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.


Launching in January 2021, the International Foundation for Protection Officers will host a series of monthly webinars on a series of topics relevant to today’s front-line security practitioners.  Designed for those in officer and supervisory roles, these webinars will provide information on a variety of topics designed to give you the tools to increase your effectiveness, build your skill set and help with your security career.

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Our Major Programs:


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. Students participating in a security related classroom program at an educational institute may take the CPO Program if they are not 18, however they will receive a certificate of completion. When they become 18, they can contact the IFPO to receive their CPO certification certificate. Available online, correspondence course, or as a Final Challenge.

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Initial Security Officer Program Information (ISOP) provides online training to help improve the knowledge and performance of private security officers part of an initial training program. The training is designed to assist security agencies, and officers, to meet many of the published private security officer training guideline recommendations.

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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. The information presented ensures protection officers have the skills to carry out the important mission of protecting people, property, and information with professional expertise.

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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.

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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.

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Professional Development

Our security training programs are designed to work on their own or as part of an organization’s existing curriculum. Frequently, institutions of higher learning will include our security training programs in their courses of study.

Certificates of Completion

Professional Security Officer Program

This in-depth course covers a broad range of subjects, including the duties and responsibilities of the protection officer. The information presented ensures protection officers have the professional expertise to carry out the important mission of protecting people, property, and information. This updated course replaces the Basic Protection Officer (BPO)

Ideal for pre-assignment training, new hire orientation or basic training for the security officers already on the job.

Work Force Enhancement/21st Century Skills

Workforce Enhancement / 21st Century Skills

The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) and HITS/Smart Horizons have made available high-quality, extremely affordable, interactive online training for private security practitioners.



Active/Service Veterans

Veteran Appreciation Discount
Active duty servicemembers, and veterans, are eligible for our Veterans Appreciation discount.