Joining Instructions - Virtual Learning (VL)


To provide candidates registered on VL courses given by the Chief Warrant Officer Robert-Osside Profession of Arms Institute (Osside Institute) at the Royal Military College St-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean) with the information needed to understand how the distributed learning portion will be conducted and who to contact for additional information or assistance. Visit the RMC Saint-Jean website under the Osside Institute section for updated information. Additional information will also be provided upon your first day of the course.

Introduction to the Programs

The programmes are given to develop the senior non-commissioned members (NCMs) in leadership roles.

Note: For more information refer to the specific course descriptions


The Qualification Standards for the ILP, ALP, SLP and SAP were approved by the Canadian Defence Academy which assumed responsibility for all CAF common professional development.

The aim of these VL courses is to provide members with the basic tools, skills and knowledge necessary to perform their duties at the rank of PO1/WO, CPO2/MWO and CPO1/CWO.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, introduction of the VL courses represents the most significant change in the approach being taken by the CAF to educate the NCM Corps. The VL courses are part of a mitigation strategy during the period of social distancing. The intent is to resume residential portion on the RMC Saint-Jean campus when it will be deemed appropriate and the restrictions lifted.

In the interim, all VL courses will provide the candidates with the knowledge required to successfully complete the residential portions of the ILP, SLP and SAP (with the exception of the ALP course, which is solely delivered by Distance Learning (DL)). As such, assessment for this training and education is "pass/fail" and candidates must successfully complete the DL portion of the programme before they can be registered on the VL course.

Autobiography (not applicable to SAP)

Each candidate will write an autobiography in order to assist the Directing Staff , via Moodle drop box, on the first day of the course. Candidates will write an autobiography of 500 words or more. See Annex A for details.

Candidate interview sheet (ILP only)

Candidates are to complete the Interview Sheet and present it to their Directing Staff when contacted the week prior to course. It will be sent by your directing staff.

Dress Orders

Appropriate civilian attire is authorized during our VL programmes, however, inappropriate writings or symbols will not be tolerated.

Computer Support

Candidates will receive a Moodle invitation from RMC prior to the start of course. When creating your Zoom profile, ensure your Display Name is your first and last name only. Candidates should be familiar and registered with MOODLE and ZOOM software prior to the start of the course. The Zoom application is to be downloaded from the internet only unto a device that is not DWAN. The software is free and can be accessed from "Google Play" or the "Apple App Store". They can be installed on tablets or mobile device. See Annex B for minimum requirements and additional information.

Moodle Learning Management System: The VL courses consist of a scheduled reading and a work program that will be delivered to the students using a web-enhanced format via Moodle.


Note: Despite the vulnerability found in ZOOM, the Canadian Defence Academy approves the use of this platform within the security guidelines as an instructional media.

Note: The Zoom platform is not authorized on a DWAN work station.

Course Dates, Course Material and Attendance

Course dates as advised on your loading message are firm. No exceptions will be made.

Candidates must attend all scheduled classes. Your attendance will be recorded. Candidates who miss more than 10% of the course will have their file reviewed by the training establishment. The files will be subjected to a Progress Review Board for failure to meet course requirements.

The training will consist of virtual classes, reading assignments and homework. Expect full working days of 8 hours of training per day. The course schedule will be available prior to the first day of the course. See Annex C for contact information.

Confirmation Message

Confirmation of your participation is to be forwarded NLT 21 days prior to the course start date by sending an e-mail to Your e-mail must contained registration form and unit agreement form as requested in the loading message special instructions, Para 3, A.

Learning Disability Accommodation

Accommodations for learning disabilities can be requested in accordance with the DAOD 5516-5, Learning Disability Accommodation during Recruiting, Training and Education. All accommodation requests need to be approved by the Director – Personnel Generation Requirements through the candidate chain of command.

Academic Integrity

Reference: DAOD 5019-6 - Academic Misconduct


Plagiarism is the use of another person's work without acknowledging the author/source with the intent to pass it off as your own. The verbatim or almost verbatim presentation of someone else’s work constitutes an example of plagiarism. This applies to paraphrasing or summarizing the work of others as well as direct quotations.


