Crisis Management and Disaster Response Course - (NATO SELECTED; NATO ETOC Code: ETE-CM-21784)

Crisis Management and Disaster Response Course - (NATO SELECTED; NATO ETOC Code: ETE-CM-21784)

Crisis Management and Disaster Response Course - (NATO SELECTED; NATO ETOC Code: ETE-CM-21784)Date: (18-03-2019)
City: Sofia
Location: CMDR COE (Hotel Shipka)
Duration: 5 days
Classification: NATO UNCLASSIFIED Releasable to Partners
Depth of knowledge: Level 200

The CMDR COE resident, NATO SELECTED, Crisis Management and Disaster Response (CMDR) Course will take place on 18-22 MAR 2019.



The CMDR course aims at building basic knowledge and awareness on NATO Crisis Response fundamentals, NATO Crisis Response System (NCRS), and its complementary elements - NATO Crisis Response Process (NCRP), and Civil Emergency Planning - civil preparedness and resilience in a collective defence and deterrence context, according to NATO “baseline requirements”.


Training Audience:

Military officers (OF-3 to OF-5) and/or civilian equivalent, involved in crisis response, assigned to NATO HQs and agencies, missions and operations; NATO Ally and Partner nations′ Ministry of Defence and subordinated HQs; Ministry of Interior, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


Learning Objectives:

- Describe NATO Crisis Response fundamentals;

- Understand NATO′s structure and main CMDR actors;

- Describe NATO’s cooperation with relevant IOs and NGOs as part of a Comprehensive Approach (CA) to security;

- Describe basic elements and characteristics of NCRP, in particular - Civil Emergency Planning, and Crisis Response Planning;

- Explain what is resilience and civil preparedness against current and future threats to security;

- Outline NATO resilience baseline requirements and related guidelines for national application;

- Work with basic criteria for evaluation of resilience.






The course consists of interactive lectures, practical tasks, case studies, and a final hands-on task. The study method used is premised on the principles of adult learning so as to allow trainees to be actively internalising and processing new knowledge. Formative and summative assessment will be made on in-class activities and will be monitored by dedicated mentors.



The command of English language should be at a professional level, according to the criteria stated in STANAG 6001- 3-2-3-2. Equivalent civilian certification will also be accepted. 



Participants are expected to attend all course activities as the intense programme does not allow for absences during the course. Late arrivals or early departures cannot be accepted. Certificate for successful completion shall not be awarded in case absences are recorded.



Mandatory online registration should be completed as soon as possible, but no later than 4 February 2019. The required minimum for course conduct is 10 participants, and the maximum – 30.



Participants are expected to have a valid full medical and other insurance coverage for their stay in Bulgaria.


Course Fee:

The course fee is € 100, excluding speakers, and participants from the CMDR COE Sponsoring nations – the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Poland.

All incurring costs, such as travel, accommodation and meals, are to be borne by participants.



Cancellation of participation is only possible with a 3-week notice prior to the start date of the course. The entire course fee is due past the afore-mentioned period.


Useful links:

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- Course Director: COL Dimitar Dimitrov -

Office number: +359 2 92 24 738

- OPR- CIV Stanislava Kraynova -,

Office number: +359 2 92 24 715

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