Cadet summer training courses

Cadet summer training courses by element.

  • Sea Cadets

    General Training 

    The General Training Course provides cadets who have recently joined the Cadet Program an introductory summer training experience where they will participate in a variety of activities from each specialty, to include Drill and Ceremonial, Music, Marksmanship, Sail, and Seamanship. Cadets applying for this course should have successfully completed Phase One.

    Basic Seamanship 

    The Basic Seamanship Course provides cadets an opportunity to build on seamanship skills learned at the corps and to participate in advanced seamanship activities. Activities include rope work, small craft operation (whaler) training, a day sail on a Sea Cadet Training Vessel (SCTV), and naval communication. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Two.

    Boatswain’s Mate 

    The Boatswain’s Mate Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in advanced seamanship training and obtain the knowledge and skills required to act as Boatswain's Mate onboard a Sea Cadet Training Vessel (SCTV) within the Sea cadet program. Activities include Activities include rope work, marine navigation, ship’s operations and damage control. Cadets applying for this course should be 15–16 years of age, have successfully completed the Ship’s Boat Operator Course (or equivalent) and Phase Four.

    Basic Drill and Ceremonial (Sea) 

    The Basic Drill and Ceremonial (Sea) Course provides cadets an opportunity to build on the drill learned at the corps, participate in advanced drill and ceremonial activities, and to develop leadership skills and knowledge; while performing the role of a team leader. Activities include commanding a squad on parade, drill with arms, flag drill, naval field gun drill and marksmanship training. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Two.

    Drill and Ceremonial Instructor (Sea) 

    The Drill and Ceremonial Instructor (Sea) Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to become a Drill and Ceremonial Instructor. Activities include advanced drill, instructional techniques and leadership. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Three.

    Basic Sail 

    The Basic Sail course provides cadets an opportunity to develop basic sail skills and build on knowledge learned at the corps. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Two.

    Intermediate Sail The Intermediate Sail Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop more advanced sailing and basic power boating skills. Activities include first aid, sailing and small craft operator training. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained CANSail Level II Qualification, be 14–15 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Three.

    Senior Sail 

    The Senior Sail Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop advanced sailing skills, become a qualified safety boat operator and a trained sail instructor. Activities include advanced sailing techniques, instructional techniques, coaching, and small craft and safety boat operation. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained a CANSail Level III 3 Qualification, Small Craft Operator Program Modules One and Three, and a Standard First Aid Qualification, be at least 16 years of age as of December 31 of the calendar year to which they will be participating in the course and have successfully completed Phase Four.

    Advanced Sail 

    The Advanced Sail Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop advanced sail and racing skills. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained CANSail Level 5, CANSail Spinnaker Level 1 and CANSail Trapeze Level 1 Qualifications, have successfully completed the Intermediate Sail Course, and have successfully completed Phase Four.

    Ship’s Boat Operator 

    The Ship’s Boat Operator Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop more advanced seamanship skills and obtain the qualifications required to operate various small craft used within the Sea cadet program. Activities include first aid, rope work, marine navigation, and small craft operator training. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Three.

    Shipwright

    The Shipwright Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop skills in repairing small boats, and carrying out fiberglass and ships carpentry work. Activities include rope work, workplace safety training, and small boat repair. Cadets applying for this course should be 15–16 years of age, have successfully obtained Small Craft Operator Program Modules One and Four, hold a valid standard first aid qualification and have successfully completed Phase Four.

  • Army Cadets 

    General Training 

    The General Training Course provides cadets who have recently joined the Cadet Program an introductory summer training experience where they will participate in a variety of activities from each specialty, to include Drill and Ceremonial, Music, Marksmanship, and Expedition. Cadets applying for this course should have successfully completed Green Star.

