Report about the EPS Certification by IBSSA Mexico

Executive Protection is perceived very exciting, not for the faint hearted, full of thrills and all the action one would expect from a Tom Cruise movie, but nothing could be further from the truth, since it is demanded of EPs to be at the job 120% (they’re there before the principal, and leave after he has left), long hours and very little shut-eye, did we mention a very high risk environment? EPs are all that stand between threats and their principal most of the time.

The lack of a standard in the industry has led to a very poor image of EPs, and the proliferation of Mikey Mouse (Rambo) companies that promise to have Super Men at the service of their protected, which turn out to be nothing more than a great show.

The EPS (Executive Protection Specialist) standard was created to allow trainers throughout the world to develop training programs that adhere to the common knowledge obtained from thousands of case studies and training programs, a standard that sets the basic skills any EP should be able to do his or her job.

The Certification Process

Not to be confused with a certificate, the basic difference from a certificate and a certification is the following: - a certificate is given for attending a certain training course whilst a certification is obtained through passing a series of exams on the subject being taught - the certificate is issued by a private entity, the certification is issued by an authorized association, that is in turn holder of the standard against which subjects are measured.

A certification requires that the trainer, often a third-party, can measure consistently three things: Skill, Knowledge, and Experience. The results of this measurement are then compared to the basic standard and if the student passes, the association, not the trainer, issues a certification of skills.

The EPS Certification certifies that any given person can perform the job of EP proficiently, with the very basic skills required, but without it, we can never be sure if this person, even when he/she claims to be Captain America, can do the job right.

“Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible.”
Frank L. Gaines

15th October 2017

Mr. Ivan Ivanovich
Country Representative of IBSSA for Mexico

Here are some photos of the operational part of the courses – driving, shooting and first response part of EPS:  


Report about the governmental adoption of the EPS program of IBSSA Mexico

On the 24th April 2018, the Commissioner of the Mexico Federal Protection Service, in association with ASIS International and the IBSSA, signed into policy the formal adoption of the IBSSA standards and training program for all licensed bodyguards in Mexico.

The following IBSSA officials were present at the signing ceremony:

MINUTES of the XXI. IBSSA Congress and the 6th “Partnership for Security” International Joint Conference

On the 21st March 2018, the XXI. Congress of IBSSA, the 6th “Partnership for Security” International Joint Conference of IBSSA – IPA (International Police Association) – IAPA (International Auxiliary Police Association) together with the Award Ceremony were held at the Conference room of Metropolitan Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel with the participation of appr. 60 members from 4 continents, representing 25 national and international organisations. Numerous security officials of the region also attended the Conference.


IBSSA North American Conference 2018 in Charlotte

During the last part of January 2018, the inaugural meeting of the IBSSA North American Conference took place in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Specifically convened to provide a networking platform for our representatives and members in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean, this two-day event proved the strength and versatility of IBSSA in this significant global region.