Education Costs and GI Bill Use

Course Costs | GI Bill Usage | Education Plans

For students utilizing GI Bill, the VA will pay your tuition directly to the school and pay you BAH each day you are in training.

 PROTECTIVE SECURITY CERTIFICATE PSC™ Days Cost GI Bill Usage
Protective Security Driving 7 $7,200 3 months  24 days
High Risk First Responder (aka High Risk Medic) 6 $1,950 1 month  1 days
Executive Protection (Corporate & Celebrity) 8 $3,150 1 month  20 days
High Threat Protection 19 $6,875 6 months  10 days
Surveillance Detection/TSCM Course 10 $3,620 2 months  0 days
Total 53* $22,795 14 mo  15 days

*Includes 3 days off when taken in a row. 50 actual training days

The total cost of the PSC program comes under the VA’s $22,805.34 cap for one fiscal year.

 HIGH THREAT PROTECTION SPECIALIST HTPS™ Days Cost GI Bill Usage
Protective Security Driving 7 $7,200 3 months  24 days
High Risk First Responder (aka High Risk Medic) 6 $1,950 1 month  1 days
Executive Protection (Corporate & Celebrity) 8 $3,150 1 month  20 days
High Threat Protection 19 $6,875 6 months  10 days
Total 42* $19,175  12 mo   25 days

*Includes 2 days off when taken in a row. 40 actual training days

The total cost of the HTPS program comes under the VA’s $22,805.34 cap for one fiscal year.

 EXECUTIVE PROTECTION CERTIFICATE EPC™ Days Cost GI Bill Usage
Protective Security Driving 7 $7,200 3 months  24 days
High Risk First Responder (aka High Risk Medic) 6 $1,950 1 month  1 days
Executive Protection (Corporate & Celebrity) 8 $3,150 1 month  20 days
Total 22* $12,300  6 mo   15 days

*Includes 1 day off when taken in a row. 21 actual training days

The total cost of the EPC program comes under the VA’s $22,805.34 cap for one fiscal year.

INDIVIDUAL COURSES

 Course Days Cost GI Bill Usage
High Risk First Responder (aka High Risk Medic) 6 $1,950 1 month  1 days
Executive Protection (Corporate & Celebrity) 8 $3,150 1 month  20 days
Protective Security Driving 7 ***$7,200 3 months  24 days
Designated Defensive Marksman 28 $10,150 5 months  10 days
Advanced High Risk Protection/WPS Prep 32 $11,500 6 months  2 days
Remote Area Security Operations 30 $10,750 5 months  20 days
Crisis Management Negotiator 6 $2,550 1 month  10 days
International Security Advisor 21 *$9650 5 months  2 days
Lone Protector Course 21 $7,980 4 months  6 days
Air Travel Threat Mitigation 18 $7,350 3 months  26 days
Surveillance Detection/Counter Surveillance 10 $3,620 2 months  0 days
Tactical Combat Casualty Care 4 **$1250 n/a
Executive Protection Driving 3 ***$2400 n/a
Executive Protection Specialist 1 12 ***$5625 n/a
Executive Protection Specialist 2 12 ***$5700 n/a

* $1200 out of pocket expense is required for the 21 day International Security Advisor program

** Military/Law Enforcement/EMS discounted course cost for the 4 day TCCC is $1100

*** Lodging and meals are included in tuition for this course

Education Planning

The VA allows students to use a specific monetary amount of GI Bill funds per fiscal year. The VA’s fiscal year is between Aug 1 and July 31, so on Aug 1 each year, the student starts from $0. For example, Aug 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018, Post 9/11 GI Bill students may utilize $22,805.34 on non-college degree certificate programs like ours. This means 2 things to a student using GI Bill benefits.

  1. Plan your education carefully to make sure you will have the funds available to attend the training you wish to receive
  2. Once August 1 arrives, you start with a clean slate and are allowed to spend $22,805.34 on Non-College Degree Certificate Programs again

For students looking to break into the protection industry, SECFOR has many training possibilities specific to various fields within this growing industry. We have listed some common career training paths above.

The best starting point into the industry is our certificate programs above before moving on to our advanced courses. Graduates from our EPC, HTPS & PSC programs have been hired into corporate executive protection programs, Department of State WPS contracts, and other protection positions. 

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