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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 Moodle 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

Online courses

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

Course schedule

Due to an extreemly high volume of nominations for the Basic Air Power Course and unforseen changes within the APDC Education section, Basic Air Power Course 04/2018 is closed. No futher nominations will be accepted wef 25 June 2018. Unsuccessful nominations from 03/2018 BAPC will have priority for panelling.

COURSE DATES FOR 2018 can be found HERE
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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.