Security Management Certificate Program

The Undergraduate Security Management Certificate program includes a combination of fundamental courses and career-focused electives. Each college-level course is developed with the input of professionals to ensure you learn practical skills to help you succeed in the real world.

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Required Course

T01 - Introduction to Security Management  

This is a broad overview of the field of security management, including homeland security, loss prevention, risk analysis, physical security of property and personnel, fire protection, insurance, theft, workplace violence, drug use, terrorism, and computer security.
Credit Hours: 3


J07 - Private Security  

This is an introduction to the situations encountered and the security techniques commonly used by private security officers. Topics covered include loss prevention, physical security, community policing, business security, terrorism, computer and network security, and ethical issues in private security.
Credit Hours: 3

T02 - Introduction to Terrorism  

This course examines different potential terrorist threats and, most important, how we need to prepare for the likelihood of such attacks. Topics include weapons of mass destruction, emergency management, incident response procedures, chemical, biological, and nuclear incidents, mass casualty decontamination, and crime scene operations.
Credit Hours: 3

T03 - Incident Command Systems  

This course examines management of response operations for mass casualty and high impact incidents, including EMS (Emergency Medical Services) operations, functions, and logistics, communications management, community threat assessment, and significant coverage of EMS response in the real world.
Credit Hours: 3

T04 - Aviation Security  

In this course the student will learn about overall airport and airline operations, and then focus on all of the security issues that are part of the aviation industry today. Topics include the history of hijacking, using aircraft as missiles, the roots of terrorism, international counterterrorism efforts, airport screening equipment, cargo security, and foreign airport security.
Credit Hours: 3

T05 - Criminal Behavior  

This is a foundational course in criminology, the study of the criminal mind. Topics include coverage of crime patterns, crime causation (biological, psychological, and sociological), crimes against persons and property, white collar crime, drug trafficking, and high tech crime.
Credit Hours: 3

T06 - Cyber Security  

This course takes a look at the law enforcement approach to computer crime, including computer forensics, legal and constitutional considerations in prosecuting computer crime, and techniques for seizing evidence and analyzing data relating to computer crime.
Credit Hours: 3

T07 - Homeland Security and Public Safety  

This is a capstone course in security management, providing a broad overview of the coordination of private security with local police, fire, and EMS personnel, in addition to coordination with federal government agencies, particularly the Office of Homeland Security. The course also provides a detailed look at emergency response to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.
Credit Hours: 3

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Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Undergraduate Certificate programs provide students the opportunity to earn college credits in a specific discipline without enrolling in a degree program. Students complete 5 courses of 3 credit hours each in both required and elective subjects. Graduates may apply credit toward a corresponding associate at Ashworth College.

The Ashworth College Undergraduate Security Management Certificate program includes self-paced lessons, instructor guidance and online exams that make learning enjoyable. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online.