NATO CIMIC & CMI Education & Individual Training Landscape

Complete and comprehensive CIMIC & CMI Education & Individual Training at first hand at the CCOE.

Training at the CCOE is based on experiences and lessons learned, and covers the entire spectrum of NATO CIMIC & CMI:

  • From the tactical to the strategic level
  • From the military to the civilian domain
  • From Military Headquarters (HQs) to International Organizations (IOs), Governmental Organizations (GOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

The course design is customer-oriented and demand-driven. It provides a maximum of flexibility by using the Competence-Based Education and Training Approach (CBET) model. The content is continuously under development, reflecting challenges of contemporary conflicts, and is entirely in line with the needs for CIMIC & CMI personnel, working on the tactical, component command, joint force and strategic level, to enable interoperability within NATO and beyond (EU, UN). Taking into account that the civil dimension is a crucial part of each course curriculum, the participation of civil organisations’ staff, active on the respective operational level, is highly appreciated.

Modular NATO CIMIC & CMI Course Landscape at CCOE

The course landscape has been designed as a modular system. This allows CCOE to meet the customer requirements more flexibly and efficiently:

Tailor-made courses can be generated for individual demands on short notice and with little effort. No matter whether those may be residential, exported or ADL courses.
Some of the modules are interchangeable, e.g. course participants of the NCFWC meet the prerequisites to attend the NCSWC, or the NCIFSC, joining in the second week of the course and vice versa. This saves one week in time and also reduces the course fee.


Picture: CBET – Model


The current CCOE offer encompasses the following courses:

  • NATO CIMIC & CMI Awareness Course (NCAC: Advanced Distributed Learning/ADL),
  • NATO CIMIC & CMI Orientation Course (NCOC),
  • NATO CIMIC Field Worker Course (NCFWC),
  • NATO CIMIC Staff Worker Course (NCSWC),
  • NATO CIMIC & CMI Higher Command Course (NCHCC),
  • NATO CIMIC Liaison Course (NCLC),
  • NATO CIMIC Functional Specialist Course (NCFSC),
  • Master of Civil-Military Interaction (MCMI).

Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL)

To achieve optimum E&IT effects in the residential part of the courses, there is a need to invest an appropriate level of time into completing the corresponding ADL module. The students decide when and where to follow this web-based learning portion. The content can be processed within a day or split up into several sections. But please be aware that the completion of the corresponding ADL module for each course within a stated time is mandatory before participating in our resident courses.

Detailed technical instructions on how to proceed, and the permitted time for fulfilling the ADL module, will be delivered to you with your course registration package.

Reasonable tuition fees and low per diem costs

In-house CIMIC & CMI expertise, training facilities, accommodation, catering service and a broad network of external supporters allow the CCOE to run all courses at reasonable prices. Some figures? For our current course fees, please visit our website. For courses at the CCOE in The Hague, we provide the opportunity to book a comfortable room free of charge, have a full board for less than 15,- Euro per day (rates for accommodation and the full board may differ at other course locations). Our modular course system enables potential savings of up to 50% of the course fee. Students of NATO’s partner nations, listed in ePRIME, can receive up to 100% refund of all fees, incl. travel costs.

Job Descriptions

CCOE highly recommends all NATO Higher Commands, Headquarters and other entities to adapt their staff individual job descriptions to NATO’s CIMIC & CMI course landscape. This ensures proper training and education of CIMIC & CMI personnel.

Student Selection Process

For every CCOE course, a maximum of 24 participants will be selected. The selection is based on the following criteria:

  1. Fulfilment of course prerequisites
  2. Personal motivation
  3. An adequate balance of nationalities as well as civilian and military students
  4. An adequate balance of students from sponsoring nations and non-sponsoring nations
  5. English language skills in reference to STANAG 6001 (preferable 3332 (LSRW) or higher) or in reference to a civilian equivalence

The respective Course Director will take the final decision.


Every course at the CCOE has different prerequisites. Please see the list below for the specific prerequisites of each course:

NCFWC:                     ADL NATO CIMIC Awareness Course (e-learning)

NCSWC:                     NCFWC, ADL NATO CIMIC Awareness Course (e-learning)

NCHCC:                      NCSWC, ADL NATO CIMIC Awareness Course (e-learning)

NCLC:                          NCFWC or an equivalent national CIMIC Course, ADL NATO CIMIC Awareness Course (e-learning)

NCFSC:                       ADL NATO CIMIC Awareness Course (e-learning)

Further Remarks:

  1. Selected students will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment. If a student deregisters, a new student will be selected by the CCOE and by the official selection criteria. The deregistered student may suggest a replacement, but an acceptance of the proposed student is not guaranteed.
  2. Every student must complete the respective ADL module(s) before attending a course at the CCOE. A certificate of completion must be handed in before the start of the course.
  3. If you have any questions regarding the student selection and registration process, please do not hesitate to contact the respective Course Director.

 In addition to this overview, a course’s prerequisites should also be mentioned on the respective course’s page.