Summary of the
Certified Security Trainers (C.S.T.) Program
August 5-10, 2006
On August 5 thru 10, 2006, the Academy of Security Educators and Trainers conducted the Certified Security Trainers Program (C.S.T.) at Highlander Lodge in Virginia. This was the Thirtieth (30th) C.S.T. training session held since the program was established in 1981.
This unique intensive program approaches educational training methods provided no where else. Students are secluded on an historic 85-acrea estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia so they can concentrate and immerse themselves into the program.
The August 2006, C.S.T. Program began on Saturday with registration and distribution of the Certified Security Trainer Assessment and Certification Manual, text book and security educational journal. Each student was required to read three chapters in the manual prior to the 9:00 AM Sunday classroom session.
So that the students can be comfortable in their environment, a social and dinner was held that evening in the “Great Room” at Highlander Lodge. This affords the students an opportunity to get acquainted with each other and their instructors.
The program schedule is intense and challenging. It consists of classroom instruction; oral and written examinations; group and individual presentations; and personal interviews. The C.S.T. training includes speech preparation, lesson plans, facilitating techniques, legal aspects, instructional media, leadership and educational issues. All center on the security industry.
Breakfast and lunch are included each day and a social and dinner on Wednesday evening. Lodging is also included.
The prestigious credentials of the instructors for the 30th Certified Security Trainers Program are unmatched. They included:
Dr. Richard W. Kobetz who is a recognized Consultant and Trainer for major corporations and government agencies on matters of security, counter-terrorism and executive protection. He is a former Assistant Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a delegate to INTERPOL, a retired Commanding Officer with the Chicago Police Department and currently a sworn Captain with the Gretna, Louisiana Police Department. He has been a pioneer in the development of Tactics and Negotiation Techniques, taught counter-terrorism world-wide, addressed the United Nations in Vienna and directed security for the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team. Dr. Kobetz is an accomplished author and lecturer, published numerous books, holds a Black Belt, and he is a certified firearms instructor. Dr. Kobetz’s corporation provides a variety of security services, trains personal protection specialists and is featured in Who’s Who.
Dr. H.H.A. Cooper is an internationally known authority on matters of security and intelligence. He has served as the Staff Director of the U.S. Task Force National Advisory Committee on Disorders and Terrorism, Special Consultant to the National Wiretapping Commission, Royal Military Police and Her Majesty’s Civil Service, Chairman of the Non-Governmental Advisory Group for the United Nations Alliance for Control and Prevention of Crime. He is an Attorney and Professor of Law and a Consultant to several major international corporations. Dr. Cooper speaks Spanish, Italian, French Arabic, Portuguese and Russian fluently. He is the author of numerous journal and magazine articles, and books on a wide variety of security issues. Dr. Cooper is presently on the faculty of the School of Law, University of Texas at Dallas.
Beth Kalyan has a vast security and executive protection career in private and public sectors. She provides personal protection and investigative services for corporate officers, public officials and celebrities. Ms. Kalyan is a firearms, driving, and counter surveillance instructor; a sworn law enforcement officer for Washington DC (Reserve); and a sworn Court Appointed Special Advocate in Virginia. She presently manages her own tactical clothing and equipment company.
Mary Luber had an extensive career as an audiovisual specialist and project manager for military and law enforcement agencies. She has been the administrator for law enforcement summits and nationwide conferences and programs. Ms. Luber has managed high-profile contracts for the military and government agencies. She is currently the administration and logistical project manager for the Executive Protection Institute.
David Musser has a diverse knowledge of computers and logistical organizational skills. He is a computer analyst, private investigator and photographer. Mr. Musser manages web-sites for high-level government agencies and private industry. His experience and expertise is unparallel.
The Certified Security Trainers Program is held annually in Virginia.