environments. If you look at the course timeline posted by these different schools, the courses can range from three to four weeks in duration. The prices for these courses can range from several thousand dollars to over eight-thousand dollars! Often these prices do not include travel or lodging. Many of the "instructors" who teach these schools are individuals who, upon closer examination, have actually done very little in the way of actual close-protection work on a domestic level and none on an international scale. Some schools try to adapt the military PSD model in a hostile environment to the low-key, low-profile needs of the civilian environment. Much of the curriculum is the same "cookie-cutter" and out-dated information. Disturbingly, a number of instructors clearly do not understand or recognize the importance of maintaining a personal and professional low-profile status for themselves, their clients, students or their team. Clearly, they are "star-struck" with themselves and pass this attitude on to their students.
Many of the videos posted on these websites that show all the "running-and-gunning" do not represent the training required to acquire long-term, consistent business as a protection practitioner. While there is a time, place and need for learning many of the "cool" or "high-risk" tactics portrayed on these websites, the bottom line is they will not provide you with the refined skills you are more likely to use on a daily basis that keep you employed. Some of these schools are no doubt reputable, and our staff collectively has attended many of them. However, you have to ask the question, "Will I get the basic and advanced skills needed to be successful and profitable as a protection practitioner without breaking the bank?"
This is why Fenix developed a new training series for executive or close-protection agents and practitioners called The Solo Protection Agent. This three-part series not only provides the skills and knowledge needed to become a highly competent practitioner, it is structured in a way that allows you to learn at your own pace and in a manner that is financially feasible. Our classroom and indoor range facilities are state-of-the-art and our training grounds span a region over a 10-mile radius and provides our students with real-world venues to train in. From world-class resorts and executive office buildings, to executive estates and private airports, from land-based operations to maritime operations, The Solo Protection Agent series provides a training program unlike anything else in the country. Upon successful completion of all three phases of training, students will receive a national certification as a Solo Protection Agent issued through Fenix Training Group. Fenix is currently working with multiple states to gain certification reciprocity for the Solo Protection Agent series.
As professional practitioners and instructors with extensive operational backgrounds in close-protection work, we are going to be frank with you, the student. Take a moment and perform an Internet search for "executive protection training." Look through the first couple of pages of search results. What you will find is a wide range of training programs by organizations that all taut their training as the best. From small one-man training operations, to specialized schools, even universities, they are all offering some kind of executive protection or "bodyguard" training. Many of these schools are "high-risk" military-type training programs that focus on the use of team tactics in hostile
Selecting an Executive Protection School
In today's world, the need for close-protection and personal protection services is on the rise. Often referred to in general as "executive protection," individuals who want to work as a executive protection agent must receive the proper training to ensure they have the skills and know-how to perform multiple functions to correctly and competently protect their client. However, deciding on the training course to attend for your training can be a daunting task when you begin to research them online. Understanding whats actually being taught is key to making a wise decision.
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Here is the truth of the matter, though. In over 85% of the executive protection work that is performed in the United States, the protective detail is performed by a SINGLE, or solo, protection agent. Further, the vast majority of those details are performed in an UNARMED capacity. While there is a need for protection practitioners to know how to operate as a team member or how to shoot when working with a client, the fact is that the skill sets that provide a practitioner with the most consistent work are simply not being taught in a lot of the executive protection schools that you just researched.
"As a former Navy Special Warfare operator and former Director of Security for a large international bank, I decided to take the Executive Protection course just to stay sharp. I was very surprised by the depth of this course and the detail of the information! This course taught me how much I didn't know about Executive Protection, despite my previous training. The field exercises and scenarios were realistic, well-planned and brought all the points of the course together."
-R. Bernard, Navy SEAL, Ret.; Corporate Security Director