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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the BEPP not working with other organizations like ASIS International or the International Protective Security Board to develop the ANSI Standard for Providing Executive Protection? 

The BEPP has reached out to both organizations multiple times in writing and in person.  Unfortunately both organizations declined our request to collaborate on the EP Standard.

 

​​Below are links to the official letters from the BEPP to the corresponding organization and their response.  ​​

​​What is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)? ANSI.com

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary Standards and Conformity Assessment System. Founded in 1918, the Institute works in close collaboration with stakeholders from industry and government to identify and develop Standards- and conformance-based solutions to national and global priorities.

 

What is the difference between what the BEPP is doing and what the ASIS Executive Protection Community Steering Committee is doing?

The ASIS Executive Protection Community Steering Committee is working on what they deem to be a “Best Practices” document.  While they may have intentions of creating a Standard or Guideline, they did not file an application with ANSI-PINS (Project Initiation Notification System). Therefore, while ASIS may have considered developing a Standard or Guideline, they did not take the action needed to do so.

The project the BEPP has put in motion is an ANSI Standard.  ANSI requires strict inclusion of industry professionals to develop, edit, and vote in agreement of a document before submitting it to ANSI for approval.

Can there be two ANSI Standards?

ANSI rarely, if ever, allows for the creation of competing Standards.  Since the Board of Executive Protection Professionals has formally submitted with ANSI on their PINS (Project Initiation Notification System) portal, this excludes others from filing to create a similar or competing Standard.  

However, as part of the ANSI process we have tried to work with a broad range of stakeholders (Including ASIS and other industry professionals) to be inclusive and add to the consensus of the document to be submitted to ANSI for final approval.  

What makes the BEPP document a Standard?

The BEPP is the managing body for this process. The array of contributions by industry professionals who participate in developing this document is what renders it eligible to become an ANSI National Standard.

Standards need to be:

  • Reasonable 

  • Repeatable/Consistent

  • Clear/Understandable

  • Measurable

  • Achievable

Will the Standard for Executive Protection details made up of multiple individuals?

No, the Standard is designed so that a Solo Practitioner can meet the ANSI requirements. It will also be written in a way that can scale for larger teams.  

What is the benefit of creating the “Standard for Providing Executive Protection”?

Having a Standard provides multiple benefits, which include but are not limited to:

  • Commonality and standardizing terms

  • Creates continuity in the industry

  • Standardized knowledge base for reference

  • Creates a verifiable source for EP training

  • Increased client confidence in the expertise of the individual charged with their protection

  • Reduce negative public contacts due to a more comprehensive understanding of the profession

Will the “Standard” cause my previous training, military experience, and prior security employment to be worthless?   

No, here is an analogy:

In business, one can use an accountant/bookkeeper or opt for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  Both can perform virtually the same tasks with some exceptions.  Does the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants eradicate bookkeepers?  No, it does not.  What it does is set a verifiable Standard for those who wish to validate their expertise in the accounting field. It has zero impact on those who wish to be accountants/bookkeepers.

 

The BEPP does not create the Standard.  The BEPP regulates the process, provides guidance for committees, and ensures that bylaws and a system of governance are in place.  The Standard is a result of the 150 industry experts who joined the BEPP and participate in the various committees.  Each committee is chaired by an experienced professional.  As a result of the suggestions and recommendations of the 150 contributors, based on the previous training and experience they have acquired, the Standard is created.

EP training schools can and will continue to create and implement their own curricula that do not adhere to the Standard. It will be up to stakeholders and those seeking training to decide where to invest their training dollars. The options will be either to choose providers that do not follow the Standard or, by contrast to choose those provider who train based on the Standard, which is an established a peer-reviewed base of knowledge, validated by ANSI, and adheres to strict document production protocols.

How long will the Standard creation and its ANSI  approval process take?

This undertaking is the first of its type for the Executive Protection Industry. The entire process could take as long as two years to complete.

This process started in 2022 and the goal is to have our documents submitted to ANSI for approval by the end of 2024.  ANSI approval process can take up to 3 months to approve the document as an official American National Standard.

Is a Standard different than individual state licensing requirements?

This Standard will establish the platform for competently, professionally, and ethically providing this specialized service.  However, it has no connection to individual State or Federal licensing requirements yet.

What are some of the common titles for those in the Executive Protection industry?

