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

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The Capability and Acquisition Series is a practitioner level course providing you with an awareness of how UK MOD undertakes the end to end process of sourcing and supporting new and existing military capability. The course will provide you with the practitioner level skills (with relevant experience) to undertake the task.

Module 3 - Programme and Project Elective is a short course from the Capability and Acquisition Series.

The aim of the course is to equip you with the civilian practitioner level project and programme skills necessary to deliver your primary task. You are given the opportunity to undertake either: 

  • The Association of Project Managers (APM) Project Manager Qualification (PMQ) formerly known as APMP), or
  • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation and Practitioner.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost


    Concessions available

Course structure

Classroom based

What you will learn

Before you attend 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
By the end of the course you will have an understanding of:
  • practitioner project management, or
  • practitioner programme management

If you successfully undertake all 3 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)

Who should attend

This course is a prerequisite for a number of military posts and is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.

  • Industry
  • Internationals
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Other government departments (OGDs)
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).



A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

Capability and Acquisition module 1 and 2 are required to take this module.  

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details

How to apply

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

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