Courses at the Peace Support Training Centre

Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Operator

General

The Civil-Military Cooperation Operator course is one of Peace Support Training Centre’s specialty courses. Peace Support Training Centre prides itself to have a vast group of instructors with a wealth of knowledge in the Civil-Military Cooperation environment.

Aim

The aim of the Civil-Military Cooperation operator course is to enable Canadian Forces personnel to perform the duties of a Civil-Military Cooperation Operator in all types of operations. This could mean as a member of a Civil-Military Cooperation contingent or as individuals deployed within the air or maritime environments.

Training Audience

This course is specific to members of the Canadian Forces that are selected for employment in a Civil-Military Cooperation detachment, or a Civil-Military Cooperation unit in an environmental Civil-Military Cooperation standing force or training establishment. All members of every element (Regular or Primary Reserve) are eligible for the course.

Prerequisite(s)

The prerequisites for the course are specific and only members that have met all prerequisites will be eligible to be loaded. The member must:

  1. be selected for employment in a maritime, air, or land deployed component Civil-Military Cooperation detachment, or a Civil-Military Cooperation unit in an environmental Civil-Military Cooperation standing force or training establishment; 
  2. hold the rank of Lieutenant or above for Officers
  3. hold Sergeant and above for Non-Commissioned Members
  4. be recommended by his/her Commanding Officer;
  5. be selected through a screening process;
  6. be medically and physically fit without restrictions in accordance with Canadan Forces standards;
  7. be able to communicate in the language of the International Community (English).

Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) Message

As soon as a student receive the course loading confirming that he/she is loaded on the course, the student must send an estimated time of arrival message to Pace Support Training Centre at +OPS@PSTC@Kingston. The message must contain the following info:

Email Subject: <Course Name> <Course Serial> - ETA - <Rank Name>

  1. Rank:
  2. Name:
  3. Service Number:
  4. Arrival: <DD TTTT MMM YY>
  5. Departure: <DD TTTT MMM YY>
  6. Occupation:
  7. Unit Identification Code (UIC):
  8. Gender: <M/F>
  9. Preferred Language: <Eng/Fra>
  10. Canadian Forces Tasking Plan and Operation (CFTPO) Number: <If Applicable >
  11. Contact Information: <Mailing Address, Telephone/Fax, and E-mail>
  12. Military Drivers Licence & Defensive Driving Course (DDC): <Yes/No, Expiry Date >
  13. Method of Travel:

Information Operations Officer

General

The Information Operations planner plays a vital role in the overall Operational Planning Process (OPP) at the tactical and operational level. Instructors at PSTC for the Information Operations Officer (Info Ops) course have a unique experience in conducting information operations at different levels. The Info Ops course is preceded by a pre-reading package and 10 training days given at PSTC Kingston.

Aim

The of this course is to enable personnel to perform Info Ops Officer duties on international or domestic operations or within a headquarters and advise on the conduct and coordination of Info Ops and Info Ops policy. Further, this course enables personnel to conduct staff duties in a HQ information operations cell.

Training Audience

This course is designed for CF personnel holding the rank of Capt or above for officers and WO and above for NCMs that will be call to perform Info Ops Officer duties on international or domestic operations within a headquarters. All members of every element (Reg or PRes) are eligible for the course.

Prerequisite(s)

The prerequisites to attend the Info Ops course at PSTC are as follows:

  1. members are selected for employment in an Information Operations position or in an Info Ops support position;
  2. for NCMs, be the rank of WO or above;
  3. for Officers, be the rank of Capt or above
  4. hold a Level II security clearance;
  5. have a working knowledge of the Operational Planning Process;
  6. working knowledge of the targeting process;
  7. staff experience at the tactical or operational level;
  8. be proficient in the English language; and
  9. be recommended by the member’s commanding officer.

Distance Learning (DL)

The aim of the pre-reading package is to provide you with an understanding of the basic concepts of Info Ops, the exercise scenario background and a refresher of the OPP and the application of combat power, before conducting the residency portion of the course. 

The reading assignments are divided into four modules:

  1. The Application Of Combat Power.
  2. The Information Operations – Influence Activities In Counter-Insurgency Operations
  3. The OPP.
  4. The Zoran Sea Pre-Reading

Each module consists of a number of reading assignments to be completed in order. The reading assignments are mixture of PDF, power point and word format documents.

Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Staff Officer

General

The CIMIC Staff Officer course is one of PSTC’s specialty courses. PSTC prides itself to have a vast group of instructors with a wealth of knowledge in the CIMIC environment.

Aim

The aim of the CIMIC Staff Officer course is to enable CF personnel to perform the duties of a CIMIC Staff Officer at the tactical and operational level. This involves the planning and directing of CIMIC activities and the provision of CIMIC input to the Operational Planning Process (OPP). This could mean as a member of a CIMIC contingent or as individuals deployed within the air or maritime environments.

Training Audience

This course is specific to members of the CF selected for employment in a maritime, air, or land deployed component CIMIC detachment, or a CIMIC unit in an environmental CIMIC standing force or training establishment. All members of every element (Reg or PRes) are eligible for the course.

Prerequisite(s)

In order to be selected for this training, the member shall:

  1. be a qualified CIMIC Operator (competency code AIUM) or equivalent;
  2. for officers, be of the rank Capt or above;
  3. for NCMs, be of the rank WO or above;
  4. be recommended by the chain of command;
  5. be medically and physically fit without employment restrictions; and
  6. be able to work and communicate within the language of the international community (English).

ETA Message

As soon as a student receive the course loading confirming that he/she is loaded on the course, the student must send a ETA message to the PSTC at +OPS@PSTC@Kingston. The message must contain the following info:

Email Subject: <Course Name> <Course Serial> - ETA - <Rank Name>

  1. Rank:
  2. Name:
  3. Service Number:
  4. Arrival: <DD TTTT MMM YY>
  5. Departure: <DD TTTT MMM YY>
  6. Occupation:
  7. Unit Identification Code (UIC):
  8. Gender: <M/F>
  9. Preferred Language: <Eng/Fr>
  10. Canadian Forces Tasking Plan and Operation (CFTPO) Number: <If Applicable >
  11. Contact Information: <Mailing Address, Telephone/Fax, and E-mail>
  12. Military Drivers Licence & Defensive Driving Course (DDC): <Yes/No, Expiry Date >
  13. Method of Travel:

Peace Support Operator (PSO)

General

The PSO course is a specialty to PSTC. This course is given three times a year at PSTC Kingston.

Aim

The course is designed to enable personnel from the CF and other countries to perform the duties of a United Nations Military Observer, Liaison and Staff Officer within a multinational peace support operation.

Training Audience

This course is specific to members deploying in a military observer, liaison or staff position.  PSO courses comprise of people from all UN countries and of any occupation, and any element (Reg, PRes, PRL).

Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisites for the course are strictly adhered to. These are as follows:

  1. be medically and physically fit without employment limitations;
  2. hold a valid DND 404 and a valid provincial driver’s license;
  3. be qualified St John’s Ambulance Standard First Aid;
  4. hold an English language profile of BBB;
  5. tasked as a Military Observer or member of the International Standby List (ISL);and
  6. recommended by the Commanding Officer.

Psychological Operations Tactical Operator- AIYJ

General

Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) enhance the ability for deployed personnel to conduct operations more effectively. The core of the PSYOPS operations is the Tactical Operator (Tac Op) also known as the disseminator. The PSYOPS Tac Op course has a duration of 15 training days and is given in full at CFB Kingston at the PSTC. Members of the PSTC instruction team bring a vast experience from recent operations and students are exposed to realistic scenarios with trained role-players.

Aim

The aim of the Tac Op course is to allow personnel to perform PSYOPS dissemination tasks, collect PSYOPS relevant information and advise on PSYOPS capabilities to a degree commensurate with their rank and experience. This course is also open to any occupation or element (Reg or PRes).

Prerequisite(s)

The prerequisites for selection to attend the training at PSTC are as follows:

  1. for NCMs, be the rank of Cpl to WO;
  2. for Officers, be the rank of Lt. or Capt;
  3. possess a valid DND 404;
  4. successfully passed the PSYOPS selection process governed by LFA PSYOPS Units;
  5. be selected for employment in a position requiring this specialty; and
  6. be qualified ATCIS Operator intermediate (AITW).

