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Certificate in Certified Protection Officer Online Course

Master the skills you need to obtain certification as a Protection Officer

Master the skills you need to obtain certification as a Protection Officer, and prepare yourself for employment in this high-demand field

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.

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.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • 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

Course Fast Facts:

  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing offline
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment, an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

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!


  1. Introduction
  2. Protection Office Code of Ethics


  1. Concepts and Theories of Asset Protection
  2. The Evolution of Asset Protection and Security
  3. Role of the Professional Protection Officer
  4. The Protection Officer as a Leader
  5. Career Planning for Protection Professionals


  1. Effective Communications
  2. Security Awareness
  3. Central Alarm Stations and Dispatch Operations

Protection Officer Functions

  1. Automation in Protection Operations
  2. Patrol Principles
  3. Traffic Control
  4. Crowd Management and Special Event Planning

Crime Prevention and Physical Security

  1. Environmental Crime Control
  2. Physical Security Concepts and Applications
  3. Alarm System Fundamentals
  4. Access Control
  5. Detection Technology

Safety Fire Protection

  1. Fire Prevention, Detection, and Response
  2. Occupational Safety and Health and the Protection Officer
  3. An All Hazards Approach to Hazardous Materials

Information Protection

  1. Information Security and Counterintelligence

Deviance, Crime, and Violence

  1. Workplace Crime and Deviance
  2. Substance Abuse
  3. Workplace Violence
  4. Crisis Intervention
  5. Strikes, Lockouts, and Labor Relations

Risk and Threat Management

  1. Security Risk Management
  2. Emergency Planning
  3. Terrorism
  4. Antiterrorism and VIP Protection


  1. Investigations:  Concepts and Practices for Security Professionals
  2. Crime and Incident Scene Procedures
  3. Interviewing and Statements
  4. Foundations for Surveillance
  5. Report Writing and Field Notes

Legal Aspects of Security

  1. Legal Aspects of Security

Officer Safety and Use of Force

  1. Use of Force
  2. Defensive Tactics and Officer Safety
  3. Industrial Hazards, Safety, and the Security Patrol Officer
  4. Apprehension and Detention Procedures

Relations With Others

  1. Human Relations in a Global Environment
  2. Public Relations
  3. Community Relations:  Making Strategy Come Alive
  4. Networking and the Liaison Function
  5. Ethics and Professionalism

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

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

2. 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.

3. Do I have to buy additional materials?

No additional materials are required for this program.

4. Can I get financial assistance?

Our 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.

5. What happens when I complete the program?

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

6. Am I guaranteed a job?

Our 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program..

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14.  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.


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.

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 007GES227
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 6 months to complete this program
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 50 Hours