Close Quarter Battle (CQB) Course 


Four week intermediate level course designed to train students on the principles of effectively operating as a single team (up to six assaulters) in an urban environment. The course is not designed to be a marksmanship course but students will receive instruction and practical application on rifle / pistol reflexive fire and stress tests.


Employ selective fire techniques with assigned weapons under field conditions during hours of limited visibility

    • Target engagement (Day / Night)
    • Weapons Familiarization
    • Zeroing (Day)
    • Distribution of Fire
    • Weapons Transition (Day)
    • Multiple Target Prioritization and Engagement
    • Turning & Lateral Movement
    • Shooting from Behind Cover
    • Tactical Magazine Change (Day)
    • Clear a single room/structure as a member of a team under field conditions mainly during hours of daylight.
    • Room clearing procedures (Day / Night)
    • CQB Fundamentals
    • Tape Drills (Day)
    • Search/Control
    • Breach Procedures (Intro)
    • Use of Flash Bangs
    • Red Zones
    • Halls/stairs
    • Exit upon command


Course duration is 4 weeks*.


Phase I: Reflexive, dynamic shooting and basic marksmanship using rifle and pistol.

Phase II: Clearing rooms and buildings.


Students should be thoroughly proficient on the safe handling of rifles and side arms. Students must arrive in sound medical condition and with the completed / signed Medical Clearance form, Part 1:

Students must pass a Basic Fitness Test (BFT), which is a cross-country speed march / run in BDUs and military boots (7 km in 52 minutes or less while carrying a rucksack/bergen weighing 20 kg / 44 lbs). Students must score 60% or higher on the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC) English Comprehension Level (ECL) Test. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the following websites for additional information:


ISTC will provide a complete Weapon System and equipment for students attending this Course. Students may bring their own complete Weapon System, night sight, night vision goggles, simkit (FX ) and equipment if desired. In case the weapon system or the simkit is not the same as the one currently used by ISTC, please provide the Branch Cadre with details, in this case also ammunition for live fire and simkit must be brought by the students.


Students will wear nationally approved BDUs (or equivalent) and equipment during training. The items on the PDF list are the minimum essential equipment required for the course.


Students should be familiar with the following terms prior to arrival at the ISTC CQB Course:

If you have any questions, please E-mail us:

*Further details can be found in the Joining Instructions available at the sending Unit or the respective Ministry of Defense (MoD).