Training and Certification

TSCM Training & Certification

Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., and Vilution Ltd., recognizes that technical operator training and qualifying certification, is just as important as the TSCM | SIGINT equipment resources deployed.

Whether training is conducted in Canada, the United States of America (USA), or in the European Union (EU) under the watchful eye of Vilution Ltd., our Kestrel ® Master Distribution partner, strategically operating in the United Kingdom (UK) and across the European Union (EU), delivering a standards-based training experience is our primary mission!

It takes a professionally aware technical operator, also referred to as a Kestrel ® Spectrum Warrior, to detect, identify and neutralize today’s advanced threat technology, that are threat actor deployed, within a modern moving target threat model environment.

Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., has carefully crafted and adopted a set of exacting technical standards, defined by the TSB 2000 (Technical) Standard TM for operational field deployment, and brings this knowledge and vast experience into the most technologically advanced classroom settings available.

We are also able to deliver our Certified Technical Operator (CTO) TM and Certified Government Technical Operator (CGTO) TM programs virtually via our Remote Virtual Classroom (RVC) TM format.

Our standards-based approach involves several essential levels of integrated familiarization training that includes our Certified Technical Operator (CTO) TM and Certified Government Technical Operator (CGTO) TM program deliverables, relative to the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software | Signals Intelligence Support System TM.

We also offer an advanced Technical Security Specialist (TSS) TM Designate Certification program conducted at our Canadian-based Resident Training Centre (RTC) TM in a variety of formats consistent with the needs of the end-user, including our recently commissioned 10-day non-resident format.

Our training does not simply focus on the positive aspects of equipment resources, such as is often the case with other manufacturer focused specific training.

All our instructors and management team, are experienced (working) technical security professionals with many years of dedicated experience and are willing to share our combined experience and knowledge with other industry professionals.

We firmly believe in spending equal amounts of time across the capabilities and limitations of equipment resources and deployment techniques during our training, and let the participant determine the truth about any particular equipment resource. We encourage participants to speak openly about their experiences and thoughts on other mildly competitive equipment resources, so that misleading information can be addressed and resolved.

This concept is an extremely important fact that very few technical operators fully understand or are prepared to address honestly, based on preconceived notions of anticipated effectiveness, misleading technical specifications, and slick marketing tactics by others in the industry.

Seeing is believing, and we always encourage operators to examine competitive solutions carefully and complete an honest and informed comparative before purchasing any TSCM equipment resources.

It is for this reason that PDTG Inc., has remained, and continues to remain, non-manufacturer specific when it comes to providing our Technical Security Specialist (TSS) TM Designate Certification training program.

We firmly believe that participants attending our training need to be exposed to as many TSCM equipment resources as possible to be able to separate slick sales pitches from real-world specifications; features and advanced capabilities, to be considered true technical security professionals, and we will continue to do so in the future.

We encourage participants to bring their existing TSCM resources to the training. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each method, technique, deployment practice and equipment resource is absolute.

Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., and our EU based Master Distributor offers the only Technical Security Specialist (TSS) TM Designate Certification program worldwide, firmly based on the advanced concepts of the TSB 2000 (Technical) Standard TM.

KESTREL CLASSROOM

The TSB 2000 (Technical) Standard TM and the Operational Standard | Policy and Procedure Guideline (OS-PPG) TM are pioneered on proven work-flow driven best practices that have been aggressively developed over the past (40 +) years, separating the obsolete cold war era tactics from a modern standards-based moving target threat model environment.

The TSB 2000 (Technical) Standard TM is the only formal operational technical standard worldwide with integrated training, experience, equipment requirements, and on-going professional development.

There are many manufacturer specific training opportunities available and a number of these offer excellent insight into the operation of their respective equipment resources, but these programs often focus on capability and are not always objective when it comes to the limitations, and their instructors often mimic the original content and key concepts of the true industry leaders.

Others provide sub-par added value training for the money, or anticipated equipment sales potential, and have limited or no real experience as a professional technical operator.

The vast majority of these programs are generic in nature, not end-user focused; and do not have any meaningful certification or work-flow value for professional level analytical technical security inspection work needed.

Technical Security Specialist (TSS) TM Designate Certification training is an important consideration regardless of other training opportunities attended, or pursued.

We strongly recommend that you attend the Technical Security Specialist (TSS) TM Designate Certification program and maintain your certification by meeting the Annual Certification Review (ACR) TM requirements for on-going professional development.

KESTREL INSTRUCTOR

There are several configurations for basic, intermediate and advanced training components available, each delivered as resident and non-resident components, and available in custom delivery formats.

Standard packaged and specific custom training content delivery is available to meet specialized training requirements of the end-user.

Mixed commercial and government programs are available. Private closed door sessions are available for government groups of 10 to 12 participants.


Important (Training and Certification) Notice!

If you approached about Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software certification or product training, by anyone other than Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., or Vilution Ltd (UK)., please contact support@pdtg.ca or EUSupport@pdtg.ca so that we can determine whether or not the company or individual is a trained representative authorized to conduct our product training.

Note: Authorized Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software distributors are not authorized to conduct product training or certification, and are simply permitted to organize, host, or arrange local training for end-users. All training is conducted directly, under the authority of authorized instructors.

