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This Program Includes:
Official e-Courseware: ($1797 Value)
Official One-Year Online Exam License: ($997 Value)
Official Prep Review Quizzes: ($497 Value)
Official Digital Study Guide: ($350 Value)
Exam Guarantee: ($997 Value)
KeepSake: Graduation Packet: ($300 Value)
Bonus #1: Career Center Access: ($1200 Value)
Bonus #2: Live Instructor Support:($2400Value)

The most comprehensive, realistic and up-to-date training for personnel who are responsible for threats within the workplace. We prepare you for real-life scenarios and success!

For the first time in history, The McAfee Institute brings together the industries best to form the only board certification 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 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.

The Top Reasons To Get Certified

Career Advancement 
Surveys consistently suggest that McAfee Institute (M.I.) Board certified professionals earn higher salaries (up to a 30% increase) and gain more opportunities for career advancement.

Professional Opportunities 
Certification proves to prospective employers that your expertise is confirmed by McAfee Institute, the leader in intelligence and investigative professional development.

Proven Professional Achievement 
Documented evidence of your professional achievement leads to recognition and respect for your abilities as an intelligence and investigative professional.

Greater Adaptability 
McAfee Institute Certified professionals demonstrate that they are committed to continuing education, allowing them to adapt more effectively to a rapidly changing technology environment.

Increased Credibility 
McAfee Institute Certification credentials increase your standing in the community by attesting to the integrity of your knowledge and skills and the reliability with which you can apply them.

Employer Confidence 
McAfee Institute Certifications help employers match skills to job requirements and provides confidence that employees have the right skills for the job.

Industry Recognition 
The high-integrity examination and certification process ensures that McAfee Institute credentials are the standard for the intelligence and investigative sectors.

Continued Professional Growth 
Recertification requirements, combined with a variety of learning resources, ensure that your knowledge keeps pace with a rapidly changing field.

Who should attend?

  • Military
  • Loss Prevention
  • Private Investigators
  • Law Enforcement
  • School Resource Office
  • School Administration
  • Security Professionals


Access: Lifetime Access
Credential: Board Certification
Delivery Method: Online, Self-Study
Exam Method: Online
Accreditation: NASBA 
Industry Recognized: View Organizations


  • 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.


Download the complete syllabus below


You have to renew the board certification every two years, once you are certified. The cost is $125 for an additional two years. CPE requirements are listed here.


Welcome to WVTS Board Certification

  • Welcome to WVTS
  • Group Forum Discussion: Introduce Yourself!
  • Code of Ethics
  • Academic Integrity Policy

Overview of WPV

  • WPV Overview (Reading Assignment)
  • Prep Review Quiz

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

Threat Assessment Program

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

Investigative Methodologies

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

Investigative Interviews

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

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

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.

Employment, Legal & Reporting

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


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

Established Guidelines

  • Established Guidelines
  • Established Guidelines
  • Prep Review Quiz

Audit & Analysis

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

Legal Fundamentals

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

Emergency Actions

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

Final Exam

  • Final Exam Prep
  • How to Prepare for the Final Exam
  • Exam Application
  • Final Exam: WVTS


    Industry Recognized