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Partnership Training and Education Centres Info

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ptec logoThe 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.

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act logoHeadquarters 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.

nso logoNATO 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.

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Major PTEC activities in 2018/2019

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PTEC Marketplace 29 November 2018 (TBD) NATO HQ Brussels IS, IMS and NATOSchool
PTEC Commandants Conference 1-4 April 2019 Brasov, Romania HQ SACT
PTEC Working Group Meeting 11-15 June 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia HQ SACT
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Individual Partnership Training and Education Centres Websites

Austrian Armed Forces International Centre (AUTINT), Austria
Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC), Bosnia and Herzegovina
Foreign Languages Department (FLD) National Military University, Bulgaria
Colombian International Demining Centre (CIDES), Colombia
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
hun 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
mon 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), Republic of North 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

ntg logoThe 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:

  • Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) provides inputs regarding training requirements, either emergent or stated in the most current Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) Annual Guidance for Education, Training, Exercise and Evaluation (ETEE), commonly referred to as "SAGE".
  • IMS provides relevant inputs from NATO Headquarters regarding the status of ETEE-related work at the politico-military level and updates regarding NTG Terms of Reference change proposals.
  • The MCJSB, normally represented by the NATO Standardization Office, provides inputs on the status of relevant Standardization Products and provides guidance regarding their disposition.
  • Military Partnership Directorate (MPD) provides relevant inputs regarding Partner Country cooperation and opportunities for NTG engagement.

ntg structureThe NTG consists of the following Groups:

  • Steering Group (SG) NTG
  • Executive Working Group (EWG) NTG
  • Three NTG Service Task Groups (NTGSTGs):
    • AIR FORCE Service Task Group (AFSTG)
    • ARMY Service Task Group (ARSTG)
    • NAVY Service Task Group (NASTG)
  • NTG Task Groups (NTGTGs) are established by mandates in accordance with MC 238/5. The current established NTGTGs are:
    • Individual Training & Education Development (IT&ED)
    • NATO Urban Operations (NUO)
    • Training and Education for Peace Support Operations (TEPSO)

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.

e learning forum 2016Now 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.

Click here to register for the e-Learning Forum 2016


enatoNATO 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.


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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 NATO Special Operations School, located in Chievres, Belgium, is the E&T facility for the NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ). The school was established as a unique E&T facility to develop and execute tactical, operational and strategic level education courses for NATO Special Operations Forces (SOF) and to increase capability throughout the Alliance and with Partners.

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:

Policy Individual Collective