This vocational qualification is designed to enable learners acquire a range of skills and knowledge and competencies in the fields of terrorism, threat assessment, prevention, countermeasures and emergency action. A critical feature includes providing quality information to management, frontline staff and others with an interest. Successful learners may also undertake effective threat assessments and give advice in a broad range of environments.
This vocational qualification was designed to build on the existing experiences and activity of those engaged in the area of threat assessment and countermeasures as well as creating a pathway for those wishing to enter into or progress within the sector. Formal certification will define those individuals, thus enhancing employability and personal progression.
Learners are advised that the recommended total duration of this programme is twelve weeks. Study guidelines are provided to assist learners with study scheduling and project completion. When stated in terms of hours, learners, depending on their level of knowledge and experience, should consider a commitment of up to 200 hours for study, research and project completion.
Learners with extensive experience, knowledge or background in security or any related field may not have to commit to the full duration.
The course is assessed by way of a 5,000-word project; learners have twelve weeks to complete this project.
A comprehensive manual is provided; this includes a suite of threat assessment templates and a range of other checklists and supporting templates. Learners will also be provided with study and assessment guidelines and a project formatting template.
Successful completion leads to a Diploma in Terrorism and Countermeasures. This Diploma is issued by the security industry sector body for education and training, the Security Institute of Ireland.
Over half of all terrorist attacks globally are now directed at the business environment; undermining the economy by targeting businesses and business premises. All places of public assembly also continue to be at risk of attack. This shift away from the traditional terrorist targets to softer targets has led insurance companies to demand terrorist threat risk assessments across all sectors of business.
This course was developed for those working in the public or private sector with responsibility for safety or security. The course content responds to the changing risks associated with “new terrorism” threats such as attacks on the business community, the public and the economy. Current thinking now suggests that all places of public assembly and all business or leisure environments are at risk. The level of threat and the subsequent counter measures can only be determined by conducting a terrorist threat risk assessment.
Course content includes the Nature of New Terrorism, Targets and Types of Attack, General Preparedness, Risk Assessment, Counter Measures, Critical Infrastructure Loss Impact, Security Systems and Procedures, Security Plan Structure, Staff General Awareness, Staff Travel Risks, Emergencies and Disaster Recovery.
On successful completion, participants will be able to understand: