What you will learn:

> The learner will be able to conduct professional workplace violence and active shooter investigations.
> The learner will be able to conduct investigative interviews.
> The learner will be able to access and manage risk within an organization.
> The learner will understand how to properly manage and document the case.

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Certified Workplace Violence and Threat Specialist (WVTS)

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This Program Includes: Official Training Program, Official Digital Study Manual, Official Prep Review Quizzes, Online Proctor License, 1-Year Exam License, Digital Certification & Credential

Total Hours: 50

# of Exercises: 3

# of CPE Credits Earned: 50

Delivery Method: Online Self-Study

Certificate Earned: Board Certification

Benefits: Live Instructor Support | Lifetime Access | Free Updates for Life | Globally Recognized | Real-world Applicable Training

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The McAfee Institute brings the only board certification focusing on preventing, investigating, and responding to crises and threats in the workplace & school systems.

Active shooter scenarios and workplace violence situations unfold quickly leaving the employees vulnerable with little time to respond and mitigate the event.

The skills that you will learn by studying for the WVTS will help you to become the resident expert in dealing with potential workplace violence situations, threats in the workplace and school system, active shooter situations, and more.

You will learn everything from Threat Assessment, Prevention, Implementation, Investigation, Prosecution, Root Cause Analysis, and Response.

• Welcome to WVTS Board Certification 
• Overview of Workplace Violence 
• Workplace Violence Prevention Program
• Active Shooter Planning
• Threat Assessment Program
• School Violence – Enhanced School Safety Planning
• Investigating Workplace Violence 
• Investigative Interviews
• Behavioral Analysis
• Interpersonal Deception Theory
• Organizational Recovery After Incident
• The Legal Obligations of Employers
• Partnerships
• Employer and Law Enforcement Guidelines
• Audit & Analysis
• Legal Fundamentals
• Emergency Actions
• Final Board Exam


Want to learn more about the WVTS? Within this program, you are going to discover cutting-edge techniques and real-world training in workplace violence and position yourself as an industry-recognized expert with this incredible Certification Program. Download the complete syllabus here.

Exam Details Program - is graded on a pass/fail system by obtaining a 70% or better is considered a passing grade. The exam is taken online at the convenience of your home or office. It is a closed book exam and is 200 questions. The questions are in a true/false, multiple-choice & scenario-based format. It is a timed exam, you get 3 hours to complete the exam and you must do so in one sitting. Once you start the exam you must complete it. You get one attempt to pass the exam. If you fail the exam you must purchase a new exam license to sit for the exam.

You can purchase an exam license here  for $997 USD separately to sit for the exam if you don't buy the training bundle.

The cost is $125 for an additional two years and requires proof of completion of 18 CPE credits. 

Bachelor’s degree or higher plus one year of experience in workplace violence, active shooter scenarios, fraud investigations or prevention, workplace investigations, criminal investigations, law enforcement, forensics, criminal justice, law, human resources, and/or loss prevention or other similar fields
Associates degree plus two years of experience
High school diploma or equivalency plus four years of experience or A minimum of two years’ experience as a full-time faculty member at an accredited educational institution. 

In addition, a person convicted of a felony, any crime of moral turpitude or misdemeanor relating to honesty, theft, embezzlement, fraud, or the like shall be ineligible to become or retain a WVTS®. 

Applicant must provide a copy of the certified transcript of education ONLY if using a college degree rather than an experience to qualify. The applicant must successfully pass the prescribed background check, which may include a criminal background check and examination process. Falsification or omission of information on the application form will be reason enough to disqualify an applicant from becoming or remaining a Workplace Violence & Threat Specialist.

What if I do not meet the eligibility requirements?

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements above that's OK! We offer a qualified program where you can get the same great training and earn a "Qualified" credential. Then when you meet the eligibility all you need to do is return and purchase the Certified Exam License to sit for the exam and earn your "Certified" credential. (Click image below for more information)

What if I don’t want to attend the training program. Can I just sit for the exam?

You do not need to attend our training programs to sit for the board exam. 

If you are interested in sitting for the exam only to become a Certified Workplace Violence and Threat Specialist (WVTS), you may obtain an exam license to do so. Exam licenses are valid for one year after purchase. Click the image below to purchase. 

If you are interested in the Workplace Violence and Threat Specialist training only, you may do so by enrolling in the Qualified Workplace Violence and Threat Specialist (Q|WVTS) program. Upon completion of the Qualified Workplace Violence and Threat Specialist (Q|WVTS) training program, you will receive a certificate of completion. Click the image below to find out more.  

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Veterans Benefits & G.I. Bill®

This online program is NOT eligible for veterans education benefits/G.I. Bill®. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. > See more here

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Great course

The course was well written and appropriate. I really enjoyed working at my own pace, which often times is much quicker than a traditional class. The videos and coursework along with the manual really tie together well. The course prepares you for the exam and also for your work in the field.

adam b.
United States United States

Certified Workplace Violence and Threat Specialist Course

I enjoy the course very much. The course enhanced my knowledge in the areas dealing with a potential active assailant incident. I would encourage anyone interested in learning how to investigate, write policies, and planning for an event should consider this course.

Ricky J.
United States United States

Excellent WVTS

This certified course are very good, comprehensive approaches with legal compliance, the materials contents are high availability. It is hihgly recommended for everyone.

Haposan H.
Indonesia Indonesia

Excellent Course

The course is very suitable and applicable to the situation in the workplace, with high availability, with dynamics content materials course and real case. It is very highly recommended for Security dan HR practitioners.

Haposan H.

Excellent Course!!!

The course is very suitable and applicable to the situation in the workplace, with high availability, with dynamics content materials course and real case. It is very highly recommended for Security dan HR practitioners. Very Best Course and take it !!!

Haposan H.

Outstanding Course

This course is convenient for working professionals and provides valuable instruction on how to build an effective workplace violence prevention program.

Donald B.

Extensive and Intense

Of course you get what you put into it, but the voluminous information presented and reinforced throughout with writing assignments and prep quizzes finishes up with the feeling and understanding you’ve been equipped to have a better understanding of your role and responsibilities as well as the roles of others to ensure you’ve done what is possible to ensure a safe environment overall.

John P.

Certified Workplace Violence and Threat Specialist (WVTS)

It was great having a mix of videos and reading assignments. Very easy to follow.

Sofia C.

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