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Even more important than the technology and resources behind Endeavour’s construction is the preparation of the crew who will carry out the ISDC's deep space mission.

Every successful space program has recognised the training and preparedness of its crews as critical to the success of the mission. This has typically been achieved by beginning training and simulation programs well in advance of completion of construction and the ISDC is doing the same.

Recognising this, the ISDC has launched the Fleet Research and Training Academy. The Academy’s aim is to get prototype vessel systems out of the lab and in front of crew early so that system designs can get validation from crew and training can begin as soon as possible.

Training will have two parts. The Academy will deliver theoretical knowledge and operating procedures as efficiently as possible through online video seminars, reference materials and assessments. Completing these programs will qualify crew on ship systems.

This training will be reinforced with simulations. The Academy's simulation facility is modular and new systems will be added over time, increasing the scope and challenge of simulations. Multiple types of scenarios can be run from individual system training through to ship versus ship or complex single-vessel missions.

Once they are qualified on a vessel system, crew will be able to participate in simulations and match wits with the Mission Operations team or test their tactical skills against other crews.

Initial simulator training will be supported by instructors. From there, crew will be encouraged to take the initiative and form teams of complementary ratings to train together and compete with other teams for each season’s training excellence pennant.

How to Train

Take a look at the training programs available for systems that you’d like to operate. More systems will be added across tactical, operations, engineering and science, so keep an eye out.

Get Qualified

You’ll see each training program is made up of one or more courses. Once you complete the courses that make up the program, you’ll be qualified on that system.

Once qualified, you’ll be able to operate that system in simulation missions.

Tackle the courses one at a time. Each course has an enrolment button which will get you set up to take the course and assigned an instructor.

Get Rated

For crew, a rating means they are capable of undertaking active duty in a specialisation. A rating requires qualification and simulator hours on one or more systems (each specialisation has its own requirements).

Once you’ve completed these requirements, you’ll be rated in that specialisation. This is reflected by the addition of the specialisation to uniform insignia and an increase in rank.