Certificate In Managing Security Search Operations

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


The Certificate in Managing Security Search Operations is a 3 day program structured to balance the interest, job characteristic requirements and capability/ limitation potentials of private security practitioners and law enforcement officers. Its design encompasses an array of search operations (types), covering both Defensive and certain aspects of Offensive Search operations. For the latter, it involves search conditions in non-permissible environments (threat presence) – mainly in the domain of law enforcement officers, the military and in the relevance to commercial interest, when a facility has been attacked.

Generically, Certificate in Managing Security Search Operations strives to equip participants with fundamental knowledge to: Advise, Plan and Execute a Search Operation under varying threat environment and conditions. Apart from classroom lectures, lessons will be reinforced via table top exercises and a physical search of a room where simulated IEDs will be concealed.

Contents in the Certificate in Managing Security Search Operations program are usually conducted at national training centres such as law enforcement academies and military training institutions. Its contents offer intensity and depth ; comparative to those commonly available at public security course. Instructors facilitating this program are qualified ex-military trainers with decades of operational experiences in this, and C-IED related disciplines.


The objective of Certificate in Managing Security Search Operations is to equip participants with the below listed skill-sets. They are as follows:

  • Understand and apply the roles of a Search Advisor in context of consultancy, training, auditing and execution.
  • Apply the appropriate measures and methods in the conduct of the varied aspects of search operations and Bomb Threat Management (BTM). Such measures could include:
    (1) Advise clients on existing SOPs and contingency plans in context to their respective premises.
    (2) Appropriate measures and safety actions to be taken prior to the arrival of the authorities.
  • The ability to advise, plan and execute an event activity where search ops is a constituent of the arching security framework.


Course Modules:  15 Modules

Duration:  3 Days

Language:  English

Assessment: Written Examination

Course Fee:  SGD 1,500

Application Fee:  SGD 100


The Objective of This Lesson is to Highlight the Roles and Capabilities of a Search Advisor and the Various Aspects of Search Operations.

1.1 - The Role, Responsibilities, Capabilities and Limitation of a Search Advisor.
1.2 - Characteristics and Categorization of Search Operations.
1.3 - Types of Search Operations: Defensive and Offensive.
1.4 - Principles of Search Operations
1.5 - Risk and Safety Considerations Involved in Search Operations
The Primary Objective of This Lesson is to Acquaint Participants on the Varying Intricacies on IEDs, Premising on: Component Recognition, Varying Configurations; Activation Mode; Concealment Methods; Associated Hazards and Safety Precautions. Another Aligning Objective is to Apprise the Common Types of IEDs Found and Employed in Southeast Asia.

2.1 - Have a Wider Perspective of IED Recognition Skills, Over and Above Contents Covered in General Security Courses.
2.2 - Enhance Doctrines and Training Methodology With the Inclusion of IED Depth and Scope of IED Concealment and Actuation Modes.
2.3 - Equip Security Personnel with Practical Knowledge on IED / Suspicions Item Management.
The Objective of This Lesson is to Apprise Participants on the Various Types of Explosive Ordnance, Such as Projectiles, Grenades, Rockets and Landmines that can be Used as a Payload by Terrorists.

3.1 - State the Different Types of EO.
3.2 - Identify and Distinguish The Different Types of Explosive Ordnance by Their Physical Features.
3.3 - Understand the Firing Mechanisms.
This Objective of This Lesson is to Equip Participants on How to Manage an IED Related FIND Incident.

4.1 - Guiding Principles - IED Situation.
4.2 - Immediate Action Activities.
4.3 - Recovery Activities.
4.4 - Threat Management Guide.
The Objective of This Lesson is to Impart Skills on How to Search a Vehicle is a Systematic Manner.

5.1 - Undertake Planning for a Vehicle Search Operation.
5.2 - Know the Necessary Safety Considerations When Carrying out a Vehicle Search.
5.3 - Know the General Indicators to Observe for Tampering.
5.4 - Know the Correct Sequence of Vehicle Search
The Objective of this Lesson is to Impart Techniques of Person Search to Enable its Conduct in a Thorough and Systematic Manner in Both Routine and Escalated Situation.

6.1 - Key Approaches to Person Screening.
6.2 - Sleeving Out Suspicious Characters.
6.3 - Body Concealment Methods and its Indicators.
6.4 - Categories of Person Search.
6.5 - Conduct of Person Search
6.6 - Person Search Technique Under Threat Condition.
6.7 - Bag Check Sequences and Techniques.
The Objective of this Lesson is to Apprise on the Different Types of Building Search Consideration and Techniques in a Permissive Environment and Conditions.

7.1 - The Types of Building Search
7.2 - System and Technique of Building Search
7.3 - Search Consideration and Principles.
This Objective of this Presentation is to Apprise on The Employment Concept of EDD and Explosive Detection Apparatus.

8.1 - Employment Concept of EDD and EDT
8.2 - Principles of Employment for EDD and EDT
8.3 - Types of EDT Equipment.
8.4 - Capabilities and Limitations EDD and EDT
8.5 - Cost and Effects: EDD vs EDT
The Objective of This Lesson is to Equip Participants with the Knowledge of Executing a Search Procedure Systemically on an Open Terrain.

9.1 - Identify the Different Types of ‘Hides’ and its Attributes
9.2 - Able to Apply and Collate Intelligence and Planning Considerations.
9.3 - Able to Plan and Execute the Various Phases and Techniques used in a Cache Search Operation
9.4 - Abel to adopt appropriate actions upon the discovery of Suspicious, hazardous items and booby traps
The Objective of this Presentation is to Apprise the Methods Used to Conduct a Thorough Route Search.

10.1 - Route Search Consideration
10.2 - Route Search Sequence.
10.2 - Searching Vulnerable Positions
The Objective of this Lesson is to Apprise on the Key Pointers in Search Planning for an Operation to be Conducted in a Systematic, Effective and Safe Manner with Minimal Disruption to Commercial Interest and the Occupants of the Venue to be Searched.

11.1 - Factors Affecting Search Planning.
11.2 - The Planning Phases.
11.3 - Execution of the Search Plan.
The Objective of this Lesson is to Share on the Methods and Salient Points that are Required for a Concise Search Order / Advisory Compilation.

12.1 - Information
12.2 - Intention
12.3 - Method
12.4 - Administration
12.5 - Communication
The Objective of this Lesson is to Disseminate the Key Tenets and Considerations When Managing a Bomb Threat Situation.

13.1 - Terms and Terminologies Associated With Bomb Threats.
13.2 - Characteristics of Bomb Threat Scenarios.
13.3 - The Processes Involved in a Bomb Threat Management Plan.
13.4 - Roles and Responsibilities of Key Appointment Holders.
13.5 - Making a Threat Assessment.
The Objective of the Group Presentation is to Enable Participants to Present their Findings and Plan to a Given Bomb Threat Scenario.

14.1 - Participants Will Get to Hear the View of the Other From a Different Industry or Security Faculty.
14.2 - Consenting or Common Views will Serve to Reinforce Assurance of the Good Practices in a Particular Discipline.
14.3 - Differing Views May Provide Fresh Ideas or Impetuous Towards Reviewing Existing Practices.
This Objective of this Presentation is to Apprise on The Employment Concept of EDD and Explosive Detection Apparatus.

15.1 - Employment Concept of EDD and EDT
15.2 - Principles of Employment for EDD and EDT
15.3 - Types of EDT Equipment.
15.4 - Capabilities and Limitations EDD and EDT
15.5 - Cost and Effects: EDD vs EDT
Gerard Lee

Mr. Gerard Lee

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Retired)
Singapore Armed Forces

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


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.