With the aim of creating a pool of trainers qualified to deliver different safety and security training programmes worldwide, the UNSSC and UNDSS have jointly designed and developed the “Trainer Development and Certification Course (TDC)”. Drawing on the experience of the SSAFE ToT and STOCC programmes, TDC is based on identified knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the planning, delivery and review of security training.

TDC+SSAFE represents the base TDC (5 days) with the SSAFE TDC addon (2 days).  The TDC covers the material in the following UNDSS courses:

  • Local Security Assistant (LSA)
  • Security Certification Programme (SCP)
  • Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK)
  • Women’s Security Awareness Training (WSAT)
  • Gender Considerations in the UNSMS Course (GCC)

TDC+SSAFE is an assessable course but, being competency-based, it is not competitive. Rather, participants are required to deliver a number of short training sessions and complete a theory examination in a constructive and supportive environment.



Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Be equipped to effectively deliver the standard SCP, LSA, IFAK, WSAT, GCC and SSAFE training curricula using adult learning techniques (see individual course eligibility criteria below);
  • Form part of a pool of UN TDC+SSAFE trainers who are responsible for training UN staff and associated personnel in their countries and/or duty stations.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

Based on the SSAFE ToT, designed and refined since 2007, the TDC+SSAFE training curriculum presents sessions that incorporate a learning theory, practical training techniques and a theme (LSA/SCP/ IFAK/WSAT/GCC/SSAFE). In this way, participants can learn and apply theories while continually revisiting the contents of each of the courses that the TDC+SSAFE is based on.

There are formative and summative assessment tasks interspersed throughout the program and each will require work in the evenings during the course to prepare. Formative assessment results are either “Demonstrated” or “Not Yet Demonstrated”.

Summative assessment results and overall course result are either “Competent” or “Not Yet Competent”. To be assessed as “Competent”, a participant must demonstrate the required knowledge, skills and attitudes in the final practical and theory assessments, and plan, deliver and review a training course within 12 months.

Certificates (and certification) will be issued once the participant has planned, delivered and reviewed a training course.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

Participants are exposed to adult learning styles, training methodologies and techniques that underpin each of the UNDSS courses.  Participants are also provided with the resources and role players required to design and run vignettes and scenarios which relate directly to standard SSAFE modules.

The TDC course is focussed on security training and designed for UNSMS personnel that will be both engaged in the delivery of security training in the near future and potentially available as a trainer resource upon which UNDSS may draw to deliver security training.  The course will expose participants to materials from LSA/SCP/WSAT/GCC/IFAK.  It is important to note that the individual participants may be restricted in what they are able to deliver following the course.

The following prerequisites and course requirements are currently in place:

  • SCP  (with TDS) – Must have already successfully completed an SCP course with a grade of Fully Competent or higher.  SCP courses must be planned together with TDS, subject to the TDS calendar, and require at least one TDS trainer.
  •  LSA (notify TDS in advance) – No prerequisites.  All UNSMS personnel who successfully complete the TDC may deliver LSA courses.
  •  WSAT (notify TDS)– No prerequisites.  WSAT was created for women by women.  Some AFPOs have restrictions on the involvement of personnel who are not women in WSAT delivery/participation.
  •  GCC (notify TDS) – No prerequisites.  All UNSMS personnel who successfully complete the TDC may deliver Gender Considerations in the UNSMS courses.
  •  IFAK (notify TDS) – No prerequisites.  All UNSMS personnel who successfully complete the TDC may deliver IFAK certificate courses.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

International and national security professionals from the UN system and affiliated organisations who will be engaged in the delivery of security training.

For DRO/DHSSS personnel, TDS consults with DRO/DHSSS to fill course positions.  Accordingly, DRO/DHSSS personnel seeking to become UNDSS certified trainers need to ensure that their nomination is submitted through their respective SA/CSA/PSA and onto DRO/DHSSS prior to the closing date.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee of 4,000 USD covers the 7-day residential course (including participation in the field day) and lodging and meals during the course period. Participants are responsible for their own travel and transfers.

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