Safety Member Certification

Our Safety Member Certification provides essential training to reduce crime and minimize casualties in houses of worship. Certification confirms that students have been trained in various safety and security topics and have demonstrated their understanding through testing. This comprehensive program equips your team with the knowledge and skills necessary to handle routine safety operations and emergency situations effectively. By completing this certification, your team will be better prepared to ensure a safe and secure environment for your congregation.

A Solid and Complete Foundation of Training

Our certification training focuses on Routine Safety/Security Operations and Emergency Situations in Houses of Worship. All our courses are scale-able and based on the best practices for church safety and security. They were developed by painstakingly researching nationally recognized publications and by close collaboration with subject matter experts in Church Security, Crime Prevention, Personal Protection, Emergency Medical Response, Fire Safety, and a number of other fields of study and expertise.

  • Security Team Fundamentals
    Intro to safety and security as they relate to Houses of Worship.
    Covers: Ministry Basics | Patrolling | Emergency Response | Radio Procedures | Reporting

  • Active Shooter Response
    Develop strategies to mitigate violent intruder attacks.
    Covers: Why Churches Need to Prepare | Civilian Response Plan | Engagement Procedures

  • Deescalating Disruptive Persons
    Verbal persuasion techniques to reduce violence and control situations.
    Covers: Engaging the Subject | Maintaining Control | Issuing Commands

  • Protecting Children from Abuse
    Best methods for preventing and responding to child abuse.
    Covers: Signs and Symptoms of Abuse | Child Protection Policies | Reporting Abuse

  • Use of Force Laws
    Training on the legal limitations and implications of using force.
    Covers: Citizen’s Arrest | Understanding Use of Force | Unarmed Control Techniques

  • Arson and Fire Safety
    How to save lives and church property from a fire.
    Covers: Preventing Arson | Fire Science | Response Plans | Safety Inspections | Fire Drills

  • Storms and Disasters
    Protecting people and property against dangerous weather.
    Covers: Identifying Risks | Safety Inspections | Disaster Drills | Safety Plans

  • Mass Trauma Emergency (NEW)
    Saving Lives during a Mass Trauma Event.
    Covers: Mass Trauma Events | The 3 B's of Care | High Threat Situations | Care and Aftermath

"We Don't Get to Pick the kind of Emergency we will Face."

Maximum Flexibility for Busy Schedules

Two Ways to Complete the Training

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Self-Paced Training

Train on your own schedule without the constraints of live events by watching the same high-quality training videos used in the Accelerated Certification Program. Overcome scheduling conflicts with anytime, anywhere access to our video library.

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Accelerated Program

Join one of only three elite cohorts each year to enhance your learning experience with focused, high-quality interaction. Participate in live discussions, watch training videos together, and explore practical implementation strategies for your church.


Flexible Learning Options

Students may train using any combination of these methods. Each option shares the same comprehensive Training Modules. A team member receives certification after completing all Training Modules and passing the Online Certification Test through a Student Account.

Note: While joining a cohort is optional, all cohort members have access to the Self-Paced Training option. However, not all Self-Paced students are required to join a cohort. Choose the method that best fits your schedule and learning style to achieve your Safety Member Certification.

Self-Paced Training Overview

Maximize Flexibility: Self-Paced Safety Member Certification

Sheepdog Church Security's Self-Paced Training offers maximum flexibility, allowing students to complete their training on their own schedule. This method is ideal for those who prefer to train at their own pace and on their own time, providing access to our entire library of streaming instructional videos used in the Accelerated Certification Program.
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Key Benefit

Train on your own schedule without the constraints of live events by watching the same high-quality training videos used in the Accelerated Certification Program, overcoming scheduling conflicts with anytime, anywhere access to our video library. 

How It Works...
  • Register for the Program: Sign up for the Safety Member Certification program.
  • Set Up Your Student Account: Gain access to the full library of training videos.
  • Complete All Training Courses: Watch and learn from the comprehensive video modules at your own pace.
  • Pass the Online Certification Test: Demonstrate your knowledge and skills through the certification test.
  • Order Your Certification Card: Receive official recognition of your accomplishment.

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OPTIONAL FREE UPGRADE

Accelerated Program Overview

Join the Elite: Accelerated Safety Member Certification

Sheepdog Church Security founder Kris Moloney invites you to participate in an exclusive Accelerated Program. This program offers intensive, live weekly training events via Zoom Meeting, where you can engage directly with Kris and fellow Church Guardians from across the country. Each webinar focuses on a critical church security topic, ensuring comprehensive coverage of all training modules within a condensed timeframe. (See Schedule Below)
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Key Benefit

Join one of only three elite cohorts each year to enhance your learning experience with focused, high-quality interaction, participating in live discussions, watching training videos together, and exploring practical implementation strategies for your church.   

How It Works... 
  • Enroll During Open Enrollment: Sign up during the designated Open Enrollment periods.
  • Choose Your Path: Indicate if you want to join a cohort or prefer self-paced learning.
  • Receive Your Invitation: Invitations will be sent via email to join the exclusive cohort.
  • Complete All Training Modules: Attend the live weekly events and complete each module.
  • Pass the Online Certification Test: Demonstrate your knowledge and skills through the certification test.
  • Order Your Certification Card: Receive official recognition of your accomplishment.


