Protective Services

Protective Security Operations Certification (PSOC)

PSOC is designed exclusively for private security, Federal Government, DoD and law enforcement professionals interested in learning modern methods for executive protection and personal security of high net-worth or ‘at-risk’ individuals. This five-day certification program is approved training by multiple Federal Government, state and corporate organizations, and is the only major university accredited protective services training program in the United States. PSOC consists of (2) two training modules: Protection Agent Development (four days) and Protective Pistol Skills (one day). Protection Agent Development teaches contemporary skills for low visibility personal security in permissive to semi-permissive environments where a low to moderate threat exists. This highly academic and practical application-based training course creates a comprehensive and balanced foundation for prospective or current members of protective details. Subject matter comprises the most progressive and relevant doctrine currently available for individuals seeking instruction in new EP practices. Protective Pistol Skills is the weapons-centric component of PSOC and is entirely range-based. This format allows students to focus their attention on safe and practical use of a concealed handgun during protective operations. Students will learn both individual and team-based tactics with firearms as they apply to third-person/principal defense. The primary goal of PSOC is to professionally educate and train those tasked with protective operations. Regardless of background or current assignment, students are trained to operate as a team. It is critical that protection agents exhibit professionalism, demonstrate fluid proficiency, and act with confidence in their abilities. To achieve and enforce this, students are held to a high standard and expected to perform during training. This is a certification course where various forms of testing and evaluation are utilized to measure the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for graduation. Attendance does not guarantee completion. Protection Agent Development (Module 1) and Protective Pistol Skills (Module 2) may be taken separately if desired. However, both modules must be successfully completed within a 12-month period in order to earn the full PSOC certificate.

Length: 5 Days
Enrollment: Open to active security professionals, law enforcement, Department of Defense, government agencies, eligible government contractors, and approved civilians with a security industry affiliation
Pre-requisite: None
Commercial Cost – Las Vegas, NV: $1,400.00 per student
Commercial Cost – Mobile Program: $1,400.00 per student
GSA Cost – Las Vegas, NV: $1,316.00 per student
GSA Cost – Mobile Program: $1,316.00 per student



Advanced Protective Security Operations Certification (APSOC)

PFC is proud to announce the offering of APSOC, the next-level progression to our industry standard protection agent training certification, PSOC.  During Advanced PSOC, students will be instructed in overlapping personal security disciplines, which culminate in multiple field exercises, live fire training evolutions and scenario-based detail operations.  Real-world feedback over the years has shown PSOC training to be directly credited with the operational success of graduated students and overall customer satisfaction of clients.  APSOC brings agent knowledge, skills and abilities to a new orbit.  In order to graduate, students must pass three evaluations: a written exam, a graded detail practical, and a low-light Live Fire Skills Test.  Enrollment is restricted to previous PFC students who have successfully completed the Protective Security Operations Certification (PSOC) program.

Training Topics Include:

  • Advanced Detail Operations
  • Complex Security Advances
  • Expanded Security Planning
  • Leading & Supporting International Operations
  • Aviation Security Practices
  • Protective Trauma Care
  • Explosives Detection & Counter-Measures
  • Specialized Team Communications
  • Advanced Protective Security Surveillance
  • Electronic Security Measures & Resources
  • Follow Driving & Motorcade Operations
  • Arrival & Departure Practical Problems
  • Advanced Protective Physical Defense
  • Advanced & Vehicular Protective Pistol Skills
  • Advanced Lone Agent Protective Shooting (LAPS) Drills
  • Advanced Detail Assault Response & Evacuation (DARE) Drills
  • Low-Light Protective Pistol Skills, LAPS & DARE Drills
  • Force-on-Force Attack-on-Principal (AOP) Drills
  • Full Mission Night Detail Practical
  • Complex/Rapid Response Day Detail Practical

Length: 5 Days
Enrollment: Open to active security professionals, law enforcement, Department of Defense, government agencies, eligible government contractors, and approved civilians with a security industry affiliation
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of PSOC
Cost – Las Vegas, NV: $1,550.00 per student
Cost – Mobile Program: $1,550.00 per student (varied student minimum)



Protective Driving Operations Course (PDOC)

Proper usage of motor vehicles is a critical factor and requirement in executive driving or protective security operations. Safe and proper conduct can make the difference between clients being pleased or dissatisfied at best, or alive or dead at worst. PDOC is a 3-day certification course that introduces students to the principles, procedures and counter-measures associated with protective driving and is considered essential for professional drivers of corporate clients or at-risk individuals. Topics covered include vehicle types and characteristics, routine driving practices, professional security driving protocol, security vehicle inspection & preparation, vehicle dynamics, vehicle assault case studies, route planning and surveys, dynamic turning, emergency braking, accelerating & maneuvering, attack recognition & response, evasive driving skills, performance driving, vehicular immediate action drills during an ambush, vehicle change drills, disabled driver take-overs, arrivals & departures, and motorcade operations. If you conduct low-profile domestic details, this training will make you a highly capable driver well suited for any client. If you operate internationally, then you are aware that the rest of the world has no respect for, or sense of traffic law and these skills are critical. This course will aid in making your security operations and vehicle movements safe, smooth and successful.

