Protective Security Certificate™ (PSC)

The 53-day Protective Security training program has quickly become the standard in the industry. We actually teach you how to protect, and not just useless drills from outdated government agency manuals. Since our staff is currently working in high threat environments between classes, we can give students actual usable information regarding mitigating risks to their team and their principals. Our PSC program is comprised of 5 modules. The theory can now be taken online to reduce you time on the ground.

The 5 modules include:

Corporate & Celebrity Executive Protection | 8 days | Module 1
This course covers the day-to-day job duties of an EP agent, and includes mission planning, threat & risk assessment, route mapping, daily activity reporting, after action reports, expense tracking, basics of moving with a client, 3 different types of protective advances, in & out of vehicles, restaurants, office spaces, public events, entertainment venues, handshake lines, autograph signings, & stage work. The course finishes off with a full overnight detail in Los Angeles where course participants will conduct a detail that you cannot discern from an actual detail. Tracking your principal’s flight, pick ups at Los Angeles International Airport and working your client through multiple venues and back to the hotel where you will work your principal overnight. Instructors for this module are currently working in the corporate and celebrity protective industry, domestically and abroad. 

Surveillance Detection/Counter Surveillance/TSCM | 10 days | Module 2
During this 10-day module students will learn numerous techniques to detect, track, and defeat surveillance through trade-craft and top of the line electronic detection devices. Detecting surveillance is the front line defense in protecting diplomats, government officials, Corporate CEOs and other high value principals. Protection specialists rarely receive complete, realistic training in these topics and the skills learned will add value to any security detail, corporate or government. Picking up where we left off in the HTP module surveillance detection leaves off, students will now complete dedicated surveillance missions, build threat boards to track suspected surveillance, while simultaneously learning electronic countermeasures, GPS detection, bug sweeps, and phone line analysis utilizing top-of-the-line TSCM equipment at your client’s lavish estates in the area. Instructors come from Government and military backgrounds with extensive experience in surveillance & counter surveillance.

Protective Security Driving  7 days | Module 3
Our 7-day Protective Security Driving package is the most comprehensive program of it’s kind, and provides an extreme hands-on driving experience. Asphalt, Unimproved road, High & Low Profile PSD driving, Vehicle Dynamics, Advanced Skid control, NVG (Black-out) driving, Ramming-techniques, PIT & Counter PIT, Advanced Reverse Clinics, Attack on Motorcade response, are just some of the features that make this course the most complete driver training available. We would not settle for a parking-lot course and instead train on a 1.2 mile track with a variety of surfaces, cut-outs, and cross roads. After 2 days of vehicle dynamics, skid control, steering, braking, accident avoidance and other drills designed to teach students to dominate a variety of vehicles, we move into PSD driving, Motorcade formations, immediate actions and contact drills until the adrenaline-charged final day of testing. Our driving instructors come from diverse backgrounds from on and off road racing to military and government protective services driving instruction backgrounds. 

High Risk First Responder | 6 days | Module 4
Quality medical training is mandatory for protectors. This program is designed specifically for protectors and we eliminated medical training that was not relevant to the industry. In this 6-day block of instruction participants will earn their Adult, Child & Infant CPR/AED for Healthcare Professionals, Earn the Emergency Medical Response certificate and trained in recognizing and responding to Medical Emergencies (Cardiac, Stroke, Allergic Reactions, Environmental Injuries), and finally receive their Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) provider certification through the NAEMT. This TCCC certification is considered the best in the business and is has been praised by special operations personnel, military medics and the NAEMT’s military medic of the year. Your medical training will not stop here as these skills will resurface later in the pipeline, and be combined with other skills such as live fire evacuations and other protective scenarios. Instructors are all military medics and paramedics that have actually used these techniques in the field under austere conditions

High Threat Protection | 19 days | Module 5
This module bridges the gap between conventional domestic protective operations and war-zone PSD work. The 19-day HTP module will provide the training, knowledge, and hard skills, to act as proficient protective team leader/member in all threat areas by focusing on one of the most challenging protective scenarios, High Threat-Low Profile operations. Combat-Marksmanship, Live-fire Immediate Actions, Foreign Weapons training, Unlawful detention, UTM/MGRS Grid Coordinates, Weaponized Fire Mitigation, Practical Surveillance Detection, CQC with a principal, Combatives for protective agents, Driver-Down, Live-fire Vehicle down and 2 additional protective details complete with detail mapping, advance work, and working with surveillance detection assets during the detail. All of the soft skills, medical and other protocols from earlier modules come into play all the way through the module culminating in an intense final week of testing and evaluation. Instructors are all currently working in hostile environments worldwide, and come off of detail and into the classroom to provide the most current information available. 

