Intensive course | Protocol Basics

  • Date : April 24, 2017 - April 27, 2017
  • Time : 09:30 AM - 17:15 PM

General Information


This programme can be taken in an in-house mode, online or intensive mode. Please check our website for more details.

Course Venue

The course will take place at bdb House, Headquarters of The International School of Protocol & Diplomacy,Rue de Pascale 16, 1040, Brussels, Belgium.Tel: +32 (0) 2 830 1222

Course Language

The classes are conducted in English.


1375 EUR. Students who wish to obtain the Executive Diploma can do so by adding a 300 EUR fee (and 70 EUR of the registration fee) to cover the online evaluation and the issue of the diploma.

Hotel Reservations

The International School of Protocol & Diplomacy has partnered with a range of convenient hotels in order to provide discount rates. Please contact us for further information.


There is a variety of restaurants and cafes within the walking distance from the ISPD.


Complete and return the registration form as soon as possible in order to ensure your place on the course. The number of places is limited to a maximum of 27 for all intensive trainings.The registration form can be found at our website:


A confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants upon receipt of the completed registration form. The number of participants is limited. Your seat will be confirmed upon receipt of the payment


Prior payment is a condition for participation. For cancellations received 10 days before the course, we will charge an administration fee of 150 Euros unless the reason falls under the scope of our extreme circumstances list.

Cancellation Policy

The ISPD reserves the right to cancel the seminar up to 2 weeks before the starting date under certain circumstances. The ISPD accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, hotel, etc.) under certain circumstances. Please contact our Front Office for the ISPD’s cancellation policy.

Introduction to Protocol and Diplomacy | ECPD100
This unit offers a brief history of protocol and its main practices.  It underlines the importance of understanding protocol as inherent part of diplomacy.  It also explains the difference between the various forms of protocol and helps participants to understand why key concepts such as protocol, etiquette and ceremonial are interdependent, but not reducible to each other.

Precedence and its Criteria  | ECPD101
This unit introduces precedence lists, their socio-cultural importance and their practical relevance.  Firstly, it adopts an anthropological perspective to analyse the development of precedence lists and the cultural realities that such lists convey.  Each country honours different functions and the unit outlines which criteria may be adopted when determining the order of precedence.  Secondly, it addresses how precedence lists can be used to facilitate efficient and appropriate communication and planning.

Seating Arrangements for Events | ECPD102
This unit examines the different seating arrangements that can be used at conferences and other important events to best ensure their success.  It looks at the preparations that need to be made prior to an event in order to ensure that people are correctly seated.  It raises some of the different challenges that can arise in the area of seating and looks at how these can be addressed by considering what might change at an event, precedence lists and modern seating arrangements.

Symbolism and the World of Flags | ECPD103
This course begins by addressing social theories on the meaning and importance of symbol and signs.  It, thereafter, discusses the world of flags, their meaning and precedence, and on a practical level, how the protocol officer can assure that symbols and in particular flags are correctly positioned for the various types of events where they might be required and that those symbols, which should be given the position of honour at a particular event, are given the position that they deserve.  It also shows how symbols can be used to deliberately cause offence or a diplomatic cold shower.

Invitations and Gifts | ECPD104
This unit discusses the practicalities surrounding lists, invitations and the giving and receiving of gifts.  It looks at the preparation required both prior and during the event, such as preparing the guest lists, sending the right format of invitation for the right level of event etc.  The participants of this course will be able to determine, based on the formality of the event, which invitation forms are required by protocol.  They will also understand how to compose and manage invitations in a way that is useful to an event organiser and other members of an event-organising team.  Lastly, they will know which events require which gifts and at which moment during the event they should be distributed and how they should be given and received.

Protocol at the Table | ECPD105
This unit addresses customs and traditions that relate to the table. It begins by examining the different food types that should or should not be served to foreign visitors, table manners and the traditional table settings used in different countries at breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Different aspects of protocol at the table are introduced and examined including the importance of etiquette.

Official Events | ECPD106
This unit offers a comprehensive review and discussion of protocol as applied in the organisation of an official event. It provides participants with an understanding of the different elements that need to be considered when planning a high-level event that will be attended by crowds, VIPs or celebrities. It discusses the preparations that need to be made for the signing of agreements and the rules that should be followed when signing treaties and agreements. It, furthermore, discusses the how to host high-level delegations that accompany such events.

The Role of the Protocol Officer | ECPD106
This unit discusses the important role of protocol and the protocol officer in ensuring efficient and successful communication, high-level event planning and cross-cultural awareness.  The importance of this role in the diplomatic context is described. This unit outlines the tools and skills that are necessary to each protocol officer in order to lead and support other staff and to communicate with the public.  The unit is designed to enable the student to grasp some of the sociological underpinnings of the practice of protocol in today’s society.  It encourages students to consider the importance of signs and communication in the practice of protocol.

Organisation of Press Conferences workshop |  ECPD107
This workshop covers the protocol that should be followed in the organisation of press conferences where announcements or presentations are to be made. It discusses the preparations that need to be made for the press and how to deal with security officers.

Organisation of Official Visits workshop | ECPD108
This workshop covers the protocol to be followed for the preparation and organisation of state and official visits. These visits play a significant role in strengthening bilateral relations with countries and international organisations.

Organisation of Ceremonies workshop | ECPD109
This workshop covers the implementation of protocol procedures in the organisation of official ceremonies, let it be a funeral or a commemoration. It provides participants with an understanding of the different elements that need to be considered when planning a high-level event that will be attended by crowds, VIPs or celebrities.

Organisation of Conferences and Summits workshop | ECPD110
This workshop covers the protocol that should be followed in the organisation of summits, conferences and meetings where agreements are to be signed or negotiations are to be held.