Partnership Training and Education Centres
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.
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.
Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
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. This will facilitate the further transformation of capabilities or fill gaps in current requirements. While executing Co-Chairmanship, HQ SACT will observe the following division of responsibilities:
- Organize the PTEC CC:
- Procure the meeting facility, including all administrative arrangements.
- Promulgate read ahead packages.
- Promote the PTEC Community through:
- PTEC Webpage.
- Education and Training Opportunities Catalogue (ETOC).
- Maintaining the Annual Academic Calendar.
- Development and update of the Trifold.
- Supporting the PTEC Community through:
- Providing tools, ideas and best practices to E&T institutions.
- Providing updated information, Direction and Guidance on the NATO E&T Policy and procedures.
- Support PTECs in their intention to engage actively in the new E&T landscape.
- Support accreditation of PTEC courses/modules in accordance with current NATO E&T Policy.
- Ensure incorporation and managing of the NATO accredited PTEC courses/modules into e-PRIME (Partnership Real-Time Information Management and Exchange System) with the appropriate ACT reference number.
- Advertising PTEC courses in ETOC.
- Providing Advanced Distributive Learning (ADL) opportunities to PTECs for their use.
- Providing relevant information, advice and offering support and guidance to the Centres to ensure that E&T is in compliance with NATO E&T Policy.
NATO School Oberammergau (NSO)
The NATO School, with support from relevant NATO bodies, will support and help further develop, as needed, a mechanism for cooperation, coordination, information exchange and sharing of lessons learned among all Partnership Training and Education Centres (PTEC), including the co-chairing of the PTEC Commandants Conference and focused Working Groups. The NATO School also supports the promotion of each Centre and the community by organizing the annual PTEC Marketplace. The organization of the PTEC WGs and the management of the Train the Trainer (TtT) and the Instructor Exchange Program (IEP) are the responsibility of the NATO School as well.
Major PTEC activities in 2019/2020
MTEP Planning Board (MPB) I
11-12 Dec 2019
PTEC Commandants Conference
02-05 Mar 2020
HQ SACT and NATOSchool
MTEP Planning Board (MPB) II
03-04 Mar 2020
PTEC Working Group Meeting
02-05 Jun 2020
HQ SACT and NATOSchool
MTEP Planning Board (MPB) III
16-17 Jun 2020
Nov 2020 (TBD)
NATO HQ Brussels
IS, IMS and NATOSchool
PTEC Community Share Page (Password protected)
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