About the program

The Church Protection Specialist Certification (CPS) program is designed to meet the immediate security needs for any ministry, large or small. The program includes three comprehensive critical skills training modules. We understand that security ministries have limited resources and time, and this shouldn’t preclude your team from receiving the knowledge and skills required to protect your house of worship, private Christian school, camp/retreat, or outreach ministry.  


Students that successfully complete the three critical skill’s modules will receive a certificate of completion and certification as a Church Protection Specialist (CPS). CPS graduates will also receive a lapel pin that signifies your skills in physical protection.


Recertification for the CPS designation requires testing and evaluation every two years in the following subjects: (1) Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB), (2) Citizen Rescuer certification, and (3) handgun carry procedures

Benifits of certification

Recognition as a Church Protection Specialist (CPS)

Implement professional standards for your security ministry

Receive a professional two-year security certification

Reduce liability and enhance your current security operations process

Certification in the Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB)

Certification as a Citizen Rescuer (CPR/AED/Choking, blood-borne pathogens and bleeding control)

NRA Basic CCW certification

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Basic Security Operations

This 4.0-hour on-line training module provides volunteer security teams with the foundation of essential skills necessary to conduct protective services operations for churches, private schools and other ministries. Course topics include:

Essential equipment for security teams

Physical security design and church security ministries

Post standing procedures

Techniques of observation

Assessing threats

Conflict management

Responding to emergencies


CPR and AED Certification for Citizen Rescuers

This 4.0- hour on-line training module provides church security teams with a professional CPR and AED certification, in addition to a session on bleeding control. This course is OSHA compliant and is approved by federal, state, municipal and private/non-profit organizations. Participants that successfully complete this training module will receive a 2-year certification. Course topics include:

Adult, child and infant CPR and choking care

AED use and safety precautions

Scene assessment

CPR barriers and personal protective equipment

Responding to an emergency

Bleeding control basics

Bloodborne pathogens

Legal issues


Handgun Carry for Church Security Teams

This 4.0- hour on-line training module provides church security teams with the skills to safely handle, carry, load and maintain a semiautomatic handgun. Participants that meet the training requirements for this course will be certified as an NRA CCW certificate holder. Course topics include:

Handgun safety

Licensing considerations

Basics of concealed carry

Safe storage

Equipment selection

Ballistics discussion

The benefits of pre-paid legal services

Handgun marksmanship

Handgun manipulation

Handgun presentation from concealment


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