May 9, 2024

Empowering Security Professionals with NexPort: Advancing IFPO's Mission

In the ever-evolving field of security, continuous training and adherence to standards set by bodies like the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) are crucial. Smart Horizons has adeptly utilized the NexPort Learning Platform to elevate the training of security professionals, ensuring they meet and exceed IFPO standards. Here’s how NexPort is revolutionizing security professional training.

Customized Learning Experiences

NexPort’s ability to customize its offerings to the specific needs of the security sector is a significant advantage. The platform aligns perfectly with IFPO's comprehensive guidelines, ensuring that every course addresses the current demands and skills required in the field. For example, the Certified Protection Officer (CPO) course provided by Smart Horizons meticulously covers a range of essential topics from asset protection, risk management, and legal aspects to emergency response and ethics in security work. Each unit is designed to build on the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for security professionals to thrive in various environments.

Interactive and Practical Training

The NexPort Learning Platform incorporates interactive elements that engage learners in practical scenarios they are likely to encounter in the field. This method is particularly effective in security training, where the application of theoretical knowledge to real-world situations is crucial. The CPO course includes detailed discussions on modern security challenges and solutions, such as environmental crime control, access control technologies, and crowd management, ensuring that learners are well-prepared for the complexities of their roles.

Comprehensive Skill Development

Beyond the foundational topics, NexPort supports the development of advanced skills such as crisis intervention and handling workplace violence—areas that are critical for security personnel. The platform offers modules that guide learners through complex scenarios, supported by the latest research and practices in the field, thus fostering a well-rounded skill set that aligns with IFPO’s mission to enhance the professionalism and effectiveness of security officers.

Continuous Education and Career Planning

Smart Horizons emphasizes career development through NexPort, providing resources for continued learning and professional growth. The CPO course, for example, includes units on career planning for protection professionals, highlighting the importance of ongoing education, certification, and training. This approach not only aligns with IFPO’s objectives but also ensures that learners have pathways for advancement and success in their careers.

Meeting Industry Standards

The structure and content of Smart Horizons’ courses through NexPort are designed to meet and often exceed the stringent standards set by IFPO. Every aspect of the training—from entry-level preparation to complex risk management strategies—is crafted to uphold the highest industry standards, ensuring that all training delivered through NexPort is both current and comprehensive.


Smart Horizons’ use of the NexPort Learning Platform is a testament to their commitment to quality education and professional development in the security industry. By aligning with IFPO standards, NexPort not only prepares security professionals for immediate challenges but also equips them for future advancements in their careers. This strategic approach to training ensures that learners are not just meeting the basic requirements but are also setting new benchmarks in security professionalism.

About IFPO

The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) is committed to enhancing the professional development of protection officers and supervisors globally. Through advocacy, training standards promotion, and the provision of accessible training, education, and certification opportunities, IFPO aims to improve the skill sets, knowledge, and professionalism of security personnel. Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Naples, Florida, IFPO serves individuals, security companies, and educational institutions, providing them with the tools to perform with greater competence and ethical standards in the security industry.

About Smart Horizons

Smart Horizons is an innovative provider of accredited online education and training for a diverse range of professions and industries. With a focus on flexibility, accessibility, and state-of-the-art learning technologies, Smart Horizons offers career training, professional development, and certification courses designed to help individuals advance their careers and fulfill educational goals. Their offerings are tailored to meet the needs of both individuals and organizations, ensuring that learners receive comprehensive, current, and engaging education experiences.

For those interested in learning more about Smart Horizons and the opportunities offered through NexPort, visit Smart Horizons’ official site.

NexPort Solutions Can Help

Our team has decades of experience assisting organizations in delivering their training online. Our Learning Management Platform, NexPort, is trusted by Fortune 500 Companies and educational institutions, managing millions of enrollments. NexPort is a high availability, cloud based service that allows our partners to host one or many campuses. NexPort Analytics allows in-depth analysis of student behavior and progress while NexPort Campus allows partners to manage students, instructors, and curriculum for online delivery. To learn more about what we can do for your organization contact us today.