All RE officers undergo officer training at RMA Sandhurst (44 weeks)
before taking the Royal Engineers Troop Commanders Course (RETCC) with
1 and 3 RSME Regiments. The RETCC is 27 weeks long. All RE officers
are expected to have or to obtain university degree-level engineering
qualifications, and many qualify for higher degrees in the course of
Recruit training for other ranks involves three phases:
Soldier training (12
to 32 weeks)
training (10 weeks)
Trade training (10 –
For both officers and
other ranks, specialist engineer training is mainly conducted by 1 and
3 Royal School of Military Engineer (RSME) Regiments based at Chatham
and Minley. 1 RSME Regiment is the support regiment for training.
During a year, some 8000 students may pass through 1 RSME Regiment,
many of whom have recently joined the army and who have arrived at
Chatham for a long engineering course lasting, in some cases, up to 44
weeks. 1 RSME Regiment incorporates the Construction Engineer School
at Chatham, where civil and mechanical engineering skills are taught.
3 RSME Regiment is responsible for combat engineer training. The
Combat Engineer School is located at Minley. 55 and 57 Training
Squadrons are responsible for Combat Engineer and Assault Pioneer
training, and Driver Training Troop, 63 Training Support Squadron, is
responsible for ABLE and RE Module Driver training.