Request a place Tactical Command Course

Course Details

  • Course duration: 3 days
  • Course category: Command, Resilience, TCC1
  • Course category: null
  • Start/finish time: Start time: 08:15hrs
    Finish time for final day: 17:30hrs (approximately)

The Tactical Command Course will give the delegates the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage a wide range of incidents at a Tactical level.

Places on this course are only available to managers who are expected to perform the role of Tactical Commander as part of their daily role and be on the Trust on call rota at a Tactical level.

This course competency based and assessed and is Pass/Fail.  The course is aligned to current JESIP Doctrine, NARU C2 and NOS.

Course overview

Course Aim

This course has been developed in response to requests from Ambulance Trusts, for Command courses aimed specifically at the Tactical level of Command.

The command of a large scale or challenging in incidents such as mass casualty, flooding or terrorism events are recognised as being extremely complex and challenging; and this course has been designed to give commanders the knowledge and confidence in order to assist in the management of such events.

The Tactical Command course provides a common standard of training and education aligned to the Ambulance Commanders National Occupational Standards (NOS) as well as the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) Joint Doctrine: the Interoperability Framework and National Ambulance Service Command and Control Guidance document (2019-2023).

This course is competency based (Pass/Fail) and delegates will be formatively assed throughout the duration of the course. Once the residential course has been successfully completed the delegate will then complete a post course assignment. This assignment must be completed to gain certification.

Course Programme contents


  • Assessment of understanding the pre course learning
  • Daily Assessments
  • Command and Control Guidance
  • Decision Making
  • Specialist Resources
  • Table Top Exercises
  • TCG Theory
  • TCG Practical
  • Media Awareness
  • Final Exam Pass/Fail

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the JESIP principles
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the National Ambulance Service Command and Control Guidance
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Ambulance role during a Major Incident
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Roles and Responsibilities of the Tactical Commander
  • Demonstrate an understanding of decision making at the Tactical level
  • Understand the role of NILO and Tactical Advisors
  • Demonstrate an understanding of NHS Ambulance Service Specialist Assets
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Legal Aspects of Tactical Command
  • Understand the importance of documentation as a Tactical Commander
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues when managing the media

Eligibility Criteria

To attend the Tactical Command course the delegate should;

  • Be expected to perform the role of Tactical Commander for there Trust
  • Be expected to attend Multi-Agency Tactical Coordinating Groups (TCGs)
  • Be on the Trust On Call Rota for Tactical Command
  • Have attended and passed a Nationally Recognised Operational Command Course

For those who are Tactical Commanders within the control room please contact, to discuss suitability of the course.

This is not a refresher course.  Once this course has been completed it is your responsibility to maintain a portfolio to show Continued Professional Development (CPD).

It is no longer possible to book yourself a place on these courses.  If you are required to attend either the Operational or Tactical Command course please contact the approving manager for your Trust listed below.

Clare Langshaw – WALES              Steven Moore – EEAS

Joe Barrett – NWAS                         Neil Kirk – YAS

Jason Hallahan – LAS                      Keith Sharpe – EMAS

Graeme Few – SCAS                         Darren Claydon – IOW

Stu Holliday – NEAS                        Matthew England – SECAMB

Justin Williams – SWAST               James Williams – WMAS

Steve Ford – Guernsey – Jersey     Mark Ford – IOM

Methods of Delivery

Pre-course learning and assignment, daily knowledge checks, blend of presentations, immersive exercises, group discussions and sessions with External Subject Matter Experts, Pass/Fail exam and post course assignment.

If you have any additional education needs which may impact on your learning please ensure the course lead is made aware prior to your attendance.  You can also contact

Dress Code

The dress code for the course is normal Trust uniform.  This must consist of a collared shirt or polo shirt.


Course Location


Parkhouse Cross, Cholderton, Salisbury SP4 0EG – Phone01980 629542


NARU Education Centre
Defence CBRN Centre
Thorneydown Road
Winterbourne Gunner
Wiltshire SP4 0ES

View map and directions here.

Photo identification is required for access to DCBRNC.  Please ensure you arrive with enough time to complete the security process, this may take an additional 15 minutes or up to 1 hour during busy periods.  May we suggest that you visit the site the day before (anytime as it is open 24hrs) to get your photo security pass and allow quicker entry on the morning of your course.


Please note that NARU no longer arrange accommodation for this course.  Please speak to your trust regarding your accommodation requirements.

Lunch is provided for the course, please ensure your NARU Education profile is up to date so we may capture any dietary alerts.

There is a café on site.

Pre-read Downloads

The pre-course assignment must be completed and returned to at least 72 hours prior to attending the course. This is a mandatory requirement.  If you need any advice or assistance, please contact Jackie.

Any delegate found submitting another person work as their own will be referred to their Line Manager and NARU Head of Education. This could result in disciplinary action.

You must ensure that you are familiar with the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) Joint Doctrine: Interoperability Framework document and National Ambulance Command and Control Guidance (2015).  Civil Contingencies Act 2004, Emergency response and recovery – Updated 2013, NHS England – Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response Framework and Human Rights Act 1998.

Please watch the Major Incident film and the individual chapters – Initial Response, M/Ethane, JDM, IIMARCH, Debrief  (Click on link below and then scroll down page)

Also watch the IED Awareness video, which can be found on the NARU Education Website – E-learning or click on the link below.

There will be assessments on each day of this course so your understanding of the above documents is essential.


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