About this course

The CAPAC ‘Strategic Direction and Capability Planning’ course examines the strategic backdrop that drives the capability need, how capability is planned for, and how it is delivered using a range of techniques that draw on best practice from project management expertise across different sectors.

The course is an interactive, online programme delivered by Cranfield University that brings together personnel employed in CAPAC management within the Defence Operating Model.

The course requires you to download and review pre-recorded lecture material from the Cranfield University Virtual Learning Environment each day and engage in live online seminars, tutorials and exercises hosted on Microsoft Teams to practise and consolidate skills and knowledge acquired.

Each presentation has Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs), which state what you should be able to do on completion.  Achieving the ILOs will require you to reflect on the presentation content, consider the questions, follow up on references where necessary and raise any questions during the exercises, seminars and tutorials so that learning is consolidated.

The course is free to UK military personnel and MOD civil servants.

Course DateDelivery Method
20 Feb - 3 Mar 232 weeks continuous
5 Jun - 29 Jun 234 weeks alternate days
What you will learn

You will examine the end to end process from the planning at Strategic and Service Command level, the portfolio level decisions required to initiate change and direct the implementation of that change, to the activities of the enabling organisations and defence industry that deliver military capabilities to the front line and support them through life.

Modules include:

  • Strategic direction to the development and generation of sustainable military capabilities
  • Strategic Force Development
  • Finance
  • Capability coherence and strategic balance of investment
How this course will help your career

The CAPAC practitioner courses build on the learning acquired from the Capability and Acquisition fundamentals online training. Successful completion of this course will further develop your capability and acquisition knowledge and skills and set the foundation to become one of the next generation of leaders and managers that deliver military capabilities to the front line and support them through life.

If you successfully complete the course you will be awarded the CAPAC ‘awareness’ education competency. This training will facilitate your progression to practitioner level and the opportunity for line managers to award of the FKSE ‘Practitioner’ competency through the annual reporting system.

This course is ideal for you if you are working at desk officer level in the Front Line Commands and enabling organisations supporting programme/project boards, project teams (including requirements  managers) and programme management offices.

Planned dates
  • 20th February 2023
  • 5th June 2023

Please contact us for further planned dates on this course.

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Who can attend this course
Military
MOD civil servants
Industry
Internationals

CAPAC practitioner courses are available to all UK military personnel and civil servants with limited experience in capability and acquisition.

The course is suitable for personnel working at desk officer level in Head Office providing direction and guidance to Front Line Commands and enablers. Responsibilities will likely include the allocation of strategic requirements and resource envelopes, the assurance of capability coherence and the balancing of resources against defence priorities to develop an affordable Defence Plan.

The course is also suitable for personnel working in the FLCs and enabling organisations with responsibilities for developing concepts, planning capability and writing change proposals to shape the Command’s sub-portfolio of change programmes and projects to meet the strategic requirement.

Before you attend

You are required to complete the online Defence Learning Environment (DLE) Capability and Acquisition Fundamentals (DLE code CAF) prior to attending any practitioner course.

Before attending you should familiarise yourselves with 'How Defence Works' available on the GOV.UK  website.

Planned dates
  • 20th February 2023
  • 5th June 2023

Please contact us for further planned dates on this course.

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How the course will be taught
Online (Virtual)
How you will be assessed

There is no exam associated with this course, although you will have many opportunities to try out some of the learning during syndicate workshops and tutorials. A certificate of attendance is issued upon course completion.

Planned dates
  • 20th February 2023
  • 5th June 2023

Please contact us for further planned dates on this course.

Register your interest

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