Request a place MAGIC: Multi Agency Gold Incident Command

Course Details

  • Course duration: 3.5 Days
  • Course category: Command, Resilience
  • Course category: Command
  • Start/finish time: The timings for each course are variable so please refer to your joining instructions.

This course is owned and delivered by the College of Policing in partnership with NARU

Strategic Command Training that develops commanders in the NOS and competencies required for effecting strategic management of a major incident.

Course overview

Course Aim

MAGIC aims to develop delegates’ confidence, understanding and ability to perform the role of the Strategic Commander by planning, implementing and reviewing a multi-agency strategy to ensure the timely resolution of a major incident or civil emergency.

This course links to the following Skills for Justice Integrated Competency Framework (ICF) activities and National Occupational Standards (Police) (NOS)

ICF 109 Set, monitor and review strategy for operations (gold)
ICF 919 Ensure the effective handling of major (and critical) incidents
ICF 938 Develop force operational strategies and contingencies plan for major incidents and disorder
ICF 318 Participate in simulated exercises in preparation for contingencies or major incidents
ICF 928 Manage media during major enquiries and incidents
NOS 2B1 Set, monitor and review strategies for policing operations
NOS HB7 Provide leadership for your organisation
NOS CD3 Prepare for, and participate in, planned law enforcement operations
CCAA1 Work in co-operation with other organisations
CCAA2 Share information with other organisations
CCAA3 Manage information to support civil protection decision making
CCAB1 Anticipate and assess the risk of emergencies
CCAD1 Develop, maintain and evaluate business continuity plans and arrangements
CCAD2 Promote business continuity management
CCAE1 Create exercises to practice or validate emergency or business continuity arrangements
CCAE2 Direct and facilitate exercises to practice or validate emergency or business continuity arrangements
CCAE3 Conduct debriefing after an emergency, exercise or other activity
CCAF1 Raise awareness of the risk, potential impact and arrangements in place for emergencies
CCAF2 Warn, inform and advise the community in the event of emergencies
CCAG1 Respond to emergencies at the strategic (gold) level
CCAG4 Address the needs of individuals during the initial response to emergencies
CCAH1 Provide on-going support to meet the needs of individuals affected by emergencies
CCAH2 Manage community recovery from emergencies

Course Programme contents

The Multi Agency Gold Incident Command (MAGIC) Programme has recently undergone a full review including the learning outcomes and a training needs analysis.  The new course launched on 11 April 2012 and now includes a legislation guide, pre-course work element and a 3.5-day course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

MAGIC will assist delegates in developing their performance by providing an opportunity for them to:

  1. Define the roles and responsibilities of different agencies during a major incident or civil emergency
  2. Take strategic ‘Gold’ command of a major incident or emergency for their own agency
  3. Plan, implement and review civil contingency plans and multi-agency communication strategies

MAGIC provides a solid foundation for delegates to continue multi-agency training with their specific LRF, to meet the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) 2004, by sharing and exercising local plans. This can be facilitated through the application of MAGIC training delivered to LRFs.

This course is aligned to the following NHS Commissioning Board Core Standards for EPRR which will assist Ambulance Trusts in meeting these standards by providing relevant educational modules:  

9.1 Refer to the National Ambulance Service Command and Control Guidance 2012 and any other relevant ambulance specific guidance relating to major incidents
9.10 Make sure all commanders maintain a continuous personal development portfolio
9.34 List their key strategic, tactical and operational responsibilities as set out in the NHS Emergency Planning Guidance 2005 (or subsequent relevant guidance)

Intended Audience

MAGIC is aimed at Category 1 Responders from the ‘blue light’ services and partner agencies who would normally perform Strategic (Gold) Command for their organisation during a major incident or civil emergency.

Delegates must be trained Gold Commanders from Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance/Health Services. Participants may include Local or Central Government, and the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

This course is designed to provide continuous professional development for trained Gold Commanders or Multi-Agency Gold Training for those refreshing their single agency training.


Eligibility Criteria

Prior to attending MAGIC the delegate must be able to:

  • Demonstrate Gold / Strategic Command within their own parent organisation
  • Describe their own learning objectives for the course and its place within their own development plan
  • Outline their own agency’s role at a Major Incident / Civil Emergency
  • Describe their own agency’s major incident and contingency plans, providing an example from their area of work
  • Summarise the contents of the publication “Short Guide to Civil Contingencies”
  • Identify and provide an example of those in their organisation who have undertaken the role of Gold Commander for a multi-agency event
  • Explain and link the four stages of a major incident.

Police officers will be asked to demonstrate evidence of prior Gold training and application e.g. Public Order, Firearms, and Critical Incident Command 3 etc.

Methods of Delivery

The course will be delivered through a combination of facilitated discussions, table-top exercises, role-play and input from subject matter experts.

Dress Code

Smart business wear.

Course Location

This Course will be held at one of three venues.  Please refer to your Joining Instructions for confirmation of the location.

The College of Policing – Bramshill, Hook, Hampshire RG27 0JW

Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0RH

Harperley Hall,  Fir Tree, Crook, County Durham, DL15 8DS



Accommodation provided as part of the course at the respective training venue, and also for the night prior to course start if required.

Please note that towels and toiletries are not provided.

Pre-read Downloads

Due to the restricted nature of this course, this information will be sent out to candidates once their application has been successful.

Equipment Requirements

There are no equipment requirements.

Request a place on this course today


  • 8-11 February 2021 (Fire Service College)
  • 26th – 29th April 2021 (Fire Service College)
  • 4th – 7th May 2021 (Fire Service College)
  • 14th 17th June 2021 (Fire Service College)
  • 5th – 8th July 2021 (Fire Service College)
  • 12th – 15th July 2021 (Fire Service College)
  • 6th – 9th September 2021 (Fire Service College)
  • 4th – 7th October 2021 (Fire Service College)
  • 1st – 4th November 2021 (Fire Service College)
  • 6th – 9th December 2021 (Fire Service College)
  • 13th – 16th December 2021 (Fire Service College)

If you are interested in attending any of the above dates for this course, please ask your Trust Resilience Lead to contact Jackie King at