Florida D Security License Training in Tampa – D.O.E. Approved

Florida D Security License Training in Tampa September 1-4 at the only D.O.E. Approved Security School in Florida – ESS Global Corp.

Florida D Security License Training in Tampa September 1-4

The private security industry is growing at a rapid pace. This is good news because they are an important part of American safety, as businesses protect there assets from thieves attempting to take advantage of lack of security in all types of industries including banks, museums, as well as hospitals, healthcare, clinics and grocery stores.

Their work has evolved from the old days of standing guard and night. Not only do they protect companies, institutions, and people, but also property, both real and intellectual, that might be stolen.
The need to protect individuals and property has always existed, but has become more relevant as the threat level in the country continues to climb.
The Florida D Security License Training in Tampa is a 42-hour training that will teach students the basic principles of unarmed security including; physical security, access control, emergency procedures, and more. Skill development shall include report writing, interviewing techniques, accident and crime prevention.
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The State of Florida requires this security training course to be taught at licensed security school and ESS Global is the only Florida Security School approved and certified by the Florida Department of Education.
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ESS Global Corp, 905 E Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Unit 216, Tarpon Springs Florida, 34689
Once students complete the security class, a training certificate will be issued for successfully completing security guard training. Students will then submit this certificate along with the security license application to the Florida Division of Licensing in person or by mail. Graduating students will be issued a temporary D Security License and are eligible to work as a licensed security officer immediately, while waiting for the hard copy. 

Florida D Security License Training in Tampa September 1-4 at ESS Global Corp in Tarpon Springs

Additionally, our instructors bring “real world” information to you in an engaging, informative manner.
The US Bureau of Labor statistics states that “overall job opportunities should be excellent, especially for security guards.”
Florida D Security License Training in Tampa SEPT Stadium Security
Note that this Florida D License Training in Tampa is for unarmed security. For an armed position, you must complete the requisite requirements to obtain a Class “G” license that entails 28 hours of state-mandated classes plus a 48-round firearms qualification course.
You can see all the Florida Security Licenses HERE
Note:  Anyone may take the class to obtain the Class “D” license.  However, F.S. 493.6109 outlines the guidelines that must be met in order to be eligible to obtain a “D” license.
The requirements are as follows:

  • Florida D Security License Training August 28-31 ESS LogoBe at least 18 years of age.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Be a citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.
  • May not have been adjudicated incapacitated under s. 744.331 or a similar statute in another state.
  • May not have been involuntarily placed in a treatment facility for the mentally ill, unless judicially restored.
  • May not have been diagnosed with an incapacitating mental illness, unless cleared by a psychiatrist.
  • May not be a chronic or habitual user of alcoholic beverages to the extent the individual’s normal faculties are impaired.
  • May not have been committed for controlled substance abuse.

Florida D Security License Training in Tampa Sept 2022

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How to Get Started in Executive Protection

You’ve thought about, looked into it, and said to yourself “I can do that.” How to Get Started in Executive Protection – EP Training in Tampa.

How to Get Started in Executive Protection

If you’ve wondered how to get started in Executive Protection, here is a short guide to help you get started.

Are You Prepared?

You genuinely need to determine if you are ready, both physically and psychologically, before you begin your search for an Executive Protection Training School.
Additionally, ask yourself these questions:

  • how to get started in Executive ProtectionAm I willing to take another human being’s life to save my own or the life of another?
  • Am I capable of defending another, or myself and then render first aid and/or CPR to the very person I just injured?
  • Am I ready to face the consequences of my actions and defend those actions in a court of law?
  • What about the effects of my actions on my family and my friends, how will the public view my actions?

Ready to learn how to get started in Executive Protection?

Choose the Trainers Wisely

When choosing a training school the big variables are;

  • Who is training you?
  • The distance from you
  • The length of the training

Who is Training You?

Are they currently active in EP? Or are they describing what it was like 5, 10, 20 even 30 years ago? This is tremendously important. You will want to be trained by a company and more importantly, trainers that are currently active in executive protection projects. The ESS Global trainers have current EP experience in over 50 countries.
Another possible issue is what are they teaching you? In other words, who wrote the curriculum and who has reviewed it for accuracy and relevancy?
how to get started in executive protection - choose wiselyIn the world of Executive Protection training, we often find a curriculum that is simply cribbed from who they learned from (and how long ago was that?).
At ESS Global, we write the curriculum directly from our experience in the field. And it is fresh every year. And the D.O.E. comes in and reviews both the trainers and the curriculum. Every year. It’s a huge project, but we do it to protect you. All the information you are presented with in the ESS Executive Protection training class has been reviewed and approved by the Department of Education.
And we are the only security company in the state of Florida that is D.O.E. certified. The ONLY one.
Updated 12-15-16 2017 Calendar is up – Also ESS Global Corp is now approved by the VA to accept GI Bill Benefits.

The Distance from You

Most of our security training classes are held at our corporate headquarters north of Tampa/Clearwater in Tarpon Springs Florida. At various times, we do have executive protection training in other cities such as Orlando, Raleigh, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and more as needed. But why wait? It’s 3 days. Which bring us to…

The Length of the Training

How long is the training? The reason that this is important is that the length of the training has no bearing whatsoever on the quality. 
How to get started in Executive Protection - The basicsWhat we find at ESS is that the best approach to Executive Protection Training is to cut “the fluff” and hammer on the basics. In other words, give you the tools to build a solid foundation in Executive Protection, without wasting your time learning “the fluff” used to extend training in order to justify a higher training price.
Case and point. One basic EP training we saw includes “how to perform your operations with a gas mask on”. Really? In a basic training? We can think of about a few thousand more important things you need to be trained on in an executive protection training, and it’s a perfect example of the “fluff” found  in the world of EP training.
Lastly, out in the real world, where most executive protection training will fail you is in “customer service” skills. Yes, we teach the tactical stuff. We’d like to think we do that better than anyone. But we also train on real world client issues. Our executive protection clients don’t check in at hotels. They don’t wait in lines. They don’t wait for restaurant service because the menu was in the car and the food was ready at arrival.
We teach the customer service issues in the real world that most every executive protection training never mentions, much less teaches you.

Because it’s the basics.

And in the real world of executive protection, it’s almost a certainty, that you will lose a client because of basic customer service issues, as opposed to protection/tactical issues.

How to get started in executive protection - tactical trainingThe ESS Global Training presents all the needed information to get started in Executive Protection in 3 days. The Tuition is $500.
If you are serious about the Executive Protection Industry, choose a school that is serious. If you are serious about Executive Protection Training, choose a school that is licensed and approved by the D.O.E. for Executive Protection Training.
ESS Global also offers group rates, discounts, referrals and private classes.  
If you are a veteran, please ask us about our flexible payment options.

Have Questions on how to get started in Executive Protection? Give us a Call.

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Executive Protection Training – A Guide to EP

Executive Protection Training, comes down to the syllabus and the trainers, and ESS has both. Approved by the D.O.E.  – Approved by the VA to accept GI Bill Benefits – Trainers with Real World Experience.

Executive Protection Training – A Guide to EP

The very first thing you must ask yourself when looking for executive protection training;

“Am I prepared to enter the world of EP?” 

You genuinely need to determine if you are ready, both physically and psychologically, before you begin your search for an Executive Protection Training School (there are very few “schools” most are “facilities” – more on that later)
Additionally, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I willing to take another human being’s life to save my own or the life of another?
  • Am I capable of defending another, or myself and then render first aid and/or CPR to the very person I just injured?
  • Am I ready to face the consequences of my actions and defend those actions in a court of law?
  • What about the effects of my actions on my family and my friends, how will the public view my actions?

No other executive protection training facility will tell you to ask yourself these questions, because each of the answers to these questions should actually create new questions to be answered, depending on which direction you have chosen.
The bottom line is there is much more to think about executive protection training, and how best to choose where to train for this type of occupation.
Let’s clear the air.
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Before we get too far, you should know that Executive Protection is one of many names used to describe what we do here at ESS Global Corp.  However, you will frequently see or hear terms like Bodyguarding, Close Protection, Personal Protection and Protective Service used interchangeably with Executive Protection.  All these terms mean the same thing.
The one term that we don’t use much here at ESS, is “Bodyguarding”. We are Executive Protection Agents, Close Protection Agents, Personal Protection Agents or Protective Service Agents.  We are never Bodyguards!  Unfortunately stereotypes and the media have spoiled that term.

