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Hazard Prediction and Assessment Capability (HPAC) Course

Conducted by PROT


To prepare students to apply HPAC automated prediction source modules in order to produce outputs of CBRN incidents.


Duration: 1 Week
Course Structure: Resident (1)
Language: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Unclassified
Discipline: WMD - Weapons of Mass Destruction / CBRN Defence
Area: MD - Weapons of Mass Destruction
Depth of Knowledge: 3 - Advance
ePrime No.: ACT.439
ETOC Code: WMD-MD-31383

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
N3-80-A-23 30 Oct 23 - 03 Nov 23
N3-80-A-24 25 - 29 Nov 24 1

If you wish to join a resident course you may have your agency POC send a seat request. Please click on the POC Finder to obtain the contact information of your agency POC.

ADL courses can be accessed without the need for enrolment but students are required to register through the JADL portal using a military/government email address otherwise they will not be accepted.

Learning Objectives

HPAC Concepts: Given references on HPAC software, describe the capabilities and limitations of the program in accordance with the operator’s manual to include: 1- types of hazards that can be modelled; 2 – difference between HPAC and other dispersion modelling tools; 3- hardware/software requirements and performance issues; 4- how HPAC addresses the uncertainties of environmental and hazard description.

Source Term Functionality: Given references on HPAC software, apply source term functions through the proper assessment of the amount, rate, form, and physical configuration of hazardous material releases in accordance with the operator’s manual. Selecting proper source term functionality in HPAC includes: 1- explain what hazards each incident module handles and the required nominal inputs; and 2- illustrate ways to modify default project characteristics and the impact on performance.

Application Editors: Given references on HPAC software, demonstrate application process for hazard assessment of the nine HPAC incident editors (Chem/Bio Weapon, Nuclear Weapon, Radiological Weapon, Chem/Bio Facility, Industrial Facility, Nuclear Facility, Industrial Transportation, Nuclear Weapon Incident, and Analytical Module) in accordance with the operator’s manual.

HPAC Calculation Results: Given references on HPAC software, interpret HPAC modelling calculation results while considering environmental factors (weather, wind speed/direction, terrain), hazard area concentration predictions, casualty estimates, and software limitations in accordance with the operator’s manual.

Course Participants

Military officers (OF-1 through OF-3) and NCOs (OR-5 through OR-9), or civilian equivalent, who are assigned to a NATO headquarters or agency, a Ministry of Defence, Foreign Affairs department, or subordinate military headquarters, unit, or agency of any NATO country which fulfils responsibilities in support of NATO CBRN operations.

Language Proficiency: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-5 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-1 thru OF-3


This one-week course is comprised of formal lectures, followed by brief, moderated question-and-answer sessions with individual exercises on various scenarios using the HPAC program. A culminating group exercise and presentation concludes the five-day course incorporating all of the learning objectives.

Further Information

Successful completion of M3-70 is required.