Training Development Officer
Training Development Officers provide guidance and advice on the systematic approach to training and education and the Canadian Forces Individual Training and Education System.
As experts in military training, education and professional development programs, Training Development Officers are responsible for ensuring quality and quantity control of training, which includes guiding the development, management and provision of training solutions as well as teaching in a variety of school settings, and managing learning resources. They also conduct human performance research and development, including analyzing operational job performance requirements, identifying organizational needs and suggesting and facilitating solutions to performance problems.
Training Development Officers generally work in an office setting at a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) school, unit, base, command, or at National Defence Headquarters. They may also be employed in a deployed environment in support of military operations or missions.
Pay and career development
The starting salary for a fully-trained Training Development Officer is approximately $49,000 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Regular promotions through the junior officer ranks take place based on the completion of required training and on the length of service as an officer. Once promoted to the rank of Lieutenant (Navy) or Captain, their salary is approximately $79,000 per year.
Training Development Officers initially work as a training and education advisor, where they monitor instruction, supervise instructional staff, and ensure effective course management. As they gain knowledge and experience they may lead a training platoon or section, or act as a School Standards Officer. Training Development Officers who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion, advanced training and professional development.
All Officers are expected to maintain a regular professional reading program, and are encouraged to participate in civilian professional associations. All Officers are required to complete the Canadian Armed Forces Junior Officer Development (CAFJOD) Programme.
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Basic military officer qualification
After enrolment, you start basic officer training at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, for 15 weeks. Topics covered include general military knowledge, the principles of leadership, regulations and customs of the CAF, basic weapons handling, and first aid. Opportunities will also be provided to apply such newly acquired military skills in training exercises involving force protection, field training, navigation and leadership. A rigorous physical fitness program is also a vital part of basic training. Basic officer training is provided in English or French and successful completion is a prerequisite for further training.
Following basic officer training, official second language training may be offered to you. Training could take from two to nine months to complete depending on your ability in your second language.
Training Development Officers receive in-depth training on the specific responsibilities of the position for five months in Borden, Ontario. The course is designed to provide an in-depth perspective of the Canadian Forces Individual Training and Education System and the Systems Approach to Training.
Training Development Officers then complete approximately three months of on-the-job training at a base in Canada under the supervision of a senior Training Development Officer. During this portion of the training, they are expected to apply and consolidate their knowledge and skills to solve real training and educational problems.
Training Development Officers may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including graduate training at a recognized Canadian university.
The preferred degree for those wishing to apply for this job is any Master’s degree in Education and three years of full-time experience as an educational or training consultant.
If you have any Bachelor’s degree in Education and experience working as an educational or training consultant, the CAF will decide if your education and experience match the criteria for this job and may place you directly into the required on-the-job training program following your Basic Military Officer Qualification. You will be required to pass this qualification before being assigned.
Regular Officer Training Plan
Because this position requires a university degree, the CAF will pay successful recruits to complete a bachelor degree program at a Canadian university. Officer Cadets receive a full-time salary including medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full pay in exchange for employment with the Canadian Armed Forces for a period of time. Typically, candidates enter the Canadian Military College System as an Officer Cadet where they study subjects relevant to both their military and academic career. In some instances, the CAF is able to pay for Officer Cadets to attend other Canadian universities in a relevant degree program. Those who attend other Canadian universities typically attend university during the regular academic year and participate in additional military training during the summer months. If you choose to apply to this program, you must apply both to the CAF and the Canadian university of your choice. For more information, see Paid education.
This occupation is available part-time within the following environments: Army, Navy, and Air Force
Serve with the Reserve Force
This position is available for part-time employment with the Primary Reserve at certain locations across Canada. Reserve Force members usually serve part-time in their community, and may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. They are paid during their training. They are not posted or required to do a military move. However, they can volunteer to move to another base. They may also volunteer for deployment on a military mission within or outside Canada.
Training Development Officers may serve with the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army or the Royal Canadian Air Force. They are employed topromote, guide, coordinate and advise on the systematic approach to training and education. They analyze operational job performance requirements, identify needs, suggest and implement solutions to performance problems. When they are employed on a part-time or casual full-time basis they usually serve at CAF bases, wings, home ports and units at locations within Canada.
Reserve Force training
Reserve Force members are trained to the same level as their Regular Force counterparts. They usually begin training with their home unit to ensure that they meet the required basic professional military standards. Following basic officer training, the home unit will arrange for specialized skills training. Training Development Officers train for their qualification at the Canadian Forces Training Development Centre in Borden, Ontario.
Reserve Force members usually serve part-time with their home unit for scheduled evenings and weekends, although they may also serve in full-time positions at some units for fixed terms, depending on the type of work that they do. They are paid 85 percent of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a reasonable benefits package and may qualify to contribute to a pension plan.
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