Resilience Through Civil Preparedness Course - (ETOC CODE: ETE-CM-25589)

Resilience Through Civil Preparedness Course - (ETOC CODE: ETE-CM-25589)

Resilience Through Civil Preparedness Course - (ETOC CODE: ETE-CM-25589)Date: (07-11-2023)
Location: CMDR COE
Duration: 3
Depth of knowledge: Level 200 / 300

07- 09 NOV: general application (RESIDENT) - Closes on 18 SEPT 2023. Enrolement notifications by 01 OCT 2023 - CANCELLED

Dates for 2024 will be announced in DEC 2023.


Course Director / lead instructor:  CIV Gergana VAKLINOVA / / phone: +359 2 92 24 742

OPR: CIV Bozhidara KIRYAKOVA / e-mail: / phone: + 359 2 92 24 744




The CMDR COE is dedicating targeted efforts at supporting NATO’s efforts to increase resilience in the crisis management and disaster response domain. Responding to an identified gap in the education and training landscape, the CMDR COE and the CIMIC Center of Excellence (CCOE), NATO Department Head for CIMIC/CMI/Civil Preparedness discipline, jointly developed and successfully piloted in DEC 2019 a tailored training and education solution - the Resilience through Civil Prepredness course.

The CMDR COE and the CCOE are collaborating on the delivery of the RtCP course, which has two annual iterations - March and November. More information on the iteration hosted by the CCOE can be found here:


Please familiarise with selection requirements as specified here-below, particulalry target audience. 



To provide senior civilian and military experts with an understanding of the various aspects of resilience at the strategic level and the effects, thereafter, on the operational level through increased awareness of the relation between civil preparedness and improved operational effectiveness. 


Training Audience:

NATO structures and agencies and NATO members only.

OF-2 and higher and/or civil equivalent assigned to NATO HQs and agencies, missions and operations; NATO members' Ministries of Defence and subordinated HQs; Ministries and State Agencies functioning within the fields of Civil Preparedness in terms of Crisis Management (CM).


Learning Objectives:

- Explain the relation between resilience and civil preparedness and the effects on military activities / operations.

- Support the integration of resilience aspects into the medium/long term planning within respective chain of command.

- Support strategic advice on different aspects of Resilience through Civil Preparedness and its impact on the military operations.



1. NATO ADL 051 - NATO Civil Emergency Planning - An Overview

2. NATO ADL 169 - Improving Operational Effectiveness by Integrating Gender Perspectives.

3. NATO CMI/CIMIC Awareness Course available at:


Please bear in mind that ALD 051 and ADL 169 require account registration on NATO e-learning platform: This platform is NOT managed by either the CMDR COE or the CCOE. Refer any technical matters to the NATO JADL Admin Support. 



IN-PERSON and ONLINE. The study method is premised on the principles of adult learning and formative and summative assessment will be tailored to the specifics of the online environment.

ONLINE: synchronous instructor-guided. The online course follows the same requirements and standards of quality and certification as applicable to its face-to-face version. The online course consists of live sessions with instructors in a virtual classroom; breakout syndicate rooms; self-paced (pre-study) and facilitator-guided individual and/or collective tasks.

Prior to joining the course, learners should ensure their uninterrupted attendance (we recommend taking leave with the course).


Online platforms. Cisco WebEx Meetings video teleconferencing platform. Cisco WebEx Meetings can be run in an Internet browser or downloaded as an application. We recommend that you download the desktop application: There is no requirement to have or to create an account with Cisco WebEx Meetings to attend the course. 

CMDR COE Internet Portal. Personal accounts will be created upon confirmation of course participation. Login:


Access to the Internet, stable Internet connection, working audio (microphone) and video (camera) functions are necessary prerequsites for successfully participating in an online GFP course iteration.


Language. The course will be conducted entirely in English. The command of English language must be at a professional level and in accordance with STANAG 6001 (3-2-3- 2) or CEFRL (B2+/C1).


Attendance and Learning environment. Enrolled learners are expected to participate in and fully engage with all course activities and to limit distractions as much as possible. The intensive course schedule does not allow for absences. Certificate for successful completion shall not be awarded to learners, who have been absent more than 10% of the total course duration, or of a critical course assignment.



Online application is opened until 18 SEPT 2023. Successful applicants will be notified by 01 OCT 2023.

Number of learners:

- face-to-face iterations: minimum 15, maximum 30

- online iterations: minimum 10, maximum 20 



Face-to-face: Participants are expected to have a valid insurance coverage for their stay in Bulgaria.


Course Fee. The course fee for resident iterations is 250 EURO and for online iterations - 200 EURO. Enrolled learners / their organisations are to cover the course fee latest one week before course start. The fee can be payed online (a payment link will be provided) or via bank transfer (further details will be provided). In case of no show past the cancellation deadline (two weeks in advance of course start), the course fee is non-reimbursable.

Fee exemptions: member of the security and defence sector from the CMDR COE Sponsoring nations.

Face-to-face iterations: successful applicants are responsible for arranging and covering their travel, accommodation and per diem. The CMDR COE could provide accommodation suggestions upon request. 


Dress code:

General (both military and civilian): Smart casual.

Optional (military): Uniform.



Cancellation of participation is only possible with a 2-week notice prior to the start date of the course for both face-to-face and online iterations. The CMDR COE reserves the right to cancel the course also with a 2-week notice prior to the start date in case the minimum number of participants is not reached or due to circumstances beyond the Centre's control. A written notice will be circulated to all selected trainees.  


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Resilience Through Civil Preparedness Course - (ETOC CODE: ETE-CM-25589)


18 Sep 2023
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