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:  



Dear IBSSA Members, members of our partner organizations, 

Dear Friends, 

To avoid any misunderstandings, we hereby officially notify everyone that the “European Security and Bodyguard Service Association” is not the European section of IBSSA, they have nothing to do with our association!

They have never asked for the approval of IBSSA to their trainings or other programs! Neither have they cooperation agreement with us! 

Probably the similarity in their name is not a coincidence on their part, but they are entitled to do so, even if it is not ethical!

So they have nothing to do with IBSSA!

Report about significant collaboration agreements of IBSSA Mexico

Mr. Ivan Ivanovich – Country Representative of IBSSA for Mexico gave a short report on the followings:

1., On the 24th November 2017 “IBSSA Mexico” signed Collaboration Agreement with AMESP (Mexican Association of Private Security Companies, AC), one of the two most important associations of security companies, whose members are security companies such as G4S, Securitas, Intercon, Prosegur among others

Report about the international scientific conference on Asymmetry and Strategy

The Strategic Research Institute of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia, and the Department for Strategy of the National Defence School organised an international scientific conference titled: “Asymmetry and Strategy” on the 18th October 2017 at the Guards House in Belgrade, Serbia.

The conference was carried out through three panels: