Training Activities Overview / How to Pass Your Level Training

Promotion Requirements:

Fundraising Requirements:

Training Requirements:

In this section, we will cover the requirements to complete Level Training at 800 Squadron.

Please note that additional action and participation may be required in order to get Promoted.

What is "Level Training"?

During the school year, cadets attend training at the home unit. There are five (5) "Levels" to this training, each of which has its own set curriculum and qualification standard. Typically, each level lines up with the cadet's degree of experience in the program - first-year cadets attend Level 1, second-year cadets attend Level 2, and so on.

What's the Difference Between 'Training' Requirements and 'Promotion' Requirements?

Training refers to a cadet's academic progress through the program, while Promotion refers to the rank (and with that, the amount of authority in the unit) which the cadet can be given.  Training and Promotion are two separate, but related, progressions in a cadet's career.

Training requirements focus on specifically whether a cadet has met the standard in a given course or level in order to pass. Their rank has no bearing on this progress.

Promotion requirements are laid out in CATO 13-02 (Accessible on the Right-hand side of this page), and specify how much training and other criteria a cadet must meet in order to be given a certain rank. These requirements include, but are not limited to, meeting a specific level requirement.

What are "P.Os"?

Each Level covers several subject areas (these are listed on the sub-pages on the left for each level). Each subject area has a goal, a "Performance Objective" or "P.O." which the cadet must achieve in order to be successful in that subject area. To this end, subject areas are normally referred to as Performance Objectives or P.Os.
You can check out any of the sub-pages on the left to see a list of the POs covered in your level, as well as a run-down of the requirement to pass, also known as the "Qualification Standard".

How do I Pass Each PO?

Most POs are covered in-class during Weekly Training.  At 800 Sqn, weekly training is conducted on Tuesday evenings. Each 'Training Night' contains three (3) periods of instruction, of 35 minutes each.  The Training Officer is in charge of scheduling the training for the year across all five levels, as well as coordinating the senior cadets (NCOs) to implement the training.

Some POs contain lessons which cannot be conducted in-class, such as Field Training, Community Service, Sports & Fitness, or Marksmanship. The full list is shown below, along with a description of how the Squadron conducts the training, what the requirement is, and notes for cadets not meeting the standard.

Most POs are evaluated by participation only. In the list below, we have marked which POs may also have tests included as an official passing requirement.

Below, we have provided an outline of how to pass each PO in the Air Cadet local training program.

One-Time Mandatory Attendance:

PSRY - Positive Social Relations for Youth
Taught in-class to Level 1, and Level 4.

Requirement: All cadets in Level 1 and Level 4 must attend PSRY training in order to pass. This is conducted in-class during weekly training.

Not Meeting the Standard: If you miss some or all of the PSRY Training, you can make up for it by attending the next session. The Squadron usually conducts TWO sessions of PSRY for Level 1 - one in the fall, and one in the new year. Please note that any promotions which required you to pass Level 1 or Level 4 may be put on hold until you have attended your PSRY training for that year.

ACR - Annual Ceremonial Review
All Levels

Requirement: The ACR is the end-of-year parade, which serves as a graduation ceremony for the year's training. Every cadet must attend the ACR in order to pass their Level.

Not Meeting the Standard: If you are unable to attend the ACR, you may be able to make up for it by attending another parade the following training year. Note that any promotions requiring you to pass the previous level will be put on hold until you have met this requirement. 

POs Covered in Weekly Training:
The following POs are taught in-class. We have marked which levels can expect to be taught each PO.

Requirement: Cadets must attend a minimum of 60% of weekly training to pass the various in-class POs below. Some POs in Levels 3, 4, and 5, also have tests associated with them - these have been noted below as needed.  There is no official testing conducted in Levels 1 and 2, although occasional quizzes may be used by instructors to check comprehension.

Not Meeting the Standard: If your attendance is below 60%, speak to the Training Officer in person to find a solution. You may be asked to make up for lost academic participation with remedial academic assignments. In some cases, attendance may be considered too low to pass a level, even with remedial sessions (usually if attendance is below 55%). In these cases you may be ordered to repeat your level from the start the next training year.

If you are unsuccessful on a test or evaluation, speak to your Level Officer (the officer in charge of your level - this person is listed on your level's Sub-Page, links are on the left side of this page). They will give you directions on what to do to review and re-test within a reasonable time frame. If you have not passed a required evaluation by the end of the training year, you may be allowed to begin attending classes for the next level the following year, but will not be marked as successful in the previous level until your evaluations are completed. Any promotions requiring you to complete that level will be put on hold until you have met all requirements for that level.

X01 - Citizenship Activities
Taught in All Levels.

X03 - Leadership
Taught in All Levels.

X04 - Healthy Living
Taught in All Levels

X05 - Physical Fitness**
Taught in All Levels

X07 - General Cadet Knowledge
Taught in All Levels.

X08 - Drill
Taught in All Levels

X09 - Classroom Instruction
Levels 3, 4, and 5.

X20 - CAF Familiarization Activities
Levels 1, 3, and 4.

X21 - Aviation Community
Level 1.

X29 - Radio Procedures
Levels 1, 4, and 5.

X30 - Aviation Activities
Levels 1, and 2.

X31 - Principles of Flight
Levels 2, 3, and 4.

X32 - Aircraft Engines
Levels 2, and 4.

X36 - Meteorology
Levels 3, and 4.

X37 - Air Navigation
Levels 3, and 4.

