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Training Development Officer

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What They Do

Training Development Officers promote, guide, coordinate and advise on the systematic approach to training and education. They analyse operational job performance requirements, identify needs, suggest and implement solutions to performance problems.

As experts in military training, education and professional development programs, Training Development Officers are responsible for managing and providing training, conducting human performance research and development, ensuring quality and quantity control, teaching in a variety of school settings, and managing learning resources.

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Working Environment

Training Development Officers work in an office setting at a Forces school, unit, base, command, or at National Defence Headquarters.

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Career Development

The starting salary for a fully-trained Training Development Officer is $51,000 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 $74,000 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. With additional training, they may qualify for a position as a training and education manager, or as a staff officer at a Command or national headquarters level.

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 Officer Professional Military Education Program or equivalent.

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Related Civilian Occupations

Although this occupation has no direct related civilian job, the management, leadership and instructing skills developed in this position are highly valued by employers.

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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 Forces, 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.

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Professional Training

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 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.

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Specialty Training

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.

Now Hiring: We are now accepting applications for this job through Direct Entry and Paid Education.

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Direct Entry

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 Forces 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

Paid Education

Regular Officer Training Plan

Because this position requires a university degree, the Forces 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 Canadian Armed Forces 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 Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian university of your choice. For more information, click on Paid University.