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This section is designed to assist members with finding free or inexpensive learning opportunities for their continuous / lifelong learning. It also outlines some education and training opportunities for members transitioning from the CAF as well as some Executive Education programs for senior leaders. Finally, it also provides a link to information concerning the new CAF Self-Development Program (CAFSDP) which provides military members with financial assistance for education upgrading, professional development, and preparation for career transition.
But, we start first with some inhouse DND / CAF opportunities:
Learning is not on hold! Renewed focus on virtual training delivery and advice for Defence Team members.
Note: The CAF does not specifically endorse any of these sites and it is NOT responsible for any funding required for any of them. While several of the links provided in the 'Online Courses' section below offer 'free' learning opportunities, there might be some additional costs. That said, this does not stop members from applying and potentially being reimbursed through other means such as the Education Reimburement (ER) program. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/benefits-military/education-training/reimbursements-allowances/education.html
Online Courses - Mostly FREE
Access 2500+ Online Courses from 140 Institutions. 100% free but with the option of purchasing the certificate for each course or just completing the course. Includes institutions such as Harvard, MIT, Sorbonne, U of Queensland etc…
Over 1,700 courses, 100% free. Interactive courses with quizzes that track progress, Options for “Premium” at 7.99 Pounds/monthly. Premium consists of discounts and no ads. Can also purchase certificates and even diplomas.
Khan Academy (FREE)
A non-profit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. No Sign up/registration required. 100% free.
Open Culture (FREE)
1,500 Free Online Courses from the world’s Top Universities.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (FREE)
MIT offers hundreds of free liberal arts and humanities courses through its OpenCourseWare (OCW) program. In addition to courses, you'll also find stand-alone lectures and other education materials. Topics covered in MIT's OCW programs include literature, linguistics, philosophy, writing and humanistic studies, music and theatre arts, and women and gender studies.
Yale University (FREE)
Open Yale Courses (OYC) provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the Internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.
Open Universities Australia (OUA)
You pay for your studies on a subject-by-subject basis.
Courses from CA$12.99. Choose from 150,000 online video courses with new additions published every month
Post CAF Opportunities
Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Education and Training Benefit
Thinking of going back to school after your career in the military? Get financial help to go to college, university, technical school, or a short-term program.
Operation Entrepreneur (POE) is a national program that provides transitioning Canadian military personnel and Veterans with the education, tools and resources they need to build confidence, develop networks and start their own businesses.
CAF Self-Development Program (CAFSDP)
Government of Canada Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP)
The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) provides targeted learning and development opportunities for current federal public service executives in two streams, at the EX-01 to EX-03 levels and at the EX-04 and EX-05 levels.
Ivey Business School
The Ivey Academy at Ivey Business School is Canada's home for leadership development. It is
ranked as one of the top Executive Education providers globally by Financial Times. Strengthen your business acumen and leadership capabilities at Canada’s home for learning and development.
Rotman School of Management
At Rotman Executive Programs, Canada’s leading executive education provider for open-enrolment programs, we enable leaders to develop the capacity to transform themselves, their organizations and their communities by offering specialized business education programs for individual and organizations which address today’s business challenges and opportunities.
Telfer School of Management
Telfer Executive Programs is the premiere provider of executive & leadership development programs across the National Capital Region, with a reach across Canada and internationally.
Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP)
We are an international foundation serving a global community of individuals and organisations. Our mission is to advance peace, security and international cooperation. We provide the knowledge, skills and network for effective and inclusive decision-making.
Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
CSIS offers year-round educational opportunities for individuals and organizations to increase their knowledge of geopolitical trends, understand the policy ecosystem of Washington, and to expand their personal leadership potential.
Harvard Kennedy School
With more than 35 open-enrollment programs led by Harvard faculty, Executive Education at Harvard Kennedy School is an invaluable educational opportunity for senior leaders from every sector of society who seek to optimize their effectiveness and make a difference.
Harvard Kennedy School (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs)
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is the hub of Harvard Kennedy School's research, teaching, and training in international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy.