PWA Mission Statement
Pacific West Academy’s mission is to educate and graduate tactically proficient individuals, as Executive Protection Professionals, while instilling the social responsibilities required to work in the security field.
PWA was formed in 2012 with one basic goal in mind: teach individuals the fundamentals of physical security operations and close protection. PWA’s parent company, Advanced Security Concepts, Inc. (ASC), had found that the majority of applicants trying to break into the security industry, whether veterans of armed forces or not, were lacking basic knowledge required to be a security professional.
Van Nuys – Pacific West Academy Headquarters
Pacific West Academy provides the training you need to be effective in any position in the security and protection fields.
Based on ASC’s years of experience in the field of security, a curriculum was developed for a 104-hour course that would provide the knowledge and certifications required to start a promising career as a protection agent. With the program’s success, it was time to change the mission statement of PWA. It was not enough to train future protection agents; it was PWA’s moral responsibility to aid in the placement of anyone who went through its training program. The goal became finding gainful employment for all students that attended the programs provided by PWA, as well as maintaining a level of education above the industry standard.
In 2016, development of a longer, more extensive and rigorous program began, which was then recognized by the Veterans Administration and received national accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). This program stemmed from the influx of qualified security applicants leaving the military and hoping to stay in similar career fields. With a large knowledge base already in place, the more in-depth course served to further enhance the ability of students to gain employment in security management and executive protection positions, and it also provide a gateway to higher education opportunities in the criminal justice field. Finalized in late 2016, the Certified Executive Security Specialist program began in 2017, maintaining the goal of gainful employment while also drastically improving the level of education offered.
As a veteran-operated company, PWA lays the foundation for transition from the military world to the academic world. The environment at PWA facilitates a transition from the black and white of the military, to the full color spectrum of the civilian world, and prepares students to succeed in an academic environment. Upon completion of programs at PWA, students obtain a better understanding of what it takes to succeed academically, preparing them to move on to institutions of higher education and/or commence careers as protection agents.
Pacific West Academy’s experienced team is comprised of security, armed forces, and law enforcement veterans who have pooled together decades of knowledge and training from various countries and security backgrounds to create the most cutting-edge, tailor-made training programs.
Pacific West Academy, is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET). ACCET is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training) school institution code 1562
1722 N St NW Washington DC, 20036
Phone: (202) 955-1113
Approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)
According to the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, Pacific West Academy (school code 25-448535) is a private institution and has approval to operate as an institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, (916) 431-6959.
Approved by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE)
Pacific West Academy has been approved by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education VA (Department of Veterans Affairs): school institution code 25-1902-05.
1227 O Street, Suite 314, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 503-8317
Approved by the State of California as an Eligible Training Provider (ETPL)
CalJobsState Provider ID: 3129
Bureau of Security & Investigative Services Permits:
Private Patrol Operator – 14157
Private Patrol Operator Branch, San Diego – 6254
Los Angeles, Firearms Training Facility – TFF 1305
Los Angeles, Baton Training Facility, – TFB 1250
San Diego, Firearms Training Facility – TFF 1498
San Diego, Baton Training Facility – TFB 1315
Tennessee Private Protective Services:
Security License # 00012360, Tennessee
State Certified Handgun Training School,- Tennessee Department of Safety
Our Students Say
As a former law enforcement officer I thought I had a pretty good understanding of what it would take to be a good Executive Protection Specialist but it's a whole different ball game when you don't have the weight of a badge behind you. Although this course was basically fundamentals, I felt it helped bridge the gap between my experience as a law enforcement officer and the EP field. Although I had done a lot of similar range work before I found the firearms portion of the course work to be very professional and well executed and could see how this would be a great course for someone new to the field. Thanks for a great course.Josh Huntington Beach, CA
I just wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend your CPR course. I know your focus is primarily training bodyguards but as a mother of two I wanted to learn CPR 'just in case.' I never realized there was such a difference between CPR for adults and CPR for infants. I now feel comfortable that if something bad were to happen I have the ability to do CPR. Thank you again.Larissa Courpus Christi, TX
I've been in Executive Protection here in LA since returning from a tour in Iraq in 2005. I think a lot of people who are interested in this field are under the misconception that being a cop, soldier or bouncer will give them all the tools they need to be effective in the EP field. Far from it. These jobs may provide a foundation but they don't provide a true understanding of the dynamics of Executive Protection. Your course was a good introduction to the ins and outs (and potential pitfalls) of EP work. Whether or not someone is new to the field or, like me, just trying to maintain perishable skills, I highly recommend this course.Don Los Angeles, CA
I just want to say thank you to ASC for everything. After I graduated I got a call from ****** Security about my interview that I had with them on the last day of school. They said that the skill set and training I received from ASC (along with my military background) place me far beyond the average person who applied for a job with their company. And because of that they want to hire me not as a security guard, but as a shift supervisor. I couldn't believe it. One of my fears about starting my career and security was that I would graduate from training and not receive any job offers. However since graduating ASC I've been offered two jobs (one as a supervisor and one as a guard) and the pay for both are great. The money I'm going to start making is way more than what I was before so for that I want to say thank you. It was because of you guys that my life changed course and now the possibilities are ever-changing. Be sure to pass my thanks to Connor, Omer, Ryan, Jake, Ian, Steve and the rest of the guys.Jovidean Sun Valley, CA