The Defensive Tactics course from Human Factors Research Group (HFRG) (formerly known as Pressure Point Control Tactics, or PPCT) is required by most employers before staff is permitted to handle handcuffs, and teaches the physical mechanics of arrest and control. 

 

To carry a baton, it is a requirement from the Alberta Solicitor General to take the full 40 hour program, have approval from your employer, and have the additional qualification on your Security Services license. You must apply for this by providing your training certificate with your application.

 

This course has been designed to provide you with a solid foundation of understanding the dynamics of protection while working in a uniformed function.  It focuses on your ability to identify threat indicators leading up to an incident, proper positioning for safety, match appropriate uses of force to situations, and understand the legal responsibility you have in these situations. 

Learn more about the version of the course that is required for your employment position:

  1. Defensive Tactics and Handcuffing Certification (16 hour)

  2. Defensive Tactics and Handcuffing Recertification (8 hour)

  3. Defensive Tactics and Handcuffing & Baton Certification (40 hour)

  4. Defensive Tactics and Handcuffing & Baton Recertification (24 hour)

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"Dave is an absolute master of self defense. I took his PPCT course and attended some Krav Maga classes. Let just say that the 5 day course was an absolute pleasure. It exceeded the standards for PPCT and also gave you very real, usable techniques on how to protect yourself. Dave is a student (himself) where he let's you have a voice. He gives very practical and useful skills to deal with any situation that you may come across. My only regret is that I was not able to continue to learn and go to more classes. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn a self defense. Or wants to improve what they already know."

- J. W.

"Whenever I think of security training Tip of Spear is my go to every time. From classroom to the field you cannot go wrong with any of the courses provided. In the classroom Dave’s method of teaching gives you the best results whether you’re new to the field or returning to re-cert. 10 out of 10 would recommend every time!"

- Jeremy

Defensive Tactics (PPCT) WITH BATON: Nov 21st to 25th 2020. Sat-Wed
Defensive Tactics (PPCT): December 12th - 13th, 2020. Sat-Sun

1. Defensive Tactics and Handcuffing Certification

 

Defensive Tactics Training

COVID-19 UPDATE:  Effective August 1st, 2020, all students who enter the facility to take a class must bring their own face mask and wear it, as per the City of Edmonton Bylaw. Please view our full COVID-19 Policy for more information.

Duration: 16 hour course over two days, Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $198.45

Recertification is required annually.

 

The course covers portions of the PPCT Defensive Tactics Course Program including:

  • Use of Force Human Factors

  • Control Principles

  • Tactical Handcuffing

  • Escort Position and Joint Lock Control

  • Pressure Point Control Tactics

  • Defensive Counterstrikes


Upon completion of this program, the student should be competent in all physical training techniques and have a working knowledge of use of force, the impacts of stress on the body and mind-set required to be successful working in protective services. The certificate issued for successfully attending this course is valid for a one year period from the last day of the course.

 

Requirements: A current Peace Officer Appointment, Military, Security License OR employed with AGLC qualified (ie. Casino/Bar) required. ​
 

2. Defensive Tactics and Handcuffing Re-certification

 

Duration: 8 hour course over 1 day, Sunday

Cost: $102.90

Recertification is required annually.

We have developed this program to award those that have chosen us as their PPCT Provider. In order to attend this yearly recertification, you must have the following:

  • A current PPCT (or close to current) 2 Day Certificate from Tip of Spear Inc.

  • Bring your manual from your previous PPCT Training Class.

  • Be physically prepared for a busy day, exercise to make the course enjoyable. 

 

*Exceptions on previous trainers will be considered on a case by case basis. Please email us to ask about your previous training and provider to see if it qualifies.

You will attend earlier in the day to review uses of force and lecture. You will be expected to review your manual prior to the course to prepare for the written exam. 

Requirements: You will need to supply us with proof of your current PPCT Certification

3. Defensive Tactics and Handcuffing & Baton Certification

 

Duration: 40 hour course over 5 days, Saturday to Wednesday

Cost: $408.45

Recertification for the program is 1 year. Recertification for licensing with the governement is 3 years.

This course covers:

  • Use of Force Human Factors

  • Control Principles

  • Tactical Handcuffing

  • Escort Position and Joint Lock Control

  • Pressure Point Control Tactics

  • Defensive Counters trikes

  • Shoulder Pin Restraint System

  • Impact Weapon / Collapsible Baton System

  • Weapon Retention and Disarming

 

Upon completion of this program, the student should be competent in all physical training techniques and have a working knowledge of use of force, the impacts of stress on the body and mind-set required to be successful working in protective services. The certificate issued for successfully attending this course is valid for a one year period from the last day of the course.

Requirements: A current Peace Officer Appointment, Military, Security License OR employed with AGLC qualified (ie. Casino/Bar) required. 

4. Defensive Tactics and Handcuffing & Baton Re-certification

 

Duration: 24 hour course over 3 days, Monday to Wednesday

Cost: $207.90

Recertification for the program is 1 year. Recertification for licensing with the governement is 3 years.

This recertification allows students the opportunity to review their PPCT Course Studies. Arrest and control skills are like any other perishable skill. They must be kept in the short term memory to be effective. We work through the program reviewing and polishing skills to ensure that you are confident again on their application. Many agencies do not offer the opportunity to refresh yourself on these skills. Tip of Spear recognizes this and wants you to have the ability to stay current with your certification. 

Requirements: You will need to supply us with proof of your current PPCT Certification

What to Expect & How to Prepare

 

Course Day-of Requirements:

  1. INDOOR Running Shoes / Water Bottle / Snacks.

  2. Hygiene Expectations for Physical Training. 

  3. Optional - Pen / notepad / Duty Belt-Handcuffs, flashlight, non-cut gloves, Handcuff Key. Physical training clothing. (NO STEEL TOE BOOTS).

 

Suggested Preparation:

  • Being fit is beneficial. Working on your flexibility and strength is always advantageous.

  • The course is designed to promote a healthy, active lifestyle.

  • You are attending to learn technique, under physical and stressful situations so that you are able to perform in reality.

  • There are high repetitions to ensure the technique is ingrained. 


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