After leaving the US Army CID in 1996 I knew I needed an update on dignitary protection since I am a licensed private investigator in North Carolina. I knew I did not want to provide EP services with an outdated education. I looked around and found a lot of big names in the industry with no solid educational or certified background. Then I found ISA’s class, saw their background-not only experience, but accreditation and endorsement by solid, international and state groups. The NC private protective services board has approved this class and that was the selling point for me. Anyone can say they teach EP, but who says they have the educational background or the authority? Even big names out there are unaccredited! I chose Matt Parker and ISA because they have the credentials and the professional background. The class was intense, informative and educational. We earned our “Dignitary Protection Specialist” certification-it wasn’t given to us just for attending. Thank you Matt!
The Dignitary and Executive Protection course instructed By ISA’s Matt Parker is the best in the industry. He is very approachable and knowledgeable.
This training course from Independent Security Advisors is based on the best executive protection industry standards there are and has also been developed from intense, real-world experiences. This intensity is translated straight into the classroom with practical exercises that will challenge your intellect and test your fortitude. There is no down time in this 70-hour course.
I registered for this course to obtain new information and to update my previous EP training with a state law enforcement agency and, as the saying goes, “I got more that I bargained for”. Matt Parker quickly showed me that my previous training, though very good at the time, was woefully insufficient for my future plans.
There are many EP schools to choose from and I cannot find the words to describe how fortunate I feel to have chosen DPP 101 from Independent Security Advisors. I truly feel that I now have the tools to prepare myself to either work alone in a low-threat environment or with a qualified team in a high threat environment.
If you are serious about achieving your executive protection mission objectives and are looking for the right training to do so, I urge you to find the next DPP 101 class and sign up.
“For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.” Sir Raymond Priestly, Antarctic Explorer and Geologist.
In an industry saturated with schools touting the “latest and greatest” in Executive Protection, many have said and will say, that they just don’t see the Return of Investment (ROI) for the amount of money they spent learning skills that have minimal application outside of “high threat” assignments. ISA is not that school. Matt Parker holds the acclaimed title of Master Instructor and is phenomenal in teaching the principles and philosophy of Executive Protection.
Where other schools attempt to give you a month worth of training jammed into a one- or two-week course, Matt’s 7-day course eliminates the wasted time and gives you the hardcore basics in what every EP Professional must have as a foundation. This course is just one module in a series of others you can take that builds layer upon layer of the necessary skills to be successful. As Matt will iterate repeatedly, EVERYTHING is based on your threat assessment.
The statistics of Executive Protection in the United States simply do not support needing to have a firearm on every detail, walking in formation every time your client leaves home, or being an expert in Krav Maga. Matt delivers expert training in Threat Assessments, Site Surveys, and all things related to the most crucial aspect of EP work, the Advance. ISA is accredited training and there are strict guidelines and policies that are adhered to in order to maintain the quality of the course and the people graduating with a certification.
I have not personally attended any other school, but I have spoken with people who have attended nearly all the other “big name” schools and I have not heard once that those schools provide you with credit toward college courses in a related field. If you successfully graduate from ISA, you will leave having satisfied all requirements to obtain the highly sought-after Virginia DCJS Personal Protection Specialist license. Again, I have not heard of any other school that directly qualifies you for a state issued license to begin work.
Matt has an incredible amount of experience in the field and works to provide you with direct access to extremely valuable resources and individuals in the EP industry. Being retired military, and a veteran friendly business, Matt is an invaluable resource at helping military and law enforcement veterans understand how to use and articulate their skills to transition into EP. Simply put, this school is worth every single penny. If you are looking for world class training in Executive and Dignitary Protection, you need Matt Parker as much as Priestly needed Shackleton.
If you are looking for a course that will provide you with great insight and training, you have found it. You will meet an exceptional group of men/women and contacts for future advancements. Matt is going to expect a lot from you so be prepared and asked questions. Hope you enjoy as much as I did.
This course pushes you mentally and physically to the point where someone can learn and work under stress. Mr. Parker was extremely knowledgeable and professional. I highly recommend anyone who wants to enter the EP industry or just looking for some valuable hands on training.
We’ve only attended Independent Security Advisors (ISA) training school for the dignitary protection training and we can only elaborate on the instructor Matthew Parker, his course curriculum and training tactics. And our conclusion is that ISA training exceeds the basic fundamental of EP.
November 18-24 of 2013, we attended ISA dignitary/executive protection training—March 2018, we attended ISA for the executive protection refresher course which was held at George Mason University in Virginia. Overall, we are pleased with the training and highly recommend ISA for your executive/close protection training and certification.
