Defence Centre for Training Support courses

Applications

Defence Centre for Training Support (DCTS) courses are oversubscribed, as such it is essential to provide robust justification on the course application; to include, details of your role and impact of non-attendance. 

Courses are allocated 4 weeks prior to their start date, at this point you will be informed if you have been successful with your bid. Contact details for franchise run courses and the franchise course schedule can be found under the franchise development section. 

Applications should be submitted direct through your point of contact. 

Commanding Officers of Training Establishments (COTE) 

The Commanding Officers of Training Establishments course runs over 2 days and is aimed at commanding officers of phase 1, 2 and 3 training establishments. This includes reserve units and, where appropriate, officers in charge of formal training organisations may attend.
 

Defence Systems Approach to Training (Manager) (DSAT(M))

The Defence Systems Approach to Training (Manager) course runs over 2 days and is aimed at personnel whose primary role relates to the management of any DSAT element – analysis, design, delivery and assurance. The course also covers the Defence Training Manager (DTM) competency, as outlined in JSP 822.
 

Training Needs Analysis (TNA)

The Training Needs Analysis course lasts 5 days and aims at preparing analysts employed on behalf of Training Requirements Authorities (TRA) to undertake role and training analysis. The course covers the key principles of training analysis, focusing on the 3 stages of the DSAT analysis element: role analysis, training options analysis and training gap analysis.
 

Training Design (TD)

The Training Design course lasts 4 days and focuses on preparing training designers for employment. The course covers the key principles of training design, focusing on the 3 stages of the DSAT design element: development of the formal training statement, training objectives and key learning points.
 

Defence Trainer course (DTc) 

The Defence Trainer course is aimed at personnel whose primary role is a defence trainer in a defence training establishment (phase 1, 2 or 3). The course covers the key techniques of assessment, coaching and development of trainers. It enables access to the civilian accredited level 3 award in education and training.
 

Stage 1: Knowledge and concepts

This stage contains 8-12 hours of e-learning on the Defence Learning Environment (DLE). The learning will include an online summative assessment that must be passed prior to commencing stage 2.

Stage 2: Skills development and early application

This stage comprises a 5-day residential course at the Defence Academy Shrivenham, in which students will use their learning from stage 1 to develop their practical skills as a defence trainer. Upon completion of stage 2, students will be awarded the defence trainer awareness level competence.

Stage 3: Authentic application and contextualisation

This stage is undertaken in the workplace and involves completing the remaining parts of the level 3 award in education and training portfolio as well as 3 lesson observations by local Defence Training Supervisor (DTS). On successful completion of both the portfolio and the lesson observations, students will be awarded the defence trainer practitioner level competence.
 

Defence Trainer Supervisor (DTS)

The Defence Trainer Supervisor course runs over 3 days and is aimed at those who supervise defence trainers within a training establishment. The course covers the key techniques of assessment, coaching and development of trainers. Prior to attendance, attendees must hold a suitable training delivery qualification  and have relevant experience.
 

Internal Validation (IV) 

The Internal Validation course is 2 days long and aimed at personnel whose primary role involves managing and/or conducting internal validation. The course covers the key principles of internal validation to ensure that training is efficient and adaptive.

External Validation (EV)

The External Validation course lasts 2 days and aims to prepare personnel whose role involves managing and/or conducting external validation on behalf of a TRA. The course covers the key principles of external validation, focusing on devising an evaluation strategy, gathering and analysing data, and reporting findings.
 

Training Audit (TA)

The Training Audit course is 2 days long and aimed at personnel who audit training at either first or second party level. The course covers the key principles of training audit, focusing on the 4 stages of the DSAT audit process: prepare, conduct, report and outputs.