The Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI)

The Peace Operations Training Institute is dedicated to providing globally accessible and affordable distance-learning courses on peace support, humanitarian relief, and security operations to men and women working to promote peace worldwide. Students have been taking our distance-learning courses on UN peacekeeping since 1995.

We have the most experience providing distance training in peacekeeping. Our alumni serve in the interest of peace all over the world. They are peacekeepers in the field at Missions, academics teaching the next generation, diplomats, high-ranking officials, and others. Thousands of students from over 170 nations have expanded their knowledge with the Peace Operations Training Institute.

The self-paced, downloadable format of our courses allows the study of peacekeeping topics from anywhere in the world at any time. Our curriculum fulfils many training needs, including preparing for deployment to a peacekeeping mission, increasing effectiveness in the field, complementing study in the classroom, and increasing insight and knowledge of the UN system.

The Peace Operations Training Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity based in the United States of America. We are an independent not-for-profit organization governed by our Board of Directors.

Recognition from the United Nations

Our courses and programmes have been repeatedly welcomed by the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34). Its official recommendations for 2014, appearing in UN document A/68/19, indicate in paragraph 285 and 287:

285. The Special Committee welcomes technological advances, including e-learning, which supplement traditional training methods, and provide access to standardized training materials across a widely distributed population of military, police and civilian peacekeepers. In this regard, the Special Committee welcomes the introductory peacekeeping e-learning course being developed by the Integrated Training Service. The Special Committee welcomes the free and multilingual delivery of e-learning courses on peacekeeping, such as those provided by the Peace Operations Training Institute, including the E-Learning for African Peacekeepers and E-Learning for Peacekeepers from Latin America and the Caribbean. The Special Committee also welcomes the integrated distance learning programmes provided directly to the peacekeeping missions by the Institute. The Special Committee continues to encourage support for such initiatives by Member States through voluntary financial contributions and encourages the Department of Peacekeeping Operations to work with all interested parties to develop a coherent strategy for the delivery of economical and efficient United Nations endorsed e-learning in order to further enhance the effectiveness of peacekeeping.

287. The Special Committee underscores that the Integrated Training Service should focus primarily on enhancing peacekeeping training, including for mandate implementation, and that all United Nations entities engaged in training initiatives specifically or uniquely aimed at peacekeepers, should coordinate these activities through the Integrated Training Service. The Special Committee urges the continued close cooperation of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations with Member States, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the University for Peace, the Peace Operations Training Institute, other training partners, and with the respective peacekeeping missions in the field to provide optimal and timely direction for those conducting peacekeeping operations.

You can read the full report in the six official languages of the UN on the UN Web site.


Note: POTI provides training in accordance with UN standards; however, we are a separate entity from the United Nations.