Anti-Terrorism Officer Certification Program

This IST-Academy Certified Anti-Terrorism Officers program is the most comprehensive Anti-terrorism training available to the private security sector at this present time.

This is NOT a Terrorism awareness course!
This is a structured and detailed program comprised of 3 sections:
- Pre incident Considerations
- Incident Considerations
- Post Incident Considerations

The program is 24 hours in duration and is delivered through our interactive e-learning portal.
This course provides students with the appropriate background, skills, and abilities to qualify as an Anti Terrorism Officer (ATO) and conduct Anti-terrorism (AT) briefings to staff under your control.
The course outlines the AT philosophy while detailing the duties and responsibilities of ATO's at facilities or installations around the world.
The course discusses :
- AT awareness
- Terrorist group operations
- Hostage-taking and survival
- Terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction
- The threat of the active shooter and the insider threat.

The course also explores the anti terrorism plan through examination of physical security considerations, the anti terrorism planning process, and resource management.

Increasing knowledge and heightening awareness of criminal and terrorist activities is the first step towards ensuring public safety and national security, Educating first responders on what signs they should be looking for is critical to supporting national security priorities.
An ATO will serve as the principal point of contact between their office and the emergency services.
On completion of this program, the ATO is equipped to inform and educate stakeholders within his or her office, on terrorism trends, tactics and practices, thereby enhancing awareness and operational preparedness relating to terrorism.
In today's ever-changing world where events and activities across the globe have impact right here at home, it is vital that as security professionals,we collaborate.
This collaboration is required not only in the midst of an ongoing incident but also in the constant sharing of knowledge as we work tirelessly to protect our communities.
This training is a tangible and valuable example of this.

The ATO program harmonizes the work of the security, safety and law enforcement communities in regard to preventing, investigating and responding to potential national security threats and terrorist activities.

IST Academy have delivered this unique program online and in class for over two years now, with Certified officers in both private security and law enforcement.
We have had the pleasure of presenting this to both the Federal and Military Police in Sao Paulo Brazil.

Online Academy Launch Offer! Reduced from €125

Program Fee:  €49

Duration:        24 hours

Delivery:         Lecture

Class size:       max 8

Prerequisites:  Active security personell

Accreditation: A.T.O Certificate Level 1 (ABC Awards ISO 9001)

This program can be studied at home or on the move at your own pace.

How to Enroll?

Enrollment is open at any time and you study at your own pace

Please CONTACT US for further information or to enroll

Our Programs



SIA Compliant

Close Protection

Upon completion of our close protection program, the candidate will be eligible to apply for both the British SIA Close Protection licence as well as the French equivalant, The CNAPS.

The course will use a balance of classroom based lectures with a maximum emphasis placed on realistic practical exercises performed in the field in order to provide the candidate with a comprehensive understanding of close protection operations globally



Hostile Environment Close Protection

The course is aimed at those wishing to advance themselves with this specialized niche within the security industry, those wishing to gain employment in HR zones, those working the executive circuit wishing to broaden their skillset and be capable of offering guidance and advice to their clients when travelling to High Risk locations on an ad hoc basis.

This course is perfect for those wishing to work in hostile environments and will prepare candidates and advance their knowledge in preparation for a PSD/PMC role.




The Purpose  of the First Person on Scene (FPOS) qualifications is to provide immediate life support to the patient pending the arrival of definitive pre-Hospital care.

Clinical endorsement for the FPOS qualifications is by the Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (Edinburgh). he qualifications and any additional units are valid for a period of 3 years. Periodic re-training and assessment for both the practical skills and supporting knowledge will therefore be required.


Live Fire


IST Academy offer three different options when it comes to Tactical Firearms Training.

From the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional requiring tactical training to prevent skill fade or gain a firearms competency certificate for their current employment.

All of our live fire options are held at our facility in Slovakia...