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    I am starting to look at training for next year, have anyone here taken or heard of
    http://www.iaspweb.com/safety_distance_learning.html
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    IASP Info

    IASP also operates as NASP - the National Association of Safety Professionals. I have completed several of their distance certifications, including Workplace Violence Prevention Specialist, Certified Safety Auditor and Emergency Management Specialist.

    Like any training, you get out of it what you put into it...but with distance training this is even more true than with classroom training because it's easier to "fake it" when you study the material and take the exam(s), and also because more self-discipline is required to do the work.

    The distance training programs I've taken from IASP/NASP are not interactive. Basically, you read the material that you download from them and then take the test or tests - either one at the end, or one after each module, depending on how lengthy the course is.

    Here's one tip: The Emergency Management program is taken directly from (if I remember), four of the FEMA distance education courses in emergency management, which is free...so I'd suggest you pursue Emergency Management through FEMA instead. In doing so, you can either take any of about three dozen courses that FEMA offers (and you get a certificate for each one), or you can pursue the seven of those courses that will earn you the Professional Development certificate - and any others that might interest you, of course. Here's the URL for FEMA's Emergency Management Institute:

    http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/

    Incidentally, you can also earn college credit for FEMA courses by submitting your FEMA transcript to one of the participating colleges and paying the per-hour tuition fee to the college. (As I said, the FEMA courses themselves are free, however.)

    You don't have to register specially for FEMA's Professional Development certificate...when you complete the seven required courses, they'll recognize that you've earned the PD certificate automatically.

    There is also a security training institute that will be opening next year and will be offering on-site training and also distance programs. One of these will be a tuition-free distance certification in Security Supervision first, with two others to follow - one in Security Program Management and the other in Security Intelligence Analysis. The instructors all have university degrees in fields such as Security Management, Homeland Security, Intelligence, Industrial Safety, etc. and come from military, security, LE, fire and safety backgrounds and hold a variety of professional certifications, so it will be tough training, no doubt...but more worthwhile than a lot of the garbage that's floating around out there.

    The Security Supervision certification is intended to be more comprehensive than, and also to correct a number of deficiencies in some other certs that exist now. It is tuition-free with the express purpose of "seeding" the industry with hundreds, perhaps thousands of highly professional supervisors, believing that doing this one thing, more than any other, will lift the profession as these supervisors make their mark on the officers they lead and influence the managers above them.

    The Management certification will be very heavily oriented to the business aspects of running a security department and/or agency, such as the basics of financial management, bidding and managing contracts, employment law, security liability, customer satisfaction/quality control, etc. as well as strategic and tactical subjects like intelligence for security operations, etc. The Management course will not teach "security basics" - it's for people who already know what security is about and now need the business training as well as advanced training in security methods - how to do risk analysis, crime analysis, etc. I think it will take about a year to complete, but the intention is that it will become a well-respected certification in the industry.

    The Intelligence certification reflects the "new paradigm" in the protective domain, which is the intelligence-driven security program. This model has been taking hold on the LE side with good results and is directly transferrable to the private sector if people are trained in the proper (and ethical) use of intelligence to drive security strategy.

    As a matter of full disclosure, I'm involved with the institute and will post more about its programs here and on other professional sites as the time for initial program enrollment draws closer. The institute is nonprofit and exists for the sole purpose of raising the level of training and education in the security profession. Some programs will be offered to the profession at no cost, others at extremely low cost. I think the Management certification will be offered on a modular basis, probably 15 modules or so, at a cost of around $30 per module - to cover training materials and support the training delivery website - and the student will pay for each module as s/he enrolls in that module, so the cost is very affordable and is spread out over 12 to 15 months.

    Incidentally, we will also be encouraging security employers (marketing the programs to them) to offer this training as a benefit or "perk" to officers who express a desire to move up in the organization, and are pricing it such that they can afford to do so while benefiting themselves from the increased professionalism of their officers. There is nothing...nothing...NOTHING like promoting from within the organization, and training is one key to doing so. The other key is deliberately creating career tracks for officers just as there are on the LE side of the protective domain. The institute hopes to empower security agencies to do both - provide advanced training and create definitive, specific career tracks for officers to rise in the ranks and become a credit to this fine profession.
    Last edited by SecTrainer; 11-23-2006, 06:20 AM.
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      Thank you for the insights and comments, first hand knowledge is a wonderful and useful guide.

      Good luck on the upcoming training venture, will it be country specific in nature or more marketable / useful worldwide? I would imagine chapters on say law, could be country specific.
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        It will be North American - i.e., US and Canada only - with different modules being created now for the security and commercial law components with respect to the two countries. I understand that the instructor for the counterterrorism module already has two versions that he has been teaching for a year because of differences in the national security models of the two countries, as well.
        "Every betrayal begins with trust." - Brian Jacques

        "I can't predict the future, but I know that it'll be very weird." - Anonymous

        "There is nothing new under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 1:9

        "History, with all its volumes vast, hath but one page." - Lord Byron

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