“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.