PSYOPS Officer

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Training overview

This course is designed to produce Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) Officers capable of performing the duties of a PSYOPS Officer in both a tactical and operational Head Quarters (HQ). It provides students with the necessary skills to act as an advisor to all levels of command, to plan and produce PSYOPS staff products, and to conduct and supervise psychological operations. The center of gravity for this course is the Operational Planning Process (OPP). Since most of the candidates arrive with a lack of understanding of the OPP, there is an introduction to the various stages, followed by detailed lessons on the various stages, and finally the PSYOPS inputs required at each stage of the OPP. The students then have the chance to apply their PSYOPS training to the OPP during syndicate exercises the same way they would in an operational Head Quarters (HQ).

All exercises are syndicate based and students learn from each other and collaborate in every facet of mission planning, through each of the stages of the OPP.  All syndicate work is closely guided and monitored by our instructors. The PSYOPS Products that candidates are required to deliver reflect the most contemporary themes and objectives available, from open source media around the world utilizing the Canadian Common Training Scenario (CCTS).  This gives candidates the most up to date approach, lessons learned and best-practices from PYSOPS campaigns around the world.  The PSYOPS Officer course places emphasis on the production cycle process and understanding rather than content and outputs.  The Canadian “Whole of Government” approach is also addressed.

Pre-requisites and Eligibility

The prerequistes for this course are:

1. NCMs be the rank of MWO/CPO2; 

2. Officers be the rank of Capt/Lt(N); and

3. Officers should have ATOC (Course code AEKX or AJEA).

At a glance

Security Level: Unclassified

Serials per year: 2

Training days:
    Residency: 15

Student Load:
    Maximum: 24
    Minumum: 6

Upcoming Serials

24 FEB
PSYOPS Officer

Ending: 13 March 2020

16 NOV
PSYOPS Officer

Ending: 04 December 2020



Joining Instructions

  Joining Instructions: PSYOPS (420KB)

PSTC Joining Instructions for PSYOPS Officer, PSYOPS Analyst and PSYOPS TACOP including Annexes found here. Updated Jan '19.

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