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Active Shooter Awareness within Places of Worship (Online)   

This is an online independent study, self-paced course.

Active shooter incidents can happen almost anywhere. This course will focus particularly at providing practical information for religious institutions. The principles provided in this training will help potential victims in these situations develop the best plan for survival. Protocols advocated by the Department of Homeland Security will be included along with examples on how to minimize the risk of personal injury and quickly resolve the incident. You will learn practical steps that can be taken to escape the danger posed by an active shooter. Finally, you will be provided with a brief overview of what to expect from law enforcement when they arrive on the scene and how you can best help them resolve the situation.

This online, self-paced course will guide you through a history of active shooter incidents to identify the motives and methods that have been used by previous active shooters. This information will help those who may become involved in future incidents. We will explore some of the past changes law enforcement has made to resolve these situations, so you will be able to develop security measures that can help lessen the impact of an active shooter incident.

Active shooters come in many shapes and sizes. To understand their motives and behavior, we will discuss the ten myths about active shooters, the warning signs that may suggest a person is considering and planning an active shooter event, and the steps to take if these warning signs are observed. We will also discuss five categories that influence active shooters’ behavior and how they select their victims.

Where appropriate, resources will be provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help you plan appropriate procedures in the event an active shooter incident occurs at your place of worship. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Topics Include

  • The history of active shooters
  • Characteristics and behaviors of potential active shooters
  • Causes and types of active shooter events
  • What to do during an active shooter event
  • What to expect from law enforcement during an active shooter event


Pastors, priests, rabbis, and other religious leaders, staff, elders, and deacons

Course Length

2 hours

Online Details

Online environment: This is an independent study, self-paced course. You should plan to dedicate approximately two hours to the course activities. Instructors are available to answer your questions during each module via the help forum.

The course must be completed within 30 days upon registration. Once the 30-day period has ended, you may no longer have access and be required to re-enroll. Additional fees may apply.

Computer requirements: You will complete the course entirely online. A dependable broadband internet connection with a Windows or Mac computer and Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download) are required.

Related Courses

This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.



Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Ground transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. Special rates have been negotiated at select hotels in Jacksonville for IPTM students. For more information, please visit our Locations/Lodging page or call us at (904) 620-4786.

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