24-01 – Cadet Instructors Cadre Professional Development System

Cadet Administrative and Training Orders (CATOs)

1. This order should be read in conjunction with the following references:

  1. CATO 24-02 Cadet Instructors Cadre Training Organization;
  2. DAOD 5031-0 Learning and Professional Development;
  3. DAOD 5031-2 Individual Training and Education Management Framework;
  4. DAOD 5031-5 Canadian Armed Forces Continuing Education Program;
  5. DAOD 5031-8 Canadian Armed Forces Professional Development; and
  6. A-P9-050 Manual of Individual Training.


2. This order prescribes the policies and procedures associated with the Cadet Instructors Cadre Professional Development System (CICPDS) as part of the Canadian Armed Forces Professional Development System (CAFPDS).


3. The following definitions apply to this policy:

Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC)

refers to a part of the Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service (COATS) sub-component of the Reserve Force.  The CIC is a Military Occupation and Personnel Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces that consist of officers whose primary duty is the supervision, administration and training of cadets.

(Cadre des instructeurs de cadets)

Canadian Armed Forces Professional Development System (CAFPDS)

refers to the planned, progressive, career-long process of training, education, self-development and work experience that constitute a continuous learning environment. The process consisting of four pillars: training, education, self-development and experience.

(Système de perfectionnement professionnel des Forces canadiennes (SPPFC))

Individual Training and Education (IT&E)

refers to all instructional activities provided to CAF members that impart skills, knowledge and attitudes required to perform assigned duties (training) as well as exercise sound judgement and correctly interpret information (education). Individual training and education normally results in a CAF qualification.

(Instruction individuelle et éducation (II et E))


4. Chief Reserves and Cadets (C Res & Cdts) is responsible for managing the CICPDS.

5. The CICPDS forms an integrated and sequential development process that constitutes a continuous learning environment and consists of the following four pillars:

  1. Training. Provides the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to perform the assigned duties;
  2. Education.  Provides a base of knowledge and intellectual skills upon which information can be correctly interpreted and sound judgement exercised;
  3. Self-development. Is self-initiated, professionally or personally oriented learning that is normally done on personal time; and
  4. Work experience. Is the application and continued development of the skills, knowledge and attitudes acquired through training, education and self development in the performance of assigned duties.

Training And Education

6. CATO 24-02, Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) Individual Training and Education (IT&E), addresses the first two pillars of the CICPDS in the management of IT&E.


7. CAF members engaged in self-development, including IT&E for which they were not selected or that they were not required to take, shall normally conduct these studies on off-duty time and at no cost to the Crown.

8. For self-development opportunities, CIC officers may investigate the following opportunities:

  1. Canadian Armed Forces Junior Officer Development (CAFJOD). The CAFJOD Programme is intended to acquaint the junior officer with a common body of knowledge related to the military profession;
  2. Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) / Division of Continuing Studies (DCS).  The mission of the DCS is to make university education available to all members of the CAF, spouses of Regular Force members and DND civilian employees.  The degree programmes offered through the DCS at RMC are thoroughly grounded in the elements of the military profession, permitting students to acquire a university degree regardless of where they live and work, and minimizing any negative impact on their commitments to family and career; and
  3. DNDLearn.  DND provides many opportunities for self-development through self-registration using DND’s learning management system.

Work Experience

9. CIC officers are responsible to make the greatest use of IT&E in the performance of assigned duties.  Concurrently, corps / squadron Commanding Officers (COs) and Officers Commanding Sailing / Gliding / Expedition Centres  are responsible, where feasible, for employing CIC officers in work that makes use of their training and education and develops their professional abilities.  CIC officers must work in concert with their CO / OC to continue with their professional development.

Maintaining Currency

10. Leaders, above all, must set an example by seeking information and keeping current. Learning is a lifelong process of developing and sustaining new knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable individuals to adapt performance to maintain currency and competency in their profession, throughout their career.

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OPI: D Cdts & JCR 6

Date: November 2014

Amendment: 4/14

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