Length: 3 Days
Enrollment: Open to active security professionals, law enforcement, Department of Defense, government agencies, eligible government contractors, and approved civilians with a security or transportation industry affiliation
Pre-requisite: None
Cost – Las Vegas, NV: $1,750.00 per student
Cost – Mobile Program: $1,750.00 per student (varied student minimum)



High Threat Security Operations Certification (HTSOC)

High Threat Security Operations Certification is an intense and comprehensive 7-day course designed for the individual or security team operating in any environment where a higher threat exists. Techniques, tactics and procedures taught in HTSOC apply to small teams or large teams, low profile or high profile operations, and domestic or international missions. Students will learn to meet high threat security needs as a result of their area of operation, localized risk of kidnapping or violent crime, or an unusual, specific threat made against a principal. Training methodologies range from conventional to unconventional and challenge students to perform. All instructors possess extensive, current real-world experience on high-risk U.S. domestic details and international high threat operations in Mexico, Central America, South America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. This course presents not only the most cutting-edge hard skills related to weapons, vehicle operations and protective team tactics, it addresses the nuances and concepts for successfully working under high risk conditions that may complicate a security mission. HTSOC delves into global advances, overt/high-security walking formations, high profile motorcade operations, communications & navigation, advanced protective pistol and protective carbine skills, counter-assault team tactics, vehicle counter-ambush drilling, break contact & team movement exercises, escape & evasion, low-light operations, specialized combatives, attack-on-principal scenarios, force-on-force evolutions, and much more. Knowledge, skills and abilities will be evaluated through a battery of written, practical, physical and live fire testing, which must be passed in order to graduate. High levels of physical fitness and weapons proficiency are a must for this course.

Length: 7 Days
Enrollment: Open to active security professionals, law enforcement, Department of Defense, government agencies, eligible government contractors, and approved civilians with a security industry affiliation
Pre-requisite: PSOC or similar approved course of instruction
Commercial Cost – Las Vegas, NV: $1,960.00 per student
Commercial Cost – Mobile Program: $2,312.80 per student
GSA Cost – Las Vegas, NV: $1,842.40 per student
GSA Cost – Mobile Program: $2,174.03 per student



Protective Pistol Skills (PPS)

Protective Pistol Skills is the weapons-centric component of PSOC and is entirely range-based. This format allows students to focus their attention on safe and practical use of a concealed handgun during protective operations. Students will learn both individual and team-based tactics with firearms as they apply to third-person/principal defense. Training includes combative handgun skills applicable to personal security, Principal Cover & Control Techniques, Lone Agent Protective Shooting (LAPS) Drills, Detail Assault Response & Evacuation (DARE) Drills, and the PSOC/PPS Live Fire Skills Test.

Length: 1 Days
Enrollment: Open to active security professionals, law enforcement, Department of Defense, government agencies, eligible government contractors, and approved civilians with a security industry affiliation
Pre-requisite: Approved prior commercial or occupational handgun training
Cost – Las Vegas, NV: $280.00 per student
Cost – Mobile Program: $280.00 per student (varied student minimum)



Protective Physical Defense (PPD)

Protective Pistol Skills is the weapons-centric component of PSOC and is entirely range-based. This format allows students to focus their attention on safe and practical use of a concealed handgun during protective operations. Students will learn both individual and team-based tactics with firearms as they apply to third-person/principal defense. Training includes combative handgun skills applicable to personal security, Principal Cover & Control Techniques, Lone Agent Protective Shooting (LAPS) Drills, Detail Assault Response & Evacuation (DARE) Drills, and the PSOC/PPS Live Fire Skills Test.

Length: 1 Days
Enrollment: Open to active security professionals, law enforcement, Department of Defense, government agencies, eligible government contractors, and approved civilians with a security industry affiliation
Pre-requisite: Approved prior commercial or occupational handgun training
Cost – Las Vegas, NV: $280.00 per student
Cost – Mobile Program: $280.00 per student (varied student minimum)



Security Driving Foundation (SDF)

During personal security and executive protection operations, driving is not only a commonly used skill, but also an opportunity to showcase either sound capabilities or a complete lack thereof. Security Driving Foundation is a one-day intensive value-packed program designed to familiarize, educate and elevate the professional security driver. This training offers skills to smoothly and calmly operate the vehicle under routine/administrative conditions and under more ambiguous emergency situations as well. Through included testing and student-driver evaluations, the training scope is adjusted as required in order to extract at least 80% of the vehicle’s capabilities through measured assessment and combined driving exercises. In addition to practical driving time, topics covered include security driving essentials, vehicle preparation, vehicle dynamics, route planning, arrivals & departures, collision avoidance, safe emergency maneuvers, and basic evasive driving skills. For those who are unable to attend the full 3-day Protective Driving Operations Certification, this course is the ideal training opportunity.

Length: 1 Days
Enrollment: Open to active security professionals, law enforcement, Department of Defense, government agencies, eligible government contractors, and approved civilians with a security or transportation industry affiliation
Pre-requisite: None
Cost – Las Vegas, NV: $595.00 per student
Cost – Mobile Program: $595.00 per student (varied student minimum)



Protective Operations Surveillance Training (POST)

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Tactical Indoor Defense & Evacuation (TIDE)

TIDE is an eye-opening seminar that teaches armed citizens and professionals how to safely defend themselves or someone else indoors. Students will learn the strategies of structure clearing, defense-in-place and tactical evacuation through lecture, technical drilling and practical exercises. Training topics include the Principles of Indoor Combat, structure traits & nomenclature, indoor scenarios & tactical decision making, movement methods & tempos, door management, room entry, room clearing, room management, confined spaces, negotiating hallways, compound problems, Hardpointing, crisis egress, and after-action measures. Instruction is 100% dry with inert training weapons. No ammunition is required.

Length: 1 Days
Enrollment: Open to qualified civilians, law enforcement, security personnel, corrections, Department of Defense, government agencies and contractors
Pre-requisite: None
Cost – Las Vegas, NV: $200.00 per student
Cost – Mobile Program: $200.00 per student (varied student minimum)