Whether you take the 3-day Executive Protection Training, or the 28 Mega Executive Protection Course at ESS Global, you will clearly understand the difference between a “bodyguard” and an “executive protective specialist”.

General Traits That Match Executive Protection

  • Executive Protection Training - A Guide to EPCommon Sense and Quick Thinking
  • Never Assumes (Trust but Verify)
  • Maintains Low Profile
  • Always Aware
  • Intelligent
  • Punctual
  • Works Well With Others
  • Clean Cut/ Good Hygiene
  • Articulate
  • and above all, Honest

The stereotype we have seen in movies and on TV is a 300 lb. guy with enormous muscles and a pea sized brain, who’s first instinct is to throw punches (or bodies).
Today’s Protective Agent is usually found in a business suit, presenting a discreet and subdued image.  They are seen, but not noticed, as they try to maintain a low profile.  They are fit, but usually of normal build or stature.  This helps them blend into the background of their client’s business and activities without drawing any undue attention.  They are highly trained and highly skilled professionals.  There are some excellent agents that do look like the stereotype, but they have the intelligence to match the stature, and that makes them professional.
The Purpose of Executive Protection
While kidnapping and assassination are rare (at least in the US) they can occur. With Executive Protection the primary focus is to protect the client from any bodily harm. What we find in today’s volatile climate, that heckling, menacing, rushing and thrown objects are more prevalent than ever.
Typical Assignments in the World of Executive Protection
What kind of work can you expect?
It varies with each and every client, but here are some generalities. 
Home/Office Protection:  It’s more likely than not that an actual attack will most likely occur at the principal’s home or office. Learn to examine and develop strategies to thwart those efforts using threat analysis, safe rooms, technology, barriers, exterior perimeter controls and more. This is often referred to as “Estate Protection
Domestic and International Travel: Learn the fundamentals of domestic and international travel security including pre-travel planning, coordination, communication, ground travel and hotel/restaurant/venue security employing a street smart attitude. Study pattern of crime against travelers, counter-surveillance and kidnapping prevention.
Venue and Engagement:  Meetings, speaking engagements, concerts, and more. Focus on protecting principals and explore up-to-date concepts including embus and debus, motorcade planning and operation, vehicle escort procedures, protect against dignitary/executive/celebrity stalkers.
executive protection training - a guide to EP celebrity/high worthThe simple fact is as we barrel towards 2019, there is no doubt that “personal protection” is a growing field. As you read this guide to EP, there are thousands and thousands of military and government leaders, business executives, religious figures, celebrities and families are being personally protected. And the numbers grow every day.
Executive Protection is the fastest growing segment of the security industry. There is tremendous growth in the corporate world.
Globalization – The increasing globalization that has taken place means that companies can no longer depend on their home market if they want to grow and sustain their competitive advantage. Much of their growth is now taking place in new emerging markets, including developing nations that are often not as safe as more developed countries.
Income Gap – At the same time, income gaps between the very high net-worth and others continue to widen and threats to the wealthy continue to increase. Add in terrorism, whether it’s abroad or the homegrown variety, an you’ll find a mounting threat to executives, media stars, celebrities, sports figures and the religious that we have not seen before in our lifetime.
Executive Protection Training - A guide to EP Corporate securityCorporate Security – Another trend is that Corporate Security Departments are changing fast and among the diverse and growing range of security services corporations must integrate, executive protection is probably the least integrated of all the corporate security services. Many corporate security directors don’t have experience with writing or implementing an EP strategy, and even fewer of them have conducted Risk, Threat and Vulnerability Assessments (RTVAs), which form the foundation of a Quality Executive Protection Program.
The good news for aspiring protection agents is that there are new jobs opening up, working either directly for corporations or for the Executive Protection companies that service them. Same for some small business owners, like jewelers for instance. And nearly every celebrity, VIP and politician has EP agents.

