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Certified Protection Officer faqs

WHAT DO CERTIFIED PROTECTION OFFICER JOBS INVOLVE?

Each security position is unique, but protection officers typically perform the following duties:

  • Consult with clients and employers to set security policies and parameters
  • Guard client's or employer's personnel, property or interests
  • Enforce laws and regulations while protecting an employer’s staff or family, property and assets
  • Monitor alarms and security cameras
  • Respond to emergencies, including alerts generated by automated systems
  • Control access to buildings, grounds and events for employees and visitors
  • Conduct security patrols and systematic checks over an assigned area
  • Create and maintain reports on activities observed during their duty shift
  • Detain violators and inform law enforcement agencies of potential violations

WHAT DOES THE CPO STUDY PROGRAM INCLUDE?

According to the IFPO, training programs for Certified Protection Officers address the following topics:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • The Protection Officer as a Leader
  • Security Risk Management
  • Effective Communications
  • Antiterrorism and VIP Protection
  • Security Awareness
  • Crime and Incident Scene Procedures
  • Automation in Protection Operations
  • Interviewing and Statements
  • Patrol Principles
  • Legal Aspects of Security
  • Environmental Crime Control
  • Use of Force
  • Alarm System Fundamentals
  • Defensive Tactics and Officer Safety
  • Occupational Safety and Health and the Protection Officer
  • Apprehension and Detention Procedures
  • An All Hazards Approach to Hazardous Materials
  • Human Relations in a Global Environment
  • Information Security and Counterintelligence
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Workplace Crime and Deviance

Certified Protection Officer

Certified Protection Officer

Certified Protection Officers (CPO) are highly-trained members of the security industry who provide protection for facilities, people and events. Earning your CPO through the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) is the highest level of training for protection officers today. This 100% online course will prepare you to become a CPO.

Course Objectives

  • Earn a self-study CPO certificate that meets the academic requirements for the CPO credential
  • Complete a career portfolio with cover letter, resume, and more
  • Learn how to handle online work and tasks within the workplace
  • Receive an overview of basic personal, professional, and self-management skills, including setting goals, professional communication skills, and time management and stress management techniques
  • Understand types of security and patrol
  • Discuss relations with police, the public, and labor organizations
  • Know how to handle evidence and basic safety requirements

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to taking this course.

Curriculum

INTRODUCTION

  • Introduction to protection office code of ethics; planning a career as a protection officer 

FOUNDATIONS

  • Concepts, theories and evolution of asset protection; role of the professional protection officer

COMMUNICATION

  • Effective communication and security awareness; central alarm stations and dispatch operations

PROTECTION OFFICER FUNCTIONS

  • Automation in protection operations, patrol principles and traffic control; crowd management and special event planning

CRIME PREVENTION AND PHYSICAL SECURITY

  • Environmental crime control, physical security concepts and applications; alarm system fundamentals, access control and detection technology

SAFETY FIRE PROTECTION

  • Fire prevention, detection, and response; occupational safety and health and the protection officer

DEVIANCE, CRIME AND VIOLENCE

  • Workplace crime, deviance and violence; crisis intervention, strikes, lockouts, and labor relations

RISK AND THREAT MANAGEMENT

  • Security risk management and emergency planning; terrorism, antiterrorism and VIP protection

INVESTIGATIONS

  • Concepts and practices of investigation; crime and incident scene procedures, interviewing and statements and foundations for surveillance

LEGAL ASPECTS OF SECURITY

  • Legal aspects and considerations in the security industry

OFFICER SAFETY AND USE OF FORCE

  • Use of force, defensive tactics and officer safety; industrial hazards, safety and the security patrol officer

RELATIONS WITH OTHERS

  • Human and public relations in a global environment; community relations, networking and the liaison function, ethics and professionalism

Job Outlook

  • Security officers are in high demand. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that over 1.1 million Americans currently work as protection officers or security guards. 
  • Demand for security services is expected to create over 40,000 new jobs between now and 2028. 
  • According to BLS data, security officers average $14.29 per hour or $29,710 per year. The highest-earning 10% make over $57,700 per year. Security officers employed by state governments average over $68,000, not including those who work in schools or hospitals.