Important Note

The schedule reflects the three exclusive cohorts for the 2024 - 2025 academy year. Each session begins at 3 PM Central Time Zone.

Enrollment Dates

  • For Cohort 24-3: Before Aug 31, 2024
  • For Cohort 25-1: Before Dec 31, 2024
  • For Cohort 25-2: Before Mar 31, 2025

Secure your spot now to ensure your participation in the next Accelerated Program. Enhance your church's security measures by becoming a certified Church Guardian with Sheepdog Church Security.

Schedule 2024-2025

3 PM Central Time Zone

  • Sep 15 | Jan 5 | Mar 16
    Orientation
  • Sep 22 | Jan 12 | Mar 23
    Safety Team Fundamentals
  • Sep 29 | Jan 19 | Mar 30
    Active Shooter Response
  • Oct 6 | Jan 26 | Apr 6
    Deescalating Disruptive Persons
  • Oct 13 | Feb 2 | Apr 13
    Protecting Children from Abuse
  • Oct 20 | Feb 9 | Apr 27
    Basic Use of Force Laws
  • Oct 27 | Feb 16 | May 4
    Arson and Fire Safety
  • Nov 3 | Feb 23 | May 18
    Storms and Disasters
  • Nov 10 | Mar 2 | Jun 1
    Mass Trauma Emergencies
  • Nov 17 | Mar 9 | Jun 8
    Exam Preparation


Here is what the Experts Say...

Reviews from Law Enforcement and Other Security Professionals

Overall Rating 4.8 stars

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*Gave me some additional items to employ.

Michael Root

This was a good review and allowed me some additional items that I could employ with my teams. Having been in law enforcement for many years and church secur...

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This was a good review and allowed me some additional items that I could employ with my teams. Having been in law enforcement for many years and church security as a director for many years, this program would be recommended to someone that is new and wants a good understanding of what can be expected.

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*Thank you.

Thomas Craighton

Very good. I work in Homeland Security/Emergency Management. This is a great introduction to Church Safety and Security issues.

Very good. I work in Homeland Security/Emergency Management. This is a great introduction to Church Safety and Security issues.

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*Active Shooter Response

MICHAEL FANUCCHI

This is an excellent course. There are many more aspects to dealing with an active shooter than I anticipated. The course also goes into detail on how to p...

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This is an excellent course. There are many more aspects to dealing with an active shooter than I anticipated. The course also goes into detail on how to provide safety to members of the congregation as well as how to protect our elderly and handicapped individuals in an emergency. I will more than likely review this course multiple times and take notes. There is also valuable information on how to better secure our church from dangerous threats.

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*Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Cary "Travis" Martin

Although I have worked in armed security before for beachfront businesses, the Sheepdog Church Security course has brought to my attention some situations an...

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Although I have worked in armed security before for beachfront businesses, the Sheepdog Church Security course has brought to my attention some situations and procedures needed to cover church security that may not be on private properties and businesses. I took a lot of notes.

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*Really well done ... will save a life...

Rick Marsh

Well done, and very through ... Can and will save your life of those of others. He pulls no punches and that is the way it should be. I have had other trai...

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Well done, and very through ... Can and will save your life of those of others. He pulls no punches and that is the way it should be. I have had other training and this is very very good ... and at a great price (buy the bundle ... you will need it) Coming from a Security group in a major city for 25 years.. This is good stuff!

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*Security Team Fundamentals

Shawn Olguin

I have been in law enforcement and security for 22 years and felt the information covered in this course was very beneficial. Looking forward to taking more ...

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I have been in law enforcement and security for 22 years and felt the information covered in this course was very beneficial. Looking forward to taking more courses.

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*Good material, nice to have it church specific

Philip Peters

I am looking at taking your entire course having been a part of my church's team for a while now. When I went through my state's private security training m...

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I am looking at taking your entire course having been a part of my church's team for a while now. When I went through my state's private security training much of that course material was, understandably, non-church security specific. Decided to take this course as a trial run before purchasing the rest of the course and I am thankful I did. Having course material that is presented from a church's need is quite helpful. Well done.

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*Outstanding

Ronald Miller

Best presentation on De-escalation I have seen and I have seen a number! Concise, well scripted and focused.

Best presentation on De-escalation I have seen and I have seen a number! Concise, well scripted and focused.

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*The Importance of Proper Recognition and Reporting

Jerry Wolfe

As a retired LE, I am glad to see a training module that hits the most important topics in recognizing and dealing with child abuse. These topics, when follo...

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As a retired LE, I am glad to see a training module that hits the most important topics in recognizing and dealing with child abuse. These topics, when followed, will create an atmosphere of safety for our youth. I totally agree that we will likely feel some resistance and even push back in regard to implementing several of the procedures. Be persistent and apply steady, loving pressure in implementing these procedures and let law enforcement do it's job at the appropriate time.

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*Good Touch of the Basics

Jerry Wolfe

As a retired law enforcement officer, I believe this is a very good compilation of safety/security basics to prepare the committed person for further detaile...

