Now here we are in 2018, and we are still discussing standards. In fact on November 7th, 2018 Mr. Christian West & Jared Van Driessch wrote an article titled “The Executive Protection Industry Lives in a Glasshouse. Let’s improve standardization instead of throwing stones”
In the chapter “Where is the drive towards standardization in the executive protection industry” The authors write the following passages,
“Every EP school has its own take on what comprises essential training” & “Standardized training curricula, evaluations, and certifications would all be steps in the right direction”
At the time of this original article we wrote; “And we agree with the authors whole heartily but given the different philosophies of training, we have spoken about previously https://www.eptraining.us/selecting-a-executive-protection-training-program/ is it really a viable plan to “standardize” EP training programs nationally? We have come to the conclusion the answer is no, not unless the program is federalized”.
Today: We have revised our answer addressing the misgivings of those who oppose a federal regulatory answer to EP standards. The same people who call for a national CCW but don’t want any standards or requirements to go with it.
We already have federal standards for EP training, they can be found in GSA regulations and DOD contracts with private sector training providers. These regulations only apply to government contractors but could very well serve as templates for a national standard by the private sector.
In the UK there is such a national program under the Security Industry Authority (SIA), the statutory organization responsible for regulating the private security industry. This program working with private educational qualification bodies oversees training requirements, testing, and issuance of credentials.
The terminal learning objectives and enabling learning objectives as well as the standards of that training are established and required by the SIA. Industry organizations and associations had a hand in preparing the curriculum, and while not “perfect” it is an excellent foundation of training. And for those who lobby for a national CCW this program would seem to fit in with your demand for a national license for EP services.
There are also those who believe federal national standards would negatively impact state rights, increase the cost to operate and the industries aversion to additional regulations would lead to legal challenges. All good points and federalization of EP training regulations and standards are simply not a realistic option because there is no interest by the federal government to impose them.
So where does this leave us? ISA believes in a private sector industry-led effort to establish a standard for EP training, and it will be the students and the clients that use our services that will at some point insist on that national standard.
Going forward; Using the model established by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) an independent non-profit organization since 1972, we believe it is possible to raise the standards and quality of EP training by testing and certifying EP instructors and programs.
How would it work
ASE promotes excellence in vehicle repair and service with almost 300,000 Automotive Technicians and Service Professionals holding ASE Certifications. ASE certifies automotive technicians and service professionals, not the auto shops. Warranty and insurance companies insist on or require ASE certified technicians work on cars under their policies, some hiring managers and clients would insist on a similar certification for EP agents beginning with their basic training.
An industry-led non-profit would promote excellence in EP training and services for the private sector and establish a basic training course for EP agents. No EP training provider is required to take part in this program or follow the curriculum, but for those that do agents would be eligible to take EP Certification tests on different skill sets such as the use of force, de-escalation techniques, threat assessments, etc.
EP agents would have job experience requirements to qualify for certification no different than the ASIS CPP program but as far as training goes all training providers would use the approved syllabus.
Private sector training providers form consortiums agreeing to use a common lesson plan for the basic training of EP agents. These programs would be submitted for accreditation from states and institutions of high learning. Clients, hiring managers, insurance companies and other vendors would be encouraged to hire or support these EP agents from these programs. Its that simple.
Until then, ISA will continue to align its program with that of the federal and state training academies, institutions of higher learning and regulatory agencies such as the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice.