Advanced Dignitary and Executive Protection

Our seven day program is our premier training experience encompassing a full week of instruction, hands-on drills, and real world exercises. An introduction and practical application of fundamental dignitary and executive protection concepts. This intensive seven day program leverages classroom instruction coupled with hands-on training and an immersive table top exercise. It is ideally suited for law enforcement, military, and private practice individuals with primary and secondary duties ensuring the personal safety of public officials, high net worth individuals, and others at-risk. Entry level staff and experienced practitioners will benefit from the “back to basics” teaching style coupled with live exercises intended to put theory into action. This program is Nationally Certified through IADLEST and awards successful graduates 50 hours of instruction towards annual requirements. 

Course Features

  • Small class size (34 students)
  • Detailed screening of students
  • Top instructors from Federal, State, and Local law enforcement, U.S. Military, leading professionals, including instructors from emergency medicine, psychology, and law enforcement
  • Hands-on exercises and classroom instruction with two full days of realistic practical scenarios
  • Opportunities for career networking
  • National Certification through IADLEST

7 Day Agenda

  • Greetings and Introduction
  • Cocktail Reception and networking
  • Dinner
  • Orientation and Administrative Overview
  • Introduction to Dignitary and Executive Protection
  • Threat Assessment/EP Study
  • The Advance
  • Choreography
  • Tabletop Exercises
  • Characteristics of the Armed Gunman


  • Station 1 – Principal Evacuation – Body Drag
  • Station 2 – Time & Distance Drill
  • Station 3 – Vehicle Movements and Positioning


  • Station 1 – Principal Evacuation Drill – Cover & Evacuate
  • Station 2 – Principal Evacuation Drill – Cover & Evacuate/Choreography
  • Station 3 – Rope Line/Crowd Exercises


  • Dynamics of Protective Driving & Closing

Morning (students cycle through all three stations)

  • Station 1 – Slalom Exercise
  • Station 2 – Backing & Reverse Exercises
  • Station 3 – Vehicle Bomb & Explosive Overview Class

Afternoon (students cycle through all three stations)

  • Station 1 – Slalom Exercise
  • Station 2 – Backing & Reverse Exercises
  • Station 3 – Vehicle Bomb & Explosive Overview Class


  • Surviving the First 10 Minutes


  • Counter Surveillance
  • Mind of the Assassin – Pathway to Attack


  • Field Exercises – Protective Operations


  • Field Exercise – Review and Critique


  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Executive Protection
  • Dangerous Drives – Mexico City Case Study
  • The ‘How” of Executive Protection


  • Field Exercises – Protective Operations
  • Field Exercises – Review and Critique


  • Cocktail Reception/Dinner
  • A Week in Review


  • Use of Step-Down Weapons
  • Hand to Hand Close in Protection Methods
  • Final Examination
  • Course Critique

Hear What Our Students Have to Say …

Being at the 7 Days EP Training Program by R.L. Oatman & Associates has been an amazing experience.  You will get the opportunity to learn and hear (from firsthand) directly all of Mr. Oatman’s experience and you will also learn from world class instructors with all different kind of expertise.  It is entertaining, demanding, they have great facilities.  You will get knowledge and at the same time you get to know amazing people with outstanding backgrounds.

Executive Protection/M.D., Cautus Security SAC Peru

Diego Lizarzaburu, Class 51, Cautus Security SAC Peru

The program provides first class training through a synergy of classroom instruction and field simulation drills by expert instructors who are passionate and dedicated to their work.  The accommodations and training facilities are top notch.  Executive protection is truly a fine art.  Mr. Oatman and his associates paint the very portrait of excellence.

Coast Guard Reserve Intelligence Specialist

Suzanne LeFrancois, Class 51

I attended the 7-Day Residential Dignitary and Executive Protection Program of Class 51.  From Day 1, expectations were set, detailed course syllabus was explained and expectations for an environment of integrity and respect was established.  This course is detailed, and level sets the real-world expectations in EP, taking us through the small and large details needed to be successful in this Industry.  All of the instructors are experienced, professional, and operate with the highest degree of integrity. I want to thank Mr. Oatman and his instructors for an amazing course.

The Robert Bobb Group

Patrick Bobb, Class 51, The Robert Bobb Group

I served 26 years in Federal Law Enforcement and retired as a DEA Special Agent.  I served I Afghanistan as a Counter-Terrorism Advisor.  My two son’s and I own Valiant Security & Investigation in Spokane, Washington.

Family is important to me.  My son’s and I opened Valiant Security and have focused on Executive Protection.  In a quest for advanced training, we conducted extensive research on Executive Protection training schools with the highest standards in mind.  We attended Robert L. Oatman’s school for Executive Protection.

The instructors at Oatman’s school were all seasoned with protection details for top executives and officials.  They spoke from a vast pool of knowledge and experience.  The training covered real world scenarios of details across the glove, some of which Robert Oatman spearheaded.  The class and “practical’s” were clever and professional.  I will make it required training for my other team members.  Robert Oatman and his training team are the best.

Daniel Lakin, Class 51, Valiant Security & Investigation

Upcoming Training


The all inclusive cost of $4,250.00 (USD) per student includes single occupancy lodging, all meals, and course materials. Class size is limited to 34 students and all applicants are carefully screened before acceptance. The course includes over 80 hours of training by a faculty not limited to 18 instructors. All instructors are experienced practitioners and recognized authorities in their fields. Our 7-Day Residential programs are conducted twice per year, May & October.

What Do I Get For My Tuition?

Successful students are awarded 50 hours of IADLEST certified instruction. Your hours remain associated with you and are accessible through the IADLEST web site for future documentation.

Nineteen instructors, representing a broad cross section of the E.P. field; experts in their respective subject areas. All instructors have advanced degrees and specialized training and many are formally certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission, are ASIS CPP’s or are graduates of the FBI National Academy. Decades of law enforcement and E.P. experience is present during every training evolution.

A first class hotel, Sheraton Baltimore North (Towson, Maryland), where all students are assigned a private room. All meals are provided including a full continental breakfast each morning and several lunch and dinner selections. Parking is complimentary.

Classroom training is held in a comfortable state of the art learning environment where each student will be provided with a portfolio, a resource workbook and additional handout materials, The Art of Executive Protection hardback book, an EP Specialist baseball hat, EP pin, class photograph, certificate of completion, and a detailed class roster.

Two full days of offsite training at the Fallston Airport, the location of our corporate offices.  This facility provides a rich setting to practice attack on principal drills and defensive driving techniques. Lunch will be provided on site for each day. Transportation to and from the airport is included in your tuition.

Two additional days of practical exercises offer additional offsite training as students will be divided into small detail groups and sent out to conduct protection exercises with a principal in the surrounding region.