For the first time in history, The McAfee Institute brings together the industries best to form the only professional training program focused on preventing, investigating and responding to crisis 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 Q|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.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to WVTS Board Certification

  • 2

    Overview of WPV

    • WPV Overview (Reading Assignment)
    • Prep Review Quiz
  • 3

    Prevention Program - Design and Implementation

    • Introduction to Program Design and Implementation
    • Prevention Program Design & Implementation (Reading Assignment)
    • Sample WPV Policy
    • Sample Threat Assessment Plan
    • Discussion: Workplace Violence Policy
    • Discussion: Sample Threat Assessment Plan
  • 4

    Threat Assessment Program

    • Elements of an Effective Threat Assessment Program
    • Threat Assessment Programs (Reading Assignment)
    • ThreatAssessmentTemplate
    • Prep Review Quiz
  • 5

    Investigative Methodologies

    • How to Conduct WPV Investigations
    • WPV Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • Prep Review Quiz
  • 6

    Investigative Interviews

    • Investigative Methods
    • Interviewing Techniques
    • Organizational Objectives
    • Course Learnings
    • Investigative Interviews (Reading Assignment)
    • Prep Review Quiz
  • 7

    Behavioral Analysis

    • Behavioral Analysis (Reading Assignment)
    • Myths and Misconceptions
    • Human Lie Detectors
    • Introduction to Biases
    • Nonverbal Cues
    • Verbal Cues - A Look at the Verbal Cues of Liars
    • Verbal Cues
    • Theoretically Sound Approaches
    • Prep Review Quiz
  • 8

    Management and Response

    • Management and Response
    • Management and Response to Incident (Reading Assignment)
    • Case Study (Assignment)
    • ​Discussion: Based on the "Case Study" Incident please answer the following questions.
  • 9

    Cell Phone & Mobile Device Forensics

    • Intro to Mobile Forensics
    • Mobile Forensics Acquisition
    • Mobile Forensics Examination & Analysis
    • Procedures and Principles
    • Mobile Phone Acquisition/Examination/Reporting (Reading Assignment)
  • 10

    Cell Phone & Mobile Device Forensics Advanced

    • Social Media Apps
    • Facebook Forensics on Mobile Devices
    • Twitter Forensics on Mobile Devices
    • Instagram Forensics on Mobile Devices
    • Kik Forensics on Mobile Devices
    • Mobile Phone File System (Reading Assignment)
  • 11

    Employment, Legal & Reporting

    • This Weeks Lesson (Insights)
    • The Legal Obligations of Employers (Reading Assignment)
    • Discussion: State Laws for Workplace Violence
    • Prep Review Quiz
  • 12


    • Partnerships
    • Law Enforcement Partnerships (Reading Assignments)
    • Prep Review Quiz
  • 13

    Established Guidelines

    • Established Guidelines
    • Established Guidelines
    • Prep Review Quiz
  • 14

    Audit & Analysis

    • Audit and Analysis (Reading Assignment)
    • Prep Review Quiz
  • 15

    Legal Fundamentals

    • Legal Fundamentals
    • Legal Obligations and Duties
    • Discussion: Research Your State Laws
  • 16

    Emergency Actions

    • Emergency Actions intro
    • Crisis Communication Plan
    • Prep Review Quiz
  • 17

    Final Exam

    • Final Exam Prep
    • How to Prepare for the Final Exam
    • Final Exam Purchase


Eligibility Requirements

Learn if you are eligible to take one of our programs

> You must have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent.
> You must be free from pending felony charges or convictions (or military equivalent of court martial charges and/or convictions).
> You must be free from pending misdemeanor charges or convictions involving moral turpitude ("moral turpitude" means an offense that calls into question the integrity or judgment of the offender, such as fraud, bribery, corruption, theft, embezzlement, solicitation, etc.).

However, If you wish to sit for the board exam upon completion of the qualified program you would need to meet the following eligibility criteria below:

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 field or

Associates degree plus two years of experience or

High school diploma or equivalency plus four years of experience or A minimum 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 a WVTS®.

Applicant must provide a copy of the certified transcript of education ONLY if using a college degree rather than experience to qualify. 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.

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Real Reviews from Real Students

Qualified Workplace Violence and Threat Specialist (Q|WVTS) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐   

Excellent Course...I got a lot of good information that I can use and apply to my current job. Thank you!!   

Dave Weiner ✅ Verified Review