DCI has offered and developed initial academic and technical training in the aeronautical sector for many years. Academic training is a major pillar of DCI’s activities.
In partnership with Aix-Marseille University and the French Air Force Academy in Salon de Provence, DCI offers training at its International Centre for Academic and Aeronautical Training (CIFAA) in Salon de Provence. The training, which is intended for foreign trainees, is identical to that of the French Air Force. The first phase, lasting up to two years, includes a French foundation course, booster courses in scientific subjects and one year of preparatory studies for university at the Air Force Academy. Foreign trainees then join French student officers for two years of training at the Air Force Academy. Graduates obtain a Bachelor degree.
DCI plays a major role in implementing the “Air Force Academy International Programme”, which was officially launched at the 2015 Paris Air Show. This programme, which is identical to the one described above, is entirely in English. It also includes four to six months of supplementary training depending on the student officer’s speciality (maintenance & logistics, intelligence officer, air commando, air defence).
DCI also proposes geopolitical seminars, “defence and security” training in partnership with Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV) and courses in “protocol and media management”.
DCI thus offers a full range of French Air Force academic training courses with diplomas to meet the needs of friendly countries.
Through the French Defence Aeronautical Institute (FDAI), created in partnership with Dassault Aviation, DCI proposes theoretical and practical training in the entire range of specialties of aeronautical maintenance. Developed in partnership with the French Air Force, FDAI courses are in English at the French Air Force NCO training school in Rochefort. Courses can be customised to meet specific requirements.
Aeronautical technicians trained at FDAI possess the solid theoretical and practical basis needed to join operational maintenance units in the following specialty areas: airframe and engine, avionics or weapon systems.