Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I register for a course, or just ask questions?

A: Click here —> SIGN UP page and you can register for a course, just ask a questions in the comment section, or both. We will send you all the registration information you will need to pay for a course, use your GI Bill, information regarding housing, what to bring and other logistics information. You should sign up with us BEFORE you go through the GI Bill process with the VA as we will provide you with the information they will need so SIGN UP to day!

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Q: What is the best course for me?

A: This depends on your goals? Our GI Bill Approved 35 Day High threat Protection Specialist course (Now you may tack on a GI BIll Approved 7-day Driving Course!), is the best starting point and is a pipeline of several courses run together to produce the highest trained protection specialist available. In the 35 day HTPS pipeline, we start off with 6 days of medical, then 8 days of Corporate & Celebrity executive protection, then onto high threat protection. Those three courses, with one day off in between, make up the 35 day HTPS Pipeline. This is the most popular GI Bill approved course we offer, AND you may take each module separately if time is an issue. We also offer a 15-day course that focuses on certifications and static security.

Also see our new course offering below! Soon we will publish an education guide that will provide potential students with the best options for them. Until then call us to discuss the best options for your career success.  888.270.1911 or ASK QUESTIONS HERE

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QUICK COURSE OPTIONS:

***Veterans choice*** 35 Day HTPS Pipeline: Now a 42 day training package if you add our new GI Bill Approved 7-day Protective Security Driver course! This pipeline is ideal for veterans breaking into the industry. The 35 day HTPS pipeline covers: Corporate, Celebrity, and VIP Protection in low, medium and high threat environments and now an additional GI Bill Approved 7-day Security Driving Package.This course stresses medical care (CPR PRO and TCCC certs), advance work, mission planning & mapping in our computer labs, low and high profile detail attire considerations, contingency planning, extensive firearms package (domestic and foreign), immediate actions, complex scenario training, resume building, interview techniques, evasive driving for protection personnel, and employment possibilities into corporate and government sectors. This pipeline is made up of three courses, Medical, Corporate Executive Protection and High Threat Protection, and is the most complete course available anywhere. SIGN UP/ASK QUESTIONS HERE

***Civilians Choice*** 15 Day Executive Protection: This is the first 2 modules of the HTPS pipeline above. Students get the complete medical work-up with CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer (Adult and Child) This CPR course or CPR for Healthcare professionals are the only CPR courses accepted to go onto EMT training. Students will get all of the corporate protocols and medical certs above including the most realistic detail in any executive protection training course your final 2 days of the course. You will pick up your principal at LAX airport and work them all night. During the 24 hour detail we will put you up in a 4 star hotel in Los Angeles and cover all your expenses while on detail. Some of our civilian students go onto our 3 day Driving package to complete their training. SIGN UP/ASK QUESTIONS HERE

***Medical Training*** 4 Day Trauma Medical/TCCC Certification (NAEMT): This course is part of both the 35 day and 15 day course above, but can be taken as a stand alone course by civilians with no medical experience or experienced EMT, Military and Law Enforcement personnel. We regularly have civilians, EMTs, Fire Service, Law Enforcement, FBI, DHS, DOE, SEAL Team, EOD, MDs, and just concerned citizens attending our 4 day TCCC course. We will not spend time teaching you to shoot in this course, this is a MEDICAL course. You will learn evidence-based emergency trauma care interventions they will not teach you in paramedic school. For civilians with no medical training experience, you may want to consider our 6-day High Risk First Responder which includes the 4 day TCCC cert, plus the CPR PRO cert and EMT skills. SIGN UP/ASK QUESTIONS HERE

***Advanced Training*** New GI Bill Courses: We are launching a variety of advanced and specialized GI Bill approved courses to augment your above training. We will publish full descriptions and training calendars for the new courses soon. Off to the right you may enter your email for updates. We do not spam or harass you with constant marketing and only put out new information and job call-outs. I list of our new offerings can be found below. SIGN UP/ASK QUESTIONS HERE

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NEW GI BILL COURSES!