Cheating is the act or attempt to give, receive, share or utilize unauthorized information or assistance before or during the writing of a text or examination. Examples of cheating include the presentation of work to more than one course member without the instructor’s permission or the improper acquisition of another member’s essay or work through theft, bribery, collusion or otherwise of an essay paper.

Other Cases of Academic Misconduct

Falsification or unauthorized modification of a training or educational certificate or other record as well as obstruction of the training or educational activities of another person are further examples of academic misconduct that will not be tolerated.


Any academic misconduct could entail the following consequences:

  1. the ordering of the completion of an honest assignment;
  2. the removal from the course or institution;
  3. other administrative action in accordance with regulations, other DAODs, orders or instructions; and/or
  4. disciplinary action under the Code of Service Discipline.

If academic misconduct occurs, the Osside Institute Chief Instructor will initiate a Progress Review Board (PRB). The findings will be submitted to the candidate’s Unit for further action, if necessary.


Annex A - Autobiography

In an effort to become better acquainted with you, you are we asked that you write an autobiography of approximately 500 words or more covering your career and personal life. This autobiography and a passport-style photograph (imbedded in the document) of yourself is to be submitted to your Directing Staff on the first day of the course.

The autobiography and photograph will be treated as Protected A and will be read only by the Directing Staff involved in your training.

The following are some points to consider in writing your autobiography:

  • Childhood:
    • place of birth
    • number of children in your family
  • Civilian Life/Education:
    • sports, athletic ability
    • type of school (private, public)
    • rural, urban
    • last completed academic year
    • additional civilian courses completed since enrolment
    • were you a member of an organization and in which capacity (cubs, scouts, cadets, student council)
    • the year in which you finished or quit school
    • marital status and family situation
  • Description of your military career:
    • completed career courses
    • employment type (technical or supervisory)
    • postings
    • expectation of the course

Your autobiography, with photograph, should be produced electronically in PDF format. A digital copy is to be submitted to the Directing Staff on the first day of the course.

Annex B - MOODLE & ZOOM Links and User Guide

Prior to the first day of training, please complete your registration to Moodle, install Zoom and familiarize yourself with how they work. The directions and links provided below will assist you with using the application. If you are having any issues or are unable to access either program prior to your course, please advise the Course Director as soon as possible so we can assist you (see Annex C for contact information). There will be no IT support from RMC Saint-Jean regarding any personal computer equipment.


You will require the following;

  1. Operating systems supported to date;
    • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7
    • Mac OSX
    • Linux
  2. Recent and up-to-date browser;
    • Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Safari
    • Edge
    • Internet Explorer (IE)
  3. An internet connection – broad band capability or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  4. Device configured with camera, sound and microphone
  5. Download software required to view documents (Acrobat Reader)
  6. Follow the Moodle activation instructions found in the personal email
  7. Further information is available at


You will require the following;

  1. Operating systems supported to date;
    • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7
    • Mac OSX
    • Linux
  2. Recent and up-to-date browser;
    • Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Safari
    • Edge
    • Internet Explorer (IE)
  3. Speakers and a microphone either integrated, powered by USB or wireless/Bluetooth
  4. Webcam or webcam HD either integrated, powered by USB or wireless/Bluetooth
  5. Further information is available at

Annex C - Telephone Numbers

Institut Osside
Position Telephone or Email Cell phone
Osside Institute Director 450-358-6777 ext 5850 514-458-6321
Osside Institute Chief Instructor
450-358-6777 ext 5859 514-979-2920
Administration Officer CSN: 668-5734
Commercial: 450-358-6777 ext 5734
ILP Director CSN: 668-5858
Commercial: 450-358-6777 poste 5858
ALP Director CSN: 668-5750
Commercial: 450-358-6777 ext 5750
SLP Director CSN: 668-5854
Commercial: 450-358-6777 ext 5854
VL Administrator:  
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