How to Get Started.

So you’ve read this far and you’re thinking “This is for Me”.

At this point, you need to know that when choosing an Executive Protection “school” – Do not worry yourself with the fancily named certificates they have waiting for you – but rather investigate the certifications the school has. By doing so, you gain far greater insight into the quality of training. 

A Guide to Executive Protection Training 

Now let’s look at the current state of training. 
Perhaps you’ve heard some horror stories or maybe you have experienced them yourselves. The let down and anger you feel when you pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on training courses, only to find out the course material or the instructors themselves were less than mediocre. Unfortunately, this is an all too common experience that many students have and will continue to endure in the Security and Executive Protection industries.
Executive Protection training - A guide to EP 3While most states have mandatory courses for Security Guards, even unarmed ones, and these are regulated by the state. But in most states the executive protection training industry is unregulated.
For Executive Protection training, there are a only a handful of states, if that, that have anything resembling a state regulated course. This means that when you attend an Executive Protection school, it’s more than likely nobody is regulating what is being taught or who it is being taught by. This means you are basically taking a gamble and hoping that what you are being taught is accurate, and the person teaching it is experienced. To be honest, this is rarely the case with most Executive Protection “facilities”.
What you will likely find, is that the school was opened by a retired “law enforcement officer” or “DoD personnel” or an “ex Israeli operative” or somebody that took a course at another school and saw the potential to make money. Regardless, most schools are being taught by those who have spent little to no time actually working in the EP industry. And, since the states don’t regulate these courses, this will continue.
Executive Protection training - Use someone who does itThis is why it is extremely important when searching for executive protection training, to research your school and your instructors. Make certain that not only have your instructors worked in the Executive Protection industry, but they are active in it now! Remember, the Executive Protection industry is evolving rapidly, especially in the corporate world and EP changes just like any industry. If you are planning on attending a school where the instructor is the same person instructing for the last 20-30 years, you may want to find out how many jobs they have worked in those last 20-30 years. We are willing to bet you will be surprised.
Look for a D.O.E. Approved “School” When Searching for Executive Protection Training
executive protection training - look for a D.O.E. schoolThis is why we always recommend that you go through a school that is licensed through the department of education (D.O.E.). Then, you know that both their curriculum and instructors have had to of been reviewed and approved. All instructors have had background checks performed on them and have had to provide credentials that attest to their knowledge and ability to properly instruct. Additionally, the course syllabus is reviewed and approved.
While even this isn’t perfect, it’s better than there being no check and balance system like it is at the majority of EP “schools”.

ESS Global Certifications

  • Approved by the D.O.E.
  • Approved by the VA to Accept GI Bill Benefits
  • Approved by the VA and the D.O.E. for VA Vocational Rehabilitation

Get Certified!

When choosing a facility for executive protection training, be alarmed when you see phrases like;

  • “Get your protection specialist credentials from ABC”
  • “Earn your certificate in executive protection at XYZ”
  • “We are the only school where you can earn 2 certificates in one training”

Or any Executive Protection Training School that talks about the “certifications” and “credentials” they have for you, more than they discuss their own school “certifications” and trainer “credentials”.
You have been warned.
Look at the ESS Global Site, and the one thing you won’t find anywhere is anything like that. Because it’s a piece of paper and nothing more. 
That being said, there are some real certifications from organizations such as ASP, Red Cross and others that a few EP courses across the nation offer including ESS.  

executive protection training - there are no official certifications - it's all just PaperIf you are searching for an executive protection training, and if there is one thing you take away from this EP guide;

  • There are no EP “certifications”.
  • There are EP “credentials”.
  • There is no EP “residency” program. 
  • There are no “degrees”
  • Online training is a scam (we’ve never seen someone successfully defend themselves in hand-to-hand combat on a laptop)

There is no “Certified Protection Specialist Certification”, but you have to admit that’s a neat way to get “certify” into a 4 word phrase twice for good measure. Looks impressive, right?

