Training Programs

The Academy offers training programs across the ISDC's professional branches. These programs deliver technical knowledge and guidance on system operation which can then be applied to gain practical experience in the Academy's simulation program.


Training programs typically cover a particular ship system. A program is made up of one or more courses, with the initial course in a program providing a basic overview of the system, including theory and operation. Additional courses may offer advanced training on the system.

When a training is successfully completed, qualification is awarded on the system covered by the program. The trainee is then qualified to operate that system on a simulator as part of a mission simulation.


A training course will typically include an overview video supported by technical reference materials. The trainee may be asked to confirm their understanding of the course content by completing an online assessment.

All trainees are assigned an instructor to provide support for each course.

Practical training exercises (called evolutions) will usually be included in a course, which allow a trainee to apply their new knowledge. The trainee will have the opportunity to practise in a simulator or on a virtual simulator before completing the evolution with their instructor evaluating.


The ultimate goal of the training program is to achieve a professional rating in one of the specialisations offered by each professional branch or career track. This requires completion of one or more training programs covering relevant systems and logging simulator hours on those systems.

The award of a rating accompanied by an increase in rank and means a crew member is eligible to serve on active duty aboard a deep space vessel in the rated specialisation.