NCM Executive Professional Development Programme



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). Candidates must meet the admission requirements established by RMC to be admitted to the programme.

Admission Requirements

An applicant for admission to the NEPDP must have completed:

  1. Secondary school (Grade 12) leaving diploma or the equivalent (including GED); and 
  2. 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.

Up to a maximum of six students will be admitted to the programme in each academic year.

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 the Certificate of General Military Studies and include courses chosen to reflect a student’s interests and academic preparation.
  • Students who successfully complete the full programme will be eligible for a Certificate of General Military Studies.
  • Students may have the opportunity to upgrade their second language profile, depending on the availability of space and resources. 

Certificate of General Military Studies

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:

Required Courses

  • HIE203: Canadian Military History
  • POE116: Introduction to International Relations
  • POE205: Canadian Politics and Society
  • PSE103: Introduction to Human Psychology

Elective Courses

  • five credits chosen from the Humanities and Social Sciences


  1. Students are encouraged to develop a concentration in a particular discipline.
  2. The certificate can be applied to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) or a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (B.M.A.Sc.).
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