Non-Commissioned Member Executive Professional Development Programme (NEPDP)
The Non-Commissioned Member Executive Professional Development Programme (NEPDP) is intended to further develop the intellectual, analytical and reasoning skills of the Chief Petty Officers 1st Class/Chief Warrant Officers (CPO 1/CWO) who have been selected to hold key positions and senior appointments in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and those chosen Chief Petty Officers 2nd Class/Master Warrant Officers (CPO2/MWO) who are part of a deep Succession Planning process. Candidates must meet the admission requirements established by RMC to be admitted to the programme.
NEPDP Candidates will complete either the Certificate of General Military Studies (CGMS) or the Certificate of Advanced Military Studies (CAMS), according to academic advice and direction on posting.
An applicant for admission to the NEPDP must have completed:
- Secondary school (Grade 12) leaving diploma or the equivalent (including GED); and
- At least one university course taken in the previous five years and earning at least a "C" average in the course, or the equivalent as assessed by RMC. Alternatively, students may provide other academic or work accomplishments as evidence of their ability to perform at a university level, subject to approval by RMC's Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) section.
An applicant for the Certificate of Advanced Military Studies (CAMS) will have completed the Intermediate, Advanced, and Senior Leadership Programmes (ILP, ALP, and SLP). These applicants will be deemed to have met the prerequisites for CAMS mandatory courses.
NEPDP Programme Outline
- Students will take a minimum of nine one-credit courses over two terms at RMC. Each student will develop an individual learning plan (LP) that takes into account student’s preparation for the programme. The Learning Plan will incorporate the core requirements of either the General or Advanced Certificate and will include courses chosen to reflect a student’s interests and academic preparation.
- Students who successfully complete the full programme will be eligible for either the General or Advanced Certificate.
- Students may have the opportunity to upgrade their second language profile, depending on the availability of space and resources.
- An academic bridging program in August will prepare NEPDP candidates for success.
Certificate of General Military Studies (CGMS)
Applicants must first be selected by the CAF for NEPDP before they can be admitted to the CGMS. The Certificate of General Military Studies is a programme of study that is intended to enhance students’ appreciation of military arts and science. The certificate programme requires the completion of nine credits:
- HIE203: Canadian Military History
- POE116: Introduction to International Relations
- POE205: Canadian Politics and Society
- PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology
- five credits chosen from the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Students are encouraged to develop a concentration in a particular discipline.
- The certificate can be applied to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) or a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (B.M.A.Sc.).
- The CGMS code is AKWB.
Certificate of Advanced Military Studies (CAMS)
Applicants must first be selected by the CAF for NEPDP before they can be admitted to the CAMS. The Certificate of Advanced Military Studies is a programme of study that is intended to prepare senior non-commissioned officers for employment at the strategic level within the Canadian Armed Forces Leadership Development Framework. It encourages the development of strategic expertise, creative and abstract cognitive capacities, and lays the foundation for inter-institutional social capacities, paradigm-shifting change-management, and stewardship of the profession.
The advanced certificate programme requires the completion of nine credits.
- PSE301: Organizational Behaviour and Leadership;
- PSE401: Military Professionalism and Ethics;
- PSE454: Advanced Leadership; and,
- POE317: Introduction to Contemporary Strategic Studies.
- Candidates will take an additional five elective courses, the majority of which will be senior credits, and the majority of which will have military relevance. A recommended list is available from the Academic Advisor.