What Credential Programs are available through EPI?

EPI offers a range of Virginia Certified Department of Criminal Justice Services Private Security Courses. Our world renowned 7-day Providing Executive Protection Program and Protectors Pistol Courses exceed the Commonwealth’s Standard for the Armed Personal Protection Specialist Credential. For current course offerings and schedules, please visit our training calendar.


What is a Personal Protection Specialist?
A personal protection specialist means any individual who engages in the duties of providing close protection from bodily harm to any person.

What are the Eligibility Requirements to obtain the P.P.S. Credential?
Virginia DCJS requires that you: Be a minimum of 18 years of age; successful completion of all initial training requirements for each registration category, including firearms endorsement if applicable; be a United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Do I need the P.P.S. Credential?
YES. You must have a valid registration, and a firearms endorsement if working in an armed capacity, in order to provide close protection services in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Does being an Armed Personal Protection Specialist allow me to carry a concealed handgun?
NO. Persons who carry or have access to a firearm while on duty must have a firearm endorsement as described under 6VAC 20-171-365 of the state regulations. If carrying a concealed handgun, the person must also have a valid concealed handgun permit, and the written permission of his/her employer pursuant to 18.2-308 of the Code of Virginia.

Is there a National Executive/Close Protection Credential or License?
NO. Just like there is no Nationwide Concealed Carry Permit. A National Executive/Close Protection Credential or License would take the Regulatory Oversight away from the individual State Licensing and Credentialing Boards. Several States, however, grant “waivers” or honor the training you have completed at EPI.


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