Capacity Building
Associate Programme

Contributing to the development of chemistry and chemical engineering in Member States, with special emphasis on chemical safety

The Technical Secretariat invites scientists, chemical engineers, and technological specialists from developing countries to take part in a capacity-building project to enhance their knowledge of the Chemical Weapons Convention and to develop the skills necessary to operate in a modern chemistry environment.

The course prepares chemists and chemical engineers in Member States for technical assignments within the Secretariat or positions related to the implementation of the Convention in their home countries. 

The programme is conducted over nine weeks, each year, and is comprised of practical and theoretical modules.


  • To facilitate industry-related national implementation of the CWC.

  • To offer training in chemistry and chemical engineering related areas to personnel from industry, universities, and the government.

  • To facilitate trade in these areas through adoption of good practices in chemical industry.

  • To broaden the basis of talent pool related roles in National Authorities, institutions, and economic positions within Member States as well as OPCW’s Technical Secretariat.

Course Content

  • Week 1: The Induction segment, welcoming participants and outlining what they can expect from the course. This takes place at OPCW Headquarters in The Hague.
  • Week 2-4: Chemical engineering-oriented skills development. This takes place at a well-known university in the territory of a Member State.
  • Week 5: Intermediate segment, conducting practical exercises and visits to specialised institutions. This takes place at OPCW Headquarters in The Hague.
  • Week 6-8: Industrial attachment, training in industrial operations. This gives participants exposure to industry working environments and takes place at various chemical plants.
  • Week 9: Presentations of industrial assignments, research projects, and a final programme review at OPCW Headquarters. 


Funding covers costs of course-related travel, accommodation, meals, course fees, and medical and travel insurances for all participants for the duration of the course.

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