Certificate In Anti & Counter Terrorism Studies

A module of Diploma In Anti & Counter Terrorism Studies.
Accomplish the Diploma and be awarded as a Anti & Counter Terrorism Practitioner (ACTP)


The subject of Terrorism goes beyond the mayhem of Bombs and Guns which are merely tools used by extremists to carry out their acts of terror and destruction. Embodying essence include understanding and mitigating the networks and its associated elements.

The Certificate in Anti & Counter Terrorism Studies Program provides holistic understanding to the tenets of terrorism that encapsulate the imperatives of the Strategic-Operations-Tactical dimensions. The tripartite components and approach sets the Certificate in Anti & Counter Terrorism Studies program apart from the rest.

The Certificate in Anti & Counter Terrorism Studies Program engages two trainers given that: “No Man Is an Island”.  Each trainer is experienced and competent in his/her respective fields of specialisation, and that inevitably brings maximum benefits to the participants.


Certificate in Anti & Counter Terrorism Studies is taught at an unclassified level encompassing subjects in context to fraternities from both the Commercial and Law Enforcement sectors. It provides a broad framework to International Terrorism defining similarities and differences from its Strategic direction, Modus Operandi of groups in different regions and the adherence of Tactics and Techniques in accordance to its capabilities and intent. In short, the course offers in-depth understanding to a synergised collusion of coherent factors in the Terrorism domain.

On the Strategic and Operational fronts, the course provides insights to the Ideology, Funding, Logistics, Structure, Network and Cell connectivity among groups within and outside their respective borders. These knowledges will aid analysts and security practitioners in understanding Pattern- Trends, and the evolving threat direction in the coming years.

Subjects in the Tactical discipline will be Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) centric. The primary objective is to equip participants with adequate knowledge to deter via protective-hardening measures, identify and manage the threat before follow-on expertise arrives. Such skills are important to frontline responders who will be exposed to the hazards at the on-start. Knowledge gleaned can likewise be applied to policy formulation, reviews and conduct of penetration test.

Technical aspects of Explosive Device (IED), the methods in which IEDs are employed against a target, assessing target strength and vulnerability and the attack phases are the core focuses. Theoretical lessons are reinforced with discussions and Table-Top Exercises tailored towards prevailing IED and Terrorism related scenarios.


Course Modules:  11 Modules

Duration:  3 Days

Language:  English

Assessment: written examination

Course Fee:  SGD 1,500

Application Fee:  SGD 100


The introductory section will provide an overview of terrorism threats and trends. The trainer would provide an outline of the known terror groups and their nodes and modes of attack as well as their identified regional presence and influence. An introduction to international terrorism with its defined similarities and differences in the terror groups, their origins and development to date will be defined. Participants learn about the structure, operational capabilities and threats posed by terrorist groups as well as their intents and tactics at regional and country specific. International terrorist organizations will be discussed with a focus on their ideology, mind-set, and modus operandi with focus onto the regional differences and similarities.
The review in this section will offer insights of different terrorist attacks at different locations worldwide. It will highlight the failures and juxtapose it with the actions and reactions, importance of awareness, readiness, preparedness and communication in order to recognize the warning signals, red flags and reckon with the necessary mitigation to defuse the threats and challenges.
Different type of explosives will result in different effects. By the end of this session participants will be able to know characteristics of an explosion as well as its classification. Hazards and safety precaution will also be deliberated in order to ensure that the participants have a thorough understanding of explosives and its effects.
The session will take the participants through the various types of explosive devices improvised by terrorist. The perception of bomb and explosives is challenged with the samples and examples cited. While mastering the basics of IED components, the participants will also learn the category and make-up of the devices. Methods of activation and concealment will also be discussed. The trainer will touch base on safety precautions needed to be taken while dealing with an IED.
This section takes a deep dive into the multiple issues surrounding counterterrorism framework with a comparative international networking system. The fundamentals of anti and counter terrorism is explained and differentiated. The trainer provides an overview of the strategy: Defeat the Process; Defeat the Device; Train the People concepts. Participants will also master key operating activities and generics towards preparation against terrorism threats.
TTP’s are the essentials in terrorism studies. The role of TTPs in terrorism analysis is to identify an individual’s behavior in a particular terrorist activity, or in an organization. Participants will examine and categorize more general tactics and weapons used by an individual or an organization. Co-relating the TTP with methods of attack is the focus of this section.
Terrorist attacks require meticulous planning and preparation. The trainer will teach bring us through the adversary operational tactics and plans and lead us through the chronology of the attacking process which is referred to as the attack cycle. Understanding of the attack cycle allows for the strategic preparation and mitigation exercise which can be put in place to check and balance a probable attack.
In this exercise, participants will be divided into groups taking up both the antagonist and protagonist confrontational roles. The attack will be based on target selection and modus operandi. This will enable the participant to ‘think outside the box’ to strategize attacks and plan mitigation strategies.
What would you do if an IED incident takes place? The trainer will enable you to strategic and tactical risk based approaches on understanding of the threats that is required to formulate management operational actions towards terror threat mitigation. The trainer will cover the types of IED situation, actions that should be carried out upon discovery and safety precautions that need to be considered.
The trainer will give you an overview of ways the internet and IT is being exploited by terrorist and criminals. Practical information on software’s, applications and systems will be spoken about. The presentation will conclude with notes on OSINT and best ways to retrieve information from different web engines. The trainer will guide the participants on the various open source sites available for them to make references for doing data or information collection, collation and analytics via the social media in the internet platform.
The trainer will take the participants through the precise and regimental required actions for IED incident threat. The right thing to do and doing it first is vital. The accurate evaluation and swift communications are critical. The participants will be tasked with an attack scenario simulation of suspicious item or baggage found in a given location which can be building, hotel, mall or station with threat setting. Scenarios include the following: Suspected IED FIND, Suspected VBIED / IED in a vehicle, Failed Suicide Bomber and Attack Aftermath. The participants put their knowledge to the test by suggesting mitigation measures that are needed in responding to the scenario. An evaluation as well as commentary follows from all with a summarized assessment provided by the trainer.
Gerard Lee

Mr. Gerard Lee

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Retired)
Singapore Armed Forces

Adjunct Trainer
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Graham Ong Webb

Dr. Graham Ong-Webb

Vice President, Head of Future Technology Centre
ST Engineering
Hamoon Khelghat Doost

Dr. Hamoon Khelghat-Doost

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and International relations,
Üsküdar University, Istanbul, Turkey


Entry Requirements
  • 21 years old and above; and
  • Diploma Holders; or
    an industry or government recognise akin certificate; or
    with at least 1 year of industry related working experience
  • Pass in English in Secondary or High School education or equivalent.
Graduation Requirements

Students will be assessed throughout the duration of the program. In order to be received the certificate, students must achieve a pass for their in-class assessments paper, and at least 75% of class attendance.