Psychological Operations Analyst - AIYG

General

Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) enhance the ability for deployed personnel to conduct operations more effectively. The analysis of target audiences and PSYOPS products is a cornerstone of PSYOPS.  The PSYOPS Analyst course has a duration of 10 training days and is given in full at CFB Kingston at the PSTC.

Aim

The aim of the Analyst course is to allow personnel to conduct target audience analysis, evaluate PSYOPS, analyze hostile PSYOPS and manage PSYOPS relevant information.

Training Audience

The PSYOPS Analyst course is for members of the CF employed or in the process to be employed in a PSYOPS Analyst capability. All members of every element (Reg or PRes) are eligible for the course. 

Prerequisite(s)

In order to be selected for this training the member shall meet the following prerequisites:

  1. be occupational qualified;
  2. have level ll security clearance;
  3. be of Second-Lieutenant to Captain rank for officers;
  4. be of Corporal to Warrant Officer rank for non-commissioned members;
  5. successfully completed a PSYOPS selection process; and
  6. recommended by member’s Commanding Officer

Psychological Operations Staff Officer- AIYH

General

Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) enhance the ability for deployed personnel to conduct operations more effectively. One of the main tasks of the PSYOPS Offr is the coordination, the planning, the dissemination and the evaluation of the effectiveness of PSYOPS. The members of PSTC's instruction team bring vast experience and expertise from the field of PSYOPS in recent operations. The PSYOPS Staff Officer course lasts a total of 19 training days, 4 Distance Learning days (DL) and 15 residency days conducted at PSTC Kingston.

Aim

The aim of this course is to produce PSYOPS Officers capable of performing the duties of a PSYOPS Staff Officer in a tactical or operational HQ, act as an advisor to all levels of command, to plan and produce PSYOPS staff products, and to conduct and supervise operational PSYOPS.  

Training Audience

The PSYOPS Offr course is for members of the CF that will be call to perform PSYOPS Offr duties on international or domestic operations within a headquarters. All members of every element (Reg or PRes) are eligible for the course.

Prerequisite(s)

The prerequisites for selection to attend the PSYOPS Staff Officer course at PSTC are as follows:

  1. for NCMs, be the rank of WO or above;
  2. for NCMs, be qualified ILQ Land (AINU);
  3. for Officers, be the rank of Capt or above;
  4. for Officers, be qualified Army Tactical Operations (AEKX or AJEA); and
  5. successfully passed the PSYOPS selection process (DHRRE Technical Note 2006-09)
  6. complete the Distance Learning (DL) module prior to coming to PSTC

Distance Learning (DL)

Once a Student is loaded on the PSYOPS Offr course, a DL account is created for the student on DNDLearn and a login will be sent to the student’s email account (see ETA Message). If any questions arise, students are to refer to the Joining Instructions annex on PSYOPS for more details on the required DL procedure.

ETA Message

As soon as a student receive the course loading confirming that he/she is loaded on the course, the student must send a ETA message to PSTC at +OPS@PSTC@Kingston. The message must contain the following info:

Email Subject: <Course Name> <Course Serial> - ETA - <Rank Name>

  1. Rank:
  2. Name:
  3. Service Number:
  4. Arrival: <DD TTTT MMM YY>
  5. Departure: <DD TTTT MMM YY>
  6. Occupation:
  7. Unit Identification Code (UIC):
  8. Gender: <M/F>
  9. Preferred Language: <Eng/Fr>
  10. Canadian Forces Tasking Plan and Operation (CFTPO) Number: <If Applicable >
  11. Contact Information: <Mailing Address, Telephone/Fax, and E-mail>
  12. Military Drivers Licence & Defensive Driving Course (DDC): <Yes/No, Expiry Date >
  13. Method of Travel:

Joining Instructions

General

The Joining Instructions for all PSTC courses and training packages are consolidated into one document. Key information common to all training will be in the main doc, while instructions specific to particular courses will be found in the Annexes and Appendixes.

Scope

The JIs are primarily written for Canadian students. Instructors and foreign students should contact the Officers in Charge (OIC) of their appropriate field of training.

Contact

Peace Support Training Centre
P.O. Box 17000 Station Forces
Kingston Ontario
K7K 7B4

PSTC-CFSP@forces.gc.ca

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