Communications Tactical Advisor Course


The Communications Tactical Advisor Course (previously known as 'Airwave Tactical Advisor' course and 'Operational Communications Advisor' course) replaces previous single service training on this topic. The course has been revised during 2016 and now contains the most up to date and relevant information. As is the ethos of JESIP, it will be delivered by a multi-agency training team and delivered to multi-agency audience to maximise the benefit for all attendees.

When trained, the Communications Tactical Advisor will be responsible to their operational and tactical planning teams, providing advice and best practice guidance on all aspects of the operational use of Airwave.

They will have a high level of understanding of the provisions made for the operational use of mandated and mutual aid talk groups, together with the Airwave service requirements around major incident and event planning.

For them to be effective, the Communications Tactical Advisor must be invited to participate at the very earliest stages of major event planning and importantly be invited to assist where protracted spontaneous incidents are encountered in control rooms.

Who should attend

​The course is aimed at Police, Fire and Ambulance services, as well as responder services such as Highways Agency and Defence organisations.  Roles suited for this course are those working in a control room environment where they may be called upon to give spontaneous advice, or those from planning departments who will be involved with the pre-planning of events. This can include other roles where spontaneous and/or preplanned advice is required.


To qualify selected personnel to act as Communications Tactical Advisors on all aspects of emergency services operational communications, to support the Operational and/or Tactical Commander in the effective management of both pre-planned events and spontaneous incidents.


On completion of the course the successful student will be able to:

  • LO1.  Describe the roles and responsibilities of a Communications Tactical Advisor
  • LO2.  Describe communications requirements for pre-planned and emergency situations
  • LO3.  Describe the importance of operational communications and their usage
  • LO4.  Develop joint operating rules and working practices within their own organisation
  • LO5.  Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of all relevant national guidance and policies covering
               operational communications

    • LO6.  Describe the importance of interoperability and the different operational communications
                 approach in other organisations
    • LO7.  Describe the  operation and flexible use of Airwave
    • LO8.  Demonstrate an ability to provide communications advice to Incident Commanders

Entry requirements

None, although prior to attending this course it is advisable that you make yourself aware of the following documents:

  • JESIP Doctrine
      • There are 3 key components of this
        • Five principles of Joint Working
        • METHANE
        • Joint Decision Model (JDM)
  • An awareness on how your organisation uses Airwave in a Tactical and Operational role.  For further information on this speak to your organisations Airwave Team.

Students should  familiarise themselves with Airwave handsets and vehicle sets (terminals) if they do not regularly use them, and what control room equipment is used.

One Day refresher course for existing Advisors:
18 February 2020  GMP Force Headquarters, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP
19 February 2020 British Transport Police Force HQ, 25 Camden Road, Camden, London, NW1 9LN
27 February 2020  Staffs Fire & Rescue Service, Pirehill House, Stone, Staffs, ST15 0BS
18 March 2020  West Yorks Wakefield District Police, Havertop Lane, Wakefield WF6 1FD
19 March 2020  Derby Fire & Rescue Joint Training Centre, Ripley DE5 3QU                                                        26 March 2020 Glasgow Communications Centre, 515 Helen Street, Glasgow, G51 3HF                              30 March 2020  Avon Fire SWCDC Lansdown Rd Bath BA1 9DB                                                                            31 March 2020  Llandrindod Wells Fire station,  Noyadd Park, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5DF                         08 April 2020  Beds Fire, Dunstable Community Fire Station

Cost £83 per person - To book a space please email

Course Dates and Venues

Start dateEnd dateVenuePlaces
12/01/202114/01/2021EPC, The Hawkhills, Easingwold, York Y061 3EGPlease email (subject to minimum delegate numbers being met)
16/03/202118/03/2021Venue TBC – West MidlandsPlease email (subject to minimum delegate numbers being met)

Course duration

​The course is 3 days in duration, running from Tuesday-Thursday.

Methods of delivery

The course is classroom based delivery, supported by delegate notes and delegate participation in problem solving scenarios.

Assessment processes / accreditation details

There is an assessment process in place with continual assessment and a knowledge check and individual competency scenario test on the final day. 


​In order to successfully complete the course a delegate must complete the classroom phase and be considered suitable to give advice at the stage of forward planning and at the time of an ongoing incident.  Delegates are required to show continual professional development following the course and ensure they stay up to date with all relevant doctrine, policies and procedures, nationally and locally. Delegates must attend a CPD event within 18 months of completing the course.



Cost to HO forces


£413.00 Tuition Fee (Prices valid 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020) £425.00 Tuition fee (Prices are valid from 1 Oct 2019 for courses from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)

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