Certified Executive Security Specialist (CESS) Course

GI Bill® Approved CESS Program

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Start Dates:

January 6th to February 21st, 2020

February 3rd to March 20th, 2020

March 2nd to April 17th, 2020

April 6th to May 22nd, 2020

May 4th to June 19th, 2020

June 1st to July 17th, 2020

July 6th to August 21st, 2020

August 3rd to September 18th, 2020

August 31st to October 16th, 2020

October 5th to November 20th, 2020

November 2nd to December 18th, 2020

Begin a New Career!

Get the training needed to be successful in Executive Protection from Hollywood's prestige, relevant and experienced agents following Israeli Tactics™ doctrine. It is time to incorporate your Military experiences into the beginning of a successful civilian career. Our objective at Pacific West Academy is to aid US Military veterans in their transition from military service to the field of high-end security and executive protection. The Certified Executive Security Specialist (CESS) Course is Pacific West Academy's flagship program with the approved for post 9-11 VA Benefits. The CESS program offers classroom and physical training geared toward employment in high end security positions such as Executive Protection, Residential Protection, Executive Driving, Technical Surveillance Countermeasures, etc. Our staff is comprised of American and Israeli Military Veterans who will work to guide our students toward success in high end security. It is our goal to assist our students in finding not only job attainment, but gainful employment. You will participate in a training program that will bring hands-on instruction from Veterans of US and Israeli Special Forces and Israeli Secret Service Operators. Our team of instructors has adapted their elite military training to provide Executive Protection for high-profile Hollywood celebrities.

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Classes Included in the 'CESS' Program:

  • Executive Protection Fundamentals (EP 1, 2) This course provides students fundamental security training and a first-hand, detailed understanding of executive protection. Students will experience a hands-on approach of high-end, VIP and celebrity protection in the day-to-day civilian environment.
  • Executive Protection, Advanced (EP 3, 4, 5, 6) The aim of this course is to upgrade the executive protection capabilities of law enforcement personnel and executive protection security officers and train them to work as a security team (4 security officers).

  • CA BSIS Exposed Firearms Permit (FA 1, 2) State Certification for an exposed firearm permit. Even if you are licensed or registered in the security field, you may not carry a gun on duty whether loaded or unloaded unless you have been issued an exposed firearm permit by the Department of Consumer Affairs. Permit must be kept on your person at all times while on duty.

  • Firearms Course, Advanced (FA 3, 4, 5, 6) The Advanced Handgun Shooting Tactics Course is designed to test and reinforce the fundamental tools necessary for scenarios that security personnel are most likely to encounter. The skills learned are tied together with stress-based scenario-training. The course is instructed following Israeli Tactics ™ doctrines.

  • Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC 1,2) This course provides students with both in-class instruction and practical application in vehicle operation. Students will drive and practice high-speed maneuvers and techniques relevant in both law enforcement and executive protection scenarios.

  • Behavioral Analysis and Aggression Course (HRA 1, 2, 3)

  • Operational & Supervisory Skills (OSS 1, 2, 3) Students will learn both fundamental and advanced skills utilized by executive protection supervisors to plan and execute security details. Students will gain first-hand knowledge by planning an entire security detail based on real-time information and destinations from a mock client provided to them.

  • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC 1, 2, 3) This course introduces evidence-based, how to respond to and care for patients in a civilian tactical environment. It is designed to decrease preventable deaths in a tactical situation. The course presents the three phases of tactical care. Our instructors are NAEMT certified.

  • CA BSIS Guard Card. This security training course is the first step in working in a security career. Our course is certified through California’s Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) and is AB2880- compliant. You will receive state certification as a security officer.

  • CA BSIS Baton Permit The course teaches the skills and abilities to effectively carry a baton. PWA instructors give hands-on training and experience with a baton. You will receive California Baton Permit issued by BSIS and ASC Certificate of Completion

  • Arrest and Control An introductory course into arrest and control. This course covers the basics of conflict management, handcuffing, and controlling a suspect while in the performance of duties as a security guard.

  • CPR AHA Learn the skills and abilities to effectively give life-saving CPR techniques as a first responder. During the course an AHA Instructor works with each student to complete their first aid, CPR and AED skills practice and testing.

  • ‘Taser’ A security training course that teaches you how to utilize a Taser as a non-lethal method of self- defense. Curriculum is broken into three sections: lecture, demonstration and scenario method.

  • Sexual Harassment This course covers Federal and California Laws regarding the prevention of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation in employment.

  • Chemical Agents Get certified for OC/pepper spray. Learn the skills to effectively carry a chemical agent. Get hands-on training and experience with chemical agents.

  • School Security Guard SB1626 With the passage of SB 1626 in 1998, state law requires security guards in Kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) school districts or California community college districts to complete a course of training developed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS). The law applies to campus security personnel working on school property for more than 20 hours per week.

  • Job Placement/ Resume Writing Upon completion of this course, students will walk out of the classroom with a completed and revised professional resume and able to walk into an interview confidently. The course uses hands-on practice through mock interviews in addition to physical resume writing in an interactive and productive setting.

  • Duration: 266 hours

    Course Cost: $12,947.00

    This course is in collaboration with:

    advanced security conceptsexecutive protecion school

    * Cost includes all supplies, fingerprinting and application fees

    ** Mandatory applications and background checks are processed by the state to determine certification approval. Before signing up for the 33-day course, applicants should call to see if they meet the state’s requirements.

    *** For the EVOC class participants are required to have a valid drivers licence

    **** Participants are encouraged to bring their own handguns.

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