Training and Education

Training and Education🔗

In 2007, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) received its first training grant from the Department of Homeland Security, funding the development and delivery of a course designed to build risk management competencies in communities hosting sporting and special events. In 2011, the NCS⁴ partnered with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to expand the centers training capacity. Today, the partnership offers grant-funded courses in the areas of risk management, incident management, communications, evacuation and protective actions. We have proudly trained over 20,000 multi-disciplined professionals representing over 1,000 organizations responsible for the safety and security of sporting and special events.

In 2013, the NCS⁴ expanded its role in the professional development by offering the Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) certification to individuals who hold leadership positions in the sports security industry and meet the requisite education and experience requirements. The Certified Sport Venue Staff (CSVS) certification soon followed, recognizing front line venue and event staff who have completed standardized, role-specific training intended to provide a baseline understanding of safety and security functions.

The NCS⁴’s training and education program reached new heights in 2016 when NCS⁴ agreed to team up with INTERPOL based on a shared interest of contributing to police cooperation through strengthening training activities for police officers serving sport security function. This relationship helps to build the capacity of police in INTERPOL’s 194 member countries.