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Education and Courses

APDC Education Section

The Commander's Intent 2017 outlines CAF's priorities for Air Force. Two of the six priorities are specifically related to learning. One of those is 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, is to approach learning. APDC Education section offers a number of opportunities to support the Commander's Intent.

Air Power Courses

APDC Education Section manages and conducts five air power courses. Two are face-to-face, and three are distance courses conducted online via Defence's ADELE student learning system.
APDC Education Section can tailor air power professional development packages to your unit's needs.  We can either provide exisitng professional development products or custom-produce courses to suit your needs.

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

Face-to-face courses

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

Online courses

Block I - Fundamentals of Air Power (FAP)
Block II - Strategies of Air Power (SAP)
Block III - Age of Air Power (AAP)

(Note: These courses were previously known as the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Air Power Courses, respectively, but the titles have changed to more accurately reflect the content of each course.  If you have already nominated for the courses bearing the previous titles, you do not have to re-nominate) 

Online courses can be completed by students in their own time on any home computer. 

Online course schedule for 2020

Age of Air Power course - 110020
01/2020: 10 Feb - 01 Jun. (Nominations:Now. Close 27 Jan 20) Session 0037
02/2020: 06 Jul - 26 Oct. (Nominations: Now. Close 22 Jun 20) Session 0038

Strategies of Air Power course - 215212
01/2020: 17 Feb - 20 Apr. (Nominations: Now. Close 03 Feb 20) Session 0018
02/2020: 29 Apr - 30 Jun. (Nominations: Now. Close 13 Apr 20) Session 0019
03/2020: 08 Jul - 08 Sep. (Nominations: Now. Close 22 Jun 20) Session 0020
04/2020: 16 Sep - 17 Nov. (Nominations: Now. Close 31 Aug 20) Session 0021

Fundamentals of Air Power course - 213844
01/2020: 24 Feb - 27 Apr. (Nominations: Now. Close 10 Feb 20) Session 0038
02/2020: 04 May - 06 Jul. (Nominations: Now. Close 20 Apr 20) Session 0039
03/2020: 20 Jul - 21 Sep. (Nominations: Now. Close 06 Jul 20) Session 0040
04/2020: 28 Sep - 30 Nov. (Nominations: Now. Close 14 Sep 20) Session 0041

Nomination process

Nominations are to be submitted through your Unit Training Coordinator or orderly room using the APDC course nomination form, available at https://objcdc7/id:BO979628/document/versions/published  If you do not have a UTC or orderly room, please send nomination form to

Your UTC or orderly room is to enter your nomination into PMKeyS and use the 'comments' box to include the supporting comments.

Priorities are to be indicated in acordance with the below priority list.
Priority 1 - Future identified ACSC students
Priority 2 - Current and identified instrutor positions (SPS, 1RTU, OTS, ADFA)
Priority 3 - Essential qualifications or skills IAW duty statement
Priority 4 - WOFF tier progression development
Priority 5 - ADFA students
Priority 6 - Other Services/APS/international students
Priority 7 - Deployed personnel
Priority 8 - Professional development (only available for selected dates)
Priority 9 - Professional development (awating IET/SEC clearance)
Priority 10 - Professional development (all other)


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 Essay Competition 

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

PhD by Portfolio

Recently, Deakin University began 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 program, please read the associated DEFGRAM  316/2017.