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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.
Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) has the overall responsibility for the management of NATO E&T and its delivery through the NATO E&T Facilities, supported by COEs', PTECs' and National Training Institutions' activities. Effective relationships between Strategic Commands and Education and Individual Training (E&IT) Institutions are necessary in order to ensure that new ideas, procedures, tactics and lessons learned are injected into NATO's education structure.
NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) The NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) located in southern Germany is NATO's key training facility at the operational to strategic levels, conducting multinational military education and individual training in support of current and developing NATO operations, strategy, policy, doctrine and procedures. The School began with two courses in 1953 and now offers over 100 different courses to Alliance members, partner nations and international organizations.Read More
Major PTEC activities in 2017
|PTEC Commandants Conference||20-22 February 2018||Budapest, Hungary||HQ SACT|
|PTEC Working Group Meeting||18-22 June 2018||Helsinki, Finland||HQ SACT|
At this exposition, PTECs will promote their common and individual achievements, advertise their institutions’ offers to NATO, and display the Community’s cooperative efforts with regard to Education and Training.Read More
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|Austrian Armed Forces International Centre (AUTINT), Austria|
|Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC), Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Foreign Languages Department (FLD) National Military University, Bulgaria|
|Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding, Egypt|
|Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT), Finland|
|German Armed Forces United Nations Training Centre (GE UN Trg Ctr), Germany|
|Sachkhere Mountain-Training School, Georgia|
|Hellenic Multinational Peace Support Operations Training Center (MPSOTC), Greece|
|Hungarian Defence Forces Peace Support Training Centre, Hungary|
|European Personnel Recovery Centre (EPRC), Italy|
|International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL), Italy|
|Jordan Armed Forces Language Institute, Jordan|
|Peace Operation Training Center (POTC), Jordan|
|Kazakh Partnership for Peace Training Centre (KAZCENT), Kazakhstan|
|Continuous Training Centre of the Armed Forces Military Academy, Moldova|
|Five Hills Peace Support Operations Training Centre, Mongolia|
|The Regional Department of Defence Resources Management Studies (DRESMARA), Romania|
|Crisis Management and Multinational Operations Department (CMMOD), Romania|
|Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Training Centre, Serbia|
|The Slovak Armed Forces Academy of General Milan Rastislav Stefanik, Slovakia|
|The Slovenian PfP Language Training Centre, Slovenia|
|Swedish Armed Forces International Centre (SWEDINT), Sweden|
|Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Switzerland|
|Public Affairs Regional Centre (PARC), The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*|
|PSO Training Centre Swiss Armed Forces International Command (PSO TC SWISSINT), Switzerland|
|Turkish PfP Training Centre, Turkey|
|International Peacekeeping and Security Centre (IPSC), Ukraine|
|Defence Academy, United Kingdom|
|Joint Special Operations University, Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), United States|
|Partner Language Training Center, Europe (PLTCE), Garmisch, Germany|
|The US Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States|
* Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.
The NATO Training Group (NTG) was originally formed as the EURO/NATO Training Group in 1970 as a forum to share best training practices and to address common training issues, with Germany providing the Chairman and the Secretary. Renamed the NTG in 1993, a permanent staff element was established in 1999 at NATO Headquarters within the International Military Staff (IMS).
Following the Prague Summit of 2002, the NTG was subordinated to the Allied Command Transformation (ACT). On 23 Jan 2004, oversight of the NTG was formally transferred from the Military Committee (MC) to HQ Supreme Allied Command Transformation (HQ SACT) under the Chairmanship of Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff (DACOS) for Joint Education and Training (JET) Sub Division.
MC 238/4 (Terms of Reference of the NTG), agreed in November 2010, significantly altered the structure of the NTG to a FOGO-level Steering Group, OF4/OF5 - level Executive Working Group, three permanent Service Task Groups and a means to establish temporary/ad hoc Task Groups (via mandate). MC 238/5, agreed on 12 December 2013, refined the participation process for Partner Countries.
