDC is active in the evaluation, research and development of training methods and technologies and also provides advice and guidance on instructional design and delivery of training to Canadian Armed Forces training establishments across the country.

Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence (CFSMI)

Kingston, ON. The Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence is the Canadian Armed Forces centre of excellence for intelligence training. It delivers core and specialist military intelligence training from basic through advanced levels to officers and Non-Commissioned Members within the Canadian Armed Forces and civilians within the Department of National Defence.

Canadian Forces School of Meteorology (CFS Met)

Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Canadian Forces School of Meteorology is the CAF training establishment for CAF Meteorological Technicians. CFS Met provides basic and advanced courses in meteorology for Meteorology Technicians.

Courses offered include: Basic Occupation Qualification, Basic Weather Observer and briefer, Marine Weather Observer, and Specialized Weather Support.

Canadian Army Command and Staff College (CACSC)

CACSC delivers high quality, relevant and progressive education and training in order to prepare Army officers for employment in command and staff positions at the tactical level.

The Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC)

The The Peace Support Training Centre is a Joint, Inter-agency, and Multinational training establishment located in Kingston, Ontario. The PSTC supports the intellectual development and training of Canadian Forces, members from other government departments, and international audiences. The PSTC’s activities fall into two overall lines of operation: delivering training and fulfilling centre of excellence responsibilities.

The Armour School

The Armour School conducts basic and advanced qualifications courses, as well as advanced leadership qualifications and basic armour officer requirements and specialized qualifications.

The Artillery School

The Artillery School conducts artillery advanced qualifications, advanced artillery leadership qualifications, as well as basic artillery officer requirements and specialized qualifications.

The Infantry School

The Infantry School’s mission is to conduct the Infantry Corps advanced infantry qualifications, advanced Senior NCM leadership qualifications, basic infantry officer training and pertinent specialized all-arms qualifications for the Canadian Armed Forces.

The Tactics School

The Tactics School develops, teaches, and monitors combined arms operations, focussing on tactics, techniques, and procedures at the combat team level within a battle group. The school's mission is to educate and train junior Army officers in the integration of combat functions at the combat team level on the tactical battlefield.

Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE)

The Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics, Kingston, ON, has remained at the leading edge of communications and electronics training since 1937, first in the Canadian Army and now in the Canadian Armed Forces. The CFSCE provides basic, intermediate and advanced training to military personnel in communications and electronics.

Canadian Forces Military Police Academy (CFMPA)

The Canadian Forces Military Police Academy, Borden, ON, provides career and specialist training to Regular and Reserve Force members of the Military Police Branch and security-related training to non-Branch personnel. The CFMPA also provides training to personnel from other government and law enforcement agencies and to foreign nationals under the Military Training Assistance Program.

Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (CFSME)

The Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, CFB Gagetown, NB, is the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) centre of excellence in engineer training and home of the engineers. It conducts 85 different courses that span all ranks and occupations within the field, construction and airfield engineer organizations.

Canadian Forces Language Schools

Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Ottawa and Borden. For nearly 50 years, the Canadian Forces Language Schools have been providing language training for military personnel across Canada and abroad, adapting their services in response to the changing needs of the CAF.

Canadian Forces Medical Services School / Canadian Forces Dental Services School (CFMSS/CFDSS)

The Canadian Forces Medical Services School / Canadian Forces Dental Services School is the centre of excellence for all Canadian Armed Forces Health Services Group trades training for officers and non-commissioned members of the Regular and Reserve Force Medical and Dental Services.

Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre (CFLAWC)

Trenton, Ontario. Formerly the Canadian Parachute Centre, the Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre has evolved into a centre of excellence for winter, desert and jungle warfare, as well as amphibious warfare. It remains the Canadian Armed Forces' centre of excellence for parachuting and the Army's centre of excellence for aerial delivery, helicopter and mountain operations.

Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (CFSEME)

Borden, ON. The Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering  conducts individual and specialized training for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering officers, as well as vehicle, weapons, fire control systems and material technicians. The CFSEME conducts training for both the Regular and Reserve forces. The school offers 54 different technical courses and trains approximately 900 students a year.

Defence Public Affairs Learning Centre (DPALC)

Located in Gatineau, Quebec, the Defence Public Affairs Learning Centre (DPALC) provides Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel with specialized, structured and bilingual military public affairs and communications training. Through its innovative in-house, mobile and distance learning packages, the DPALC trains approximately 750 students per year, including Regular and Reserve Force Public Affairs Officers, CAF Imagery Technicians, military and civilian DND/CAF spokespeople and members other militaries.

The DPALC’s mission is to develop a cadre of professional Public Affairs Officers in the CAF, and to give defence personnel, especially CAF members, the training and expertise they need to connect effectively with Canadians and provide communications advice to senior leaders.

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