We selected to attend ISA because it has a unique training method that stands out from rest. Their training programs are the ONLY training in the nation that provides participants with a certificate that actually holds value in the Security Industry.
The CEO/President of Strategic Intelligence Solutions, Patrick Cox completed his seven-day training in Dignitary Protection in Maryland at the Prince George’s County Police Training Academy.
Students who successfully completed the training all obtained a certificate from ISA honored by Prince George’s County Maryland Police Training and Education Division. In addition, the certificate is accredited by the Maryland Police Training Commission with 53 service hours which is transferable into credits for participants interested in furthering their education.
The experience is extremely informative and will provide you with the real-life knowledge that you can apply immediately in real life situations as it relates to protection, security, risk mitigation/assessment, surveillance, operations management, and threat analysis.
ISA in partnership with Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security assists students to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Security and Protection Management. By combining A ISA course with the Henley-Putnam web-based training program students receive both hands-on and theoretical foundation of dignitary and executive protection and they hope this partnership with an institution of higher learning is the first step in establishing a recognized national standard in Executive Protection training and accreditation.
This means members of law enforcement may also receive in-service training credits, and all students that already have an AA degree will receive credit towards a BA from Henley-Putnam. ISA program graduates will also earn scholarships towards Henley-Putnam Program.
In addition, (ISA) is a premier security consulting firm that specializes in Dignitary/Executive Protection, Security Consulting, Risk Assessment/Management, just to name a few.
Finally, ISA programs were vetted and accredited by law enforcement training commissions, now have been accepted as foundational core courses in the upper-level Strategic Security and Protection Management degree program.
A message of thanks to Matt Parker.
I just graduated your program in March at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The entire week was stressful. Everything changing last minute, long days, etc. We knew why that was and we adapted and overcame.
Fast forward to a recent detail I did for a Supreme Court Justice the other night. It was exactly like the capstone we did in class.
The principal liked to play it loose and didn’t want to be crowded. He preferred to go up stairs instead of elevators. Every contingency plan was used. He entered and exited different doors than we had planned.
I lead our team and worked well with the SCPOTUS detail, but even they knew how he was. Long story short, it was Matt’s class that allowed myself, Ed Gannon, and Andy Sanavaitis – all recent graduates of the same class, to stand tall and roll with the punches.
Thanks again for a great class, Matt!
The 7 day Dignitary Protection class was outstanding. Matthew Parker is a great instructor with real-world knowledge. The course is fast paced, there’s a lot of information coming at you in those 7 days but it’s all presented in a manner that allows you to process & retain it. If you’re motivated, I highly recommend this course. Whether you’re a professional already in the industry looking to expand your skill set or just starting out; you will walk away with increased knowledge and new confidence in your abilities.
Absolutely epic!! Ok, so, this is how it all started,…Day One, straight outta the plane and into the “think tank”. We were going over how to do proper in-depth threat assessments with Matthew Parker, CEO/President of ISA, who put this entire course altogether and was doing a fabulous job by the way, and then at some point along the way, I suddenly saw Joe Autera, CEO/President of VDI, on the screen going over vehicle dynamics and how that all fits into executive protection details. He is amazing!! It’s the only course I’d ever recommend for driving techniques. It was nice to see him again! Scanning the room, who do I see? Ron Sable, former SOF Green Beret and my classmate from Eric Parker’s, #SelectInternational (PDS0416). Gotcha. LOL! But of course, there was a few graduates of Select International there.
The CEO/President and sponsor of the event, Chris Coleman, of Red 5 Security, was also a guest speaker. He was CAT Team Trainer for the CIA and a former FBI agent. Unbelievable start to a great week ahead from Day One and Two in a room full of heavy hitters and industry leaders. But, little did I know, there was so much more to come. Just wow.
I believe this was Day 3 when we were going over formations, cover/evac, attacks, mission planning, motorcades, more threat assessments and intel gathering. More group assignments that seemed impossible to complete. Out on the field most of the day in 28-degree weather. And of course, nothing is as it seems and then just when you thought you got a handle on things, everything switches last minute. Surprise! Kinda like what really happens in real time security details. 🙄 The drills were challenging, timed, and repeated until completed correctly by everyone. It was nice to see Carl, former US Secret Service, of Red 5 Security again and hear his story. I haven’t seen him since the IPSB 2017 Close Protection Conference in Las Vegas. Loved the question/answer session! He is a world of knowledge. But overall, the day was intense, thought-provoking, and at times, physically demanding. It’s a 511 cargo pants kinda day, and it’s best to leave the heels at home for this one. Great day! Thank you, Matthew Parker!