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Protective Security Operations Certification (PSOC)


October 7, 2019 @ 8:00 am - October 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm



Course Overview

PSOC is designed exclusively for private security, Federal Government, DoD and law enforcement professionals interested in learning modern methods for executive protection and personal security of high net-worth or ‘at-risk’ individuals. This five-day certification program is approved training by multiple Federal Government, state and corporate organizations, and is the only major university accredited protective services training program in the United States.


PSOC consists of (2) two training modules: Protection Agent Development (four days) and Protective Pistol Skills (one day).


Protection Agent Development teaches contemporary skills for low visibility personal security in permissive to semi-permissive environments where a low to moderate threat exists. This highly academic and practical application-based training course creates a comprehensive and balanced foundation for prospective or current members of protective details. Subject matter comprises the most progressive and relevant doctrine currently available for individuals seeking instruction in new EP practices.


Protective Pistol Skills is the weapons-centric component of PSOC and is entirely range-based. This format allows students to focus their attention on safe and practical use of a concealed handgun during protective operations. Students will learn both individual and team-based tactics with firearms as they apply to third-person/principal defense.


The primary goal of PSOC is to professionally educate and train those tasked with protective operations. Regardless of background or current assignment, students are trained to operate as a team. It is critical that protection agents exhibit professionalism, demonstrate fluid proficiency, and act with confidence in their abilities. To achieve and enforce this, students are held to a high standard and expected to perform during training. This is a certification course where various forms of testing and evaluation are utilized to measure the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for graduation. Attendance does not guarantee completion. Protection Agent Development (Module 1) and Protective Pistol Skills (Module 2) may be taken separately if desired. However, both modules must be successfully completed within a 12-month period in order to earn the full PSOC certificate.


Pre-requisite: None.


Enrollment: Open to active security professionals, law enforcement, Department of Defense, government agencies, eligible government contractors, and approved civilians with a security industry affiliation.


PAD Module I, 10/7-10/10:  PFC Headquarters, see map and notes below


PPS Module II, 10/11: Pioneer Annex Range Complex (PARC) see map and notes below


PSOC Course Description

Venue Details

Date: 10.7.19-10.10.19
Location: 2960 E. Sunset Raod, Suite 125, Las Vegas, NV 98120
Notes: 8AM-5PM Day1, 8AM-8PM Day2, 8AM-Late Day3, 8AM-6PM Day4
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Pioneer Annex Range Complex
Date: 10.11.19
Time: 9AM-5PM
Location: 35.797917 -115.543772
Notes: * 8:30am – Meet at 1 Goodsprings Road. Chevron Station @ I-15 & Jean/Goodsprings Rd. exit. The PFC staff will take attendance and organize a group movement to range approximately 15 minutes away. Group will depart this location prior to 8:45am. If you will not arrive at the meeting point by 8:45am or want to drive directly to the range, follow the map provided on the Site Guide.
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Upon registration complete the following form(s) and submit prior to day one of training: Release Of Liability And Assumption Of Risk Student Training Attendance Record PFC Recommended Hotel Guide

Student Equipment

PAD Module 1 Equipment List
Casual attire for classroom and field training
Business-Casual attire for final exercise (slacks, collared shirt, jacket, etc.)
Small hand-held flashlight
3x5 notebook w/ pen
Cellular phone
Laptop/Computer Tablet (Strongly Recommended)

PPS Module 2 Equipment List
Standard range attire while conducting firearms training (weather-appropriate active wear, etc.)
Semi-automatic pistol w/ at least 3 magazines
500 rounds of handgun ammunition
Strong-side belt or paddle concealment holster **
Support-side concealment magazine carrier(s)
Belt for range work compatible w/ holster and magazine carrier
Ear protection
Eye protection for day and night conditions
Hat with brim
Cover garment such as a vest or light jacket (for concealment drills)
** Blackhawk Serpa model holsters are strictly prohibited during live fire range training and banned in all PFC Training classes for safety reasons. For copies of PFC’s and the Federal Government’s policies regarding the use of Blackhawk Serpa holsters, contact PFC HQ.


For the duration of Module I (PAD), there will be short breaks for lunch and an opportunity for students to leave the classroom to eat off-site. Module II (PPS) will be conducted at a range and students will not have the opportunity to leave the facility for lunch. Students should bring lunch and suitable snacks for that day of training.

Additional Notes

*** Please note the following critical information regarding Protective Pistol Skills (PPS):
PPS (Module II) is an advanced program, it is NOT a “how to shoot course.” All students must have a solid base of combative level handgun skills upon arrival.

These skills include but are not limited to:
1. Presenting the firearm safely from concealment
2. Engage multiple areas on the body to include headshots from intermediate distances
3. Accurately shoot one-handed
4. Operate on a fluid/dynamic range
5. Safely operate in close proximity to others

Those who arrive without the requisite skill level run a high risk of removal from training for cause and a higher level of failing to pass the live fire skills test. Pace of the program will be subjective, based upon PFC protocols and group aptitude. Students must maintain a safe pace with their peers.
It is critical that students bring ALL items of prescribed equipment to the program. This includes concealment holster (trigger finger actuated/SERPAs are forbidden), concealment garment(s), support equipment, quality ammunition, etc.

Numerous students in the past have found themselves in the unenviable position of prematurely registering for PPS when they truly need a foundational course in progressive handgun. PFC retains final judgment on ALL training and safety matters.

The PFC Staff is here to assist you before, during, and after any course should you have questions concerning logistics, equipment, lodging, etc. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.