10-Day Surveillance Detection/Counter Surveillance – The most up-to-date technical surveillance & countermeasure course, taught by current government-level experts. Specialized training for security specialists going into corporate and government sectors.

7-Day Protective Security Driving – Including on and off road driving, accident avoidance, Night Vision Goggle driving in black-out conditions, PIT and Counter PIT, push-throughs forward and reverse, and a one-of-a-kind reverse clinic. Our staff has been through all the main civilian and government driving courses, and in many cases taught driving to special operations and other government units personnel. We have taken what we have learned through-out our operational and teaching careers and made a more relevant and usable program that produces a professional security driver unlike any other program. 

18-Day Air Travel Threat Mitigation – Your EP job doesn’t stop just because you are traveling by air. We use an actual jet airline as a training platform. One of our most intense courses available will prepare you for today’s unfortunate reality of potential criminal terrorists attempting to disrupt conventional air travel or use planes as weapons.

32-Day Advanced High Risk Protection – This is our WPS prep course. All current protocols are followed strictly. We surpass all current WPS PT and firearms quals. With a 40% fail rate at the WPS academy, it pays to be prepared. Instructors are just off WPS contracts to give you the current info you need to succeed.

30-Day Remote Area Security Operations  – This course concentrates on small, low profile, government or private teams working in austere, remote environments.

28-Day Designated Defensive Marksman – Providing over-watch to government level protective efforts. We surpass the WPS long-gun qualification course and our instructor staff are all current on protective long gun support. 

6-Day Crisis Management Negotiator – Taught by actual Kidnap & Ransom Negotiators, and security teams that provide recovery investigations services to the same. There are no formal courses that teach this unique skill. Hostage negotiation is different than K & R Negotiation in many different ways. Learn from those actually doing the job

21-Day Lone Protector Course – You may have learned team tactics, now you are on your own. What changes..? Everything…Our instructors are working lone details in challenging environments for corporate, celebrity and government clients, and will clearly demonstrate the dynamics of going at it alone.

21-Day International Security Advisor – 2 weeks of language, cultural training, pre-advance work, mapping, regional familiarization & mission planning, before heading to an international location for the final week of the course. Once on the ground, course participants will complete full advances before completing a protective mission, while immersing yourself into local language, culture and receiving regional security briefings by local SMEs. 

Enter your email to the right and get updates when these courses are scheduled! Or click HERE to ask about our upcoming schedule

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Q: Do you provide graduates employment after the course?

A: We will provide you with the best training available, rework your resume, your bio, teach you how and where to get your suit cut properly for Executive Protection work (yes the material and the cut matters), provide you with a long list of companies that have hired our students and for those who qualify, provide direct access to 4 government (WPS and Other) recruiters, BUT we can’t do the interview for you. If you accept all the guidance we provide, particularly during our 8 day Executive Protection module of the HTPS pipeline, you should most likely be successful in finding work. We have a large online network where we consistently put jobs out to graduates. And finally, we at SECFOR have hired our graduates to work protection details. Very few training firms will actually hire their graduates, but we believe in what we teach and know that you among the best trained protectors. Here are some of the firms that have hired our graduates:

  • Triple Canopy
  • Academi
  • SISS | Beverly Hills
  • SOC
  • Constellis
  • Sallyport Global
  • Aegis
  • Pinkerton Protection Services
  • Solutions Group International
  • Gavin De Becker
  • AS Solution
  • SECFOR International
  • Black Box Security
  • Numerous corporations
  • High Value VIPs

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Q: Who are the instructors?

