Modules 1 to 3 of the Capability and Acquisition Series have replaced the Acquisition Employment Training course.

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As part of the Capability and Acquisition Series, this practitioner level course will enable you to acquire an understanding of the MOD’s acquisition management processes, preparing you to work within the MOD acquisition environment.

Successful completion of this module will enable you to progress to Capability and Acquisition Series Module 3.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 01 - 12 Feb 2021
    • 12 - 23 Apr 2021
    • 14 - 25 Jun 2021
  • Duration10 days
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost


    Concessions available

Course structure

Blended learning

What you will learn

This course will enable you to analyse and evaluate:

  • The Defence Acquisition Model
  • MOD project life cycle, known as Concept Assessment Development Manufacture In-service Disposal / Termination (CADMID/T)
  • Defence Through Life Support
  • Programme and Project Management
  • The relationships between Portfolios, Programmes and Projects, including:
    • Project Organisation and People
    • Project Scheduling and Resource Analysis
    • Project Budget and Cash Flow
    • Risk Management and Estimating
    • The Critical Aspects of why projects fail
  • UK MOD tendering and the tender assessment process 

You will also be given the opportunity to practice the skills and processes required on appointment to a specialist role in Acquisition.

Core content

Who should attend

This course is a prerequisite for a number of military posts.

If you are a civil servant, the course will provide you with the key skills needed to undertake a job in the capability and acquisition arena. 

If you are an international student or from industry, the course will provide you with a working understanding of the process and lexicon the UK MOD use in the Capability and Acquisition arena. 

The course is recognised as part of the military Capability and Acquisition FKSE (Functional Knowledge Skills and Experience).

If you successfully undertake all three modules from the Capability and Acquisition Series you will be awarded one or more of the following (depending on the learning pathway you have chosen):

  • Managing Successful Programmes (Foundation)
  • Managing Successful Programmes (Practitioner)
  • Project Management Qualified (APM PMQ) 



A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

You need to have read ‘How Defence Works’ and undertake one of the following: 

  • Navy – link via DLE to Navy Acquisition System Awareness eLearning v1.0, hosted on the  DLE under courses
  • RAF – link via DLE to Air Acquisition Awareness training hosted on the DLE, under schools / RAF / COS Cap
  • Army – link via DLE to Acquisition System Awareness ELearning hosted on the DLE, under schools / Army / Army Intelligent Customer / ELearning

Location and travel


How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.