• Oliver Becker

What options are there after a military career?

Many IAPPA collaborators, including board members, still have or had an army or navy career before joining the association. They have also contributed to developing the CCPA certification process conducted in the organization which provided an answer to a frequent question among military personnel approaching the end of their service.

Most armed forces in the world are a bless for those selected to serve. Their members receive elite training, the opportunity to study and learn professionals skills beyond the average person’s imagination, i.e. shooting and hard physical training.

Many people serving learn equivalent skills of nurses, mechanics or, very important in this case, close protection agents. One challenge many encounter once they approach the end of their serving time is that little or none of that is recognized elsewhere. Is all that knowledge useless in the civilian world then? The answer is a clear no.

In the United States, for instance, the COOL programs - with which the IAPPA has a long-lasting history of collaboration - list opportunities for credentialing that, in many cases, are fully funded by the government. This way, former military members can get a good start in a civilian career. In many other countries, this is not the case though.

The International Association of Personal Protection Agents, as a worldwide accredited body, has its own certification process for private executive protection which is open for anybody who can prove they have been properly trained in all areas covered by a traditional Close or Executive Protection Agent certification at the Organization, as well as having gained enough experience in the field.

After becoming a Certified Close Protection Agent, a former soldier can get a head start and access to jobs that require expertise and endorsement by a renown organization. To know more about how IAPPA makes this credential recognition process easy and straightforward, visit our certification page.