Testing & Validation
The testing process you will undergo during the Protective Security Certificate pipeline is the most extensive in the industry. The testing will continue throughout your 53-day training session which will assess each candidate in more than 75 skills and categories, with tasks being graded individually, by team, per course, and overall. Graduates will be placed into a Tier system (1-5) at the conclusion of the course based on their final total points earned from the assessments conducted throughout the program

SECFOR Instructor staff

The Protective Security program was developed by SECFOR International,s founder Rick Sweeney over a 30-year career in high threat, corporate & celebrity protection. Our Protection Instructors currently work in the executive protection industry all over the US and on international details in places like Colombia, Lebanon, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Turkey, Brazil, Iraq, and many other countries. Having instructors that are right off of detail and then into the classroom keeps information current and relevant. SECFOR Instructors specialize in a variety of protection details including:

  • Corporate – Domestic & International
  • Infrastructure Projects OCONUS
  • Entertainment Industry – Production & Tour Security
  • Government – WPS – OGA – GRS

Our Medic Instructors are currently practicing medicine when not in the classroom teaching, and come from military special operations and civilians para-medicine backgrounds. All medic instructors have actually performed the interventions they will be teaching. 

  • SARC Medics (MARSOC & Recon)
  • NSW/SEAL Medics
  • US Army Special Forces/18D
  • Flight Paramedics
  • SWAT Medics
  • Ranger Medics
  • Air Force PJs

Our Driving instructors started their careers racing. They were former NASCAR, Baja 1000, and other notable racing circuit professionals prior to transitioning into Military Mobility training, Department of State WPS driving instruction and training high threat protection personnel. Taking the dynamics of on and off-road racing and combining it with security driving.

  • Former NASCAR Drivers
  • Baja 1000 Drivers
  • Department of State High Risk Driving Instructors
  • WPS Instructor staff
  • Other professional driving instructors

SECFOR’s Other Subject Matter Experts regarding protection, combatives, firearms, SERE, a variety of related skills comes from the ranks of experienced former military, security and law enforcement backgrounds including:

  • US Army Special Forces Marksmanship instructors
  • MARSOC Operators & Instructors
  • SEAL Team Instructors
  • French Foreign Legion
  • Military AT/FP Instructors
  • Federal Law Enforcement Instructor Staff



When choosing a protective program to start your career in corporate or government security or law enforcement, consider the following factors. SECFOR Designed and developed the 7-week Protective Security training school over the course of decades protective in high-threat areas of the world. 

Is the program Complete? A proper protective program should include a variety of skills including, Advance Work, Threat-Risk-Vulnerability Assessments, Protective Driving (not just a 2 or 3 day cone course), Medical Emergencies as well as CPR/AED & Emergency Trauma care certification, Practical Marksmanship for Protection Professionals, Route Analysis & Mapping, Surveillance Detection, Hands-on TSCM, Contingency Planning, and the list goes on. A 1-hour PowerPoint on one of these subjects will not give the student much more than an introduction to a concept. SECFOR’s Protective Security Certificate program gives students the time to learn, perform hands on drills, receive critique, repeat.

Are your instructors current…from the top down? Protection work is very specific. High-speed Tier-1 SOF types and experienced Law Enforcement officers have great hard-skills and file folders that may help them determine threats where they could possible utilized hard-skills they have developed through-out their careers BUT, unless they have extensive experience working various types of protection details, they would not provide new students much value learning that very specific skill. At SECFOR, all of our programs are designed from the top down. SECFOR’s CEO and founder has been protecting in all threat environments for almost 30 years and is still traveling to high threat regions, conducting advance work, interacting with clients and on the job to this day. This is the type of experience you should be looking for as a student.  SECFOR’s instructor staff will come off detail and into the classroom. Instructors are typically finishing up a variety of international work in high risk areas to give students the actual current information on how they kept clients and team members safe in sometimes challenging and dangerous conditions. SECFOR instructors have worked in over 20 countries this year alone and will walk you through different types of details from A to Z. Ask these questions to your perspective EP instructor…When was the last time you were on detail? What type of a detail was it? (High threat? Suit and Tie in an office? Were you traveling with the principal? What type of areas?) 

How realistic is your training? During the Protective Security Certificate program students will conduct multiple protective details. You first detail will have you picking up your principal at Los Angeles International airport, transporting them to a 4 star hotel that you have already advanced, and then to multiple venues until your client is finished for the evening. But its not over yet, your 1-3 person team will work your principal overnight just as we do on an actual detail. You will be debriefed after you drop your principal off at the airport the following days. Your client is NOT a former student, instructor, etc. This is just detail #1. You will conduct two more full details in a high-risk context, and at least 5 more protective moves with a principal during the Surveillance Detection/TSCM module acting in a variety of roles. After 7 or 8 protective details, you start feeling comfortable with the process.

Simply put, this Protective Security program was constructed over a 30-year period and is the most realistic protective academy of its kind. With 50 training days over a span of 53-day, it is an intense one-of-a-kind program that helps the student experience, and become comfortable with, a variety of protective environments and client types. Contact us below to register or to ask questions.