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APDC Air Power Education - Frequently Asked Questions

I meet the eligibility criteria, but will I be suitable with my level of experience?

Members considering applying to undertake any of the online courses should read the course outline and if they still have questions they can contact the APDC Education section staff.  Members looking to complete the AAPC should already have an established knowledge of basic air power principles. A suitable foundation would usually come from several years experience in an air power-related role either in the Air Force, another service, the ADO or industry. Those without this foundation should delay applying until they have gained a general understanding of air power. Familiarity with the contents of AAP1000-DóThe Air Power Manual provides an excellent start point. 

The course is particularly suited to members conducting or intending to undertake postgraduate strategic studies, defence studies or similar. Importantly however, the course is NOT an accredited course - credit towards undergraduate or postgraduate courses cannot be obtained.

I would like to do the course, but I’m not sure if I can dedicate the time?

It is important you feel confident of committing effort over the full scheduled period and gain your supervisor’s approval to do the course. This gives some assurance to you and the APDC that you will be supported and allowed the time to participate to the required level, and that there are no known impediments to your completing the course. On top of work and family, the time required to satisfy course requirements can be demanding; typically, it averages at about eight hours per week for the Advanced, six hours per week for the Intermediate and three hours per week for the Basic course. You should carefully assess your ability to make this commitment before applying for the course.

Because of the nature of life in Defence, it is common for unscheduled deployments or priority work tasks to arise at short notice. Where practical, the supervising staff can and will assist in these cases to ensure that your participation continues as best as possible. Although the AAPC is best conducted with minimal interruptions, there is some flexibility that can be applied in compelling circumstances. 

Experience has shown that the AAPC should not be attempted while you are committed to another course, as conflicting time demands can become unmanageable.

Can I obtain credit points towards my undergraduate or postgraduate studies?

The online air power courses are NOT accredited courses, meaning credit points cannot be obtained towards undergraduate or postgraduate studies. The AAPC is recognised against the current air power module within the WOFF and SQNLDR PMET Distance courses. An application for RPL is to be arranged through RAAFSPS and not the APDC. 

Are course results recorded on PMKeys?

Yes. Achievement for the course is awarded as Distinction, Credit, Pass or Fail however a result of PASS or FAIL only is recorded on PMKeys. No percentage score is awarded for the AAPC. A graduation certificate, a minute confirming course completion and overall result, and a marked copy of their essay is provided to each participant. 

Can the APDC come to my unit to present air power professional development?

Yes. The APDC have a specific course, the Basic Air Power Seminar (BAPS) which they can deliver to your unit. The APDC Education section can also tailor any professional development package your unit my need so please feel free to contact them to discuss your needs.

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