Courses and education

Through our courses and seminars, we offer specialised training and education for operating in cold weather.

The Education and Training branch (E&T) provides support and offers specialised training and education in order to enhance the general knowledge and to increase combat effectiveness while operating in an arctic or cold weather environment.

E&T is prepared to accommodate a variety of requirements – from individual to unit level as certification, courses and seminars using the knowledge of all branches in the Norwegian Armed Forces as well as from allied and partner nations.

We have a standard Basic Cold Weather Unit Training programme. It is a basic programme and is designed for units with little, or no, cold weather experience. The overall aim of this programme is to establish the basic routines for operations in cold weather and give the unit basic knowledge of how to fight and maintain combat readiness in a cold climate.

The training consists of a four week programme. The first week focuses on the staff, NCO and medic training and preperations, and the last three weeks are for unit training. Trough the training, the Unit will acquire knowledge and skills on utilising their own combat techniques in winter conditions, whilist also being able to use their weapon platforms as well as maintain them. The end state is that the unit is ready to start field integraion training with other allied units in a cold environment. 

Our courses

Centre of Excellence for Cold Weather Operations offers a diversity of cold weather courses. Some courses run annually, some biannually and some by request. The courses are open for students from NATO and partner in nations.

Course programme 2021–2022

  • NATO COLD WEATHER OPERATION SURVIVAL INSTRUCTOR COURSE

15–26 November 2021.

  • NATO COLD WEATHER COMBAT MEDIC INSTRUCTOR COURSE

22 November–3 December 2021.

  • ARMY SURVIVAL, EVASION, RESIDANCE AND EXTRACTION INSTROUCTOR COURSE- WINTER

 14–25 February 2022.

  • NATO WINTER INSTRUCTOR COURSE

7 February–3 March 2022.

  • NATO AVALANCHE WARNING COURSE

8–18 March 2022. 

  • NATO STAFF OFFICERS WINTER COURSE

19–29 April 2022. 

  • NATO AVALANCHE RESCUE INSTRUCTOR COURSE

25–29 April 2022.

Invitation to request student seats on the courses has been distributed by to all accredited NATO embassies and Allied Command Transformation (ACT). Units or individuals who want seats on the courses must request this trough chain of command.

Centre of Excellence Cold Weather Operations

FVS, Terningmoen P. O. Box 393, N-2403 Elverum, Norway
Hamarveien 110, Terningmoen Camp, N-2403 Elverum, Norway