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Situational Awareness


Recognize and mitigate potential threats before they turn into dangers

Our world continues to evolve and security experts tell us that violent attacks will continue to occur. Our families, business, travel and every other sector is affected by this process. Along with the positive such as prosperity, there is also a continued evolution by those who wish to do us harm.​ Security programs are modified to meet the challenges that lie ahead, however, it is the goal of this program to ensure the practitioner is able to adapt.

Arcuri Group's Situational Awareness Specialist® (SAS) certificate program is designed to educate the participant in the discipline of situation awareness, thereby creating a practitioner capable of understanding the dynamics of random and potential threat events. It trains the individual to recognize leading indicators in people and the environment, and avoid or mitigate them proactively, before it turns into a high risk, dangerous or physical situation. This includes turning on our heightened awareness, actively perceiving the situation and looking for indicators, planning ahead, and responding and mitigating if necessary. 

Tip of Spear is proud to be the exclusive provider of Arcuri Group's SAS in-person training program in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada.

Course Contents

course contents

Topics Covered

  • Degrees of awareness

  • How our brain can interpret and miss things

  • Vulnerable/prey/soft target vs. formidable/predator mindsets

  • Grey Man theory

  • How fear/stress affects our body and senses

  • Controlling and minimizing our responses to fear/stress

  • Determining baselines in behaviors and patterns for the environment

  • Observing anomalies in action

  • Behavior detection

  • Transparent anomalies

  • Limiting and reducing threats

  • Angle mitigation tactics


Professional Designation

Once the student takes their course and passes their exam, they will receive certification as a Situational Awareness Specialist® (SAS), along with the "SAS" designation to be used in their professional title.

Situation Awareness Specialist® professional certificate for whom?

The SAS Programs are not just for the security and enforcement industry. This is a craft that can be utilized by leaders in business, government and community organizations. A few examples are listed below.


  • Business Owners and Staff Members

  • Entertainment and Shopping District Business Operators

  • Hotel Operators, Theme Park Managers, Security and Staff

  • Security Managers and Practitioners


  • Factory Managers and Security Leaders

  • Industrial Production Yard Managers

  • ​Large Construction Site Managers

  • Railroad Yard Leadership / Security Managers


  • Facility Managers and Staff

  • ​Security Officials

  • School Administrators

  • Public Domain Officials

TRANSPORTATION SECTOR (Specialized Certificate SAS-T):

  • Aviation - Airport Managers and Officials, Aviation Security Professionals, Airline and AVSEC Staff

  • Railway - Rail Station Managers and Officials

  • Cruise Ports - Cruise Port Officials, Cruise Port Security, Ship Personnel


  • Event Planners and Organizers

  • Venue Management

  • Non-Profit Location Leaders and Staff


  • Hospital Management and Department Heads

  • Hospital Security Managers and Officers

  • Nursing Home Operators, Management and Staff

About Arcuri Group LLC

about AG

Arcuri Group is the global industry leader in situational awareness training. Their programs are offered in over 40 countries world wide and regularly delivered to participants in elite enforcement organizations. Arcuri Group is an education management company who own and administer the Situation Awareness Specialist® professional certificate system and Professional Standards training programs for select clients. All programs have a strict confidentiality policy.

For more information about Arcuri Group or the SAS certification, please visit Arcuri Group's website.

*All Material on this page is used with permission from Arcuri Group LLC

Register for this Program


Duration: 6 hours of training + 1 hour exam


  • $299+GST includes course, exam and professional designation

  • $199+GST course only

Certification: Issued by Arcuri Group​

Training is offered a few times a year. Be the first to get notified of training dates by registering for our wait list here.

Situational Awareness Specialist - Sept 24/22
Situational Awareness Specialist - Sept 24/22
Sep 24, 2022, 9:00 a.m. MDT
Tip of Spear
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