MiraCosta College Community Education and Workforce Development

Corporate & Celebrity Protection

at MiraCosta College

about corporate and celebrity protection program

The executive protection business in the United States is on the rise due to terrorism on US soil, information security exploitation, and other factors. This Corporate & Celebrity Protection course is the ideal starting point for those wishing to break into the protection business or those transitioning from Military or Law Enforcement, or for High Threat Protection Specialists / WPS / PSD to add corporate and celebrity protection to their existing knowledge and skill sets. The curriculum is current, relevant and is taught by industry professionals still actively working in the protection business. Students will run complete details including detail planning, advance work, site and client assessments, team brief, client brief/interview and providing 24 coverage for your assigned client(s) which could include airport pick-ups, business meetings, special events and hotel coverage.


why attend miracosta?

  • GI Bill ® approved, WIOA funding approved programs

  • Accelerated training can get you into a job in less than a month

  • Students will gain real-world experience by completing a 24-hour detail

Course Length
8 days

Hours of Instruction
Monday-Sunday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

No felonies; No domestic violence convictions

what you will learn

  • Nuances of Celebrity Protection
  • Mission Planning & Computer lab mapping
  • Live 24 hour protective detail
  • Estate / Residential protection
  • Entertainment Protective Details
  • Daily Activity Report (DAR) Preparations
  • Entertainment Venue Assessment
  • Corporate Security Protocols
  • Domestic Motorcade Procedures
  • Red Carpet / Special Events
  • Dealing with Paparazzi

after course completion


If students attend all classes and complete the necessary hands-on training, they will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment from MiraCosta College.

Career Paths

Students who complete the Executive Protection course will be a valuable asset to corporate and celebrity VIPs and will be provided a list of agencies that provide security positions to qualified graduates. Salaries for entry level Executive Protection Specialists range from $40,000-$75,000.

meet your instructors

Chris Cluff

Chris Cluff started his protection career protecting corporate clients in the Chicago area and is an executive protection medic with operational experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Colombia and domestically. Mr. Cluff is also a certified DOD Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Instructor, Levels 1 and 2. He is a nationally registered paramedic and advanced tactical practitioner, Illinois State licensed paramedic with numerous specialty care endorsement. Mr. Cluff is a certified Tactical Combat Casualty Care instructor (NAEMT).

Curtis Fish

Curtis Fish served in the Army for over 20 years. He was a SF Team Member, Operational Detachment Alpha Operations Sergeant, Assistant Force Modernization Officer. He worked in executive protection, as well as taught tactical rifle and pistol, physical fitness, basic combative, and K-9 courses in D.C. He was the President of Whitehorse Consulting, teaching high threat, executive protection, and off-road vehicle driving. He has developed advanced marksmanship courses for law enforcement and US government contractors. He is currently teaching executive protection, high threat protection, and international coursework for MiraCosta College.

Charles Robeson

Charles Robeson was in the US Coast Guard for six years. During this time, he was a boarding officer, gunners mate, and a maritime safety security team MLE/FP. Charles has experience as a security officer at the San Diego International Airport, a firearms instructor at multiple training academies, and has fixed and built rifles. He is currently an executive protection agent specializing in High Threat environments. He is also teaching topics in surveillance detection, threat assessment, security protocol, client movements, basic driving, firearms, foreign weapons, emergency movement procedures, tactical movement and problem solving.

Rick Sweeney

Rick Sweeney has been in the security field for 25 years, specializing in high-threat protective operations. He has spent much of his career leading security teams in places like Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Lebanon, Iraq, Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil, Colombia, Honduras and other elevated risk areas. Mr. Sweeney has protected fortune 500 CEOs and celebrities in some of the most challenging environments in the world. Mr. Sweeney is a certified Tactical Combat Casualty Care instructor (NAEMT) and has program managed US Government anti-terrorism courses and civilian high threat protection courses for thousands of students throughout his career.


We were able to apply what we learned to a real life security detail and I was able to see how the skills that we were taught work in an ever-changing environment, and how to adjust on the fly.

This was definitely one of the most realistic training courses I have been to. The classroom material was beneficial when it came to applying the material in the practical application scenarios. The instructors displayed the best combination of professionalism and experience. I feel confident in my abilities to perform on a high-threat EP team.

take the next step

We offer information sessions for many of our job training programs. The information session offers you the opportunity to learn all about the programs in a relaxed environment.
Our instructors will be available at this time to answer all of your questions. Call us at 760.795.6820 to register.

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