GI Bill® Approved CESS Program – Certified Executive Security Specialist

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Get the training needed to be successful in Executive Protection from Hollywood’s prestige, relevant and experienced executive protection 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 U.S. Military veterans in their transition from military service to the field of high-end security and executive protection.

Certified Executive Security Specialist (CESS) Course -

Start Dates for our Certified Executive Security Specialist Course:

  • 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

The Certified Executive Security Specialist (CESS) Course is Pacific West Academy’s flagship program which has been 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 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. Students will participate in a training program that provides hands-on instruction from veterans of U.S. 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.

Begin a new career as a Certified Executive Security Specialist (CESS) at Pacific West Academy today!


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 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)

Students may earn a State Certification for an exposed firearm permit. Even if licensed or registered in the security field, a person may not carry a gun on duty whether loaded or unloaded ,unless they have issued an exposed firearm permit by the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Permits must be kept on one’s 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 learn both fundamental and advanced skills utilized by executive protection supervisors to plan and execute security details. Students 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 how-to-care-for procedures 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 certified by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT).

CA BSIS Guard Card

This security training course is the first step in working in a security career. The course is certified through California’s Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) and is California Assembly Bill-compliant, meeting the standards for registered security guards. Upon completion, a student receives 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. Graduates of the course receive California Baton Permit issued by California’s Bureau of Security and Investigative Services and an Advanced Security Concepts 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.


Learn the skills and abilities to effectively administer life-saving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) techniques as a first responder. During the course, an American Heart Association Instructor works with each student to complete their first aid training, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) skills practice and testing.


A security training course that teaches the student 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 (Oleoresin capsicum) pepper spray. Student learns the skills to effectively carry a chemical agent and receives et hands-on training and experience with chemical agents.

School Security Guard SB1626

With the passage of California Senate Bill 1626 in 1998, California 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. This course fulfills the training requirements outlined in the School Security Guard law.

Job Placement/Résumé Writing

Upon completion of this course, students graduate with a completed and revised professional résumé and are then able to walk into an interview confidently. The course uses hands-on practice through mock interviews in addition to physical résumé writing in an interactive and productive setting.

Duration: 266 hours

Course Cost: $12,947

This Certified Executive Security Specialist course is in collaboration with:

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  • 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 license.

Course Schedule & School Calendar – Los Angeles

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