The Canadian Forces offers you outstanding education and training opportunities throughout your career.

From the Pre-Recruit Training Course for Aboriginals and Basic Training for recruits and officer-candidates, to the exceptional university education given at the Royal Military College, and the many Canadian Forces training establishments where you will receive occupational or specialized training and even graduate degrees, you will learn in superior facilities with sophisticated technologies and experienced instructors.

Basic Training  

Basic Training for Recruits and Officer Candidates

Basic Training is generally conducted at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS) in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, and its detachment in Borden, Ontario. CFLRS provides initial indoctrination to the rudiments of military knowledge and leadership together with the fundamental ethics and values that characterize the profession of arms. CFLRS is the centre of excellence responsible to conduct basic training in a progressive and sustained manner essential for those who have volunteered to serve Canada. The training emphasizes physical and mental robustness, basic military skills, fundamentals of leadership and ethical values. For more information, consult the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School Web site.

Pre-Recruit Training Course for Aboriginals

The Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program provides Aboriginal People in Canada the opportunity to explore the Canadian Forces and experience Basic Training prior to deciding to enrol. The three-week Pre-Recruit Training Course incorporates, elements of the 13-week Basic Training, information on CF Aboriginal History and Military Occupation Career Counselling. This year, the course takes place at the Canadian Forces Base in beautiful Esquimalt, BC.

Royal Military College  

The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) - the university with a difference - is proud of its heritage in producing leaders for the Canadian Forces and our nation. Located in beautiful Kingston, Ont., RMC is a bilingual institution offering an education that is unique in Canada. An RMC education gives young Canadian men and women the professional and personal skills necessary to meet the challenges faced by leaders. Only a select few have the necessary qualities to assume the mantle of command. If you like challenges and hard work, if you want to develop your leadership skills and athletic abilities, and are looking for an enriching university experience leading to an exciting career as an officer in the Canadian Forces, then RMC may be right for you.

Occupational and Advanced Training  

The Canadian Forces prides itself in providing its members with the knowledge and the skills necessary to get the job done and to develop professionally. The CF views Continuing Professional Education as a responsibility to its professionals, facilitating life-long learning and development and as a mechanism to constantly improve occupational knowledge and skills.

List of CF Schools

Canadian Forces Military Police Academy (CFMPA), Borden, Ontario. The primary mission of CFMPA is to provide career and specialist training to Regular and Reserve Force members of the Military Police Branch and security-related training to non-Branch personnel of the Regular and Reserve Forces. CFMPA also provides training to personnel from other government and law enforcement agencies and to foreign nationals under the Military Training Assistance Program.

Canadian Forces Medical Service School/Canadian Forces Dental Services School (CFMSS/CFDSS), Borden, Ontario, is the Centre of Excellence for all Canadian Forces Health Services Group trades training for officers and non-commissioned members of the Regular and Reserve Force Medical and Dental Services.

The School of Operational Medicine (SOM), Toronto, Ontario, part of the Canadian Forces Environmental Medicine Establishment (which is itself the military component of the Defence Research and Development Canada in Toronto) conducts all Flight Surgeon training, as well as courses at various levels in Diving Medicine, to Physicians, Medical Technicians and Physician Assistants.

The Canadian Forces Air Navigation School (CFANS), Winnipeg, Manitoba, selects, develops and trains commissioned Air Navigators and non-commissioned Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators to Wings standard. Navigators and Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators in today's air force direct complex tactical missions by using modern aircraft positioning systems, such as GPS.

The Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue (CFSSAR) in Comox, B.C., provides initial training for newly selected SAR Tech candidates and ongoing training for the 130 operational SAR techs in various courses including Jumpmaster, Team Leader, Dive Supervisor, Overturned Vessel Extraction, parachute and medical recertification. SAR Techs, the Air Force Para-rescue specialists who wear their distinctive orange flight suits with pride are responsible for saving the lives of hundreds of Canadians every year.

The Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (CFSME) is located at CFB Gagetown and is the Canadian Forces Centre of Excellence in Engineer Training and Home of the Engineers. CFSME is responsible for the conduct of 85 different courses that span all ranks and occupations within the Field, Construction and Airfield Engineer organizations.

The Canadian Forces Chaplain School and Centre (CFChSC), Borden, Ontario. is responsible for the training of all chaplains (Regular and Reserve, Protestant and Roman Catholic) who provide ministry to CF personnel and their families. CFChSC provides training in operational and static ministry, preparing military chaplains for service in times of peace as well as during times of conflict. The Resource Centre is an integral part of CFChSC and contains a superb library relating to ministry, religion and other related areas.

The Canadian Forces Fire Academy (CFFA) Borden, Ontario, is mandated and internationally accredited in the delivery of Fire Service Curriculum. The curriculum provides a very diverse selection of career path and specialized training in the areas of Fire Prevention, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, Structural Fire Fighting, Fire Investigation, Rescue and Respiratory Protection Programme Administration.

The Canadian Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical School (CFNBCS) Borden, Ontario, is the national Centre of Excellence and the primary source for joint advanced individual training in the areas of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence, Nuclear Emergency Response , Radiation Safety and Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear Counter Terrorism response. CFNBCS annually offers 9 different courses that provide these specialist-training opportunities to over 600 personnel per year.

The Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics (CFSAL) Borden, Ontario, annually trains approximately 3,000 military members (both Regular Force and Reserve) and civilians, primarily in the five following sub occupations for Logistics Officers: Supply Chain Management, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Fleet Management and Food Services. The following seven occupations for non-commissioned members are also trained at CFSAL: Resource Management Support Clerk, Cook, Steward, Supply Technician, Traffic Technician, Mobile Support Equipment Operator and Musician. CFSAL is also responsible for conducting driver training for most support trades in the CF.

The Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (CFSEME) Borden, Ontario, conducts individual and specialized training for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering officers and Vehicle, Weapons, Fire Control Systems and Material technicians. CFSEME conducts training for both the Regular and Reserve forces. The school offers 54 different technical courses and has an annual expected throughput of approximately 900 students.

The Canadian Forces Training Development Centre (CFTDC) Borden, Ontario, is the Centre of Excellence for training and training development for DND and the CF. The CFTDC mission is to provide training in instructional methods and training development; e-Learning development services; and training development support to the CF. The CFTDC also provides advice and guidance on instructional design and delivery of training to CF training establishments across the country. In addition, CFTDC is active in the evaluation, research and development of training methods and technologies.

The Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE) Kingston, Ontario, has remained at the leading edge of Communications and Electronics training since 1937, first in the Canadian Army and now in the Canadian Forces. CFSCE provides basic, intermediate and advanced training to military personnel employed in the field of Communications and Electronics.

The Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence (CFSMI), Kingston, Ontario, is the Canadian Forces Centre of Excellence for Intelligence Training. The mission of CFSMI is to provide core and specialist intelligence training to officers and non-commissioned members of the Intelligence Branch and other military branches. Training is provided to both Regular Force and Reserve members of all three elements of the Canadian Forces.

The Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (CFSME), Gagetown N.-B., is the Canadian Forces Centre of Excellence in Engineer Training and Home of the Engineers. CFSME is responsible for the conduct of 85 different courses that span all ranks and occupations within the Field, Construction and Airfield Engineer organizations.

Canadian Forces Language Schools, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Ottawa and Borden. For nearly 50 years, the Canadian Forces Language Schools have been providing language training for military personnel across Canada and abroad, adapting their services in response to the changing needs of the Canadian Forces.

The Canadian Forces Fleet School Québec and Esquimalt and the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School Halifax are part of Canada’s Naval Training System and are the only schools in the Command primarily – but not exclusively - oriented towards reservists.