X40 - Aerospace Activities
Taught in All Levels

X60 - Aerodrome Operations
Taught in All Levels

X70 - Aircraft Manufacturing & Maintenance
Levels 2, 3, 4, and 5.

X04 & X05 - Sports Nights & Fitness Assessments
Applies to All Levels

How we train: The Squadron holds "Sports Nights" on the final Tuesday of each month. Cadets attend in civilian sports clothes instead of uniforms, and participate in physical fitness activities. A minimum of two Fitness Assessments are held during Sports Nights over the course of the year. Fitness Assessments are a promotion requirement, and all cadets must participate in at least one Fitness Assessment each year.

Not Meeting the Requirement: If a cadet has not participated in a Fitness Assessment in the current training year, their promotion requirements have not been met. They will still pass their training level, provided all other participation requirements are met; however, they cannot be promoted until they have a current fitness assessment on their record.

POs NOT Covered in Weekly Classes:
The following POs require participation in events outside of weekly training. Below are listed the ways in which the squadron holds training for these POs, what the requirement is to pass, and what can be done if a cadet does not meet the requirement, along with other relevant notes.

X02 - Community Service
Applies to all Levels

How we train: The Squadron participates in events in which the cadets engage in the community, such as the Squadron Tagging Fundraiser, the Legion Poppy Campaign, and other such events.

Requirement: Attend 3 half-day community service activities. Each cadet must attend nine 35-minute periods of Community Service as part of their training requirement for every Level. The Squadron calculates each half-day length community service activity as three such periods. 

Note: While 3 half-day events is enough for Training progression, the Squadron may set additional attendance at the Squadron's Semi-Annual Tagging Fundraisers as a requirement to be considered for promotion. This is separate from the Training Requirement.

Yes! You can count these community service activities towards your high school community service hours. Just bring the necessary paperwork to an officer during or after the event. They may check the attendance to verify your participation before signing off.

Not Meeting the Requirement: If you have not attended the required number of Community Service activities for your level, you may begin training in the next level the following year, but will not be marked as having completed the previous level until you have made up for the missed events. You can make up for the previous year's missed community service events by attending the correct number of community service events in the next level, and counting these towards both your current and previous level progression simultaneously. Note that any promotions requiring you to complete your previous level will be put on hold until you have attended enough community service events.

For example: LAC Bloggins is in Level 1. At the end of the year, he has passed all required training, except that he has attended only a third of his required Community Service events. LAC Bloggins is allowed to start attending classes in Level 2 the next fall, but cannot be promoted to Corporal like his peers yet, because this rank requires him to pass Level 1, which he has not done. LAC Bloggins can attend community service activities as a Level 2 cadet, and these will count towards his Level 2 progression, as well as his Level 1 make-up. When he has logged enough events to pass Level 1, LAC Bloggins is now considered to have passed Level 1, and thereby now meets the training requirement to be promoted to Corporal.

X06 - Marksmanship
Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4.

How we train: The squadron usually incorporates a marksmanship portion into its Field Training Exercises. Cadets use the Daisy 853c Air Rifle on a controlled range, with a qualified Range Safety Officer (RSO).  If a cadet participates in a marksmanship session during an FTX, they have passed their requirement for PO X06.

Requirement: Cadets in Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4, must attend a marksmanship shoot during the training year.

Not Meeting the Requirement. Similarly to other POs, if a cadet has not participated in a marksmanship shoot by the end of the year, they may proceed to the next level, but are not considered to have passed the previous level until they have participated in a marksmanship shoot. Note that any promotion which required them to pass the previous level may be put on hold until they have met this requirement.

X90 - Field Training
Taught in All Levels

How We Train: The Squadron conducts TWO Field Training Exercise (FTX) each training year. The first FTX contains fundamental classes for PO X90, and the second FTX contains supplementary classes for PO X90, so attending both exercises is not a repetition of training.

Requirement: Every cadet must attend at least ONE Field Training Exercise (FTX) to pass PO X90. This can be either one of the two exercises per year, but attending both is recommended for the most complete learning experience.

Note: To sign up for an FTX, first sign up online to express your interest (this is done to give the staff early notice of how many cadets will be attending). Next, print and fill out the Permission Form, and submit this to the Admin Officer as soon as possible - this can be done in-person or via e-mail. Finally, make sure to review the Kit List, and make sure you pack and dress accordingly - cadets may be sent home from the kit-check if they are found to not have adequate kit for the exercise.

Not Meeting the Requirement: If you have not attended an FTX by the end of the training year, you may attend classes for the next level the following year, but will not be considered to have passed your previous level until you've made up for the training by attending an FTX. Note that any promotion which required you to pass the previous level may be put on hold until you have met this requirement.

Beyond the mandatory training program, 800 Sqn also provides extracurricular teams and training opportunities.
Optional training does not contribute to, or detract from, a cadet's training progression; but gives the cadet more opportunities to engage with the unit, and participate in fun, challenging activities above and beyond their regular training.

Cadets are encouraged to consider joining teams to get even more out of the program.  Each team or activity may have its own set participation requirements, and not all cadets may be entitled to join.

Some of the optional training provided at 800 Squadron may include:

  • Ground School (preparatory training aimed at pursuing Glider or Powered pilot's licenses in the cadet program)
  • Biathlon Training
  • Effective Speaking & Debate Team
  • Drill Team With Arms
  • Drill Team Without Arms
  • Flag Party
  • Music Training (Band)
  • Sports Team (a short-term team put together for attending Sports Competitions outside of regular mandatory training)
  • Marksmanship Team

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