Building Integrity for Senior Leaders (BISL) Course

Building Integrity for Senior Leaders (BISL) Course

Building Integrity for Senior Leaders (BISL) CourseDate: (17-01-2023)
City: Sofia
Location: HYBRID mode (residential and on-line hosted by CMDR COE)

34A  Totleben Blvd., Sofia 1606, Bulgaria.

Duration: 4 days
Classification: NATO UNCLASSIFIED Releasable to Partners
Depth of knowledge: Level 200 / 300

Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) and a team of BI UK Instructors from the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom are pleased to announce the Year 2023 iteration of the Building Integrity for Senior Leaders (BISL) Course, scheduled for the period 17 JAN - 20 JAN 2023.




Most crises (both inter-state and intra-stated rooted) have multi-dimensional causes and symptoms. Their management is operationalized through various stages, principles, tools and actors for crisis transformation. Apart from military officers, foreign policy makers and security experts, humanitarian and relief workers, as well as members of the business community are recognised as essential actors in the field of crisis management. History of armed conflicts and humanitarian crisis illustrates that vulnerable societies are susceptible of corruption. In an emergency situation the corruption consequences are amplified and have devastating effect on crisis resolution.         

Therefore, building integrity has turned out to be a lead task within the context of crisis resolution.



The course is designed to assist and train the audience in building capacities and enhance institutions in the spirit of co-operative security.

E&T solution aims at raising awareness, sharing best practices, processes and methodologies, as well as at increasing interoperability and promoting international co-operation, all of which are important tools in achieving a more secure environment. 



Training Audience:

Military and civil experts involved in crisis response and BI, assigned to NATO Education and Training Facilities (NETFs), Centres of Excellence (COEs), Partnership Training and Education Centres (PTECs), NATO HQs and agencies, UN and OSCE missions and operations, EU and any other international and intergovernmental organizations and other national institutions.


Target audience for this course is officers ranging from OF-4 and above, as well as equivalent civilian personnel serving also in military authorities and other governmental, international agencies and organizations who are involved in BI.


Learning Objectives:

After finishing the course, students will be able to:

- Apply knowledge and skills on theoretical-applied basis for analysis of indicators for areas of possible corruption;

- Demonstrate new capabilities for corruption forecasting and preventive measures planning;

- Demonstrate professional skills to manage large complex social systems in a crisis or emergency.






The course will be conducted in hybrid mode (residential and on-line). 

The course consists of interactive lectures and practical tasks.

The CMDR COE leverages the adult learning principles in its E&T solutions. That is a method seeking and enabling the active involvement of trainees in the process of learning by encouraging critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving based on individual approach and creativity. During the course the Chatham house rule will be followed. All requirements are equally applicable for the participants.



The command of English language should be at a professional level, according to the criteria stated in STANAG 6001. The minimum STANAG level is: 3-2-3-2 and  the minimum civilian equivalent is: B2+/C1 in CEFRL



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.


Face-to-face iterations: selected trainees are responsible for arranging and covering their travel, accommodation and per diem. The CMDR COE could provide accommodation suggestions upon request.



Mandatory online registration should be completed as soon as possible, but no later than 17 DEC 2022. The required minimum for course conduct is 10 participants and the maximum 24 for residential, and 6 for on-line iterations.


Administrative information & Useful links:


- Sofia Municipality:

- Sofia Airport:

- Railway transport:

- City mobility:  

- Sofia guide:


Course Fee: 

No fees will be charged for the course.



Cancellation of participation is possible with a week notice prior to the start date of the course. 




Course Director: COL Svilen Hristov -, office phone number: +359 2 92 24 706

OPR: LTC Vladislav Spiridonov -, office phone number: +359 2 92 24 760

Building Integrity for Senior Leaders (BISL) Course
Building Integrity for Senior Leaders (BISL) Course

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