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Certified Protection Officer

Looking for a career where you are always in demand? Certified Protection Officers (CPOs) enjoy ample employment opportunities and long-term job security. In this program, offered by Smart Horizons Career Online High School, you will master the skills you need to obtain certification as a protection officer and gain employment in this popular field. As you prepare for your career as a protection officer or security guard, you will learn about report writing, physical security, emergency procedures, workplace violence, traffic control, fire prevention, use of force, and operational risk management. The program is conducted entirely online and gives you the opportunity to learn at your own pace. Throughout, you will have the support of an experienced, enthusiastic teacher who is committed to your success.

When you complete the program, you will earn a self-study Certified Protection Officer (CPO) certificate that meets the academic requirements for obtaining the CPO credential. Get started today, and prepare yourself to enter this exciting career field!

6 Months / 50 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

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Certified Protection Officer

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Certified Protection Officer Details + Objective

Course Code: GES227

You Will Learn
  • Understand fundamental security guard tasks including patrol, fire prevention and suppression, providing first aid, writing reports, and conducting public relations
  • Know techniques and procedures for improving memory and observation skills, taking effective notes, and writing reports
  • Know techniques and procedures for controlling access to an area of interest
  • Understand how to gather, protect, and present evidence including witness testimony
  • Understand basic safety requirements including advanced first aid procedures
  • Understand threats posed by bombs and other explosives
  • Describe alarm system components and operation
  • Define common criminal offenses, legal jurisdictions, and the powers of a certified protection officer
  • Understand central alarm station dispatch operations, alarm system fundamentals, and detection technology
  • Know investigation techniques including foundations for surveillance and defensive tactics
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • 6 months to complete
  • 50 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Prepare yourself for a successful career as a certified protections officer
  • Learn how to efficiently and professionally react to a myriad of high intensity situations
  • Earn a self-study Certified Protection Officer (CPO) certificate that meets the academic requirements for obtaining the CPO credential
  • Develop a thorough understanding of what to expect while working in the industry
Certified Protection Officer Outline
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Introduction

Learn the foundations needed to thrive on the job such as the theories of asset protection, role of the professional protection officer, effective communication strategies, and the role and requirements of a protection officer.

Crime Prevention and Physical Security

Learn about different types of crime prevention and the physical security measures you could be required to take. Understand alarm systems, access controls, and detection technology.

Fire and Information Protection

Understand how to prevent, detect, and respond to emergency situations. Discuss occupational safety and health hazards, as well as how to protection sensitive information and counterintelligence.

Violence and Threat Management

Be able to identify risk, threats, and deviance in the workplace. Understand how to respond in emergency situations.

Investigations and Legalities

Master the concepts and practices behind secure investigations. Discuss proper techniques for crime scenes, interviews, statements, surveillance, report writing, as well as the legal aspects of security.

Officer Safety and Relations with Others

Complete the course by learning about the proper tactics of fore, defensive tactics, industrial hazards, human relations in a global environment, community relations, and ethics.

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Certified Protection Officer Instructors
Darlene Lawrence

Darlene Lawrence is an Academic Coach and Childcare and Education Instructor with 5 years of experience. She is has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in teaching.

Certified Protection Officer Requirements / Prerequisites

A high school diploma or GED is a prerequisite for this program. If you do not have a high school diploma or GED, we recommend the High School Diploma With Certified Protection Officer Training program. 

This program can be taken on a PC or a Mac. You will need Internet access and email capability.

For Windows users, you will need to have Windows XP, Vista, 7, or greater. For Mac users, you will need to have Mac OSX version 10.5 or greater. You will need to use Internet Explorer version 6 or later, Firefox version 10 or later, Apple Safari 5.0.3 or later, or Google Chrome version 0.11.257.201 (including 11.0.696.57 update) or later. You will also need to enable JavaScript in your browser options.

Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program. 

Click here to download the Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Flash Player.

Hardware:

  • 1024 x 768, 16-bit (thousands of colors) color display or better
  • Standard mouse, keyboard, speakers and sound card

All materials for this program are available online.

Certified Protection Officer Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. You will be given six (6) months to complete the program; however, since the course work is self-paced, you may be able to complete it in less time.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

No additional materials are required for this program.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

How can I get more information about the program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-(855) 534-3690. We will answer your questions promptly.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

How much time will I need to dedicate to my course work?

We recommend that you dedicate 6-10 hours per week to your coursework.

When can I work on my courses?

Courses are self-paced and taught in an online learning environment available to all students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What if I need help with my coursework?

An instructor will be available through email or phone. If you leave a message for the instructor, the instructor will respond to you within 24 business hours.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.

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