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CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Training Course *Tentative*

June 2 @ 8:00 am - June 4 @ 5:00 pm EDT



The CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Training Course™ is an interactive, three-day course on conducting facility vulnerability assessments. This highly popular course has been taught to thousands of students over the years from backgrounds ranging from military, law enforcement and intelligence professionals to commercial and private security practitioners. The aim of the training is to become proficient in the use of the CARVER Methodology, in order to assist in the analysis and examination of the interrelationships between assets, threats, vulnerabilities and countermeasures that protect a facility, critical infrastructure and/or key assets.

Your instructor for the course is Leo “Godfather of CARVER” Labaj, who was instrumental in the development of the CARVER Methodology (back in the late 1960s/early 1970s) during his 26-year career as a bomb technician with the CIA’s Special Activities Division (SAD). Leo has traveled to nearly 100 countries in his nearly 50 years of security work and has performed thousands of vulnerability assessments.


Video of Luke explaining course


Students should walk-away from this one-day training with a better grasp of the following learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of a Threat and Vulnerability Assessment
  • Employ the principles of the CARVER Methodology to conduct a Vulnerability Assessment and develop a Threat Spectrum
  • Employ the principles of the CARVER Methodology to conduct a Target Analysis
  • Use the results of the assessment to formulate and prioritize risk reduction recommendations
  • Develop proper Design-Basis-Threat scenarios
  • Write an effective Vulnerability Assessment Report


During the course, each student will receive a course manual, as well as a copy of the book The CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology: A Practical Guide for Evaluating Security Vulnerabilities.


The curriculum is built around the concept of practical application through lectures, multimedia presentations, case studies and role-playing exercises. A sample of the course content includes, but is certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Welcome and Administrative
  • Intro to Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessments
  • The CARVER Methodology Explained
  • Threat Assessments and the Threat Spectrum
  • Design Basis Threats
  • IED Familiarization, Suicide Bombers and Explosive Effects
  • Active Shooter and Other Recent Security Threats
  • Security System Effectiveness
  • Perimeter Security
  • Practical Exercises


This course brings all walks of security together; it provides a wealth of experience to bear on how this methodology can be applied. The field work was eye opening.
– Robert Hargesheimer, US Navy, Site Installation Manager

Loved the interaction of students and instructors. Varied attendees gave many points of view and shared experiences.
– Henry Britt, The Response Group

Valuable class. Provided a good mix of backgrounds and experience and presented material in a manner that was great for novices and pros alike.
– J. Phil Harmon, Washington Group International, Manager, Red Team Operations

Excellent course for developing a fundamental understanding of the Carver Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Process.
– Kevin Nowak, U.S. Department of Energy, Security Specialist

Great course! Exceeds expectations and professional requirement. The training will have a positive and dynamic impact on the scope and depth of information

– Mark. K Gerwig, NSWC Crane, EOD Project Specialist

Worth every penny! There are no other courses available that teach the fundamentals of doing a TA and VA.
– Tracy DeWitt, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Adjunct Faculty


Q: Is the course accredited and recognized?
A: The CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Training Course™ is recognized by ASIS-International, the largest security governing body in the world, and provides students with 24 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Q: Will I receive some type of certification upon completion of the course?
A: Yes, you will receive a Certified CARVER Assessment Professional™ certificate at the completion of the course.

Q: What is the dress code?
A: Dress is business casual and jeans are acceptable. Please wear comfortable shoes for the day three practical outdoor exercise.

Q: Do I need to bring a computer?
A: Yes, please bring a laptop or tablet that can accept a USB drive with the CARVER spreadsheets.

Q: What do the practical exercise entail?
A: Practical exercises include a tabletop exercise and a target analysis of a nearby location.

Q: Where should I stay if I am traveling from out of town and is there a hotel discount?
A: It is recommended that students stay in the Tysons Corner area and there is a discounted hotel rate at the Tysons Marriott if you mention that you are part of the “SMI Course.”

Q: Are meals included?
A: Meals are not included however, there will be coffee and pastries in the morning, as well as coffee and snacks (cookies, power bars, etc.) in the afternoon.

Q: What time will we end class in the afternoon and how long is the drive to the airport at that time?
A: We will end promptly on the first two days of class at 4pm. On day three, we will try to have you out of the classroom no later than 2pm. The drive time to Washington Reagan Airport (DCA) is approximately 35 minutes at that time of day. The drive time to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is approximately 30 minutes at that time of day. The drive time to Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) can be between 75 minutes and 2 hours at that time of day.

Q: How can I pay for the course?
A: There are three ways to pay for the course: credit card (though this website), check (made out to Security Management International) or by bank wire (call for wiring instructions).

Q: I am a US Government employee who is approved for the course however I don’t have the funding released yet… can I pay later?
A: Yes, for USG personnel we do understand budget acquisition challenges… in certain cases we can permit you to attend the course and then submit payment later.


June 2 @ 8:00 am
June 4 @ 5:00 pm
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