There have been several reports of offers and training being conducted by third-party individuals who have no authority to conduct Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software training.

These individuals are in no way connected to PDTG Inc., or VILUTION Ltd., and have absolutely no authority to conduct product training under the Kestrel® registered trademark.

All certification and training is conducted under the direct authority and supervision of Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., and / or Vilution Ltd., our direct business partner and authorized master distributor for the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU).


Training Benefits

The benefits of initial, on-going and periodic technical security and counter-intelligence professional development training, is an absolutely essential element for every professional technical operator regardless of the threat environment or technology anticipated.

Probability of Detection (POD) is significantly enhanced and liability is mitigated when a balanced approach is taken with respect to initial certification training and the deployment of primary Software Defined Radio (SDR) resources, methods and techniques within a modern moving target threat model environment.

Participants gain valuable and immediate field deployable and hands-on experience with the latest detection resources, methodologies and real-world detection and analytical identification strategies for the latest threat actor deployed threat technology, based on advanced dimensional geo-location heat mapping and RF Visualizer TM principles.

New hostile threat technology is identified on a daily basis and what the technical operator knew only yesterday, is unfortunately, not good enough today!

The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software utilizes an industry leading disruptive automatic software update resource to push the latest threat detection enhancements, bug fixes, new features, and software tweaks directly to the technical operator.

It is essential to understand the emerging threat technology, unleased today, and not just tomorrow!

Most of the mildly competitive TSCM equipment resources available are based on obsolete cold war era concepts, or are simply too old from a technology standpoint, and fail to deliver current, real-world features, or the modern methodology required to successfully navigate today’s threat environment.


Technical Security Specialist (TSS) TM

10-Day and 14-Day | Resident Training Centre (RTC) TM

Our Technical Security Specialist (TSS) TM Designate Certification Program consists of up to 120 hours (14-days) at our Canadian Resident Training Centre (RTC) TM in Ontario Canada.

Classroom time and equipment resources are divided across three (3) specific training phases combined into a single extended training program of either 10-days or 14-days, depending on an element of customization to meet the end users specific requirements.

Our 10-Day TSS format program delivery can also be be run in a non-resident environment in Canada, the United States of America (USA), via our distribution partner COMSEC LLC or via our master distribution partner, Vilution Ltd., in the United Kingdom (UK) or Europe (EU).

Our TSS TM certification programs are generally run as a preferred full-time resident format and includes all on-site meals, individual private accommodation, basic, intermediate and advanced training elements, led by a experienced group of instructors, with a focus on practical hands-on exercises conducted in our special project rooms.

Participants have the opportunity to work with live and simulated analog and digital threat technology, telecommunications equipment, wireless telephone systems and sophisticated countermeasures equipment resources for maximum training delivery.

The TSS TM program content delivery also includes the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software | Certified Technical Operator (CTO) TM training within a single training commitment exposing the participant to the most current threat methodology.

Optional: Participants may elect to purchase the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software and other recommended equipment resources during the training at a discounted rate, when training and products are purchased as part of the training.

Contact Paul D Turner, TSS TSI in Canada or Rebecca Kairouz, TSI in Europe, for registration details and further information.

 

ProgramFormatStarts10-Day Ends14-Day EndsPrerequisitesCost (CAD)
WEEK 20 | 21
Technical Security Specialist (TSS) Designate Certification Program
14-Day Resident Training Centre (RTC) Classroom DeliveryRTC Arrival Sunday May 07, 2023RTC Departure Wednesday May 17, 2023RTC Departure Sunday May 21, 2023Registration Available for Mixed or Closed Door ProgrammingContact us for Tuition Details

Certified Technical Operator (CTO) TM

5-Day and 7-Day Resident Training Centre (RTC) TM and Non-Resident Formats

This program can be delivered as a commercial Certified Technical Operator (CTO) TM program, or our Certified Government Technical Operator (CGTO) TM formats.

The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software is the leading standards-based TSCM specific, operator centric Software Defined Radio (SDR) applications available worldwide.

It is the methodology, not the spectrum analyzer, that has made the Kestrel TSCM Software a single source resource for so many commercial and government operators.

We have the software, hardware, training, certification, professional development, credibility, dedication, resources, knowledge, experience, standards, and an aggressive threat technology focus. Superb engineering, and a community of professional technical operators who work together to combat a complacent and monopolistic industry.

Our training is based directly on real-time software development that cannot be duplicated by third-party training programs, no matter how good their intentions, they are not able to fully understand the focus and unique nature of the software.

It is for this reason that all Kestrel training and certification is directly controlled by our management team and third-party trainers and software distributors are not authorized to delivery our TSS TM, CTO TM, or CGTO TM training programs.

Organizations that invest in unauthorized training, are simply setting in motion the potential of significant liability and the risk of an undetected technical security threat.

Our 5-Day and 7-Day Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software | Certified Technical Operator (CTO) TM and Certified Government Technical Operator (CGTO) TM programs are recommended for both new and experienced technical operators, and are considered an essential part of every software purchase.

