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Courses so far in 2018

So far this year we have had 18 CFAV courses completed on the CIS Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This has resulted in 204 CFAV CIS qualifications being awarded on Westminster. The courses included all of the CFAV CIS qualifications from the new Adult Radio User (2018) qualification to re-qualifications for CIS Intermediate Instructor (2018).

Currently, there are 22 courses notified to take place in February 2018 and use the CIS VLE for their assessments. These include 2 and 3 star Cadet courses as well as the same mix of CFAV courses as we had in January.

There are still a number of CFAVs yet to complete the Mercury Training Gap training and assessments to convert their (2017) qualifications. Please continue to spread the word as time is quickly running out!

Whether you are new to Cadet CIS, or have been instructing on these courses, thank you for your hard work so far and we look forward to working with you on courses in the future!

Use of Virtual Learning Environment

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) hosts and generates all of the Cadet CIS assessments ensuring each assessment is unique yet at the same standard. Each student is also provided with individual feedback immediately after submitting an assessment. A table of all the qualifications taught at unit level and available assessments is included below:

Qualification Assessment Type
Cadet APC Basic CIS Paper & Online available
Cadet APC 1* CIS Paper & Online available
Cadet APC 2* CIS Online preferred, Paper By Request
Cadet APC 3* CIS Online preferred, Paper By Request
Cadet APC 4* CIS Online only
CFAV Adult Radio User Online only
CFAV CIS Basic Instructor Online only

Courses requiring the use of the VLE should be registered at least 4 weeks in advance by sending an email to with details of the course (Unit responsible, dates, WESTMINSTER activity reference, location, instructors and estimation for student numbers). This enables the course instructor qualifications to be checked and online support to be planned. This enables certificates and qualifications to be awarded in a timely manner, usually the same day. An example notification is below:

Sirs,

Anywhere County ACF will be holding a Cadet Radio User course over the weekend of 10-11 December 2016 at CTC Somewhere. The Westminster activity reference is 16/443567. Instructors will be Capt C Bloggs and 2Lt B Jones. 16 students are expected to attend this course.

Capt Chris Bloggs

Students must then be registered no later than 1 week before the course by the Course Officer. This is achieved by completing student details in the “UserDetailsDistv3.xls” file, which should be sent to

Spreadsheet Guidance: (All fields except role and course can be downloaded from Westminster nominal role report. It is recommended to save this a private report with the correct columns for future courses)

    • Pnumber – As recorded on WESTMINSTER. Any containing letters, should be in lower case.
    • firstname – Should be the persons complete first name with a capital first letter. Initials and or middle names should not be used.
    • lastname – Should the Surname CAPITAL LETTERS ONLY.
    • email – CFAV students should use their own e-mail address. Cadet students should be given a fake e-mail of their pnumber @westminster.mod.uk e.g.
    • unit – Should be the ACF County or CCF Contingent as it appears on WESTMINSTER as this is used for the certificate.
    • role – Each student should be recorded as “student”. A nominated Instructor may be included on the spreadsheet to track progress through the assessments, they should be recorded as “teacher”.
    • course – A description of the course students are being enrolled on. This enables more than one course to be registered in one spreadsheet.

Each student will be required to change their passwords on their first login. The password complexity requirements will be shown at the time. All assessments and End of Course InVal MUST be completed by each candidate for their certificate to be generated. It is important the the certificate is viewed by the student to check for any errors.

Qualifications will be awarded and certificates uploaded to WESTMINSTER as soon as possible after the course. The Course Officer will also receive a summary of the course feedback which has been completely anonymised for their own course evaluation.

Requests for paper assessments should be e-mailed to at least 4 weeks in advance so a paper and mark scheme can be generated for your course.

CyberCenturion Competition open to Cadet teams

CyberCenturion is a competition aimed to engage thousands of talented individuals who may have the skills to defend the UK online. The competition is played by teams of four with one reserve. Players must be aged 12-18 and not at university. Each team must include a responsible adult as the liaison between the organisers and the participants. The competition is open to anyone in the U.K. Or overseas territories that meets the age requirements and has the correct team format (including leader).

Each team must play a series of online qualifying rounds, which will challenge them to learn about networking, defence and cyber security. The top teams from each category will be invited to the national final.

To get started, you will need to register your team at www.cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/cybercenturion

Online Assessment of CFAV BSI and Cadet Radio User

Following on from the post of 16 May 2015, there have been ongoing improvements to the Virtual Learning Environment and assessment of the CFAV Basic Signals Instructor course. These improvements have now enabled the Cadet Radio User course to also be assessed online should units wish to make use of it. This is not compulsory and paper assessments may continue to be used for CRU. Those using paper assessments accept the responsibility for marking assessments, completing certificates as well as uploading qualifications and results to Westminster.

Courses requiring the use of the VLE should be registered at least 4 weeks in advance by sending an email to with details of the course (Unit responsible, dates, WESTMINSTER activity reference, location, instructors and estimation for student numbers). Example below:

Sirs,

Anywhere County ACF will be holding a Cadet Radio User course over the weekend of 10-11 December 2016 at CTC Somewhere. The Westminster activity reference is 16/443567. Instructors will be Capt C Bloggs and 2Lt B Jones. 16 students are expected to attend this course.

Capt Chris Bloggs

Students must then be registered no later than 1 week before the course by the Course Officer. This is achieved by completing student details in the “UserDetailsDistv2.xls” file, which should be sent to

Please note the following:
  • Spreadsheet Guidance (All fields except e-mail can be downloaded from Westminster under activities):
    • Pnumber – As recorded on WESTMINSTER. Any containing letters, should be in lower case.
    • firstname – Should be the persons complete first name with a capital first letter. Initials and or middle names should not be used.
    • lastname – Should the Surname CAPITAL LETTERS ONLY.
    • email – CFAV students should use their own e-mail address. Cadet students should be given a fake e-mail of their pnumber @westminster.mod.uk e.g.
    • unit – Should be the ACF County or CCF Contingent as it appears on WESTMINSTER as this is used on the certificate.
  • Each student will be required to change their passwords on their first login.
  • Assessments are randomly generated for every attempt for each student.
  • Assessment feedback is available immediately after submission.
  • All assessments and End of Course InVal MUST be completed by each candidate for their certificate to be generated.

Qualifications will be awarded and certificates uploaded to WESTMINSTER as soon as possible after the course. The Course Officer will also receive a summary of the course feedback which has been completely anonymised for their own course evaluation.