How can I become an Authorized Instructor for the AVERT program?

Due to the subject matter and dynamic nature of how AVERT is taught, all instructor candidates must attend an AVERT Instructor Development Course (IDC).

How long is the AVERT Instructor Development Course (IDC)?

The AVERT IDC uses blended learning, meaning the initial training is completed online as a preparation for the one-day in-person course with an AVERT Instructor Trainer. The online portion takes approximately two hours to complete, and the in-person training is about six hours.

I’m a current Authorized CPR Training Center or Instructor for one of HSI’s brands. Can I add AVERT to my offering as well?

Yes, you can become an Authorized AVERT Instructor and offer this training for your organization and/ or customers. However, the AVERT course is different than our other training programs, and we require all instructor candidates to attend our AVERT IDC to become an Authorized AVERT Instructor.

How much does it cost to become an Authorized AVERT Instructor?

The AVERT IDC is $695 and includes the blended, online streaming and in-person hands-on IDC course, digital AVERT Instructor Guide, admission to our AVERT Instructor portal giving you direct access to our experts who will answer your questions about the program as well as your AVERT Instructor peers. The price of the IDC also includes an AVERT Instructor Training Kit in a soft carry case (a $395 value):

  • 15 training tourniquets
  • 15 wound simulators with gauze
  • 10 distraction objects


  • 1 orange rifle replica
  • 1 orange handgun replica
  • 1 TAC+PAC Bleeding Control Kit

You may be eligible for an additional discount if you are a current HSI CPR and First Aid Training Center or Instructor, or if you are a first responder, law enforcement professional or military personnel. Please ask our scheduling team for your one-time special discount pricing of up to $100 off the IDC course.

How long is my Authorized Instructor status valid?

Authorized AVERT Instructors are eligible to teach for one year and then required to pay an annual fee of $100 per year to maintain their authorized instructor status. Because the nature of this topic is very dynamic, content will be updated on a regular basis.

Do I need to have law enforcement or medical background to teach AVERT?

No. AVERT was developed by experts who bring extensive experience in these fields and have adapted their knowledge for the general public. During the AVERT IDC, you will learn how to conduct an AVERT training session and be part of the AVERT Instructor community that will include access to our experts who will support you as needed.

Do I need to have any previous experience or training with handling weapons to teach AVERT?

No, as an Authorized AVERT Instructor, you will receive orange training replicas of a rifle and a handgun as part of your instructor training kit. You will be trained by one of our AVERT Instructor Trainers on how to use these training components to conduct the weapon disarming portion of the class. All specific information regarding weapons will be covered in the video portion and no experience with any type of weapons or self-defense is needed to teach this course.

How much is the annual Instructor authorization annual fee?

The first year of AVERT authorization is included with your IDC. Each year after that is $100.

Does AVERT provide any referrals for authorized AVERT Instructors or is it all based on the Instructor's self-promotion and advertising?

AVERT provides authorized AVERT Instructors with the tools necessary to conduct training as well as an exclusive forum to ask questions and discuss ideas with your peers and our AVERT experts. If you qualify as an authorized AVERT Instructor for the National Training Solution Network, HSI will provide you with training opportunities in your area as they arise.

What is the AVERT National Training Solution (NTS) Network?

NTS is a nationwide referral system for AVERT classes that brings training opportunities to local Training Centers/Instructors. If you are interested in learning more about this program please contact us.

I've been teaching Active Attacker courses for a few years, and I have all of the props and training equipment included in the AVERT training kit. Can I get the IDC without the training kit for a reduced price?

We appreciate that you may already have similar items for active shooter training but require all Authorized AVERT instructor to use the AVERT Instructor Training Kit provided with your IDC. This ensures consistency for the AVERT program to be delivered and provides components that were designed with features that focus on safety for the instructors and students throughout the course.

Is the AVERT Authorized Instructor Training Kit sold separately?

We do not sell the AVERT Training Kit separately from the IDC. We understand that through training classes, some components of the kit may show normal wear and tear and will expand accessory replacement option in 2021.

Do you offer AVERT IDC’s internationally?

At this time, we are only conducting our AVERT IDCs in the U.S. We have received interest from many people outside of the U.S., and we will send a notification if we expand the program internationally in 2021.