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Protective Security Training School

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Protective Security Training | El Cajon, Ca

Protective Security

24 Semester Credits / 7 Weeks

This accelerated program is designed to prepare the student for positions in Executive Protection for highrisk assignments, both foreign and domestic. Over the course of seven weeks, this program will provide the student with industry-relevant knowledge and skills, acquired from intensive classroom study and hands-on practice. This course will provide the fundamentals of high threat protection, evasive/protective driving techniques, specialized medical responses, and surveillance measures.

Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of classroom topics in real-world scenarios throughout the program, including a multi-day driving clinic and an overnight high-profile executive protection operation. During first responder training, students will test for a Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) provider certification and Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer.

This program will lead towards credit in our Associate of  Science in Criminal Justice program.

2020-2021 Course Dates

Due to the risk of COVID-19 and the close physical proximity required for this program, ATA College will not be enrolling students until future notice.

What will you learn?

Diploma Curriculum & Courses

Protective Security Driving
PS 201 Protective Security Driving

3.72 Credits

This course is designed to prepare students for various driving situations in multiple types of vehicles. Students will gain a classroom understanding of driving techniques, to include: high- & low-Profile Protective Security Driving (PSD) driving, vehicle dynamics, advanced skid control, Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for black-out driving situations, ramming techniques, Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) & counter PIT maneuvers, advanced reverse clinics, and response to an attack on a motorcade. Students will attend a driving clinic to practice vehicle dynamics, skid control, steering, braking, accident avoidance, PSD driving, Motorcade formations, immediate actions, and contact drills on a 1.2-mile track with a variety of surfaces, cut-outs, and crossroads. Students must possess a valid driver’s license.

High-Risk First Responder
PS 202 High-Risk First Responder

2.92 Credits

This program is designed to train security professionals in essential medical techniques relevant to the industry. Students will learn to recognize and respond to medical emergencies, such as cardiac arrest, stroke, anaphylactic shock (allergic reactions), and environmental injuries. This course provides training, testing, and certification for Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) provider.

Corporate & Celebrity Executive Protection
PS 203 Corporate & Celebrity Executive Protection

4.33 Credits

This course covers the day-to-day job duties of an Executive Protection agent and includes mission planning, threat and risk assessment, route mapping, daily activity reporting, after action reports, expense tracking, and protective advances. Students will understand the basics of moving with a client, which encompasses ingress and egress of vehicle, restaurants, office spaces, public events, entertainment venues, handshake lines, autograph signings, and stage work. Students will participate in an overnight operation, where a client will be escorted through various situations, time-frames, and venues.

High Threat Protection
PS 204 High Threat Protection

8.39 Credits

This course will provide the training and knowledge to act as a protective team leader/member in all threat areas by focusing on High Threat-Low Profile operations. This module intends to bridges the gap between conventional domestic protective operations and war-zone Personal Security Detachment (PSD) assignments. This course will cover to Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) pics including: CombatMarksmanship, Live-fire Immediate Action, Foreign Weapons training, Unlawful detention, UTM/Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) Grid Coordinates, Practical Surveillance Detection, Close Quarters Combat (CQC) with a principal, Combative for protective agents, Driver-Down, and Live-fire Vehicle down.

Surveillance Detection & Counter Surveillance
PS 205 Surveillance Detection & Counter Surveillance

4.99 Credits

This course is designed to teach students numerous techniques to detect, track, and defeat surveillance through tradecraft and electronic detection devices. Students will learn to plan dedicated surveillance missions, build threat boards to track suspected surveillance, while simultaneously learning electronic countermeasures, GPS detection, bug sweeps, and phone line analysis utilizing technical surveillance counter-measures (TSCM) equipment.

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Arturo Hernandez
Program Director | Protective Security
M.A. In International Relations, University of Oklahoma | B.S. Southern Illinois University | 23 Years United States Marine Corps

Paying for College

Due to the short length of this program, it is inelgibile for Federal Student Loans and Grants.

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Cost of the Program
$23,495.00 Tuition
$150.00 Fees

Graduation Rate (For 2019).

XX% On-Time Graduation Rate (on-time graduation is 8 months)

The Median Loan Debt for Graduates leaving ATA College, for award year 2016-2017, is $6400.00.

Placement Rate (As reported to the Council on Occupational Education 2019 Annual Report)


Protective Security Program graduates typically obtain jobs as a Protective Security Specialist. Below is a link to the Standard Occupational Classification:


ATA College is an accreditied college which is conveniently located in East County, serving the communities of El Cajon, Santee, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Lakeside, Alpine, Chula Vista, Spring Valley, Mission Valley, and San Diego.