Administrative Procedures at ESI
Executive Security International, Ltd.
743 Horizon Court, Suite 200-A
Grand Junction, Colorado 81506
Vol. 43 Effective January 1, 2023
Revised on January 1, 2023
Approved and Regulated by the
Colorado Department of Higher Education,
Private Occupational School Board
** Military Veterans receive the earliest Priority Date based on their
official course registration and class availability.
ACADEMIC STANDARDS ESI CERTIFICATES AND CREDENTIALS
Executive Security International offers several Certificate and Credential Programs for security training. The student can select either a full-time resident classroom instruction format or the combined Online Streaming Education/16-Day Resident Training version. This permits students to enter into an independent study of correspondent courses that are completed online. From there, they attend 16-Day Resident Training in Executive Protection.
The Residency Program is a classroom-practical training that is made up of four Modules. Including 28-Day Executive Protection, 21-Day PSD Protective Operations, 21-Day Corporate Crisis Management, and 21-Day Designated Defensive Marksmanship. The Modules can be taken sequentially or separately.
ESI offers graduates of all State of Colorado Department of Private Occupational Schools approved programs a Certificate of Completion for completing either format of the Residency Modules or one of the combined Online Education/Resident Training programs. The ESI Identification Credential is not required by the State of Colorado Department of Private Occupational Schools. However, it is well-known and respected in the security industry as the standard for academic and practical security training in high-risk, executive protection, protective intelligence, and Corporate Security.
CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION:
PERSONAL PROTECTION & INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST
A Certificate of Completion is awarded in Executive Protection, PSD Protective Operations, and Corporate Crisis Management for fulfilling the requirement of each Program. The Certificate has no grade point average requirement.
Certificate of Completion in Executive Protection requires attending the 16-Day Resident Training. In addition, it requires completing nine online education courses containing 54 lessons that are graded on a percentage of a potential 100 points. They must be completed in nine months.
The same Certificate for Executive Protection is awarded for completing 300 Clock Hours/28 days of classroom Residency training.
CORPORATE CRISIS MANAGEMENT
A Certificate for Corporate Crisis Management is awarded for completing 260 Clock Hours/21 days of classroom Residency training.
Option 1: Certificate of Completion in Security Specialist requires attending the 15-Day Resident Training and completing eighteen Online Education Courses containing nine lessons each. The eighteen courses are graded on a percentage of a potential 100 points and must be completed in eighteen months.
Option 2: Certificate of Completion in Security Specialist can be attained by completing two Residency Modules: Executive Protection and Corporate Crisis Management
THE ESI CREDENTIAL
CERTIFIED PERSONAL PROTECTION & SECURITY SPECIALIST PROGRAMS
ESI awards an ESI Identification Credential for completion of any Core Program, whether online education, resident training, or full-time residency, with a grade point average of 80% or above. Completion of the Residency Program with less than 80% will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Lesson completion with a 90% GPA is awarded “With Honors” designation on the Credential.
CERTIFIED SECURITY SPECIALIST, C.S.S.
C.S.S Identification Credential has two formats: The C.S.S. is awarded for completing 18 online education courses containing 108 lessons and 15 Days of Resident Training in Executive Protection with an accumulative grade point average of 80%. Completion of the program with less than 80% will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. A GPA of 90% is awarded a CSS Credential with Honors.
Alternatively, the CSS Credential can be attained by completing classroom and practical exercises in two 28-Day Residencies with a GPA of 80% or above. A GPA of 90% is awarded a CSS Credential with Honors. The two Residency Core Programs are Executive Protection and Corporate Security & Threat Management.
CERTIFIED PROTECTION SPECIALIST, C.P.S.™
C.P.S.™ Identification Credential is attained by completing 600 Clock Hours of lessons consisting of nine online education courses containing 54 Lessons and 16 Days in Resident Training or 28-Days of classroom and practical exercises in the Executive Protection Residency Program with a combined grade point average of 80% or above. Completion of the program with less than 80% will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. While there is no time limit placed upon completion of lessons in the online education curriculum, after nine months, no refunds will be due. There is no extra cost associated with completing the Credential Program.
