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.

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 work place 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

  • Lifetime Access. No Limits!
  • CPE Credits
  • iPhone, iPad and Android Accessibility
  • Blended Learning, Live Exercises
  • Live Instructors, Real-Life Video Based Learnings
  • Nationally Accredited through NASBA

Added Benefits

  1. Network with industry professionals from around the globe.
  2. Build your professional profile
  3. Advance your career
  4. Ask Questions and Get Advice
  5. Access our Free Resource Library

What are the requirements for Board Certification?

  • 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


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

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


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Dave Weiner

    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!!