Why do they do this?
Because “Certifications will only be given to people that complete our course.” (we have your money now).

But it’s comforting to know they are not printing them off and handing these worthless pieces of paper to folks walking down the street.

You Need to Know
In the protection industry, there is no “license”, no testing, and no boards in most states. Executive Protection is usually lumped into the same category as Security Guards or Private Investigation and has little to do with either. Yet we see training to earn your “certified protection specialist credentials” advertised online. Unfortunately, nobody is regulating these schools, training centers and trainers. Meaning, nobody regulates or monitors what is taught and who is teaching it. Anybody off the street could be teaching you false and/or misleading information and you are paying for it. So your “protection credentials” at the end of the day is a piece of paper from the trainer and nothing more.
Trademarks and Other Tricks
Executive Protection Training - A Guide to EP - Trade marks? Really?No single school owns the basic concepts of executive protection training. We’ve seen websites where they have trademarks (TM) on common phrases like “certified protection operator” or “certified protection specialist” to make them look even more “official”.
While some schools and instructors will try to give you the impression they invented, own or somehow refined EP skills all by themselves.

The simple fact is that everyone in the EP industry has learned from someone before them.

The Bottom Line

executive protection training
At some point, anyone that wants to work in EP will need to attend a credible EP School. Here at ESS Global, we’ve spoke with ex-law enforcement, security guards, ex-military and more that heartily disagree with that statement. But when they attend our Executive Protection Training they are in agreement, generally saying in unison, “I never knew any of that.”
The bottom line is there is no school, no facility, no instructor, that can teach you everything you need to know in 1, 3, 7, 15, 30 or 365 days. It’s just not possible.
What you do need to do, to begin a career in EP, is you need to get a solid foundation. That is what matters most. Not a piece of paper. For a building to stand the test of time, it needs a foundation. It’s no different for Executive Protection Training. Down the road, you can focus on other specific training to further your career, depending on the path you take. But you need a solid foundation without the fluff.
ESS Global Corp Executive Protection Training
executive Protection training - the only D.O.E. Certified executive protection school in the state of Florida
At ESS Global Corp, we are aware that there are competitors who state that they offer similar Executive Protection Training Programs. However, our Executive Protection School in the only protection training facility certified and approved by the Department of Education in the state of Florida. (and one of just a handful that are D.O.E. certified across the country)
ESS is approved by the VA to accept GI benefits.
ESS Global uses proven methodology, derived from protective security operations, security consulting and of course, security training, in over 60 countries around the world.  These operations have been conducted in threat environments ranging from “negligible” to “imminent”.
Virtra Simulator for active shooter in ESS Executive Protection TrainingIn addition to being the only D.O.E Certified Executive Protection School here in Florida, we are the only school offering active shooter training as part of our Bodyguard/Executive Protection training via the only VirTra Simulator here in Tampa Florida and the 1 of only 2 pubic installations in the entire country. It’s a close to real as you’ll ever get. And ESS Global is currently the only Executive Protection Training in the country utilizing this state of the art tool.
Why do we use it?
One critical component of a quality executive protection training is the ‘realism’ it provides. Real-world performance is often directly related to the realism and intensity of training. Said another way, the more realistic the training exercise, the more skills are transferable to a real-world situation. Thus, realism is critically important to any close combat tactical trainer. Threats during training – The stress of receiving return fire, can be safely simulated with the Threat-Fire in the VirTra simulator.

Looking for D.O.E Approved – GI Bill Approved Executive Protection Training? Access our calendar of events.

Again, take the time to research your school and its instructors. And while we know there are very few D.O.E licensed Executive Protection schools in the country, we also know it is worth the expense of traveling and lodging to attend a quality school rather than waste your money at a school that gives you below average training (but you will get a certificate you can frame!).

Theodore Billiris - ESS Global CorpWe always say here at ESS Global Corporation: There are two things you never cheap out on, gear and training. These are the two things that may save your clients life, and yours!




Concealed Carry Permit Training in Tampa – Sale – ESS

The FBI Background Check Report was released and records fell. So ESS is having a sale on Concealed Carry Permit Training in Tampa.

