Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do you need Military, Security or Law Enforcement training to take our EP course? No. Although a military, security and/or law enforcement background is desirable, it is not necessary to receive our training. We will teach you everything you need to know to operate effectively as an Executive Protection Specialist.
2. Are you recognized nationally and internationally? Yes. We are nationally recognized throughout the United States as one of the top Executive Protection schools in the country. We also currently have international affiliates in over 40 countries worldwide. Because we are a U.S. training academy, we are held in high regard by foreign countries around the world for our quality in training.
3. Where are you located? Our main office is located in Acworth, Georgia. Our training is conducted at select locations in Kennesaw, Georgia,
4. If I have a criminal record. Can I still train? A recent criminal background record is required by all students attending our training and handled on a case-by-case basis. Background checks are conducted by our recruitment office. Students with FELONY or misdemeanor charges of Domestic Violence, Physical Assault, unlawful use of a firearm, etc., WILL NOT be accepted for training.
5. Do you accept VA benefits ie: Gi Bill or Post 911 Bill? Currently, we do not, However, we are currently working with the VA to secure these benefits for our students in the future.
6. Do you offer payment options? Yes. Students may use our payment options link to make payments on their course. All certificates/credentials will be withheld by PHALANX until tuition balance is Paid in Full. No Exceptions.
7. Is your EP course “Hands-on” or classroom study only? Our Executive Protection course is both academic and “Hands-on” practical training, which is the only way to learn Executive Protection effectively.
8. Is there Firearms training during your EP course? Our 5 Day Executive Protection Course offers "academic study" only and covers the firearms currently being used in executive protection today. There is NO Live Fire or Range Work in this course. No firearms or any other type of weapons are allowed. However, we do offer a separate Two-Day Tactical Firearms course for those who are interested. This course is for intermediate and advanced shooters only.
9. What can an EP Agent make in this business?
Salaries can vary in range from $30.00 to 75.00 per/hour, to $500.00+
to $1,000.00+ per/day (this depends on the clients threat level and agent experience). Annual salaries can range from $40,000 to over $100,000 per/year. Agents who are Bi-Lingual (speak multiple languages), or have extensive medical or emergency tactical first aid training, can command much more. Pay also depends on the agents experience, training, skill level, and ability to travel and relocate.
10. Do you accept international students? Yes. International students from around the world train with us annually.
11. Are your instructors certified? Yes. Our Instructors are "State Certified" with over 20 years experience in Executive Protection, Law Enforcement, Security, Military, Firearms, Martial Arts, Close Quarter Combat, Electronic/Cyber Security, Private Investigations and Tactical First Aid.
12. Are your credentials accredited and nationally recognized? Yes. Most of our courses are “State Certified” which means that the course has been reviewed and approved by the State Licensing Board. We are also accredited through the Nonpublic Post Secondary Education Commission, which allows our students to earn college credit towards a degree in Criminal Justice or Security Administration. PHALANX also has a strong national and international reputation that adds to the legitimacy of our certifications which are heavily weighted throughout the industry.
13. Do you help with employment after graduation from your EP course? We assist our students in job placement through the many professional security companies that we deal with on a regular basis. Many of our graduates own their own security and private detective companies and look favorably upon our graduates for possible employment.
14. Do you hire or guarantee employment? No. We do not guarantee employment, nor do we hire employees to provide security services. PHALANX is a "Training Academy" and not a "Security or Private Detective Company". We have a large network of security companies that we deal with. Many of them owned and operated by our graduates. Therefore, we can assist our graduates with employment opportunities.
15. If I am a graduate of another EP school, do I still need to take your course to receive your certification? YES. There are many individuals who attend several EP schools to broaden their knowledge. We recognize that there are many EP schools out there, each different and each teaching their concept of Executive Protection. We pride ourselves on offering one of the most complete and comprehensive Executive Protection curriculum's currently being taught in the United States. Therefore it is important that our students (experienced or not) receive the same uniform training, so that all of our graduates operate from the same sheet of music, and not from a different school of thought.
16. Can a student record your training sessions for future reference? No. Personal Cameras and/or recording devices are not allowed during our training courses.
17. How old do you have to be to take your courses? 21 years of age.
18. What is the age range of your students? 21 to 60+
19. Are women allowed in your courses? Absolutely! As a matter of fact, female EP agents are in high demand, due to the fact that executive protection is a male dominated profession. More and more females are coming into this profession and making lucrative careers for themselves. See EP Women.
20. I'm not in the best of shape and I'm concerned about my physical fitness level.
Will this keep me from attending your EP course? No. On the morning of day two of your training, you will be given a Physical Fitness Evaluation. This evaluation is given to access your current level of physical fitness, and will not have an effect on your passing this course. Students are encouraged to train on their own to prepare for the evaluation prior to attending our EP course.
21. Once I graduate your course and receive my credentials, can I start working as an EP agent immediately? NOTE: The credentials that you earn from us, certifies that you have completed special study and training in Executive Protection and certifies you as an EPS - (Executive Protection Specialist). These credentials DO NOT certify or license you to go out and start working as an EP agent. All states have their own laws and requirements in regards to working EP in their respective states. For example, here in the State of Georgia, you must be a licensed Private Detective to legally work as an EP agent. That being said, you would also have to complete the 70 Hour State Mandated Private Detective Course (Georgia Residents Only). Students are encouraged to check their state requirements for additional training, certifications or permits that they may need to legally work EP in their respective state.
22. How often is your Executive Protection course held? Our Executive Protection course is held once a year (annually) during the month of August. Training location may vary, but generally held in Kennesaw, Georgia.
23. I understand that Executive Protection is part of the State Certified Private Detective Course under Georgia Rule 509-3-06. That being said, do I have to take your 7 Day Executive Protection Course? Good Question! No you do not. HOWEVER, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO. The reason is because the EP portion of the Private Detective course is solely "Academic" and only requires the student to research and write a 3 to 4 page report on Executive Protection to satisfy course requirements. That being said, once the student receives his/her PI license, he/she can then operate legally as a PI or EP agent, however, he/she WILL NOT be (adequately trained) to perform as an EP agent. It is important to note that to operate effectively as an EP agent, you must learn the "Practical" side of EP which requires "Hands-on" training, to include but not limited to:
1. Formation Drills
2. Attack on Principal Drills
3. Unarmed Self Defense
4. Tactical First Aid
5. Drawing from Concealment
7. Threat Assessment
To name a few, which you simply cannot get in the Private Detective course by itself.