Principles of Simulation Exercises

Course Description

Principles of Simulation Exercises is a one-day training course that covers the fundamentals of the exercise program, characteristics of simulation exercises, and provides a framework on how to develop, deliver, and evaluate simulation exercises.

Upon completion of the training you will know:

  • The fundamentals of an effective exercise program
  • The difference between the types of exercises
  • How to develop exercise objectives
  • How to create a scenario based on exercise objectives
  • How to prepare the rest of the exercise (logistics and scheduling)
  • How to facilitate an exercise
  • How to evaluate an exercise
  • The importance of post exercise activities (lessons-to-be-learned)


This course can be offered as a custom training session for your organization. Please Contact us for details.

Training Outline

Training Block 1

Training block 1 will cover the components of creating, delivering and evaluating an exercise program, and customized simulation exercises.

Topics Discussed:

  • The Exercise Program
  • Fundamentals
  • Characteristics of Effective Programs
  • Exercise Types
  • Objectives and Criteria
  • Scenario Development
  • The Storyline
  • What’s a MSEL?
  • Exercise Flow
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Game Day!
  • The Hot Wash
  • Evaluating the Exercise


Training Block 2

During training block 2, our crisis simulation exercise specialists will guide you in hands-on creation of and planning and developing an exercise for a fictional company.


In addition to the training, you will receive an exercise planning workbook that will help you effectively develop and deliver exercises for your organization.

Training Options

In-Person Training

For Training taking place in person the schedule is as follows:

  • Morning Session – Training Block 1
  • Lunch Break
  • Afternoon Session – Training Block 2


Virtual/Online Training

For Training taking place online via Zoom or other video conferencing software the schedule is as follows:

  • Day 1 – Training Block 1
  • Day 2 – Training Block 2


Self-paced eLearning Course

Principles of Simulation Exercises – Online

The Principles of Simulation Exercises eLearning course, a flexible and self-paced learning solution designed to cater to the training needs of busy crisis management professionals. This comprehensive program, based on the live version of this training, is divided into theory and practice modules, with the first part focusing on the 5-step process for designing effective simulation exercises. In the second part, participants have the opportunity to create and submit their own exercises to be evaluated by our exercise design specialists who will provide personalized feedback.



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Robert Burton
Managing Director

Rob is a Principal at The International Crisis Management Conference and PreparedEx where he manages a team of crisis preparedness professionals and has over 30 years of experience preparing for and responding to crises. Part of his leadership role includes assisting clients in designing, implementing and evaluating crisis, emergency, security and business continuity management programs. Rob has facilitated hundreds of training courses and simulation exercises throughout his military and civilian careers. During his career Rob has worked for the US State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, as a crisis management consultant in Pakistan and Afghanistan where he negotiated with the UN and Pashtun tribal warlords and he served with the United Kingdom Special Forces where he operated internationally under hazardous covert and confidential conditions. Rob was also part of a disciplined and prestigious unit The Grenadier Guards where he served Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Palaces in London. Rob was a highly trained and experienced infantryman serving in Desert Storm and commanded covert operational teams and was a sniper. Rob has keynoted disaster recovery conferences and participated in live debates on FOX News regarding complex security requirements and terrorism. Rob has a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

Upcoming Live Training


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This course can be offered as a custom training session for your organization. Please Contact us for details.