A: The instructors for the Corporate Executive Protection, High Threat Protection, and Medic courses are a diverse cadre with years of experience working in corporate, entertainment, and hostile environment protection work. The instructors come from SECFOR International, a firm specializing in tactical training, corporate protection work, non-permissive environment protection work, trauma training, and U.S Government contracting. Many of the instructor staff come from military special operations backgrounds who worked for years, and are currently working, in the corporate and high threat protection field between courses. Our staff protects high value corporate clients, government personnel, and other VIPs, engineers, humanitarian workers, and celebrities when traveling to the most challenging regions of the world. We match the instructors up to our courses, based their expertise. If the instructor specializes in Corporate, this is what they will teach, if they teach medical subjects, our instructors will have extensive field medical experience. High Threat instructors will have extensive experience working high threat details in the corporate and government sectors, many coming from SOF backgrounds.

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Q. Is this a WPS training course?

A:  WPS work is less than 2 percent of the protection market. In the 35 Day HTPS course, we train you for the rest of the 98% so that our graduates are prepared to work on the most common details world wide. That said, we did not set out to be a WPS preparation course though, by proxy, the HTPS program is sometimes used as a WPS Prep. Though our 35 day HTPS course will set you up for success for a WPS position, we train to prepare you for all threat environments and detail types. The misinformed (usually those with no overseas contracting experience), may tell you that “High Threat” just refers to WPS. It does not. High Threat is the level we train you to after going through low and medium threat protocols and extensive advance planning & contingency training. Many of our staff have been working high threat details in the corporate and government sectors for years and never worked a WPS contract. Due to the training we provide, our HTPS graduates that have gone the WPS route have been very successful. Since the WPS training has a 40% fail rate, it makes sense to be prepared. Beware of PMC Contracting Hiring Guides written by those that have never worked a government contract overseas.

We have developed a WPS Prep course which was just approved by the VA and focuses solely on WPS. The 32 day Advanced High Risk Protection course will be scheduled later this year for individuals who want to prepare themselves to succeed in the government protection industry. If a WPS recruiter has 25 equal resumes submitted that day for PSS positions and 2 have gone through a reputable prep course, these will naturally go to the top of the pile. This comes directly from recruiters who are on board with our program and already hiring our HTPS students.

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Q: Will I only learn “High Threat” Protection in the 35 day HTPS course, what if I want to work Corporate Executive Protection?

A: You are taught in all of our programs, short and long, that the art of avoidance through protective intelligence, planning, threat & risk assessments, realistic contingencies, and accurate mapping, is your first line of defense. This has kept our principals and teams safe more times than I can count.  We take you through all levels of security, from low threat estate security here in the US, non-hostile crowds, aggressive fans, to medium threat corporate details in and out of the US including the nuances of celebrity protection work, and all the way to protecting principals in non-permissive environments globally. “High Threat” is the level of protection we can get you to in 35 days. You will spend more time in our computer labs preparing detail plans, threat assessments, mapping and other 

We have enough time to bring students up to a very high level level of training. The short executive protection courses (less than 15 days) will be very limited the time it takes to bring you to a high level but may be appropriate for lower threat details only. In our experience, you should train to the highest level possible. 

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Q: Should I use my GI Bill for this type of training?

A: GI Bill is just one form of funding we accept for our programs. We accept all conventional forms of payment (Check, Credit Card), government credit card, various federal agency types of funding, and WIOA. GI Bill is just 1 form of funding we accept that only vetted training programs that produce jobs are allowed to offer. You may have read that using your GI Bill for a 35 day Protection course is a bad idea. This information is usually put out by executive protection training firms that cannot get the GI Bill rating for their courses. The answer is entirely up to you. If you want to be a doctor, us your VA benefits for medical school, if you want to be a cook, use your benefits for culinary school. If protection work is your goal….use your GI Bill for a protection course.

After our 35 day course, you will have plenty of VA benefits left for ongoing school and other training in the future. This year (2017) the VA will only approve programs that have a proven track record of providing graduates work. We just recently submitted, and have been approved for, 9 additional courses and were asked by the VA to provide all student data regarding the work obtained and salaries of our graduates after graduating from our courses. The approval of our new programs was based on our past performance of getting grads work. The 3-7 day self-pay courses that boasts it is better for your future than a 35 day GI Bill approved and vetted program, is just trying to get your hard earned cash.