There are several titles associated with those who provide Executive Protection.  These titles indicate a level of knowledge, experience, qualification and proficiency necessary for performing protection duties effectively. Common titles include: 

  • Certified Executive Protection Professional

  • Certified Executive Security Specialist

  • Certified Protection Specialist

  • Close Protection Officer​

  • Close Protection Professional

  • Executive Protection Agent

  • Executive Protection Professional

  • Executive Protection Specialist

  • Executive Security Specialist

  • Personal Protection Specialist

  • Personal Security Specialist

  • Protection Specialist

  • Protective Detail Specialist

These titles are often assigned or assumed without thorough verification of an individuals abilities. Without a ANSI National Standard and validation of the training organization it is impossible to ensure that these titles accurately reflect the individual's qualifications and worthiness. 

It's also crucial to note that these titles are often granted by training organizations upon payment, with virtually no risk of failure. Once earned, individuals retain these titles indefinitely, regardless of whether they remain active or updated in the field.

Are there any training organizations that the BEPP recommends for those entering the industry or those who are in the industry and looking for more training?

Currently, the BEPP does not endorse any organizations offering Executive Protection-specific training. Due to the lack of nationally approved or recognized Standards for Executive Protection, there is no metric to evaluate the content, delivery, or testing provided by training organizations. As far as we know, no training organization has undergone third-party verification to validate their training programs.

The BEPP will address this issue in the future. More information will follow.

Do training organizations that are authorized to accept Post GI Bill or other Veteran Administration (VA) Benefits payments count as a validation of their training program?

No, being approved by the VA does not validate the training, course content or instructors.  According the VA Benefits Administration website on Education and Training The VA depends on State Approving Agencies (SAA) who "are generally responsible for the approval of education and training programs in their respective states. They are the pathway into VA for a program's recognition and identification as being eligible for the payment of VA education benefits." 

Accredited Institutions

Accredited programs must meet the requirements of 38 USC §3675 and 38 CFR 21.4253.

Non-Accredited Institutions

Non-accredited programs must meet the requirements of 38 USC §3676 and 38 CFR 21.4254.

Neither Accredited or Non-Accredited Institutions are required to prove the content being taught is accurate, or that the instructors are qualified and competent to instruct the course material.

Each SAA has different requirements however one of the SAA's responsibilities, which is fairly typical for most states, is that they "determine whether a school or training establishment at all times complies with established standards" - In Nevada where the BEPP is headquartered this statement can be referenced on the NV VA Education Benefits website 

The question becomes, How can any training organization meet that requirement when there are no "established standards"?

The truth is that if a training organization completes the necessary paperwork and pays the applicable application fees, they will be approved. There are no regular site visits, training course reviews, instructor evaluations, or any other means of assessment.  Once approved by the SAA, they apply to the VA, which, recognizing the SAA approval, will also grant their approval.

In our view, many Executive Protection schools exploit veterans by acquiring their education benefit dollars without providing a meaningful return on the veterans' investment. 

Will there be a Board Certification for Executive Protection?

The BEPP will create a Board Certification.  The goal is to create a nationally endorsed Board Certification as opposed to a generic, non-validated certificate of attendance, completion, or training.  

Individuals would apply for Certification then schedule to take an exam consisting of multiple-choice questions administered by a designated third-party professional proctor.   

After completing a background check, meeting a predetermined minimum experience requirement and passing the exam an individual would earn their Board Certification in Executive Protection Designation.  

The designation would be valid for three years.  Individuals would be required to submit documentation of professional development (attending industry-related conferences, workshops, classes, authoring published articles, teaching, etc.) during those three years that would count toward recertification. 

What is the benefit of the Board Certification Designation?

  • Professional Recognition: It signifies a high level of expertise and commitment to the field, distinguishing you from peers.

  • Credibility: It enhances your credibility with employers, clients, and colleagues by demonstrating that you have met rigorous industry standards.

  • Career Advancement: It can lead to better job opportunities, promotions, and higher salary prospects.

  • Continued Education: It often requires ongoing education, ensuring that you stay current with the latest developments and best practices in your field.

  • Networking Opportunities: It provides access to a network of certified professionals, which can be valuable for knowledge sharing and career growth.

  • Trust and Confidence: It instills greater trust and confidence in your skills and abilities from those you serve or work with.

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