What You Need to Know Before Choosing an Executive Protection Training Course?by Executive Protection Institute EPI was founded in 1978
Working as an executive protection officer (more commonly known as a “bodyguard”) is a physically and mentally demanding role that requires the very best training in the business.
There are plenty of training providers out there offering executive protection training, but how do you ensure you are getting the best start possible in your chosen career?
There is no point in spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on your executive protection training if it is not up to scratch.
What Should Executive Protection Training Include?
Executive protection training courses should include an aspect of surveillance training, which helps increase your awareness — it is a skill you will need to use repeatedly in your role as an executive protection officer.
Ensure that any training course you sign up for offers a blend of classroom exercises and practical activities.
DO NOT be tempted to sign up for correspondence courses that you can only take online. There will not be any practical element to these, so you will not come away from the course with all the necessary skills for the job.
Who is Teaching You?
This is a crucial question to ask when selecting any training course, but even more important when training to be an executive protection officer.
You need to know who is teaching the course and what level of experience the instructors have.
Do they currently work or have worked in the industry as executive protection officers? How much experience do they have in the field?
A course led by experienced instructors means you will benefit from their knowledge and real-life experience, helping you to learn.
The executive protection officer training course you choose must cover the obligatory subjects set out by the SIA. There is a long list of things which you must learn - here are just a few which any course should cover in more detail:
Interpersonal skills - you need to learn how to communicate with clients and public members to carry out your role effectively.
Teamwork - When working as an executive protection officer, you will often be part of a small, close-knit team that needs to work together to carry out assignments. Teamwork is vital for a career as a professional executive protection officer.
Roles and responsibilities of the executive protection officer - you will learn what will be expected of you in the role and your responsibilities; this will help you focus on the areas of your knowledge you need to improve.
Communication and conflict management skills - in this challenging role, you will come across conflict regularly, and learning the skills to cope and improving your communication skills, is key if you wish to be a professional executive protection officer.
You will need to consider other factors when searching for the right training course in the right bodyguard school, such as accreditation, your available budget, and the qualification you will receive upon completion.
By ensuring that any training course you enroll in offers a mix of practical and classroom exercises, as well as providing training in all of the SIA’s obligatory subjects, you will be well on your way towards a successful career as an executive protection officer.
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