Please enable javascript to access the full functionality of this site


Education and Courses

APDC Education Section

 The Commander's Intent 2015 outlines CAF's priorities for Air Force. Two of the six priorities are specifically related to learning. One of those being to 'Fully understand, and be able to cogently explain, as an organisation and individuals, air power and its vital role in national security and the joint team'.
The  'Chief of Air Force Intent for Learning in a Fifth Generation Air Force' outlines CAF's expectations of how Air Force, both as an organisation and as individual members, will approach learning.
APDC Education section 
offers a number of opportunities to support the Commander's Intent.


The following fellowships are available, more information can be found through the Fellowships page.
Chief of Defence Force Fellowships
Chief of Air Force Fellowship
CAF Air Power Fellow UNSW@ADFA

CAF Essay competition

In 2010 the then Chief of Air Force, AM Binskin, announced the inaugual Chief of Air Force Essay Competition (CAFEC)  as a key initiatvie in improving professional mastery. More information can be found through the CAF Essay Compeition page.

Air Power Courses

The courses listed below are not available to the general public.

APDC Education manages and conducts five air power courses, two of which are face to face and three are distance courses conducted online via the ADELE student learning system.
The APDC Education Section can tailor air power professional development packages to your unit's needs. We can either provide exisitng professional development products or can custom produce what you need.

Face to Face courses

Air Power Trainers’ Course (APTC)
Basic Air Power Seminar (BAPS)  

Online courses

Basic Air Power Course (BAPC)
Intermediate Air Power Course (IAPC)
Advanced Air Power Course (AAPC)

The significant advantage of the online courses is that they can be completed by students in their own time on any home computer. 

On-line Course Schedule for 2019

Advanced Air Power Course -
01/2019: 11 Feb - 03 Jun. Nominations close 24 Jan 19
02/2019: 01 Jul - 20 Oct. Nominations close 14 Jun 19

Intermediate Air Power Course -
01/2019: 18 Feb - 21 Apr. Nominations close 01 Feb 19
02/2019: 29 Apr - 30 Jun. Nominations close 12 Apr 19
03/2019: 08 Jul - 08 Sep. Nominations close 21 Jun 19
04/2019: 16 Sep - 03 Nov. Nominations close 30 Aug 19


Nomination Process

Nominations are to be submitted through your Unit Training Coordinator or orderley room utilsing the generic UTW course nomination form, available here http://drnet/raaf/AirForce/DPAF/SEAT/UTW/Pages/PIET%20_%20PMET.aspx (use the link on the top right hand side 'Course Nomination Form').
Your UTC or o/room are to place your nomination into PMKeyS. Nominations will open one month prior to the course nomination close date.
If you do not have a UTC or o/room please send your nomination form to


PhD by Portfolio

Recently Deakin University began to offering a Doctor of Philosophy by Folio program. This program is designed for senior Defence leaders and is focused on professional capabilty development. For more information on this course please read the associated DEFGRAM  316/2017.