The CPO program is designed for protection professionals and those in academic institutions interested in careers in security and those intent on improving their individual security skills.  The course manual for the program, the Professional Protection Officer, 8th Edition is a comprehensive guide and instructional text which covers all of the subjects essential to the effective training of protection officers.  There are 12 training units with each unit broken into chapters written by leading security trainers and educators.  Included in the manual are self-quizzes at the end of each chapter and hundreds of diagrams and illustrations.  The Professional Protection Officer manual is published by Butterworth-Heinemann and consists of over 40 chapters authored by some of the security industry’s leading professionals.

Successful CPO’s find that the program significantly improves job performance and job enjoyment by providing a broader understanding of roles, duties and responsibilities of the security officer.

Units of study include such topics as:

  • Career Planning for Protection Professionals
  • The Protection Officer as a Leader
  • Effective Communications
  • Security Awareness
  • Automation in Protection Operations
  • Patrol Principles
  • Environmental Crime Control
  • Alarm System Fundamentals
  • Occupational Safety and Health and the Protection Officer
  • An All Hazards Approach to Hazardous Materials
  • Information Security and Counterintelligence
  • Workplace Crime and Deviance
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Security Risk Management
  • Antiterrorism and VIP Protection
  • Crime and Incident Scene Procedures
  • Interviewing and Statements
  • Legal Aspects of Security
  • Use of Force
  • Defensive Tactics and Officer Safety
  • Apprehension and Detention Procedures
  • Human Relations in a Global Environment
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • And much more

Successful completion of the CPO program

  • Upon achieving a minimum of 70% on the CPO final exam, candidates receive:
  • CPO Certificate
  • CPO Lapel Pin
  • CPO ID Card
  • Access for the current year to the IFPO.org “Members Only” Area (1 year)

Course Length:  48 hours (6 days)