Protection Specialist

Certified Protection Specialist and Investigation Certification Programs

Committed to life-long learning and education to ensure the best results and greatest success

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"The security/investigation industry is one of the largest and fastest growing markets today"


  • Security industry has grown over 150% since 1992
  • Growth projected to continue through the year 2015
  • Stable consistent employment field with strong earnings
  • Security Services will always be needed and the industry will never phase out
  • Security in one form or an other has been around since the beginning of mankind

Government Agencies, Dignitaries, VIP's, Corporations, Small Business, Celebrities, Entertainers and Private Citizens are all seeking to employ, and realize the need to employ, highly trained and educated professionals to protect their interests and personal safety. When looking to fill positions or select consultants to provide expert advice, they seek solid training, experience and professionalism. The APS Training programs offer the best in experience, training, education and professionalism for beginning or advanced students.

We employ instructors who have extensive years of experience and training in their selected fields to bring the student the most up to date and advanced programs possible.

Whether you're just beginning or already working in a related profession and seeking on-going training to build on your credentials, an APS training program can offer you the education you will need to grow and succeed in today's competitive security fields.

Associated Protective Services (APS)

Originated in 1988 by President Steve Brophy, as a small company serving the protection needs of VIP, Celebrity and Executive clients, in 1996 Mr. Brophy and current V.P Mr. Derrick LeVake, met and joined alliances to develop what is today Associated Protective Services, providing clients and associates both nationally and internationally with quality reliable personnel for all their security, investigation and training needs.

Meeting the Needs of our Clients

In order to meet the new and growing demand for protection agents and investigators and to provide quality, highly trained staff, APS developed the Associated Protective Services Training Institute. Our focus is to provide the necessary and most professional level of training to ensure quality, reputable agents for our clients and for those that wish to go on to independent endeavors including development of their own business or to enhance the professionalism of their current employment or business.

Our Goal

We at APS endeavor to serve our clients and students with the utmost honesty and pride. We want only to provide the most relevant, practical service and training available and to ensure the future success of all who utilize our programs while upholding honor and professionalism in the security and investigation industries.

Certified Protection Specialist (CPS)

Principles of Protection (280 hrs)

  • Protective Detail Advances
  • Working the Protectee
  • Communications
  • Organization of Teams
  • Protective Techniques
  • Command Post Coverage
  • Stalker Protection
  • Deployment of Personnel
  • Protective Intelligence
  • Protective Hardware
  • Dress and Manners
  • Electronic Countermeasures
  • Protection While Traveling
  • Corporate Security

Explosives, Chemical/Biological Weapons

This course emphasizes detection, not disposal, of explosive threats. Methods of search techniques are covered as well as preventive procedures to implement as policy in public buildings, including how to respond to threatening calls.

Observational Psychology

Students will be educated on the identification of facial expressions and body gestures. A Protection Specialist must recognize the cues of facial expressions and body language as the precursors of assault or aggression. The primary emotions have behavioral cues to violence and assault that can often indicate impending violence.

Counter Surveillance

Coming out of this course, the student will understand the difference between High Profile Protection and Covert Protective Operations, various protective formations, static and mobile surveillance. Working as individuals and as teams, agents will learn the benefit of proactive vs. reactive approach to protection work.

Defensive Firearms

Students will be educated in practical firearms training applications with a focus on the use of these weapons in a protection situation. Training from concealed carry, the student will engage multiple targets, work cover/evacuate vs. stand and fight, team operations and procedures. Firearms training for protection agents is very different then that taught to law enforcement and civilians.

Advanced Defensive Tactics

This is not a martial arts system, but rather, a collective of several styles combined to be street effective and easily learned. Students will be trained to use techniques that graduate in intensity and are practical for use in Protection and are capable of stopping a threat immediately.

Legal Conduct for CPS Agents

A view into the legal rights of defense and protection as it relates to protection agents and their clients. Not completely understanding your parameters and how to operate during an assignment can be costly in terms of monetary losses and criminal negligence. Learn where you stand and how to interpret legal meaning and intent.

Career/Business Development for CPS

Our goal at APS is to assist the student in preparation of attaining employment or beginning their own business. Some of the best in the field have failed because they never understood how to achieve their objectives in business or to market themselves in the field.

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