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Advanced Certificate in Threats, Risks and National Security

Insights and training from industry, and intelligence experts in threats, risks and National Security policies and challenges.

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A trusted source in knowledge and learning in security policy 

The program fosters substantive dialogue and provides continuing education opportunities with top security practitioners from around the world.

The exchange of knowledge on the most current and emerging security issues leads to actionable policy options, informed decision-making and enhanced planning for resiliency.





"Interactive digital sessions featuring a live instructor ensure you maintain your professional edge and upgrade your knowledge with the latest best practices."


Program Overview

This advanced certificate will enable you to make informed decisions in security policy, you can expect:

  • An appreciation of the wide variety of terrorist 'movements'

  • Increase your knowledge about Risk Assessments and National Security Analysis.

  • You will receive an overview of intelligence requirement driven collection, investigative basics such as surveillance, and the high impact value of a human source.

  • Fundamental knowledge about the politics, interests, decision-making systems and socio-economic dynamics of the players in MENA, and the complex interplays between them.

  • Current challenges faced by the Canadian intelligence community.


Certificate Requirements

Core Courses Electives Courses
Terrorism in the world: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and National Security Policy
Intelligence Tradecraft and government machinery Insider Threat: The Psychological Pathways to Betrayal
Intelligence in Strategy and National Security Policymaking  The Spies Next Door
Understanding the Canadian Intelligence Community: Who Does What and Why? Strategic Dynamics and Issues in the Middle East
Strategic Foresight and National Security Analysis  Terrorism in Canada: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  The Devil That Will Not Die: Antisemitism Yesterday and Today
  The Charged Spaces we Inhabit - Invisible Violence as the Catalyst for Modern Terrorism and Violent Extremism
  Introduction to Information and Cyber Security Challenges 
  Strategic Thinking


*Graduates of the certificate program must complete the 5 core courses in Threats, Risks and National Security as well as 36 hours of elective courses from the list


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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to our most commonly asked questions.

What is a certificate good for?​

The certificate assures employers and potential employers that you have met or exceeded the standard they are looking for and are committed to continuous learning. The certificate is issued by the Professional Development Institute, a trusted training provider preferred by many federal government departments as well as public and private sector organizations. The Institute wins respect and acclaim for its cutting-edge learning programs, the exceptional calibre of its trainers, and its real-world focus.

The certificate program is a non-credited certification. It cannot be used towards a degree and is not equivalent to any other professional certification.

How much does it cost?

You register and pay for each course individually. There is no additional charge for the certificate.

How long will the program take?

You have three years from the start date of your first course to complete the certificate program. Provided you complete all courses withing three years, you can pace your learning as you wish. 

Is there a final exam?

No. However, participants must fully attend all courses of the program in order to obtain the certificate.

Are there any admission requirements?

No. Enrollment is open to everyone.

How do I register for the program?

Begin by registering for any of the courses that make up the program. You will be asked for proof of completion of the required courses, so make sure you keep your certificates from each course. If you have any questions before beginning or as you progress through the program, contact the office at 613-562-5802.



         Related Programs & Courses

             Advanced Certificate in Information and Cyber Security

           Professional Development Certificate in Security 


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