The Exchange of Experts Programme is open to all who:

  • Are active in the field of civil protection, and
  • Function in a professional or volunteer capacity within a civil protection institution or organization that:
      • has a recognized role in civil protection such as governmental departments, emergency services and scientific institutes;
      • is located in one of the participating states in the UCPM or eligible third countries.
Expert classification
Area of expertise Priority consideration categories
prevention and preparedness experts registered in CECIS
(deputy) intervention team leaders work in operation centres
liaison officers in chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear defence (CBRN)
technical experts in prevention and preparedness
assessment experts in risk assessment
members of coordinating teams  
coordination staff  
key national contact points  
staff responsible for emergency call handling and trainers  
staff involved in policy making on disaster management  

Please note:

NTC approval: Eligibility to participate in the Exchange of Experts Programme is dependent on gaining the approval of the National Training Coordinator (NTC) of your country.

Language requirements: experts must be have sufficient appropriate language skills (English and/or the language of the nation(s) visited) to ensure a successful exchange.

Equal opportunities: The programme explicitly encourages the participation of female experts.

Under certain circumstances, an interpreter may be provided if necessary for the successful completion of the exchange.