    Basic Drill and Ceremonial (Army) 

    The Basic Drill and Ceremonial (Army) Course provides cadets an opportunity to build on drill learned at the corps, participate in advanced drill and ceremonial activities, and to develop leadership skills and knowledge; while performing the role of a team leader. Activities include commanding a squad on parade, drill with arms, flag drill, and marksmanship training. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Red Star.

    Drill and Ceremonial Instructor (Army) 

    The Drill and Ceremonial Instructor (Army) Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to become a Drill and Ceremonial Instructor. Activities include advanced drill, instructional techniques and leadership. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age, and have successfully completed Silver Star.

    Basic Expedition

    The Basic Expedition course provides cadets with the fundamentals of expedition training, building upon what has been taught in Red Star of the corps program. Activities include navigation, a five-day expedition and adventure training. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Red Star.

    Expedition Instructor

    The Expedition Instructor course provides cadets with the knowledge and skills to perform the duties of a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for Expedition activities within the Army cadet program. Activities include first aid, navigation, an 18-day expedition, adventure training, leadership and instructional technique. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age, have achieved a minimum of the Bronze Level of the Cadet Fitness Assessment Incentive Level, and have successfully completed Silver Star.

    Basic Marksman

    The Basic Marksman Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop marksmanship skills and subject matter knowledge. Activities include team-building, marksmanship and adventure training. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Red Star.

    Full-bore Marksman Phase 1 

    The Full-bore Marksman Phase 1 Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop as a specialist with the attitude, skills and subject matter knowledge required to participate in competitive full-bore marksmanship as an individual competitor. Activities include first aid, biathlon, team skill development and marksmanship. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age, have achieved the Basic Marksman qualification and have successfully completed Silver Star.

    Full-bore Marksman Phase 2 

    The Full-bore Marksman Phase 2 Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop as a specialist with the attitude, skills and subject matter knowledge required to participate in competitive full-bore marksmanship as a member of a competitive team. Activities include advanced marksmanship and adventure training. Cadets applying for this course should be 15–16 years of age, have achieved the Full-bore Marksman Phase 1 qualification and have successfully completed Gold Star.

    Leadership and Challenge 

    The Leadership and Challenge Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop, through the use of unique advanced adventure training leadership and challenge development activities, as a self-aware outdoor leader with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to act as an activity leader at a Cadet Corps, Expedition Centre or Cadet Summer Training Centre (CTC). Activities include wilderness first aid, outdoor leadership, and adventure activities such as biking, kayaking, horseback riding or mountaineering. Cadets applying for this course should be 15–16 years of age, have achieved a minimum of the Bronze Level of the Cadet Fitness Assessment Incentive Level, and have successfully completed Gold Star.

    Canadian Forces Basic Parachutist 

    The Canadian Forces Basic Parachutist Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to become a Canadian Forces Basic Paratrooper. Cadets applying for this course must be certified by a CF medical officer as being physically and mentally fit, be 16 years if age by 1 July of the year of training and shall not have reached 19 years of age during the course, have no participation limitations which may preclude them from participating in intense level physical training activities in remote locations and in high altitudes, have achieved the minimum fitness requisite of 31 sit-ups and 7 chin-ups and a 1600-metre run in under 7:30 minutes, and have successfully completed Gold Star.

  • Air Cadets

    General Training

    The General Training Course provides cadets who have recently joined the Cadet Program an introductory summer training experience where they will participate in a variety of activities from each specialty, to include Drill and Ceremonial, Music, Marksmanship, Aviation, Aerodrome Operations, Aircraft Manufacturing and Maintenance, Aerospace, and Aircrew Survival. Cadets applying for this course should have successfully completed Proficiency Level One.

    Basic Drill and Ceremonial (Air) 

    The Basic Drill and Ceremonial (Air) Course provides cadets an opportunity to build on drill learned at the squadron, participate in advanced drill and ceremonial activities, and to develop leadership skills and knowledge; while performing the role of a team leader. Activities include commanding a squad on parade, drill with arms, flag drill, and marksmanship training. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two.

