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!

Certified Workplace Violence and Threat Specialist (WVTS)

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.

Active shooter scenarios and workplace violence situations unfold quickly leaving the employees vulnerable with little time to respond and mitigate the event. More Americans are murdered at work than die at work from any other cause. OSHA reports 1,000 workplace homicides per year and when adjusted for estimated incidents not reported to OSHA exceeds 1,500 per year. OSHA estimates assaults in the workplace at 2 million per year with other estimates as high as 10 million per year. OSHA estimates sexual assaults in the workplace at 51,000 per year with other estimates as high as 500,000 per year.

Estimates of the economic impact of workplace violence range from $70 million to $200 million annually. Workplace violence results in 1,175,100 lost workdays annually; $55 million in lost wages annually, lost productivity, legal expenses, property damage, diminished public image and increased security costs.

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

Course Benefits:

  • Access: 24/7/365 Online Unlimited Access
  • Credential Earned: Board Certification
  • Availability: Desktop, Mobile, Tablet
  • Online Exam: 1 Year License Included ($350 Value)
  • Prep Review Materials: Prep Review Quizzes ($450 Value)
  • Digital Manual: Included ($299 Value)
  • CPE Credits: Included
  • Nationally Recognized Credential: NASBA, NICE & More
  • Live Mentors: Available 9-6PM CST via Chat

Bonus Items for Enrolling Today:

  • Exam Guarantee: Pass it or try again on us! (Value $350)
  • Keep Sake: Diploma, Padded Cover, Transcripts (Value $300)

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher plus one year of experience in work place 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 GED 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 certified transcript of education ONLY if using 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.

Course Curriculum:

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


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    Jason Burton

    5 stars

    I could not be happier with this course and what I was able to learn.. Not to mention the fact I was able to do it all while working 50 hr weeks. Thank you McAfee team for all your hard work. I will be back for more courses!

    TYLER P.

    Very good course

    I've been investigating Workplace violence events/issues for over two decades. I was initially skeptical that I was going to be able to take anything away from this course. I am happy to say that I was mistaken. This course was very good! I particularly enjoy that the material can be accessed online at anytime. Very convenient!... The course was very well laid out. and informative. I highly recommended for HR,LP, and management professionals in any industry. Well worth the time.

    John C.
    United States

    Good course

    My overall experience with this course was very good. I felt the process and progression of the chapters was very well organized. As an online course it was extremely user friendly and simple to navigate. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. The only negative comment I have is that there is some grammatical mistakes in the reading portions. But outside of that a good course.

    Gary Cunningham


    great course, enjoyed it.

    Randy Lima

    Very good content delivered in a engaging manner

    Great content, broken up with video, reading assignments and practical exercises, which kept it from being dry. Joshua, the facilitator, has a true gift in delivering training content and knows his material very well. For me the course was a nice blend of refresher material and new knowledge, much of which I feel will be very helpful. The videos are done well, professional quality.