Advanced Dignitary and Executive Protection

Our seven day program is our premier training experience encompassing a full week of instruction, hands-on drills, and real world exercises. An introduction and practical application of fundamental dignitary and executive protection concepts. This intensive seven day program leverages classroom instruction coupled with hands-on training and an immersive table top exercise. It is ideally suited for law enforcement, military, and private practice individuals with primary and secondary duties ensuring the personal safety of public officials, high net worth individuals, and others at-risk. Entry level staff and experienced practitioners will benefit from the “back to basics” teaching style coupled with live exercises intended to put theory into action.

Course Features

  • Small class size (34 students)
  • Detailed screening of students
  • Top instructors from Federal, State, and Local law enforcement, U.S. Military, leading professionals, including instructors from emergency medicine, psychology, and law enforcement
  • Hands-on exercises and classroom instruction with two full days of realistic practical scenarios
  • Opportunities for career networking
  • National Certification through IADLEST

7 Day Agenda

  • Greetings and Introduction
  • Cocktail Reception and networking
  • Dinner
  • Orientation and Administrative Overview
  • Introduction to Dignitary and Executive Protection
  • Threat Assessment/EP Study
  • The Advance
  • Choreography
  • Tabletop Exercises
  • Characteristics of the Armed Gunman


  • Station 1 – Principal Evacuation – Body Drag
  • Station 2 – Time & Distance Drill
  • Station 3 – Vehicle Movements and Positioning


  • Station 1 – Principal Evacuation Drill – Cover & Evacuate
  • Station 2 – Principal Evacuation Drill – Cover & Evacuate/Choreography
  • Station 3 – Rope Line/Crowd Exercises


  • Dynamics of Protective Driving & Closing

Morning (students cycle through all three stations)

  • Station 1 – Slalom Exercise
  • Station 2 – Backing & Reverse Exercises
  • Station 3 – Vehicle Bomb & Explosive Overview Class

Afternoon (students cycle through all three stations)

  • Station 1 – Slalom Exercise
  • Station 2 – Backing & Reverse Exercises
  • Station 3 – Vehicle Bomb & Explosive Overview Class


  • Surviving the First 10 Minutes


  • Counter Surveillance
  • Mind of the Assassin – Pathway to Attack


  • Field Exercises – Protective Operations


  • Field Exercise – Review and Critique
  • Guest Lecturer


  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Executive Protection
  • Dangerous Drives – Mexico City Case Study
  • The ‘How” of Executive Protection


  • Field Exercises – Protective Operations
  • Field Exercises – Review and Critique


  • Cocktail Reception/Dinner
  • A Week in Review


  • Use of Step-Down Weapons
  • Hand to Hand Close in Protection Methods
  • Final Examination
  • Course Critique

Hear What Our Students Have to Say …

Extremely comprehensive curriculum with hand picked instructors who are top in their field.

Cali Hinzman, Class 49, Seattle Police Department

This course was well presented by seasoned, knowledgeable, approachable instructors with a plethora of experience in the EP field. The overall layout of the course was methodical. Mr. Oatman truly has an outstanding course with 1st class accommodations. This Nationally Certified EP Program, unlike any other in the US, is definitely a game changer.

Todd N. Lemoine, Director, Protection Division, Class 49, United States Marine Corps, Marine Forces Reserve Command

World class training across the entire spectrum of dignitary/executive protection operations. A Nationally Certified program, first in the nation. Instructors with unparalleled experience freely sharing their expertise took this training to the next level.

Mike Bunk, Chief Operations Officer, Class 49, Detroit Executive Group

The executive protection program provided by RL Oatman & Associates provides excellence in training with knowledgeable and approachable instructors.  The program is equipped with quality instructors, all with years of expertise that they freely shared with the students, was an invaluable training tool.  The facilities on and off site were top notch.  I strongly recommend this program to anyone looking at a career as an executive protection specialist.

Edwin Harmon, Class 49

Upcoming Training

Our 7-Day May program will run onsite at our Maryland training facility. This course fills up quickly and prospective students are encouraged to submit their applications early.

Cost: $3,900.00 (USD)




The all inclusive cost of $3,900.00 (USD) per student includes single occupancy lodging, all meals, and course materials. Class size is limited to 34 students and all applicants are carefully screened before acceptance. The course includes over 80 hours of training by a faculty not limited to 18 instructors. . All instructors are experienced practitioners and recognized authorities in their fields. Our 7-Day Residential programs are conducted twice per year, May & October.

What Do I Get For My Tuition?

Successful students are awarded 50 hours of IADLEST certified instruction. Your hours remain associated with you and are accessible through the IADLEST web site for future documentation.

Nineteen instructors, representing a broad cross section of the E.P. field; experts in their respective subject areas. All instructors have advanced degrees and specialized training and many are formally certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission, are ASIS CPP’s or are graduates of the FBI National Academy. Decades of law enforcement and E.P. experience is present during every training evolution.

A first class hotel, The Colonnade (Hilton Double Tree), where all students will be housed in a single room. All meals are provided including a full continental breakfast each morning and several lunch and dinner selections. Parking is complimentary in the courtyard.

Classroom training is held in a comfortable state of the art learning environment where each student will be provided with a portfolio, a resource workbook and additional handout materials, The Art of Executive Protection hardback book, an EP Specialist baseball hat, EP pin, class photograph, certificate of completion, and a detailed class roster.

Two full days of offsite training at the Fallston Airport, the location of our corporate offices.  This facility provides a rich setting to practice attack on principal drills and defensive driving techniques. Lunch will be provided on site for each day. Transportation to and from the airport is included in your tuition.

Two additional days of practical exercises offer additional offsite training as students will be divided into small detail groups and sent out to conduct protection exercises with a principal in the surrounding region.

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