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Q: Can I take all of the GI Bill® Approved courses in a row?

A: Yes. When we group relevant courses together, we call it a training “Pipeline”. Our courses compliment each other and students would benefit from attending all 4 of our courses depending on what your professional goals are. We have scheduled the courses in blocks of training with 1 day off in between the courses to minimize your travel expense. Most students take 3 or 4 courses in a row. Now with our new programs approved, we will group other relevant training courses together to make things more convenient for course participants traveling from outside of our training areas. We now have 14 courses that are that we are offering to continue your education and we also recommend other training institutions that provide superior training. Call us to find out who else we endorse. 888.270.1911

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Q: I was never Military or Law Enforcement, can I take your courses?

A: Yes. You may still attend our courses. If paying out of your own pocket, you may want to take our 6 day CPR/Medical Emergency/Tactical Combat Casualty Care/TCCC certificate course followed by our 8 day Executive Protection course. This course provides you with the same medical certifications that all our military students receive plus a solid Executive Protection course emphasizing realistic day-to-day duties, culminating with a 24 hour live detail in Los Angeles. On your final detail, you will pick up your client at LAX airport, working them during their meetings, red carpet events, dinner outings and other activities before taking them back to the high end hotel, and working with a small team to keep your client secured all night.

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Q: How do I use my GI Bill® for your training?

A: First SIGN UP with us to receive information you will need to give to the VA, then you can apply online HERE AT VONAPP, or in person at a VA office near you, by filling out a simple application (VA Form 22-1990). We will provide you will all the links and information to provide VONAPP, after you SIGN UP with us. If you have already used your benefits and wish to attend our courses, you can go to the link above and fill out form 22-1995, which transfers your benefits to our school. See our GI Bill page for more info. If you do not wish to apply online. you can find the nearest VA office by calling: 1 (888) 442-4551 or if active duty, apply at your base education office

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Q: Does the GI Bill® pay for lodging, flights and meals?

A: The Veterans Administration will reimburse you approximately $65 per day for each day you attend training. What travel expenses you choose to pay with this stipend is up to you. This VA funds will not be paid until after you begin training and may come to you in several payments. Most students pay for their travel and lodging with a credit card and pay their credit card when the VA funds arrive.

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Q: Is your course really covered by GI Bill? I have called other schools that claimed to take GI Bill and they could not take VA benefits.

A: Yes our programs accept GI Bill. There are other schools that will not be honest about their VA status so that they have a chance to talk you out of their competitor’s training programs. There is one well known protection training school that on one page of their website, states they take GI Bill, and on another page from the same site, they claim that schools that take GI Bill are “useless”. These dishonest training companies are just trying to get your money and have no problem being less than honest. They will say anything to get you to buy their training. Please report this activity to the VA. Our programs are GI Bill approved. Now we have 14 approved programs!

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Q: If I have already used my GI Bill® for another school, how do I transfer my benefits to your training?

A: You can sign up and fill out a simple online form HERE AT VONAPP The form (VA Form 22-1995) to transfer your benefits only takes a few minutes to fill out. You will have to enter the name of the school and course(s) you are going to attend.The name of the school you should use for our programs is:

Mira Costa CE & WD
2075 Las Palmas Dr
Carlsbad, CA
92011

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Q. My GI Bill® will only cover 60% of the training, are there any other funding sources?

A: Yes, there are several other funding sources, you may be able to combine more than one funding source:

WIA (Workforce Investment Act)

Vocational Rehabilitation

Veterans Village San Diego

Veterans Assistance San Diego

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Q: What will the GI Bill pay for?