    Basic Aviation 

    The Basic Aviation Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop the fundamentals of aviation. Activities include radio communication, a familiarization flight, meteorology, and air navigation. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two.

    Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace

    The Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop the fundamentals of aerospace, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing and maintenance. Activities include aerospace, aerodrome operations, and aircraft manufacturing and maintenance. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two.

    Basic Survival 

    The Basic Survival Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop aircrew survival skills. Activities include field training, navigation and ground search and rescue. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two.

    Leadership and Ceremonial Instructor 

    The Leadership and Ceremonial Instructor course provides cadets an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to become an instructor and team leader during drill and ceremonial activities. Activities include advanced drill, instructional techniques and leadership. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three.

    Advanced Aviation

    The Advanced Aviation Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop as perform the duties of a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for aviation activities within the Air cadet program. Activities include instructional technique, radio communication, meteorology, and air navigation. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three.

    Survival Instructor 

    The Survival Instructor Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop as a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for aircrew survival activities within the Air cadet program. Activities include instructional technique, first aid, survival and field training, and ground navigation. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three.

    Advanced Aerospace 

    The Advanced Aerospace Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop as a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for aerospace activities within the Air cadet program. Activities include instructional technique, first aid, astronomy, orbital mechanics, and model rocketry. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three.

    Advanced Aviation Technology – Aircraft Maintenance

    Advanced Aviation Technology–Aircraft Maintenance is a six-week course that provides cadets the opportunity to learn aircraft maintenance skills through a set of practical, hands-on training activities, such as installing and removing rivets used in aircraft metal structures, performing a landing gear retraction test on a fixed wing aircraft, assembling an input driveshaft from a turbine powered helicopter.  Cadets applying for the Advanced Aviation Technology – Aircraft Maintenance this course must successfully complete Proficiency Level Three by the end of the training year.

    Advanced Aviation Technology – Airport Operations 

    Advanced Aviation Technology—Airport Operations is a six-week course that introduces cadets to the various components of operating an airport.  Cadets will learn about airside operations, meteorology, navigation, air traffic services, ground services, and safety.  They will also examine some of the history and advancements in the aviation industry and explore employment opportunities.  Cadets applying for the Advanced Aviation Technology—Aircraft Maintenance this course must successfully complete Proficiency Level Three by the end of the training year.

    Glider Pilot Scholarship 

    The Glider Pilot Scholarship is a six- or seven-week training program that results in successful candidates graduating with their Transport Canada Glider Pilot Licence.  Cadets applying for the Glider Pilot Scholarship must be 16 years old by September 1st of the year the course is taken, must successfully complete Proficiency Level Three by the end of the training year, must achieve a mark of at least 50% on the Canadian Armed Forces qualifying exam, must have completed Grade 9 or equivalent (Secondary 3 in Quebec and Senior 1 in Manitoba) by the nomination deadline, must obtain a valid Category 3 Medical Certificate from Transport Canada, and must meet the minimum and maximum height and weight limitations.  The physical limitations for height and weight are: minimum height of 152.4cm and a maximum height of 190.5cm, and a minimum weight of 40.82Kg and a maximum weight of 90.72Kg.

    Power Pilot Scholarship 

    The Power Pilot Scholarship is a seven-week training program that results in successful candidates graduating with their Transport Canada Power Pilot Licence.  Cadets applying for the Power Pilot Scholarship must be 17 years old by September 1st of the year the course is taken, must successfully complete Proficiency Level Four by the end of the training year, must achieve a mark of at least 50% on the Canadian Armed Forces qualifying exam, must have completed Grade 10 or equivalent (Secondary 4 in Quebec and Senior 2 in Manitoba) by the nomination deadline, must obtain a valid Category 3 Medical Certificate from Transport Canada, and must meet the maximum weight limitations. The maximum weight for a student pilot is 111.13Kg.

  • Common to all Cadets 

    Basic Fitness and Sports 

    The Basic Fitness and Sports course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in fitness and sports activities, and to develop knowledge and skills on how to perform the duties of a fitness and sports assistant. Activities include following a personal fitness routine, leading warm-up and cool-down sessions, assisting with the Cadet Fitness Assessment and assisting with recreational sports. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Two / Red Star / Proficiency Level Two.

    Fitness and Sports Instructor 

    The Fitness and Sports Instructor Course provides cadets an opportunity to perform the duties of a fitness and sports specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to perform the role of a fitness and sports instructor and a team leader for fitness and sports activities conducted at the corps / squadron during regionally directed activities and/or as a staff cadet at a CTC. Activities include personal fitness and healthy living, conducting the Cadet Fitness Assessment, and leading recreational sports. Cadets applying for this course should be 15–16 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Three / Silver Star / Proficiency Level Three.

    Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor 

    The Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop marksmanship skills and knowledge, and to instruct and lead air rifle marksmanship activities. Activities include first aid, advanced marksmanship, instructional techniques and coaching. Cadets applying for this course should be 15–16 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Three / Silver Star / Proficiency Level Three.

    Military Band – Basic Musician 

    The Military Band – Basic Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in music training and military band activities, to prepare them to support corps / squadron music programs. Activities include maintaining a primary instrument, music theory, demonstrating rhythm skills, executing drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Two / Red Star / Proficiency Level Two.

    Military Band – Intermediate Musician 

    The Military Band – Intermediate Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in music training and military band activities, to prepare them to support corps / squadron music programs. Activities include first aid, maintaining a primary instrument, music theory, executing drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained a Military Band Music Level Basic, be 14–15 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Three / Silver Star / Proficiency Level Three.

    Military Band – Advanced Musician 

    The Military Band – Advanced Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in advanced music training and military band activities, to prepare them to lead and instruct corps’/squadron music programs. Activities include music theory, executing drill as a member of a band, performing ensemble music as a member of a band, leadership, and instructional technique. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained a Military Band Music Level Basic, be 15–16 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Four / Gold Star / Proficiency Level Four.

    Pipe Band – Basic Musician 

    The Pipe Band – Basic Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in music training and pipe band activities, to prepare them to support corps / squadron music programs. Activities include highland dance, maintaining a primary instrument, music theory, demonstrating rhythm skills, executing drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Two / Red Star / Proficiency Level Two.

    Pipe Band – Intermediate Musician

    The Pipe Band – Intermediate Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in music training and pipe band activities, to prepare them to support corps / squadron music programs. Activities include first aid, highland dance, maintaining a primary instrument, music theory, executing drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained a Music Proficiency Level – Pipes and Drums Level Two, be 14–15 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Three / Silver Star / Proficiency Level Three.

    Pipe Band – Advanced Musician

    The Pipe Band – Advanced Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in advanced music training and pipe band activities, to prepare them to lead and instruct corps’ music programs. Activities include highland dance, music theory, executing drill as a member of a band, performing ensemble music as a member of a band, leadership, and instructional technique. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained a Music Proficiency Level – Pipes and Drums Level Three, be 15–16 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Four / Gold Star / Proficiency Level Four.

    Advanced Training - Staff Cadets 

    Staff Cadets undergo advanced training which includes being mentored by adult leaders and senior staff cadets. Staff Cadets provide leadership, instruction and support to course cadets at a Cadet Training Centre (CTC). Staff Cadets are not employees. Participation by the staff cadet during authorized CTC training constitutes advanced training. Advanced training staff cadets are divided into two distinct categories:

    • Type 1: Training; and
    • Type 2: Training Support.

    Examples of staff cadet assignments include recreational sports staff, division / platoon / flight staff, and administration staff.  Staff cadets receive an advanced training allocation ranging from $83.00 to $111.00 per day depending on their rank.  Cadets applying for staff shall not be less than 16 years of age as of the first day of their advanced training period.

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