What are the best personnel security specialist qualifications and training to get ahead?

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What is the best training for becoming a personnel security specialist? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective personnel security specialist?

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Jackson Chambers in Las Vegas, Nevada

60 months ago

There are many methods to becoming a personal security specialist for myself my career started in the military, went into law enforcement, took several executive protection courses, obtained a degree in Security Management, and then went overseas as a private contractor where I continued to seek out specialized training in security such as Certified Protection Officer (CPO) certification from the International Foundation of Protection Officers (IFPO), Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO) certification from the S2 Institute, and am currently looking forward to completing perhaps the most coveted and widly recognized certification in security the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification from the American Soceity for Industrialized Security (ASIS).
The best training for excelling in this line of work is being well rounded in many forms of security. If you intend on applying for the more lucrative positions such a Director of Security a Bachelor's degree is a highly desired background and many of these positions are held by retired law enforcement personel or someone who has been employed in the law enforcement field.
What I would suggest is truly understand the differences between law enforcement and security and learn about the different opportunites in security as they differ greatly such as Executive Protection, Loss Prevention, Physical Security (consulting, assessments, equipment, security design), Bail Enforcement, Lock Smithing, Intelligence, Repossession, or Information Technology (IT) and from there try and tailor your training. A good education can't be beat especially in senior management positions. Many people think physical size is a desired quality they could not be further from reality. Knowledge is power and so are good verbal and written communication skills.

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rey in La Plata, Maryland

47 months ago

A background in administration or personnel management are also good quals to have. If you have a clearance you can qualify to become an investigator. You will obtain the training necessary. Investigation work requires the ability to write and formulate the interview with the references while having the ability to ask questions that are vital to determine a persons suitablity for a security clearance.

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audit in Oxford, Michigan

27 months ago

I'm looking at getting into personal security after doing computer security work for the better part of 25+ years. I train in mixed martial arts so I feel that would come in handy in this line of work and to honest, I'm just tired of working on computers all the time. I looked at the CPO testing from the International Foundation of Protection Officers (IFPO)and it doesn't look like it's much to get certified in that. I have a good friend who has his CPP and is the head of security for a major Rap star when he's on tour.

What kind of work would i be able to get with a CPO?, Average salary?, etc.

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jose in Las Palmas, Spain

26 months ago

If I wanted to hire a bodyguard with specialized military training or any of the agencies of the United States, the cost me, is there a site where you can find emails from them to get in touch. I'm not a politician or businessman

Jackson Chambers in Las Vegas, Nevada said: There are many methods to becoming a personal security specialist for myself my career started in the military, went into law enforcement , took several executive protection courses, obtained a degree in Security Management, and then went overseas as a private contractor where I continued to seek out specialized training in security such as Certified Protection Officer (CPO) certification from the International Foundation of Protection Officers (IFPO), Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO) certification from the S2 Institute, and am currently looking forward to completing perhaps the most coveted and widly recognized certification in security the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification from the American Soceity for Industrialized Security (ASIS).
The best training for excelling in this line of work is being well rounded in many forms of security. If you intend on applying for the more lucrative positions such a Director of Security a Bachelor's degree is a highly desired background and many of these positions are held by retired law enforcement personel or someone who has been employed in the law enforcement field.
What I would suggest is truly understand the differences between law enforcement and security and learn about the different opportunites in security as they differ greatly such as Executive Protection, Loss Prevention , Physical Security ( consulting , assessments, equipment, security design ), Bail Enforcement, Lock Smithing, Intelligence , Repossession, or Information Technology (IT) and from there try and tailor your training. A good education can't be beat especially in senior management positions.

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audit in Oxford, Michigan

26 months ago

I'm currently doing part time security work for a firm that's also working with me on getting the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification from the American Soceity for Industrialized Security (ASIS)

I hope that after doing computer security and forensics work for almost 30 years that it will help with the requirements. I've done .mil and .gov work as a contractor years ago but had a blanket security clearance through the company i was contracting for. I'm not at the age that .gov agencies look to hire people at anymore. Sometimes I wish that the military would let some of the guys that are older in but they have their limits.

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