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Certified Protection Officer

Program Overview

The Protection Officer Certificate program teaches students important protection and security principles. It also prepares them to obtain a Certified Protection Officer (CPO) certificate and employment as a security guard and/or a protection officer.


Career Information and Outlook

Some of the tasks that security guards perform include patrolling a specified area, writing reports on observations, and detaining violators. They may also monitor alarms and cameras for any suspicious activity. Guards protect people, money, merchandise, and sensitive records. For example, retail stores may employ security guards to help prevent shoplifting.

There will continue to be a demand for security officers, especially as private security firms take over duties that used to be performed by police officers. From 2012 to 2022, the employment in this field is expected to grow by 12 percent.


Topics Students Will Learn About:

  • Report writing

  • Physical security

  • Emergency procedures

  • Workplace violence

  • Traffic control

  • Fire prevention

  • Use of force

  • Operational risk management


Careers in this Field:

  • Security Agent

  • Campus Security Officer

  • Loss Prevention Officer


Course Curriculum:


Please visit the Course Catalog page for Core Course listings.


What do students graduate with?

  • High School Diploma from Career Online High School

  • Self-study CPO certificate that meets the academic requirements to obtain the CPO credential


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