Educational and Training Programs

The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) is dedicated to providing meaningful and cost effective security training for security guards and protection officers. We believe that education is a necessary and essential part of professional security training and the security officer’s background. IFPO serves individuals, security companies, and organizations that have their own private security staff. Our students and members benefit from the recognition and standing that the prestigious IFPO certification conveys.

*Recommended Learning Path*

Two common questions we get are: "Where should I start? What program should I take first?". We understand how confusing it can be for new students to figure out where to begin. All of our programs can be taken in any order, as no program is a prerequisite of another. However, we recommend taking our programs following a specific path to ensure your best success. We recommend the following path for students taking our security programs: 1. ISOP, 2. PSOP, 3. CPO, 4. CSSM, and 5. CPOI.

Our Major Programs:


This course provides online training to help improve the knowledge and performance of security officers. The training is designed to assist security agencies, and officers, to meet many of the published security officer training guideline recommendations.

Learn More


Professional Security Officer Program Information (PSOP) course is presented in a series of 11 units. It covers a broad range of subjects, including the roles and responsibilities of the security officer, asset protection, emergency evacuation procedures, professional ethics, and report writing.

Learn More

CPO (Recommended)

The Certified Protection Officer (CPO) program is designed for protection and security officers that are intent on improving their individual security skills. Students may take the exam first and receive a certificate of completion, applying for certification when they have obtained the necessary experience.

Learn More


Certified in Security Supervision and Management (CSSM) Candidates  address simulated workplace scenarios demanding supervisory / management action, substantiating recommended actions. The scenario material is reviewed to determine certification eligibility.

Learn More


Certified Protection Officer Instructors (CPOI’s) are Certified Protection Officers who have made a significant professional commitment toward advancing themselves as teachers, researchers, mentors and leaders.

Learn More

View All Programs

Scan the following QR code with your phone to learn more about our training and certification programs!

Or Click Here to Learn More

Additional Programs

Workforce Enhancement / 21st Century Skills

The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) and Smart Horizons have made available computer based training for private security practitioners.

Learn More

Nuology Programs

The IFPO has partnered with Nuology to present a range of ways to access sector-leading learning content for continuous learning in the security industry.

Learn More

Train the Security Trainer

Successful supervisors spend a considerable amount of their time training and mentoring security personnel. This is to increase the security guard’s effectiveness.

Learn More

Defencify Training

Defencify delivers anytime, anywhere online interactive courses for today’s guardforce. Simulation games and scenario-based activities make learning fun and effective. Student’s earn badges and rewards. Mobile-friendly and available 24/7.

Learn More