What makes AVERT different from other active shooter training programs?

Once taught only to industry professionals, the content in AVERT has been specifically adapted for the general public by medical and law enforcement experts. Unlike other training programs that focus solely on Run, Hide, Fight techniques, AVERT uses a dynamic method to teach proactive awareness, how to react and protect yourself and others in a violent situation, and how to respond to stop the bleed of severe injuries that are often a result of these occurrences.

How long does the AVERT certification training course take?

The AVERT course is delivered in a “blended” training format. This means students will first receive online training introducing them to the subject and preparing them for the instructor-led session.

In-person sessions last approximately three hours and include hands-on training, realistic drills and education with encouraging tips and feedback. Class sizes are limited to 15 people or less so that all participants will leave the AVERT program with the confidence to respond with appropriate action if an active violence or life-threatening situation arises.

How long is an AVERT certification good for and how often should we train our staff?

AVERT certification is valid for two years. We recommend training staff annually or every two years and maintaining a workplace violence program as required by OSHA [section 32.0.2(1)]. Clear policies and procedures should be reviewed and updated annually.

Does my company have to send an employee to become an AVERT Instructor in order to train our staff?

Selecting an individual(s) to become an authorized AVERT Instructor by attending an AVERT Instructor Development Course (IDC) is one option to train internal staff as needed. Another option is to talk to our training development team who will provide training options and arrange for one of our Authorized AVERT Instructors to conduct the training for your organization.

Do you offer private sessions for AVERT Instructor Development Courses?

Yes, we do. If you are interested in training a group, please contact us so we can learn more about your specific needs and how we can support you.

Do you offer the AVERT program internationally?

At this time, we are only conducting our AVERT program 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.