CORPORATE CRISIS MANAGEMENT, C.C.M.S.
C.C.M.S. Identification Credential is attained by completing the 21-Day of classroom and practical exercises in the Corporate Crisis Management Program with a total grade point average of 80% or above. Completion of the program with less than 80% is awarded a Certificate of Completion. The Corporate Crisis Management Program is only offered in Residency format. There is no extra cost associated with completing the Credential Program.
CERTIFIED PSD PROTECTIVE OPERATIONS SPECIALIST, C.P.S.O.S.
C.P.S.O.S. Identification Credential is attained by completing 21-Days of classroom and practical exercises in the PSD Protective Operations Residency Program with a combined grade point average of 80% or above. Completion of the program with less than 80% is awarded a Certificate of Completion. There is no extra cost associated with completing the Credential Program.
STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
GPA in Residency Program is derived by accumulative scores of open book lesson tests, special written team and individual assignments, and practical skills testing from each course and averaged for a grade in the Module. The GPA of the three Modules is averaged to attain the Certified Security Specialist Credential.
The GPA for the combined online education and resident training is derived by combining online education (value 40%) and Resident Training (value 60%). If a student scores under 80% in any Resident Training class, a re-examination can be scheduled for a later date. Instructors grade students on performance and adherence to ESI standards of safety and conduct. Each student is given an evaluation of their test scores at the completion of the program. In return, students are asked to evaluate instructors and classes.
All Residency Program courses are graded by an open book lesson/test method for each course within a Module of the program. Special written Team and Individual assignments are required in some courses. Students need only to pass each course within a Module with a Pass or Fail Grade, with failure calculated at 70% or less. Each course undertaken within each Module will be included in computing GPAs. A GPA minimum of 71% is required at the end of each Module to enter the second and third Modules. If the student scores 70% or less in any course, a re-examination can be scheduled for a later date. If the student drops below 60% in the program’s first half, he or she is terminated from the training. If the student achieves a cumulative GPA of 80% or better in each Module, the student is awarded an ESI Credential. A GPA of 90% is awarded an ESI Credential “With Honors.”
The student completes the online test and receives a grade on the test immediately upon submission. Certificate of Completion students need only to pass the single lesson in each course with a Passing Grade. The ESI Certificate of Completion is awarded after completing both online education and resident training. Every student is required to maintain a minimum composite online education grade score of 60% to qualify for a passing grade. If the student scores under 70% in any course, a re-examination can be scheduled for a later date. If the student drops below 60% in the program’s first half, he or she is terminated from the training.
The Identification Credential contains 54 Lessons in the Program, and several courses require special assignments to be completed as part of the testing score. For students who pursue extra credit, an ESI transcript of their grade point average is mailed to the student upon completion of all lessons, tests, and special assignments.
Instructors administer either a written or practical test at the end of shooting, medical, protective detail operations, and stalking problem classes. Each student who scores a composite of 80% or better in the practical examinations and who satisfactorily completes the Residency Program or the online education and resident training will be given an ESI Identification Credential as a qualified PSD PROTECTIVE OPERATIONS SPECIALIST, SECURITY SPECIALIST, PROTECTION SPECIALIST, or CORPORATE CRISIS MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST.
All Students must be 18 years old or older, have a HighSchool Diploma or GED, and have no felony convictions.
All Residency Program courses are a Pass or Fail Grade, with failure calculated at 70% or less. A GPA minimum of 71% is required in order to graduate. If the student scores 70% or less in any course, a re-examination can be scheduled for a later date. If the student drops below 60% in the program’s first half, he or she is terminated from the training. If the student achieves a cumulative GPA of 80% or better in each Module, the student is awarded an ESI Credential. A GPA of 90% is awarded an ESI Credential “With Honors.”
