The main objectives of the IPT are to prepare staff for work in conflict prevention and international peace operations, as well as to provide advanced training to strengthen the capacity of staff already on mission. IPT alumni are equipped with solid general preparation, as well as function-specific knowledge and skills for peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities.
The IPT programme consists of a Core Course, as well as various Specialization Courses and Master Classes.
The Core Course provides participants with basic knowledge and skills required in post-conflict and crisis areas. The course methodology should enhance desirable personal attitudes, stress the importance of active involvement in the host society and promote a reflective and critical approach. Building upon the Core Course (CC) and back-to-back with it, IPT offers Specialization Courses (SC) for function-specific duties in the field. The recently introduced Master Classes (MC) focus on internationally renowned experts utilising their specific fields of expertise in an intensive training programme. A former attendence in an IPT CC or a relevant professional field experience is highly recommended for applicants to SC and MC programmes.
Existing courses are regularly reshaped and updated, and new topics are constantly explored, developed, and piloted.
IPT faculty is drawn from a pool of international resource persons who combine theoretical knowledge with extensive practical field experience.
IPT places a high priority on the heterogeneity of both faculty and participants. Much like in a mission environment, people with different backgrounds, areas of expertise, and organisational cultures are expected to work together. IPT has been the first training of its kind after the UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali´s Agenda for Peace called for a better trained civilian component in crisis management missions. As immediate response, the first IPT training was conducted at Schlaining Peace Castle in 1993.
In the past 24 years, over 1,928 civilian experts from about 125 different countries have been trained. Training curricula and standards developed in the framework of IPT have fed into training standards of international organisations like OSCE, EU, and UN.
IPT trainings are in line with European training standards.