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NATO Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) Course

Conducted by NCOPD


The NATO CSEL Course is to prepare NCS & NFS CSELs on how to carry out their duties and responsibilities as a NATO CSEL.


Duration: 2 Weeks
Course Structure: Resident (2)
Language: English 3232 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Unclassified
Discipline: ETE - Education,Training, Exercises & Evaluation
Area: MW - NATO Military Workforce
Depth of Knowledge: 4 - Expert
ePrime No.: ACT.355
ETOC Code: ETE-MW-4633

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
S1-84-A-24 08 - 19 Jan 24 Selection
S1-84-B-24 09 - 20 Sep 24 Selection

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

Lead NCO Professional Development (PD): Given references, the student will lead NCO professional development programs in accordance with ACT and ACO directives.

Direct International Ceremonies: Given references, the students will prepare a NATO ceremony in accordance with NATO COMMANDERS Guidance for Protocol 2010.

Articulate NCO Issues: Given references, the student will effectively present a formal briefing in accordance with CFC 98055000 Communication Skills and Staff Duties.

Superior Officer: Given references, the student will describe the roles, authorities, and expectations of the CSEL within the HQ staff in accordance with NATO policy and doctrine.

Provide sound CSEL advice to Commanders: Given references, and presentations on present global security environment challenges faced by the NATO alliance. The student will effectively demonstrate the ability to provide advice to commanders.

Course Participants

NCO’s who are assigned, or projected to be assigned, to a NATO CSEL appointment. The OPR and Co-OPR will conduct a selection board to confirm course loading priorities 7 weeks prior to the course.

Language Proficiency: English 3232 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-9 thru OR-9
Officer: Not eligible


This two-week course is composed of two modules. Module one is focused on CSELs roles and responsibilities using interactive lectures with illustrated examples in syndicate work using detailed and realistic NATO scenarios. Students in small groups are required to produce presentations to confirm the acquisition of knowledge as a part of formative student assessment.
Remarks: The POI Working Group recommends that syndicates may each develop or evaluate different types of PD programs; e.g.: annual, in-theatre, etc. This would serve the collateral benefit of being able to use CSELs’ expertise in developing generic programs for each of these types of PD programs.
Practical limitations: No resources or time allocated to actually conduct a PD session while on course (no actual subordinates; budget issues are briefed only; CSEL students will not have a budget to administer)
Content from this EO overlaps with EO 1.2. therefore, instructors must ensure overlap is complimentary versus repetitive.

Further Information

The NATO CSEL Course is focused on preparing NATO Command Structure & NATO Force Structure CSELs to carry out their duties and responsibilities in the multi-national NATO environment. The course is made up of the following elements:

a) Pre Arrival - Complete the following on-line learning modules:
1. ADL - 037 Introduction to NATO.
2. ADL -169 Improving Operational Effectiveness by Integrating Gender Perspective.
3. ADL - 222 Introduction to NATO ETEE - Global Programming.

Complete the following pre-reading material:

1. NATO Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Bi-Strategic Command Strategy and NCO Guidelines (Ref C).
2. Non-Commissioned Officer and Junior Officers Professional Development Programs (Ref D).

B) Residential phase.
A two week residential phase that will use briefings, interactive lectures and syndicate work. Students will conduct presentations to confirm the acquisition of knowledge as part of a formative assessment strategy.

C). Post Course.
After 3-6 months in a NATO CSEL post, complete a post course questionnaire (via NSO eLearning Platform) to provide feedback on the learning content.


You are encouraged to complete the following ADL modules prior to attending the course.

ADL Modules

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