Online Streaming students must complete 9 online courses and 16 days of resident training with an overall average of 71% or better in order to graduate. If the student scores 70% or less in any course, a re-examination can be scheduled for a later date. If the student drops below 60% in the program’s first half, he or she is terminated from the training. If the student achieves a cumulative GPA of 80% or better in each Module, the student is awarded an ESI Credential. A GPA of 90% is awarded an ESI Credential “With Honors.”
Certificate of Completion students are graded in online education courses with open book Pass or Fail grades. Resident Training contains a number of Skill-Based Tests. Students who pursue the Identification Credential are graded by calculating Grade Point Averages of both 54 and 108 Lessons of online education and resident training. The grade for each course is found by counting the average of the lesson examination grades. Letter grades are converted to percentage points for the purpose of computing the grade point average for each semester.
Grades are as follows:
Numerical Grade, Letter Grade, Quality Rating, Point Equivalent
90-100, A, Excellent, 4.0
80-89, B, Good, 3.0
70-79, C, Average, 2.0
60-69, D, Passing, 1.0
Below 60, F, Failure, 0
Students who officially withdraw from a course are given a grade of I (Incomplete).
Students who maintain a Cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (90%) or better and complete all other requirements for graduation receive their Credentials with honors.
CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS TRAINING
The school may request that the applicant takes a proficiency test in a course the student desires to be given credit for, and the minimum passing score is 77% or better. A lower score means that the student does not receive academic credit for the course. Granting credit for academic or work experience does not impact the stated Refund Policy.
ESI is approved by the Colorado Office of Veterans Education and Training
(COVET) for Veterans Education and Training Benefits.
SPECIAL CREDIT FOR MILITARY VETERANS:
Credit for Previous Education and Training Acceptance Policy.
Executive Security International, Ltd. (ESI) evaluates previous education and training, and when applicable, credit is given. ALL transcripts MUST be submitted for review.
ESI’s Online Education courses are approved and regulated by the State of Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools Board.
RECORDS AND TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Permanent records of grades and scores are maintained on school premises, and copies are available for a nominal fee. Credit given by other post-secondary institutions for training completed at Executive Security International is at the discretion of each institution, which has the privilege of extending or withholding transfer credit based on their educational standards and curriculum.
The school does not guarantee the transfer of its credits to any other institution unless there is a written agreement with another institution.
ONLINE EDUCATION-RESIDENT TRAINING
The nine online education courses in the Executive Protection Program must be completed in nine months or eighteen months for the Security Specialist Program, after which time the student is not entitled to a refund. All Residency Programs are conducted entirely in classroom settings at ESI’s training facility in a 28/16-Day format. Whether the student completes a Core Program in combined online education and resident training or full-time Residency, the Certificates and Credentials are equivalent. Further, the applicant understands that tuition does not cover additional required books, food, lodging, or gun rental during Resident Training or transportation to the training sites. Residency classroom instruction requires attendance of 96% or 26 days of the 28-Day Executive Protection, PSD Protective Operations, and Corporate Crisis Management.
Non-completion of online education courses for thirty days without official Withdrawal determines the point at which the student ceases to make satisfactory progress and is placed on academic probation for twelve months. If no further progress is made, the student is terminated from the program. A terminated or canceled student is eligible for a Tuition Refund stated below or re-enrollment with full credit for tuition paid and academic grade.
All information regarding Admissions, Withdrawal, Termination, and Refund Policy is identical to ESI’s Certificate Programs.
ACCREDITATION AND AUTHORIZATION
Executive Security International, Ltd. (ESI) is a state-approved academy for approved Certificate Programs of combined Resident Training and Distance Education by correspondence as well as full-time Residency study. ESI is approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board.
Students who cancel or terminate a Certificate Program may re-enroll with full credit for tuition paid towards their chosen program and for academic courses completed for a period of five years. After six years, ESI is not obligated to preserve records and may not be able to validate claims of tuition paid and lessons completed. In such cases, the administration will make a good-faith effort to reconstitute records but cannot guarantee success.
STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
ESI reserves the right to terminate a student’s enrollment in an online education program for any of the following reasons:
Failure to complete the program.
Failing the final examination.
Failure to maintain minimum academic progress.
SUSPENSION, TERMINATION, AND INCOMPLETE GRADES
The Residency Program requires attendance every day of classroom instruction. A student is suspended from the program after three days of absence from classroom instruction during any Module. The student may officially Withdraw from a Module course with an Incomplete grade for twelve months before the Incomplete is converted into Zero Credit for the course. Zero (0) Grade is averaged with completed courses in order to calculate GPA for a Module.
STUDENT PEER REVIEW CODE OF CONDUCT
The Peer Review Code of Conduct was developed by students and the administration. In 2011, this committee resolved that the award of a Certificate of Completion and the ESI Credential is conditional based on completion of the program and tests performance, as well as observation of the following Code of Conduct:
Computers are required tools at ESI, and their use in class is for the purpose of class-related research and the following of lecture notes. Personal use of Facebook and other unrelated Internet browsing is grounds for dismissal from the class.
Personal Texting during class is prohibited. Time for texting is provided during breaks.
Daily attendance in all sessions is required. Failure to have a legitimate excuse can result in disciplinary action, including termination from the program.
Repeated tardiness to class is subject to disciplinary action.
All students are required to participate fully in team activities.
With the approval of the Administration, teams have the authority to fire or dismiss a delinquent member from their team. This action could deny the student eligibility for the ESI Credential.
Cheating, copying, or plagiarizing another teammate’s work can drastically reduce grades for both parties.
Being disrespectful towards staff or students constitutes grounds for expulsion.
Disruptive behavior is prohibited and grounds for disciplinary action, including expulsion.
ESI has a “Dress Code,” and students are expected to wear the uniform as directed.
Students are required to follow directives given by staff and instructors.
Any behavior that embarrasses ESI constitutes grounds for expulsion from the school.
Carrying a concealed firearm is strictly prohibited and is grounds for termination.
All weapons must be checked into the school for safe storage.
Students are expected to maintain room cleanliness.
Falsification of information can result in termination from the school.
Students are required to abide by ESI’s policy with regard to alcohol and drug abuse. Violation of school policy is grounds for termination.
Smoking is permitted outside conference rooms on breaks only.
Students are responsible for hotel expenses and damages. Certificates and Credentials can be withheld until these expenses are paid.
Students are responsible for loss or damage to equipment and vehicles.
Drivers of ESI vehicles are responsible for traffic or parking tickets.
Executive Security International, Ltd. does not guarantee placement
Fill out the ESI ENROLLMENT FORM.
Submit a copy of your high school diploma or equivalence (GED).
Students under the age of 18 are required to have release forms signed by a parent or guardian. Students must be 18 years of age to attend Resident Training.
Prior to the attendance of Resident Training for Executive Protection or PSD Protective Security Detail, the applicant must submit a letter from his or her local police agency indicating a no felony conviction record, or the applicant submit a copy of a current Conceal Carry Permit, Private Detective License from the state of residence, or current Military Identification Card.
An appropriate deposit fee should accompany the enrollment application.
The Tuition is set forth in the Enrollment Form. ESI may alter the price of programs at our discretion. The online and resident training Certificate program is divided into two phases; the student is encouraged to complete the academic phase before the next phase is begun. Due to class scheduling, this may not be possible. The school will allow students to attend Resident Training and complete online education afterward.
The student may cancel his/her enrollment at any point within the program, within any phase of the training, by notifying in writing the ESI National Office in Grand Junction, Colorado, of their decision to cancel.
