The IFPO was founded by Ron Minion, a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and owner of a large Canadian contract business. Minion was steadfast in his belief that protection officers needed to be properly screened, trained and uniformed, and in 1988 he founded IFPO after selling his agency. He served as its Executive Director until 1992, and was succeeded by Sandi Davies, who has held the office ever since. The IFPO is now based in Florida, USA and has made huge steps in the training and professionalisation of the industry, across North America. 

The IFPO UK Chapter was founded in 2020 and brings this ethos to our shores. 

The International Foundation for Protection Officers provides professional learning opportunities for security practitioners, to impart the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to maximize job performance and enhance career potential.

Purpose: to make a positive difference in the quality of the participant’s job performance and elevate the professional status of students who partake of our learning opportunities.

Business: to supply committed security practitioners with a quality education to help achieve their highest potential and provide recognized accreditation for successful completion of educational goals.

Values: commitment, integrity, responsibility, and standards of excellence, provide the platform that supports our journey as we pursue our mission.

Currently the IFPO UK offers the full range of U.S. training courses:

Initial Security Officer Program Information

This course provides online training to help improve the knowledge and performance of private security officers part of an initial training program. The training is designed to assist security agencies, and officers, to meet many of the published private security officer training guideline recommendations.

Professional Security Officer Program (PSOP)

The 45-hour PSOP course is presented in a series of 11 units. It covers a broad range of subjects, including the roles and responsibilities of the security officer, asset protection, emergency evacuation procedures, professional ethics, and report writing. The information presented ensures protection officers have the skills to carry out the important mission of protecting people, property, and information with professional expertise.

The web-based PSOP course allows students to train as their schedules permit. Students have the ability to access the course at any time, work through a lesson at their own pace, exit, and return to the course at a later time to resume their training. The student’s progress through the course is automatically tracked by way of recording the completed units and examination scores.

The Professional Security Officer Program is ideal for:

Both newcomers to the protection industry and

Individual training to enhance professional expertise

Employer-sponsored group training

Refresher training for protection officers 

Certified Protection Officer (CPO)

The CPO program is for the individual seeking a career in the security profession. It is designed for security officers and students who wish to learn more about security/asset protection.


Candidates must have six (6) months of full time protection officer experience (or equivalent) or one year of part time protection officer experience (or equivalent). Students enrolled into a recognized classroom training program may also qualify for this program.

Course and Certification Prerequisites.

This certification is for supervisors and has the following requirements:

3 years of service in a security, criminal justice, or similar capacity combined with appropriate licences

5 GCSE passes at grade C or higher or equivalent

SIA License

A waiver of the above requirements may be granted with a letter outlining the circumstance for your request. The letter shall be from a first line supervisor or higher.


Certified Protection Officer Instructor (CPOI)

Certified Protection Officer Instructors are individuals who teach the Certified Protection Officer (CPO) Program or a portion thereof. CPOI’s are Certified Protection Officers who have made a significant professional commitment toward advancing themselves as teachers, researchers, mentors and leaders. They are instructors, professors, consultants and supervisors. Certified Protection Officer Instructors teach various topics relating to security and asset protection. They advance the objectives of the IFPO within their respective areas of employment. Being designated as a Certified Protection Officer Instructor is a significant career milestone.


Certified in Security Supervision Management (CSSM)

Unique and flexible, the Certified in Security Supervision and Management (CSSM) Program distance learning course is designed to meet the needs of the security supervisor or manager. Candidates accepted into the program must successfully complete an unsupervised midterm examination and a proctored final examination in addition to a written practical exercise.