The Defensive Tactics (formerly known as Pressure Point Control Tactics, or PPCT) course from Human Factor Science teaches the physical mechanics of Use of Force and arrest and control and is required by most employers before staff is permitted to handle handcuffs. This international program is the industry standard on this content. 

 

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:

Defensive Tactics Training (PPCT)

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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.

  • Defensive Tactics (PPCT) WITH BATON: Jan 23rd to 27th 2021. Sat-Wed
  • Defensive Tactics (PPCT): February 20th - 21st, 2021. Sat-Sun
  • Defensive Tactics (PPCT): March 20th - 21st, 2021. Sat-Sun

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.

"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 and Handcuffing 

 

CERTIFICATION

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

Cost: $189 + GST

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 and must be shown to the instructor at the beginning of class.
 

RE-CERTIFICATION

Duration: 8 hour course over 1 day, Sunday

Cost: $98 + GST

Recertification is required annually.

We have developed this program to award those that have chosen us as their PPCT Provider. The day includes a lecture and physical review uses of force. You will be expected to review your manual prior to the course to prepare for the written exam. 

Requirements: You will need to supply the instructor with proof of your current PPCT Certification from Tip of Spear at the beginning of class. 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.

 

Defensive Tactics and Handcuffing & Baton

 

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.

CERTIFICATION

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

Cost: $389 + GST

Recertification for the program is 1 year. Recertification for licensing with the government 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 and must be shown to the instructor at the beginning of class.

RE-CERTIFICATION

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

Cost: $198 + GST

Recertification for the program is 1 year. Recertification for licensing with the government 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. 

 

About Human Factor Science

 

Human Factor Science has been conducting cutting edge research and developing critical training for over 40 years, including high risk and precision human factors, using pressure points in defensive tactics, the correlation of threat pattern research to firearms and defensive tactics, and how survival stress impacts performance. This training has been delivered to hundreds of municipal, state and federal law enforcement agencies, intelligence and government special operations agencies, and many of the concepts are now widely incorporated in performance-based training many different military sectors. They are an international authority on these subjects and continue to develop research and training. For more information, please visit: https://humanfactorscience.com/

What to Expect & How to Prepare

 

Course Day-of Requirements:

  1. INDOOR running shoes, water bottle, snacks

  2. Physical training clothing. (NO STEEL TOE BOOTS)

  3. Hygiene expectations for physical training

  4. Optional: pen, notepad, duty belt (handcuffs, flashlight, non-cut gloves, handcuff key) 

 

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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