ESI offers two types of financing: Private Financing by SALLIE MAE, a company that is federally supported and deals directly with the student. We act only as a referral source. ESI also offers a no-interest financing arrangement for payment of online education courses as a last resort. However, this form of financing requires that courses are shipped to the students at the rate of payment. If the student desires to move at an accelerated pace by receiving all nine courses at once, the student must either seek private financing or pay cash in full.
REQUIRED TRAINING AND TRAINING LOCATION
Training is conducted at 2790 Crossroads Blvd. Grand Junction, Co 81506. A laptop computer is required for all courses. Firearms are required for Executive Protection, PSD, and Designated Defensive Marksmanship course. If a student does not have their own firearm, one can be rented from the school at an additional cost. Shooting portions of the program are conducted at the William Jarvis Shooting Range, 3287 Reeder Mesa Rd. Whitewater, Co 81527.
REFUND POLICY FOR VETERANS ENROLLED IN RESIDENCY COURSES
Veterans who are eligible to pay for the tuition from VA Educational Benefit plans are protected by this Refund Agreement until the student has completed 100% of the training program.
A non-refundable security deposit is required upon enrollment into one of the residency programs. The deposit is returned to the Veteran within 90 days after graduation from the final program that the student is enrolled into, the school receives payment from the VA for all certified tuition, and the student has a zero balance with the school. If the Veteran decides not to attend any course that they have enrolled in, the non-refundable surety deposit will be retained by the school. This deposit can be used toward a future class for the time period of 1 year, after which time a new deposit will be required.
In the case of students after the commencement of classes, the school will retain a percentage of tuition and fees, which is based on the percentage of contact hours attended, as described in the table below. The refund is based on the first date of recorded attendance.
REFUND TABLE FOR VETERAN STUDENTS
Student entitled refund upon withdrawal/termination:
10% of the program completed, 90% refunded
20% of the program completed, 80% refunded
30% of the program completed, 70% refunded
40% of the program completed, 60% refunded
50% of the program completed, 50% refunded
60% of the program completed, 40% refunded
70% of the program completed, 30% refunded
80& of the program completed, 20% refunded
90% of the program completed, 10% refunded
100% of the program completed, 0% refunded
The student may cancel this contract at any time prior to the close of the third business day after signing the enrollment agreement.
The official date of termination for refund purposes is the last date of recorded attendance. All refunds are made within 30 days from the date of termination.
The student will receive a full refund of tuition and fees paid if the school discontinues a course or program within a period of time a student could have reasonably completed it, except that this provision shall not apply in the event the school ceases operation.
Complaints, which cannot be resolved by direct negotiation between the student and the school, may be filed with the Division of Private Occupational Schools. The Division shall not consider any claim that is filed more than two years after the date the student discontinues his/her training at the school.
REFUND POLICY – FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN COMBINED
ONLINE EDUCATION AND RESIDENT TRAINING PROGRAM
When the student attends Resident Training, ESI’s Tuition Payment Policy is not to execute a charge to the student until he or she has completed 11 days of training. Whether the student pays by Credit Card or Cash, ESI does not charge the card or deposit currency until the student has completed 75% of the course. In the event that the student decides to cancel prior to completion, Refund Policy will apply according to the percentage of the course completed, but the refund is paid immediately.
For the mandatory resident portion of the course, the following applies as a minimum policy: After the student attends the first resident class session, if the student requests cancellation in writing or is terminated, the school shall be entitled to a tuition charge which shall not exceed the following:
Up to and including completion of the first 10 percent of the resident training in terms of days, 10 percent of the tuition, plus a cancellation charge of $100.
After completing more than 10 percent of the resident training and up to and including completion of 25 percent of the resident training in terms of days, 25 percent of the tuition, plus a cancellation charge of $100.
After completing more than 25 percent of the resident training and up to and including completion of 50 percent of the resident training in terms of days, 50 percent of the tuition, plus a cancellation charge of $100.
If a student should cancel after completion of 50% to 75% of the training in terms of days, the student is responsible for 75% of the contract price for resident school tuition. Cancellation charges will not be levied on the student.