Concealed Carry Permit Training in Tampa – Sale – ESS

Next Class – Saturday March 11 at 9:00 AM

So while we were eating burgers over the holiday weekend, the FBI released the Background Check Report and it’s a real eye-opener.

Without going into great detail, over 2.1 million firearm background checks were conducted in June, which translates to over 600,000 more checks than last June. Additionally, it was 14 % more than May. That is the first time since the system started in 1999, that June beat May.

To celebrate the fact that a record number of people are now concerned with protecting themselves and their family/loved ones, ESS Global is having a summer sale on Concealed Carry Permit Training in Tampa.

Concealed Carry Permit Training in Tampa – $70

Earn your concealed carry permit training certification to get your concealed carry license (CWP) with our NRA certified instructor.  You will learn the laws based on the Florida Statutes relating to concealed carry and cover safety techniques as well.  Our class takes 2 -2.5 hours to complete.   You will leave with your training certificate in your hand.  This course is offered at our corporate office.  Ask about our in-home/business options. The course outline is as follows:

  • concealed carry training in clearwater floridaINTRODUCTION

This course greatly exceeds the minimum Florida requirements for obtaining your state concealed carry permit. It is the most extensive, informative concealed carry class you will find anywhere in here in Florida.

ESS Global NRA instructors will give you the best possible classroom instruction and demonstrations. You will be required to demonstrate safe handling and perform a live fire at the end of the class. Upon successful completion, you will receive your certificate to apply for your Florida concealed carry permit.

For a limited time –  This training is only $50


Concealed Carry Permit Training in Tampa - Summer Sale - ESSESS Global Concealed Weapon Permit Training in Tampa

CWP Training Sale – $50 

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Bodyguard Service Tampa – Clearwater – St Petersburg

Bodyguard Service Tampa, Clearwater, St Petersburg and more. ESS – Your first choice for armed and unarmed bodyguards and close protection services.

Bodyguard Service Tampa – Clearwater – St Petersburg

ESS Global Corp, a recognized leader in global security and executive protection, is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. Additionally, ESS also operates the only Executive Protection School in Florida that is approved by the Department of Education.
ESS Global Corp is a full-service Bodyguard/Executive Protection corporation providing individual, corporate,VIP, celebrity and dignitary close protection services and event security throughout the Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg area and beyond. ESS security agents have operated here in Tampa, throughout the US, as well as over 60 countries.

ESS Global – Bodyguard Service Tampa / Close Protection Services include;

  • Discrete Bodyguards (plain clothes) 
  • Vulnerability Assessments
  • Corporate Executive Protection
  • Threat Assessments
  • Personal Protection (adult and children)
  • Estate Security
  • Sporting Events
  • Concert/Venue Security
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Airport Service
  • Social Events
  • Venue and Event Security
  • Restaurants/Clubs
  • Secure VIP Transportation
  • Armed Transport Service
  • and more

Need Bodyguard Service in the Tampa Area? Nobody is Better Prepared than ESS

bodyguard service tampaESS Global Corp is a licensed provider of Protective Service and Discrete Transportation Services for executives, VIP’s, media personalities, professionals and families, ensuring that you and your loved ones are both safe and secure. Whether transporting and protecting executives, politicians, celebrities or your family, our team has the experience and expertise to offer a broad array of safe, secure, reliable, and discrete bodyguard/close protection services.

Whatever the situation you are in, or the situation you are trying to avoid, we can help you.

ESS Global – Bodyguard Service Tampa, Clearwater, St.Petersburg, Orlando, Miami, West Palm Beach and throughout Florida and around the globe.

Whether you’re going across town, across the country, or around the world, you can count on the professionals at ESS Global Corp to get you there and back in safety and comfort. Our D.O.E. trained security agents have protected executives from Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, professional athletes, politicians and high net-worth clients all over the U.S. (and in over 60 countries) who literally trust us with their lives.
At ESS Global, no job is too big. But we also know no job is too small, because if it’s important to you, it’s important to us.

Security Questions? Email or Call us, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Email info@essglobalcorp.com or call us at 727-940-7926 today