The NTG is one of eight Military Committee Joint Standardization Board (MCJSB) Working Groups, primarily for the development of Standardization Agreements (STANAGs). MCJSB facilitates ratification and promulgation coordination with nations only for STANAGs under the ownership of the NTG.
Other entities within the NATO Command Structure (NCS) that comprise the NTG include:
The aim of the NTG is "to enhance professionalism, interoperability and standardization among Alliance and partner forces through improved co-ordination of Education, Training, Exercise and Evaluation, with particular emphasis on supporting operations" (MC 238/5).
The NTG Portal is currently available only after registration with ACT. Please visit the Registration Page in order to request access to the Portal. Once a Username and Password combination are obtained, you can log in to the NTG Portal.
Now in its 11th year, the Forum seeks to be NATO’s leading conference for distance learning and the technology to support it. The Forum will be held at the Virginia Modelling and Simulations Centre, Suffolk, Virginia, USA from August 30th to September 1st 2016. It is open to all NATO nations as well as partners (MCD Funding available, ePRIME event ACT.293.9), CoEs, PTECs, and will have representation from industry and academia.
The Forum is designed for both developers of e-Learning as well as “customers” using or interested in how e-Learning can support their education and training needs. This year the focus will be on “The e-Learning of Tomorrow”, investigating emerging technology and pedagogy development as well as discussing the fundamental shift in thinking across the world of e-Learning and how NATO and our nations are reacting to it. Realizing the convergence of innovation and e-Learning, this Forum will focus on performance improvement in the workplace. New developments in the management of NATO e-Learning and the future dimensions of training concern everyone in NATO seeking to be competitive, efficient and effective in the 21st century.
NATO ACT is responsible for the planning and delivery of NATO education and training programmes using NATO national facilities. These programmes are delivered under the e-NATO approach: efficient, effective, affordable, and open.
NATO education and training programmes are under the direction of the Joint Force Trainer.
The Institutional Accreditation validates the Education & Training mission of an Institution and its relevance to NATO. This requires an Education and Training Facility to demonstrate the existence of an effective internal Quality Management System as well as to provide evidence of their contribution to NATO.
NATO Communities of Interest
The NATO School Oberammergau, located in Oberammergau, Germany, is NATO's key training facility on the operational level. It is the global leader in multinational military education and individual training. Since 1953, the NATO School has trained and educated members of the Alliance and Partner nations.
The NATO Communications and Information Systems School, located in Latina, Italy, provides cost-effective highly developed formal training to personnel (military and civilian) from NATO as well as Non-NATO Nations for the efficient operation and maintenance of NATO Communication and Information Systems.
The NATO Defense College, located in Rome, Italy, is NATO's strategic training centre for senior officers and a major center of education, study and research.
The NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre, located in Souda Bay, Crete is the primary NATO centre for maritime education and training and mission is to conduct the combined training necessary for NATO forces to better execute surface, sub-surface, aerial surveillance, and special operations activities in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations.
The Joint Warfare Center (JWC) provides NATO's training focal point for full spectrum joint operational level warfare.
The Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) supports training for NATO and Partner forces to improve joint and combined tactical interoperability.
The Joint Analysis & Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) is NATO's centre for performing Joint Analysis of operations, training, exercises and experiments, based on joint analysis requirements generated by both NATO strategic commands.
The Centres of Excellence (COEs) are nationally or multi-nationally funded institutions that train and educate leaders and specialists from NATO member and partner countries, assist in doctrine development, identify lessons learned, improve interoperability, and capabilities and test and validate concepts through experimentation. They offer recognized expertise and experience that is of benefit to the Alliance and support the transformation of NATO, while avoiding the duplication of assets, resources and capabilities already present within the NATO command structure.
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.
Education Training Management
|NATO ACT has three branches under the direction of the Asisstant Chief of Staff for Joint Education, Training & Exercises:|