If a student should cancel after completion of 75% or more of the training in terms of days, the student is responsible for the total contract price and all other fees charged. No refund will be due after the completion of 75% of the course.
Refunds due will be paid within 30 days of termination. Termination from the program requires that the student notify the school in writing of his or her intention to discontinue the program.
Tuition Protection Agreement
This limits the student’s obligation to only a fraction of the tuition until the student has actually finished at least 75% of the training program. Food and Housing is a separate cost considerations. ESI reserves the right to make changes in the training program when necessary. However, these changes will never involve any added tuition cost to the student for the length of the contract. Postponement of a starting date for Resident Training, whether at the request of the school or the student, requires a written agreement signed by the student and the school. The agreement must set forth: a) Whether the postponement is for the convenience of the school or the student, and: b) a deadline for the new start date, beyond which the start date is not postponed. If the course is not commenced, or the student fails to attend by the new start date set forth in the agreement, the student is entitled to an appropriate refund of prepaid tuition and fees within 30 days of the deadline of the new start date set forth in the agreement, determined in accordance with the school’s refund policy and all applicable laws and rules concerning the Private Occupational Act of 1981.
To protect the integrity of our program, ESI reserves the right to discontinue a student’s security training if that student fails to maintain ESI’s standards of conduct or achievement level. In such a case, refunds will be made according to the Tuition Protection Agreement.
REFUND POLICY – ONLINE EDUCATION SECTION
Enrollment can be canceled by an applicant student within five (5) calendar days after midnight of the day on which the enrollment agreement is signed. An applicant student requesting cancellation in whatever manner within this time must be given a refund of all money paid to the school or its representatives.
From five (5) calendar days after midnight of the day on which the enrollment agreement is signed and until the time the student request cancellation up to 30 days from the date of course access, the student shall be given a refund of all money paid to ESI, less a registration fee of $100.
If the student is not accepted by the school, a full refund is paid. If ESI fails to provide the educational service subscribed to by the student, a full refund is paid within 30 days of termination of the course discontinuation. Credit for previous training or work experience will not alter the refund policy. The refund policy will apply to academic equivalency credit, which depends upon the percentage of courses received and paid for by the student.
After the student is enrolled and until he or she has received 75% of the online education program, the school follows a refund policy based on the percentage of courses received by the student. The student has 30 days from the date access was given to reject the course in writing and thereby cancel the program. The student has 30 days to complete each course which consists of one lesson for Certificate Programs. After nine months, no refunds are due. If the student requests cancellation, the school is entitled to a charge, which shall not exceed the following:
Up to and including receipt of the first 10 percent of the program, 10 percent of the tuition, plus a cancellation charge of $100.
After receipt of more than 10 percent of the program and up to and including receipt of 25 percent of the program, 25 percent of the tuition, plus a cancellation charge of $100.
After receipt of more than 25 percent of the program and up to and including receipt of 50 percent of the program, 50 percent of the tuition, plus a cancellation charge of $100.
After receipt of more than 50 percent of the program and up to and including receipt of 75 percent of the program, 75 percent of the tuition. No cancellation charge will be levied on the student after he or she has received 75% of the course.
A student who has received 75 percent of his program shall not be entitled to any refund and shall be obligated for the full price of the online education portion of the program.
This Tuition Protection Agreement limits your obligation to only a fraction of the tuition until you have actually received at least 75% of the program.
ESI reserves the right to make changes in the training program when necessary. However, these changes never involve any added tuition cost to the student for the length of the contract. The student’s contract price is guaranteed for one year from the date of your signature on the Enrollment Agreement.
To protect the integrity of our program, ESI reserves the right to discontinue the student’s training if the student fails to maintain ESI’s standards of conduct or achievement. In such a case, refunds will be made according to the Tuition Protection Agreement.
Students may file complaints online directly with the Division www.highered.colorado.gov/dpos There is a two-year limitation from the date the student discontinues his/her training at the school on filing a complaint with the Division.