New CCTP Training (Counter Terrorism Training) Scheme

For decades the Police were supposed to shoulder the full responsibility for public safety and therefore counter terrorism training was very much ‘In House’ only.

Until quite recently, counter terrorism training for security professionals was very hard to find. Of course the Police Service, via the NaCTSO, has provided excellent basic awareness advice, first with the Project Griffin initiative, and more recently, The ACT online learning scheme, but beyond that, access to training was very thin on the ground.

Times are changing however, and with the evolving and diverse threats now faced from a range of global and home grown sources, counter terrorism is part of an increasingly important skill set for security industry decision makers.

With this in mind, Simon Whitehouse of SGW Consulting, introduced TPSO to an exciting and immensely valuable new training initiative, the Certified Counter Terrorism Practitioner course. I think it ticks all the important boxes and if you are looking to add a growingly important string to your security knowledge bow, I recommend you give it serious consideration.

I have included some details over the next few pages.


The goal of this definition is to provide a “precise” summary of the CCTP Credential, this can include the why there is a need for CCTP, its purpose, its goals, its scope and limitations.

The CCTP credential provides demonstrable proof of knowledge, skill and experience of defined areas within the scope of practice for the Counter Terrorism Practitioner. Counter Terrorism Practitioners carry out these activities for the purpose of mitigating the threat of terrorism, by proving proactive measures to reduce the vulnerability of individuals and property to terrorist acts.

It’s designed for law enforcement, military and security professionals who are responsible for responding to the threat of terrorism on a daily basis as part of their scope of work.

Earning a CCTP demonstrates your competency in 4 main domains: Terrorism fundamentals, threat identification, Prevention and mitigation of the threat and Preparedness and response to terrorist act.

By understanding the threat of terrorism globally, the ability to identify the various threats and MO of the terrorist, the ability to assess the risk and to incorporate in accordance of physical, manpower, process and technological protective measures in order to protect people and properties, and the ability to prepare and response to terrorist act.

CCTP Domains

Domain 1: Terrorism fundamentals

Task 1: Understand and assess the threat of terrorism

• Define terrorism
• Terrorist objectives , strategy and ideology
• Causes of terrorism
• Motivating factors for terrorist
• Terrorist trends
• Type of terrorism

Task 2: Assess the threat posed by various terrorist organizations

• terrorist organization operations and tactics
• terrorist organization financing
• terrorist organisation operational structure
• Technology utilization
• Recruitment
• Radicalization
• Lone wolf
• Terrorist profile

Domain 2: Terrorism Threats Identification

Task 1: identify potential terrorist targets and assess their vulnerabilities

• Attack planning cycle
• Target selection
• Soft target and hard targets
• Terrorist tactics

Task 2: Detection and responding to hostile surveillance and pre-attack indicators

• Surveillance and surveillance detection
• Hostile surveillance methods
• The adversary collection of Intelligence
• Physical signs of suspicious activity
• Detect hostile surveillance activities
• Incident handling

Task 3: Recognition and detection of terrorist modus of operandi

• Understand and assess the threat of bombs
• Understand and asses the threat of sharp edge weapons
• Understand and Assess the threat of ramming attack
• Understand and Asses the threat of kidnapping and hostage taking
• Understand and Asses the threat of the assignations
• Understand and Assess the threat of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats
• Understand and Asses the threat of deliberate sabotage
• Understand and assess the threat of Assault and Raid attacks.
• Recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances and devices.
• Recognition of characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security

Domain 3: Prevention and mitigation of the threat

Task 1: Prepare and plan physical security program in accordance to the threats and risks

• The Security Concept
• Security Planning
• Security By Design

Task 2: Understand and assessing security measures to counter the terrorist threats

• physical means
• security technologies
• intelligence and threat indicators
• human factor
• Personnel security
• Security processes

Task 3: Leveraging intelligence

• Risk assessment
• Intelligence fundamentals and components
• Intelligence gathering methods and resources
• Security deployment in accordance to intelligence information

Domain 4: Preparedness and response to terrorist act

Task 1: Response to terror incident
• Emergency response plan (including emergency procedures).
• Active shooter and armed assault
• Improvised explosive device
• Suicide bomber
• Vehicle borne improvised explosive device
• Suspicious persons and packages
• Ramming attack
• Hostage taking
• Multiple/combination attacks
• Arson

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