Counter Terrorism for Managers and Security Professionals

Counter Terrorism for Managers and Security Professionals


This is a highly advanced and empowering course which is designed to train senior managers up to become experts in counter-terrorism at a strategic and operational level.



  1. Are you in charge of staff or business functions and continuity?
  2. Would you know how to plan for an evacuation in the event of a terrorist attack?
  3. Do you have a plan?

Most people have heard of the Prevent strategy, which is aimed at identifying potential extremism, and linking the community with the security services. This does nothing to protect businesses and individuals in the event of a terrorist attack! The damage that can be done by the time it takes the police to arrive is catastrophic, even though the police response times are impressive when this sort of incident occurs. For this reason it is important that the public takes ownership for its own safety, ability to limit damage and survive, much in the same way that we are all well-practiced in the event of a fire. Becoming skilled and practiced during a terrorist incident is possible with the right training.

The governments counter terrorism strategy is labelled as CONTEST. The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.

The scope of this revised CONTEST strategy has been broadened to cover all forms of terrorism, and the counter-terrorism strategy is organised around 4 work-streams, each comprising a number of key objectives:

Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks

Prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism

Protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack

Prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack

The current prevent agenda does nothing to consider the other aspects of protect and prepare, which, are arguably where the impact is felt by every day civilians – at work or play.

What we do in the critical moments when a terrorist attack happens can make the difference between life and death. The reality of a knife-wielding terrorist has created a terrifying and very personal level of threat and violence, and knives are common-place, easy to obtain and no less devastating to victims. There is much more that an individual can do against a knife however, as opposed to firearms or explosives, and this is where Combat Academy UK’s training comes into its own.

Course overview

We run an advanced and empowering course which is designed to cover all of the above points and train senior managers up to understand counter-terrorism at a strategic and operational level.

The course covers:

  • Understanding and defining terrorism
  • Case studies
  • Threat assessment and planning
  • Security and prevention
  • Reconnaissance, surveillance and counter measures
  • Psychology
  • Prejudice, radicalisation and hope and fear motivation
  • Evacuation and invacuation measures
  • Types and methods of attack
  • Defence strategies, tactics, concepts and techniques
  • Desktop Exercises
  • Practical counter terrorism exercise

Course delivery

Course delivery is blended online and practical learning, with full day taught sessions at the beginning, and at the end of the course. Learners will have their own online learning profile giving them access to a range of materials, videos, and assessments as the progress through the course at their own pace. The Level is mapped at Level 5 to describe the complexity of the subject matter, and as a certificate, there are around 300 guided learning hours. The course culminates in a practical counter terrorism exercise, together with a workshop to create your own counter terrorism risk assessments and SOP’s within your own organisation.