Program Overview

The Entry Level Certificate in Executive Protection program at Henley-Putnam University may be ideal for anyone considering a related career, or an individual currently involved in executive protection. Students will learn about the important basic skills and concepts essential to protecting an individual person such as a politician, CEO, or celebrity. The course will teach students about defensive tactics, vehicle and perimeter security, threat assessment, and other specific areas involved in protection.

As part of the course, students will study the gathering of intelligence and advance work, in preparation for possible conflict, with the aim of avoiding disputes. Advance work includes learning how to identify hazards which could lead to danger in a variety of situations, gathering appropriate intelligence, and preparing a complete and comprehensive advance report. The program will also teach communications with coworkers and clients as well as basic team management. Students may also develop writing skills that are important in writing comprehensive reports.

Students will learn not only skills in protection from violence and threats, but also in dealing with their clients. Participants will learn agent-client relations including proper protocol and etiquette. They will also explore public/private morality of executives and the moral influence managers may have in certain situations. As individuals with high responsibility to important figures, protective services employees will face moral challenges. Therefore, this program will also explore the importance of maintaining morality. Students will also compare and contrast various protective services that serve dignitaries in Western countries. Finally, students will analyze debates and different points of views having to do with renditions, espionage, terror detainees, loyalty, and covert actions.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    School Overview

    Planners of Henley-Putnam University, founded in 1991, spent years developing a mission for the distance learning university to educate professionals for work in the strategic security industry. Little did the University understand that in 2001 the attack on 9-11 would further heighten the need for such an institution. Today, Henley-Putnam prepares students for careers in law enforcement, the military, and intelligence with a focus in the “fields of intelligence management, counterterrorism studies, and strategic security and protection management.” The University confers bachelor’s, master’s, and a doctorate degree, along with certificate programs.

    All programs and courses are delivered "100% online." Henley-Putnam University operates on a 10-week quarter system with classes beginning at the first of each month for bachelor’s and master’s programs, and quarterly class starts for the doctorate degree.


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