Certifications
If students attend all classes, complete the necessary coursework, and pass the required tests, students will receive:
  o A California guard card (if moving to another state, please check whether that state endorses CA guard cards).
  o Heartsaver First Aid with CPR & AED certification (valid for 2 years).
  o A California exposed firearms permit.
  o A baton permit (valid for life) from the State of California.
  o A concealed weapon permit from the States of Utah (valid for 5 years) and Florida (valid for 7 years). NOTE: Although you will be able to carry in 42 states, 
     you will not be able to carry a concealed weapon in CA.
  o A certificate of accomplishment from MiraCosta College Community Services.

Career Pathways
Examples of possible careers include:
  o Executive protection agent
  o Sensitive facility security
  o Corporate security professional
  o Armed patrol
  o VIP/celebrity security
  o Estate protection
  o Event security officer
  o Private security contractor.
Salaries for entry level security positions range from $9-$11/hour. However, many companies are hiring at $15-$45/hour with proper training and certifications provided by programs such as ours. NOTE: the higher rates are for high-threat protection jobs. With additional training, job options can include: local and state public safety; federal protective services; federal agent.
Next Class Dates: 15 consecutive days 9/2 - 9/16  or  1/6/16 - 1/20/16
Instructional Hours: 127 hours of classroom and field instruction
Cost:
$2,650.00 (includes all application fees, certificates, and range training). If you have already completed some of this training, or would like to sign up for a portion of the program, please contact our office. Fees will be adjusted accordingly.
NOTE: meals are not included.
This program is GI Bill approved and WIOA funded.
Who Should Attend:
This program is designed for anyone who meets the prerequisites and is interested in getting into the security or protection industry.

Prerequisites:
In addition to our normal student requirements, students must be a US or Naturalized Citizen (proof will be required). Students must undergo a criminal history background check through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Students cannot have a felony conviction. Students must also be physically fit enough to perform the training, get in/out of vehicles quickly, and withstand being tasered.
Skill Sets:
The purpose of this course is to provide the necessary training to receive a California Guard Card, exposed weapon permit, baton permit, concealed weapon permit, and First Aid with CPR & AED certification. The Executive Protection course is the ideal starting point for those wishing to break into the protection business domestically or internationally. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will be able to provide a secure environment for a protectee by identifying, planning, preventing, and controlling potential safety problems and risks while the protectee is positioned on foot, in a vehicle, within a structure of any type, in all geographical locations, under normal and emergency conditions.
Training Time:
CAPS is 127 hours of classroom and field instruction. This is a two to three week commitment, four to eight hours a day, seven days a week. This is a not-for-credit course.

Attendance:
To exit with all certifications, students must complete all of the classes. If unusual circumstances arise, preventing you from attending one or more class sessions, you can make up this time either by arrangement with an instructor, or within the next cohort. If you have to temporarily drop out of the program, you can come back another session and pick up where you left off at an additional rescheduling charge of $50, paid to MiraCosta College.
Grading:
Students are expected to attend all classes. The instructors will be evaluating students on their participation, skills, and where applicable, accuracy on tests within each curricular area. If students fall below an 80% attendance rate (this includes tardiness and leaving early), or fails to pass the required tests, the student will not pass the course and will not receive the corresponding certifications. If the instructor(s), at any point, feels that a student may cause harm to either him/herself or others, s/he may be asked to leave the program. Certifications will not be provided.
 
Location:
MiraCosta College Oceanside Campus. Room TBA. There is one day of training at Iron Sights Shooting Range in Oceanside.
Concealed & Exposed Firearms
Firearms Classroom Instruction 8
Utah & Florida CCW Classroom Instruction 8
Firearms/CCW Range Training 8
TOTAL 24
CAPS Course Details:

Instructors
Our instructors come from a variety of backgrounds, with many years of training and life-experience. In addition, they are experienced educators, teaching a variety of topics from weapons to security and high-threat protection operations.

Keiko Arroyo has worked and trained in the security field for over 20 years. As a former U.S. Marine weapons instructor and a contracted Anti-terrorism Force Protection instructor for the Navy, he has shared his knowledge with thousands of students. For more information about Keiko, his staff, and his programs, visit www.absolutetacticaltraining.com.

Cesar Garcia is an active member with the Los Angeles Fire Department and has been a Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician for 15 years. He is a certified American Heart Association basic life support and Heartsaver instructor for over five years. He is EMT certified and has been involved with rescue efforts since 1989. For more about Cesar and his company, visit www.rescue411.org.

Jose Ramos has served 20 years in the Marine Corps and has extensive training certifications through Federal, State and County agencies. In addition to his primary military police and criminal investigative duties, he served a tour of duty as an Embassy Guard in Spain, recruiter in New York, and as an anti-aircraft missile instructor in Texas.
 
Rick Sweeney, our Executive Protection instructor, has been in the security field for 25 years. Rick specializes in high-threat protective operations and has spent much of his career leading security teams in places like Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Lebanon, Iraq, and for the last several years, Mexico. For more information about Rick, his support staff, and his programs, visit www.secforinternational.com.

CPR/AED & First Aid
Common first aid emergencies 4
CPR and AED training 3
TOTAL 7
NOTE: Please be aware that the California Guard Card, Exposed Weapon (CA), Baton, Utah CCW permit and Florida CCW permit are taking longer than usual to process. These state agencies are listing 4-6 months for processing (please add another couple of weeks for our processing and the US mail service). It is important to also realize that we cannot submit any documentation until you have completed the corresponding training. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christine at 760.795.6822 or cjensen@miracosta.edu.

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