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies (CFSAS), Winnipeg, Man., was established in 1987 to meet the professional development needs of the Air Force, and now offers advanced education and training to some 800 officers and non-commissioned members annually. CFSAS has developed, and continues to perfect, the Aerospace Systems Course, Basic and Advanced Electronic Warfare Courses, the Space Applications Course, and the Air Force Officers Advanced Course (AFOAC).

The mission of 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (3 CFFTS), Winnipeg, Man.. is to conduct pilot training. 3 CFFTS tasks include oversight of the Primary pilot selection and training of all Air Force pilots provided by Allied Wings, who also conduct the visual flight rules flight training for all Air Force navigators. 3 CFFTS conducts helicopter pilot training and multi-engine aircraft pilot training using a variety of aircraft to accomplish its mission.

The Canadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training (CFSSAT), Winnipeg Man., provides initial and continuation training for all CF aircrew on such diverse topics as life support equipment and human factors, search and evasion as well as disorientation and night vision. CFSSAT provides initial and continuation training for all CF aircrew on such diverse topics as life support equipment and human factors, search and evasion as well as disorientation and night vision."

The Canadian Forces School of Meteorology (CFS), Winnipeg, Man., is the central meteorological training facility for CF Met Tech and provides basic and advanced courses in meteorology and oceanography. In addition, CFS Met also provides theoretical and practical training in meteorology to Navigator students and military orientation training to civilian meteorologists responsible for providing Canadian Forces weather support.

2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School, Moose Jaw, Sask. is at the centre of pilot training in Canada's Air Force. It trains over 150 pilots every year through the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program.

The Armour School, Gagetown N.-B.. has had a long history of excellence in training and is committed to maintaining a reputation for producing some of the finest soldiers in the Canadian Forces.

The Artillery School, Gagetown, N.-.B. has the mission to sustain and conduct artillery advance qualifications, advanced artillery leadership qualifications, basic artillery officer requirements, specialized qualifications and assigned centre of excellence responsibilities on behalf of the Army.

The Infantry School, Gagetown, N.-B.. The School's mission is to sustain for the Infantry Corps the advanced infantry qualifications, advanced Sr NCO leadership qualifications, basic infantry officer training, pertinent specialized all-arms qualifications for the Canadian Forces and assigned Centre of Excellence responsibilities for the Army and the Corps.

The Tactics School, Gagetown, N.-B.. The role of Tactics School is to develop, teach, and monitor combined arms operations, focussing on tactics, techniques, and procedures at the combat team level within a battle group context. The School's mission is to educate and train army junior officers in the integration of combat functions at the combat team level on the tactical battlefield.

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations (CFSACO), Cornwall, Ont. The role of CFSACO is to carry out military air traffic control training. A range of basic and specialty courses and conversion training are offered to Aerospace Control Officers and Aerospace Control Operators.

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (CFSATE), Borden, Ont. provides the Air Force with qualified personnel to ensure Aircraft serviceability by developing and carrying out individual aerospace engineering training in accordance with approved doctrine and standards. Training is delivered to Aerospace Engineering Officers and conducts apprentice level training for various trades, including Avionics, Aviation , Aircraft Structures and Imagery technicians.

The Air Command Academy (ACA), Borden, Ont., provides leadership and management training, broadens awareness of Air Force heritage and develops general service knowledge and professional attributes. The School also offers the Junior Leader Air Environmental Course and the Primary Leadership Qualification course. For candidates in the later stages of their careers, the Sergeant Seminar and Senior Air Supervisor Course imparts even more complex management and leadership techniques.

The Canadian Parachute Centre (CPC), Trenton Ont., was renamed the Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre (CFLAWC) to better reflect its specialized training capabilities. It has evolved into a centre of excellence for winter, desert and jungle warfare, as well as a subset of amphibious warfare. It remains the Canadian Forces' centre of excellence for parachuting and the Army's centre of excellence for aerial delivery, helicopter and mountain operations and rappelling.

VENTURE, the Naval Officers Training Centre (NOTC), located at Work Point in CFB Esquimalt, encompasses all aspects of junior naval officer training and development.