Certificate of Training in United Nations Peace Support Operations (COTIPSO)

It has been our honour and pleasure here at the Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI) to collaborate with national peacekeeping training centres and other training institutions worldwide through the Certificate of Training in Peace Support Operations (COTIPSO) Programme. To earn a COTIPSO, students completed 12 online POTI courses, a resident course at an affiliated organization, and a thesis. However, two new programmes will soon replace COTIPSO and the COTIPSO Programme will be discontinued.

The Peace Operations Training Institute continues to provide worldwide training to future peacekeepers and humanitarian workers. Our online e-learning programmes are in high demand, and over the last few years, we have provided over 250,000 enrollments to students from 182 nations. Our students find that POTI online training is flexible and can fulfil their desire to learn about peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and humanitarian assistance. To meet increased demand, POTI has initiated two new programmes, the Peace Operations Specialized Training Certificate (POST), which is more flexible and less expensive than COTIPSO and the National Training Centre E-Learning Platform (NTCELP). These two new programmes are more flexible and meet both student and institutional needs better than COTIPSO.

As of March 1, 2016, POTI no longer accepts new enrolees into the COTIPSO programme. Students who are currently in the COTIPSO programme will be able to complete their work. We ask that all current enrolees complete their entire programme of instruction by February 28, 2017. Dr. George Oliver will continue to serve as the COTIPSO Coordinator and be available for your questions and comments at oliver@peaceopstraining.org. As a reminder, the COTIPSO programme was intended to be completed in 18 months. Many of our current students are well beyond that mark. We understand you have busy lives and many of you are doing yeoman’s work around the globe. We urge you to complete all aspects of your COTIPSO before the programme closes on February 28, 2017.

COTIPSO Programme's Three Components

1. Distance Education

Participants in COTIPSO complete twelve distance learning courses from the Peace Operations Training Institute. We suggest a schedule of one course per month for twelve months. These courses each include an End-of-Course Examination and require a minimum passing score of 75%.

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2. Classroom Instruction

Classroom instruction is conducted at recognized national peacekeeping training centres and universities worldwide. View the full schedule.

Please note that students must make their own classroom course arrangements directly with the provider of the classroom training. Students may begin their study with attendance at one of the recognized classroom courses or they may begin with the distance education component.

POTI recognizes completed training from some organizations that are not active COTIPSO partners. The training from these organizations can still be used to fulfill the classroom instruction requirement of the COTIPSO programme. View all COTIPSO partners.

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3. Original Research Paper

After the completion of the resident classroom course and the 12 courses from the Institute, the student writes an original thesis integrating what he/she has learned. The thesis will be written at the level of graduate college research and should demonstrate both a factual understanding of peace support operations and an ability to synthesize and discuss peacekeeping and related issues. The thesis will be written under the supervision of a Thesis Adviser and published on our website upon completion and acceptance. To learn more about these Thesis Advisers and to communicate with them directly, visit the complete list of Thesis Advisers.

Published COTIPSO theses written by POTI students.

Additional Information

Complete information can be found in the COTIPSO Operating Framework (PDF), or by contacting the COTIPSO coordinator, George F. Oliver.

Please note: completion of the COTIPSO demonstrates a thorough study and understanding of UN Peace Support Operations but does not guarantee employment with the UN or any other organization, nor does it confer an academic degree.