The Partnership Training and Education Centres (PTECs) are nationally or multi-nationally sponsored education and training institutions which are united under a single concept that is endorsed by the North Atlantic Council and recognized by NATO.
The PTECs offer courses, seminars, and workshops to both military and civilian personnel in order to provide education, training and instruction in diverse areas consistent with the objectives and priorities of NATO's policy on partnerships. They also provide a platform for operational training by offering both classroom and field venues for exercises.
Partnership Training and Education Centres (PTEC) play an essential role in supporting NATO's objectives for partnership with non-member countries. Initially launched in 1998, PTECs were formally established in 1999 under the Partnership for Peace programme to develop training and education activities with Euro-Atlantic partners.
To reflect the changes in the Alliance's Global Partnerships, the PTEC Concept was extended to the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) countries in 2008. Since 2012, a single concept for all centres hosted by Allies, EAPC/PfP, MD and ICI partners, as well as partners across the Globe with a partnership programme with NATO, while respecting the specificity of the different partnership frameworks, is in place.
As a result, the opening of facilities for Education and Training (E&T) in NATO Nations and Partner Countries has led to enhanced interoperability for NATO-led multinational operations.
The Partnership Training and Education Centres Commandants Conference (PTEC CC) was established by NATO in November 2000 to coordinate the work amongst the Centres and NATO. The first PTEC community was administered by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Partnership Coordination Cell (PCC) from 2000 until 2002. The NATO School became the Chairman in 2002 and HQ SACT became Co-Chairman in 2013.