The first step to having a successful career in the Executive Protection industry is building a solid foundation. To be successful in most fields you need to have some type of formalized or specialized education under your belt to teach you both the basic and advanced skills that a specific job may require. Hence, those entering into the field of executive protection are required to have some type of formal and ADVANCED TRAINING.
As an example, there are all kinds of lawyers, but if you’ve just been involved in a work-related shooting, you wouldn’t choose one who specializes in corporate tax. Similarly, guys my age don’t go to pediatricians when they need their cholesterol medicine renewed. With that being said, which is the BEST PROTECTION SCHOOL FOR YOU?
Training is a component of Executive Protection that has changed significantly over the past 25 years.There was a time when any large, physically fit man with an intimidating presence could be employed as a Bodyguard-or as is the politically correct term would be in 2018- Executive Protection Specialist (EPS). This simply is no longer the case. Today, men and women are both working in the field and training is considered key to succeeding in the field; physical strength, endurance, and agility are only part of the EPS equation.
In many cases, you will have an extremely hard time finding employment, either with the team or as an individual without a formalized education. It is also important to remember that as an executive protection specialist you have to continue on your path to excellence. Just because you graduated from the ABC school of executive protection does not mean that your education is complete. It is imperative for you to consistently continue to learn; the old saying “KNOWLEDGE IS POWER” is true. The more training you have the better off you will be and the more success you will have in the EP industry.
As with anything, it is advisable that you do your homework before parting with your hard-earned cash. Ask questions, ask for real references to talk to, search the Internet for information on prospective schools. Join executive protection forums, talk to prospective employers, (that are not trainers!), ask them candidly, “If you were going to employ me as a newbie, which course would you prefer that I have completed?
Training is not cheap so mistakes can be costly. Finally, determine what your expectations are for training and what area of executive protection you see yourself gravitating to.I look forward to sharing in your success-I know you will find, as I have, that you are on a career path that is both interesting and profitable.