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Executive Protection Training at Pacific West Academy.

PWA provides the executive protection training you need to be effective in any position in the security and protection fields.

Pacific West Academy is an Advanced Security Concepts, Inc. (ASC) Company. ASC is a leading company in the executive protection field operations. We have locations in Los Angeles and San Diego to provide you with the Executive Protection Training that will take your career to the next level. Lodging Assistance Available on Request

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Our Executive Protection Training Programs

Executive Protection Certification programs at Pacific West Academy provide students with the skills to be effective in any position in the security and executive protection career fields.

Certified Executive Security Specialist (CESS) Course - PWA.edu

39-Day Certified Executive Security Specialist Program

The Certified Executive Security Specialist (CESS) Course is a 39-day Executive Protection training program. The CESS program is designed for individuals wishing to break into the private security industry. Our extensive training by leading experts in the industry prepares the student for wide-ranging opportunities and a meaningful career.

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Comprehensive Security Training (CST) Course 

12-Day Comprehensive Security Training

The Comprehensive Security Training (CST) program focuses on providing the most realistic and practical fundamental base for entry-level candidates in the security field. All of the training provided is designed to be an attainable step-by-step process to develop a confident understanding of each topic through classroom and practical exercises.

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  • ASIS
  • BPPE
  • BSIS
  • EDD
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  • NAEMT Authorized Training Center

In Association With

  • Glock
  • Elk River Training Center
  • Gladius Tactical
  • Grunt Style
  • Guard Source One

Why choose our Executive Protection Agent Training Programs over all others?

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Not only do we have designated classrooms, shooting ranges, and training facilities, but we also offer virtual reality simulation equipment.

Qualified Instructors

Only experienced and certified instructors are employed to ensure the best possible learning experience for the students.


Pacific West Academy is accredited by ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training), approved by CSAAVE (California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education), BPPE (The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education) and CalJobs.


We let you choose your own classes to maximize your budget. Our programs are the most affordable compared to any other program available on the security training market.

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Top Executive Protection Academies Comparison Chart

Length of Training
Federal Accreditation
GI Bill® Approved/Months deducted
Tuition Cost/Daily Rate
Pacific West Academy
Assistance Available through Academy
(valued day rate: $161.00)
Provided during training
348 Hour / 10 Weeks
Accredited by ACCET
(Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training)
Yes / 7 months 29 days
(Day Rate: $405.12)
CA Competitors
Covered by Student
(Estimated day rate: $175.00)
Provided during training
200 Hours / 5 Weeks
State Only
Yes / 9 months 10 days
(Day Rate: $740.00)
CO Competitors
Covered by Student
(Estimated day rate: $107.00)
Provided during training
400 Hours / 10 weeks
State Only
Yes / 11 months 14 days
(Day Rate: $464.28)
FL Competitors
Covered by Student
(Estimated day rate: $250.00)
Not Provided
300 Hours / 7 weeks
State Only
Yes / 4 months 10 days
(Day Rate: $308.92)

Questions About our Executive Protection Training Courses?

What is Executive Protection Training?

Executive protection is high-level, personal security that focuses on protecting VIPs, Business Executives, Politicians, and Celebrities. Sometimes referred to as a “body guard,” these individuals must all go through rigorous executive protection training courses and programs to earn an executive protection certification.

The Pacific West Academy instructors are highly qualified and provide the students with everything they need to know in the fundamentals and advanced training courses, through a combination of hands-on training and practical classroom instruction in an accredited executive protection school.

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Why Choose A Career in Executive Protection?

If you are looking for a fast-paced, exciting, and critically important career you can be proud of, executive protection jobs could be the perfect fit for you.

Your role as an executive protection agent  means that you’re always alert to potential threats to your VIP, and their protection is your number-one priority.

You will be trained in basic and advanced firearms, evasive and tactical driving, hand-to-hand combat, executive protection formations and foundational classroom work.

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Who is Executive Protection Training for?

Our program is great for anyone who wants to to become a security specialist in the Private Security Industry. This course also attracts Military Veterans and Law Enforcement personnel, as the skills and experience gained in the Military and in Law Enforcement are transferable to a Close Protection Operative.

Skills such as observational threat assessment, firearms operation, hand-to-hand combat, taser training, and situational awareness are all things that are learned in the executive protection training program, but additional experience in those fields will give you a leg-up.

For Veterans, this course may be covered by the GI Bill®, making it a great career option for those who are transitioning out of the service.

Our programs utilize the skills and experience acquired in military service and applies those skills to meet the needs of employers. Read more about how Pacific West Academy eases the transition for U.S. Military Veterans into a new career that they can excel at.

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When Can I Enroll in an Executive Protection Training Program?

The courses are available year-round, and enrollment is always open. Simply enroll for free, and we’ll get in touch with you to talk about what dates work for you.

You can check out our training schedules for our Los Angeles and San Diego facilities.

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