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As a retired law enforcement officer, I believe this is a very good compilation of safety/security basics to prepare the committed person for further detailed instruction!

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*Safety Member Academy

Rich Girardin

This resource is excellent. I am just getting started with my Safety Team journey. These resources are helping me to get up to speed. I would love to use th...

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This resource is excellent. I am just getting started with my Safety Team journey. These resources are helping me to get up to speed. I would love to use this with my whole team. There is valuable information in this package. I like the way it is laid out and I like the way the tests are done. The ability to retake the test really helped me to lock in the information. I also like the ability to print out the forms. I can't wait to take more courses.

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*Great course

Dealmer Coleman

I've been in church security and public safety for several years. This course opened my eyes to things I never thought of. Thank you.

I've been in church security and public safety for several years. This course opened my eyes to things I never thought of. Thank you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Tap each question to learn more about our individual certification program.

  • Feel Free to Call 612-470-7364 with your Questions...

    Please call Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Central Time. 612-470-7364 (Seriously, if you have a question, Call Kris.) Leave a Voice Mail, if Kris doesn't answer.

  • What does certification with Sheepdog Church Security Academy mean?

    Certification with Sheepdog Church Security Academy signifies that students have been comprehensively trained in various safety and security topics relevant to houses of worship. This certification process not only involves thorough training but also requires students to demonstrate their understanding of the material through rigorous testing.

    Training from a third-party instructor, like Sheepdog Church Security Academy, which has trained safety team volunteers in every state, is often superior to in-house developed training with no testing. The structured curriculum and objective evaluation process ensure that the knowledge and skills imparted are of the highest quality. Additionally, training developed by Sheepdog Church Security Academy benefits from a well-established reputation, which is often more reliable than training from an unknown individual within the church.

    Sheepdog Church Security Certification is a company-level certification, meaning it is recognized by the organization and its standards, but it does not grant any authority or privileges beyond those recognized by law.

  • How can I register multiple students for the Safety Member Certification program?

    You can register multiple students using the Group Orders feature. This allows you to purchase several seats at once during checkout. After the purchase, you will receive an invite link that you can share with each student, allowing them to create their accounts and enroll in the program. This streamlined process saves time and reduces administrative work.

  • How many hours of training is the certification course?

    Total training time to complete all of the modules is between 12 and 16 hours.

  • Is participation in the Accelerated Certification Program mandatory, or can I complete the training on my own?

    Participation in the Accelerated Certification Program is not mandatory for the Safety Member Certification. You have complete flexibility to complete the training at your convenience through our Self-Paced Training option. This allows you to learn on your own schedule and at your own pace, ensuring the training fits seamlessly into your lifestyle.

  • Do I have to choose between Self-Paced Training and the Accelerated Certification Program, or can I use both?

    You don't have to choose one over the other; you can utilize both Self-Paced Training and the Accelerated Certification Program. When registering, you can choose a future cohort and are expected to attend the live classes. However, you can use the Self-Paced Training to make up any missed classes or if you decide not to continue with the cohort. This flexible structure allows you to tailor your learning experience according to your needs, mixing and matching as you prefer.

  • How does the Safety Director Training Toolkit complement the Safety Member Certification program?

    The Safety Director Training Toolkit is designed to complement the Safety Member Certification program by providing church leaders with a comprehensive set of tools and resources for broader safety and security management. While the Safety Member Certification focuses on individual skills and knowledge necessary for handling safety and security situations, the Toolkit empowers Safety Directors with additional resources for developing and implementing church-wide safety policies and procedures. It includes customizable materials, strategic guides, and interactive training options, making it an ideal resource for those who are looking to enhance their safety leadership and create a culture of preparedness and resilience within their congregation. Together, these programs offer a holistic approach to ensuring the safety of your church community.

  • Do you offer in-person training in our area?

    We have suspended our Onsite Instructor Program due to several significant challenges.

    First, the cost of bringing an instructor onsite was prohibitively high. Travel expenses, accommodation, and the instructor's time contributed to a substantial financial burden.

    Second, despite meticulous planning, scheduling conflicts were inevitable. It was almost impossible to find a time that suited everyone, resulting in some team members missing out on essential training.

    Additionally, new members frequently join safety teams throughout the year, necessitating continuous training updates. This meant that churches were compelled to spend a considerable amount of money annually, yet only a portion of their team received training at any given time.

    By transitioning to online training, we eliminate these issues, providing a more cost-effective, flexible, and inclusive solution. Every team member can now access the same high-quality training materials at their convenience, ensuring comprehensive and consistent preparation for all.

  • What is your Return Policy?

    We offer a “30-Day Money-Back Guarantee.” If for any reason you wish to discontinue using our materials, we will promptly issue a refund.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These courses are licensed for one (1) person and cannot be shown or shared with others. Certification with Sheepdog Church Security does not grant any authority or privileges not recognized by law. Sheepdog Church Security disclaims liability for any personal injury, property or other damages of any nature whatsoever, whether special, indirect, consequential or compensatory, directly or indirectly resulting from the acts or omissions of any person who has completed our training.

Contact Sheepdog Church Security with any questions at [email protected]