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NATO Exercise Planning Course (EPC)

Conducted by COSEC


The aim of the course is to provide a foundational knowledge of the NATO joint and multinational exercise planning process and prepare students to contribute to exercise planning, in accordance with the Bi-SC Collective Training and Exercise Directive 75-3, as an exercise planner or related staff officer.


Duration: 1 Week
Course Structure: Resident (1)
Language: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Unclassified
Discipline: ETE - Education,Training, Exercises and Evaluation
Area: CT - Collective Training and Exercises
Depth of Knowledge: 2 - Understand
ePrime No.: ACT.232
ETOC Code: ETE-CT-21180

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
P7-55-B-19 02 - 06 Sep 19 Contact POC

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Learning Objectives

NATO Exercise Planning Process Framework: Given references, the student will be able to explain the framework and considerations of the NATO Exercise Planning Process (EPP) including the roles and responsibilities for Commanders, Agencies, Centres and other authorities in the EPP.

NATO EDUCATION TRAINING EXERCISE AND EVALUATION (EETE) SYSTEM: Given references, the student will be able to explain the NATO Education, Training, Exercise and Evaluation (EETE) system and training spectrum including the Military Training and Exercise Programme (MTEP) Development Process along with the electronic-MTEP (e-MTEP).

Stages of NATO Exercise Process: Given references, the student will be able to explain the stages of the NATO Exercise Process and the various considerations required in support of NATO exercises and bi-lateral and live exercises.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO NATO EXERCISES: Given references, the student will be able to explain HQ SACT’s support to joint exercises, list JWC’s and JFTC’s capabilities and limitations, and describe EXCON structures in support of exercises and MEL/MIL development.

THE NATO EXERCISE PLANNING PROCESS (PRACTICAL EXERCISE): Given a scenario the student will apply the EPP to develop deliverables and brief on them.

Course Participants

Military officers (OF-3 through OF-5), civilian equivalents and, exceptionally, selected senior NCOs (OR-7 through OR-9) who are assigned as exercise planners in NCS and NFS HQs and supporting organizations, Agencies and Ministries, as well as Partner nations when participating, for the preparation and conduct of NATO collective training events and exercise.

Language Proficiency: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-7 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-3 thru OF-5


-Prior to the course, the required reference material is distributed via ADL (Advanced Distance Learning 136, Exercise planning) to prepare students on the basics of the NATO exercise concept. --The one-week course is comprised of interactive plenary lectures, followed by brief, moderated Q&A sessions alternating with three stages of practical exercises (PEX I, II & III) in 10-12 person syndicates. The syndicate products are presented by students and discussed in plenary back briefs. All the lectures and student products are available to the trainees at the end of the course in electronic format.

Further Information

The course aim includes the ability to explain EPP related concepts, terminology, directives, references and documentation requirements, and encompasses the development of exercise planning skills required for the preparation and execution of NATO exercises.


You are encouraged to complete the following ADL modules provided by the ACT LMS prior to attending the course.

ADL Modules

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