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Intermediate Air Power Course

Course Convenor

GPCAPT Philip Edwards is the course convenor.


The Intermediate Air Power Course (IAPC) focuses on air campaigning and the need for air power doctrine to keep pace with technological advances, legislative changes and the expectations of government.

The IAPC builds on the knowledge gained in the BAPC by reviewing specific historical air campaigns to assess how air power was used, its successes and failures, and by making links between factual events and air power doctrine. 


The IAPC course is open to all ADF SNCOs, junior officers and ADO public service APS3 to APS6. While priority will be given to RAAF SGTs and FLTLTs, nominations from Navy and Army personnel are welcome.  

Note: Completion of the Basic Air Power Course is not a pre-requisite for the Intermediate Air Power Course. However, they do build on one another, so it is recommended that you complete them in order.

The IAPC is generally conducted four times each year.


The topics covered in the course are:

  1. Vietnam War
  2. Arab-Israeli conflicts
  3. Indo-Pakistan Wars
  4. Falklands War
  5. Gulf Wars
  6. Libya and Afghanistan


There are two assessment areas in this course: participation in weekly online discussions, which require input from each course member to the academic supervisor for the six weekly tutorials, and one essay of 1500 words. It is compulsory to obtain passes in both assessment areas in order to achieve an overall pass in the course.

Course program

The course runs for approximately nine weeks. 
Week 1:         admin week
Weeks 2-7:    weekly seminars
Weeks 8-9:    assignment writing 
Week 9:         assignment submission

Course schedule

The tutorial active weeks open at 1200 on a Friday and close at 2330 the following Sunday (10 Days). The admin week is your time to test your login and add your welcome comments to test the forum. Your participation in the weekly tutorials can be added at any stage during that tutorial's active week. You can access the online course through any device that has internet connection.

Course completion

On successful completion of the IAPC, the marked essay, a course report, a letter stating the member’s course result and a graduation certificate are posted to the graduate. For ADF participants, completion of the course is recorded in PMKeyS.  


Academic supervision is provided by Group Captain Phil Edwards. The course is coordinated by the APDC Education staff, who are the point of contact for further information.


Individuals can nominate for the IAPC through their UTC or orderly room. The IAPC PMKeyS course code 215212.