A: If you qualify for Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits at 100%, the VA will pay for the entire course tuition, course equipment (rental firearms, ammunition, medical gear, etc) also a housing stipend (BAH) of approximately $65 per day in most cases. Because all equipment and material is covered in our tuition, this leaves only travel, food and any housing costs above and beyond the $65 per day that the VA can cover.

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Q: Where is your training held?

A: Our primary schoolhouse is in Carlsbad, California located in San Diego County. We are based in San Diego but train all over Southern California. We will transport students from our offices, or designated hotels, to training daily and to and from the San Diego airport. Some of our new programs involve field trips up to and including international locations.

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Q: Can I use Montgomery GI Bill (MGB) for your training.

A: Not recommended. MGB is generally more usable for traditional colleges and universities and would require a large out of pocket expense for you. Post 9/11 GI Bill can be used for certificate courses and greatly minimizes your out-of-pocket costs. You may have MGB currently, but if you served any time after September 11, 2001, you may be eligible to change your benefits to Post 9/11 GI Bill. You can go onto VONAPP and follow the directions regarding changing your benefits over to Post 9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 33

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Q: What gear or clothing should I bring to training?

A: Go to the SIGN UP page and let us know what course(s) you are interested in, and you will receive specific course info. We provide practically everything including firearms and ammunition.

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Q: Can I use Vocational Rehabilitation to take your courses?

A: Yes, Our courses accept Post 9/11 and Vocational Rehabilitation benefits

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Q: What certificates will I earn upon completion of your courses?

A:Upon successfully completing the 35 day pipeline, you would have earned the following certificates:

1) Certificate of completion High Threat Protection Specialist
2) Certificate of completion Executive Protection
3) Certificate of completion High Risk First Responder
4) Tactical Combat Casualty Care Provider Certificate (NAEMT)
5) CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer – Adult and Pediatric (American Red Cross)

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Q: What is your hire percentage for graduating students?

A: Since we have students who are active duty personnel and participants that are already in the protection business that attend our courses, it is not easy to put an exact percentage on hiring statistics. We are the only protection academy that we know of that other protection firms and corporations actively recruit out of our graduating classes. Each class we graduate, we have students going to domestic and overseas protection jobs. Here are some of the firms that have hired our graduates:

  • Triple Canopy
  • Academi
  • SISS | Beverly Hills
  • Aegis
  • Pinkerton | Protection Services
  • Solutions Group International
  • Gavin De Becker
  • AS Solution
  • SECFOR International
  • Black Box Security
  • many more…

Beware of training firms that put false job ads out. They usually will attempt to talk you out of other courses, claiming that their course is the only one that will get you work. We do not have to do outside call-outs for protective agents, we only hire our graduates as we have confidence in our training. Every week we have graduates working for SECFOR on protective details and also have corporate firms calling to hire our graduates. Any legitimate school would have plenty of candidates for work so if they are putting out job ads for protection agents….beware.

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Q: How does lodging work while attending your courses?

A: Once you sign up we will send you the recommended hotels near our training site, and discount codes. GI Bill users will receive BAH.

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Q: How much do the courses cost?

A: Each course description page shows course cost at the bottom of the page

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Q: Are there other reputable executive protection schools if I can’t attend yours? 

A: Absolutely. Different from ours, but still good. Find programs that are 15 days or longer for a more complete education. Though there are 2 schools that run shorter programs, only focusing on low threat corporate details (much like our 8 day EP module) that are excellent. Call us to discuss who else we recommend. In reading about the course or talking to a representative, make sure they talk about the benefits of their school rather than the negatives of their competitors schools. Any organization constantly insisting why the other schools are “useless”, have no confidence in their own training and are most likely running “hotel courses”. Attend a school that has hard facilities and training areas as well as a diverse staff still currently working in the protection industry when not teaching. Hotel courses are little better than a webinar, so beware of these. If you would like to know who we recommend, call us and we will let you know who we would recommend. 

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