Security Services Program

Our comprehensive Security Services program covers the professional skills and conceptual knowledge required to become a professional in the booming security services field. Developed by experts, this course helps you prepare for an important career.

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Lesson: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson: Introduction to Legal and Criminal Justice Careers  

Students will learn about federal and state laws and federal and state court systems. Students will also learn about types of crimes, the civil litigation and criminal justice processes, and careers in the legal and criminal justice fields.

Lesson Group 2: The Security Professional

Lesson: An Introduction to Security  

This lesson introduces you to security basics, including studies in human behavior and the need for security. You will also learn about creating and maintaining a stable and predictable environment, the difference between proactive and reactive response and the difference between contract versus proprietary officers.

Lesson: Defining Security Objectives and Public/Private Security  

In this lesson, you will learn about the security plan or objective and the process by which the security manager must prepare a security plan for the work environment. You will also be introduced to the differences, similarities, and interactions between public and private police.

Lesson: Physical, Information, and Personnel Security  

In this lesson, you will be introduced to the key components of a security management plan and the subjects that a security manager must consider on a daily basis. You will also learn about asset protection, information security, workplace violence, and how to promote ethical conduct.

Lesson: Integration, Legal Issues, and Emergency Planning  

In this lesson, you will learn how to put all of the assessments, security components, and departments and personnel together into one plan through integration. You will also learn about emergency and contingency planning essentials and about legal and liability issues you may encounter.

Lesson Group 3: Security, Education, and Defense Basics

Lesson: Security Foundations  

In this lesson, you will be introduced to the basic foundations of security. You will also learn about the history of security, its development and growth, and the differences among proprietary, contract, and hybrid security operations.

Lesson: Jobs, Education, Training, and Homeland Security  

This lesson introduces you to the career opportunities in loss prevention and the types of security education and training programs available. You will also learn about homeland security and the major changes to the American security industry since September 11, 2001.

Lesson: Law and Risk Analysis  

In this lesson, you will learn about the basic principles in the application of law, including the differences in law as it applies to private security and public law enforcement. You will also learn about liability issues, risk management, and the basic types of security-related insurance.

Lesson: Inner and Outer Defenses  

In this lesson, you will learn about physical security from the outside in, including recognizing the role of doors and windows as security risks. You will also be introduced to the surveillance equipment and its use in security operations, the different types of lighting fixtures and systems, and the different security measures aimed at protecting assets within a physical structure.

Lesson: Contingency Planning and Internal Issues  

In this lesson, you will learn about the role of contingency planning in emergency response, crisis management, and business recovery and resumption. You will also be introduced to basic fire-fighting devices and techniques, background checks, lie detection devices and integrity tests, and problem areas where employee theft is most likely.

Lesson Group 4: Security, Terrorism, and the Future

Lesson: Transportation Security and Workplace Issues  

This lesson introduces you to the importance of security in the transportation industry. You will also learn about the mechanics of workplace violence and drug use, including learning how to spot potential drug users and identifying the components of a comprehensive substance abuse program.

Lesson: Retail Security and Terrorism  

In this lesson, you will learn about security issues unique to the retail industry. You will learn about prevention measures that should be taken to reduce shrinkage from theft and the various risks that present themselves in a retail environment. You will also learn about terrorism, including the evolution of terrorist tactics and some of the tools used to combat terrorism.

Lesson: Computer Technology and Information Security Issues  

In this lesson, you will learn about various computer products and the possible attacks that can affect computer systems and software. You will also learn about the options for protecting computers and information from fraudulent use and theft.

Lesson: Security Threats of the 21st Century and Beyond  

In this lesson, you will learn about white-collar crime, the differences between burglary and robbery, and security strategies used to reduce company or personal exposure. You will also learn about the important relationship between the public sector and private industry and the importance of pandemic planning and brand protection management.

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Program Description

The Security Services program provides students with a basic understanding of qualifications and skills needed to be a professional in the security field. Students learn about the different types of security personnel, the importance of risk management, and legal and ethical issues that security professionals are faced with. The program covers detailed information about how to interface with law enforcement, assess security risk, implement internal and external access controls, combat terrorism, and prepare for disasters.

Program Objectives

After completing the Security Services program, students will be able to:

  1. List the qualifications, duties, education/training, job types, personal skills and qualities required to be successful as a security professional.
  2. Describe the differences in objectives between public law-enforcement and private security personnel and explain the specific legal and ethical concerns that must be addressed by individuals employed in the private-security industry.
  3. Select the appropriate plans, processes, personnel, and equipment required for a security assignment based on the needs and objectives of each assignment and client.
  4. Understand the evolving role of the security professional in regards to twenty-first century threats connected to terrorist activities and cybercrime.

The Ashworth College Security Services program gives you the skills you need to achieve your career goals. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online.