Participants gain hands-on experience with modern TSCM concepts and methodology, including the importance of dimensional geo-location heat mapping, Total Energy Capture (TEC) TM and the importance of analytical IQ capture and playback.

Dimensional geo-location heat mapping, and analytical IQ processing are today’s absolute essential resources of the modern spectrum warrior, and are simply not available in many mildly competitive products, or represented properly during training.

As with any newly acquired TSCM equipment resource or active deployment technology, the average technical operator is likely to utilize only 40 to 60 percent of the resources capability, without proper standards-based operator training and certification.

It is strongly recommended that all technical operators consider purchasing a training and operator certification package during the software procurement process, even if the training is to be delivered at a future, to be determined place and time.

Operators gain confidence and experience with hands-on practical training led by an experienced team of instructors, under the direct supervision of a certified Technical Security Instructor (TSI), Paul D Turner, TSS TSI

The successful completion of the requirements for this program qualify as part of the Annual Certification Review (ACR) TM for continuing education credit towards the Technical Security Specialist (TSS) TM designation.

This is a complete Software Defined Radio (SDR) hardware and software certification program that is designed to focus on the core technology of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software.

Participants gain working knowledge about the setup, operation and deployment capability within the scope of Radio-Frequency (RF), Power Line (PL) and Photonic (optical) analytical environment.

The CTO TM and CGTO TM program’s are not a general skills oriented TSCM specific training program, and focus squarely on the radio-frequency threat environment.

Optional: Participants may purchase the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software and other equipment resources during the training at a discounted rate.

Contact Paul D Turner, TSS TSI in Canada or Rebecca Kairouz, TSI in Europe, for registration details and further information.

 

ProgramFormatStarts5-Day Ends7-Day EndsPrerequisitesCost (CAD)
TBA5-Day | Non-Resident Training ClassroomTBATBATBAPlease Contact Us for Tuition Details
Week 12 | CGTO5-Day | Non-Resident Training ClassroomMonday March 18, 2024Friday March 22, 2024N/AGovernment OnlyN/A
TBA5-Day | Non-Resident Training ClassroomTBATBATBAPlease Contact Us for Tuition Details
TBA5-Day | Non-Resident Training ClassroomTBATBATBAPlease Contact Us for Tuition Details

5-Day | Virtual Classroom Format

5-Day WebEx Delivery | Remote Virtual Classroom (RVC) | Closed Door Sessions Available

Now you can experience the full benefits and convenience of our Virtual Classroom (VC) delivery, globally, without the travel downtime or associated expenses.

This program delivery format was developed in direct response to the global pandemic, that affected travel and end-user training mandates worldwide.

Prerequisites: Includes the requirement for the participant to have available a licensed copy of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software and at least a single supported SDR radio, and computer network connection that is suitable to run a WebEx virtual classroom session.

Candidates for this program who do not own a licensed copy of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software may be eligible for a software and training discount when software and training are purchased together.

Our program format is instructor taught, monitored and includes instructor / participant interaction as a qualifying certificate operator certification program with challenge and response requirements.

Participants must attend all 5-days of the training to qualify for the Certified Technical Operator (CTO) TM or Certified Government Technical Operator (CGTO) TM designation.

This training format provides the same subject matter content as our preferred instructor led classroom format.

The program dates are open to mixed (commercial and government) participants, or can be run as a closed door session for organized entities with a minimum of 4 to 6 participants, as a private, dedicated RVC TM session.

Participants are able to login to the platform without the use of an official email address for anonymity during mixed class programs.

Please note that no classified discussions are permitted to take place on the WebEx platform, and provisions for addressing potentially classified information are provided to government, law-enforcement, military, and national security entitles on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Paul D Turner, TSS TSI in Canada or Rebecca Kairouz, TSI in Europe, for registration details and further information.

 

ProgramFormatStartsEndsPrerequisitesCost (CAD)
Certified Technical Operator (CTO)
WebEx Delivery
5-Day | Virtual Classroom
Monday October 09, 2023Friday October 13, 2023Access to a Kestrel Platform for Use During the TrainingContact Us for Tuition Details


All Things Kestrel | Virtual Classroom (VC) Series

Please note that our instructor delivered Kestrel TSCM Professional Software  | Virtual Classroom (VC) Series is free of charge for existing licensed technical operators and end-user organizations worldwide.

Authorized distribution partners are also encouraged to attend these important monthly briefings, to better provide support to the end-users of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software in their regions.

Tuition fees apply for non-licensed individuals and entities on a per person / per session basis Please contact us for details about the training and for an invitation.

Our virtual classroom training is conducted from the Red Deer Training Centre (RDTC) TM located in Alberta Canada and is delivered twice on the same day each month, to accommodate various time zones.

Please understand that the free monthly briefings are subject to change, with shifting content priorities, new feature announcements, operator requested content, and new software releases.

Please confirm the session dates, times, and content regularly, to be aware of the latest changes to content or the schedule.

The training briefings are conducted via the WebEx platform. Invitations are generally sent out a few days prior to the anticipated session dates based on a qualifying list of interested participants.

For those already on the list who wish to be removed, or for those new to the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software, who wish to be added, please contact us at anytime.

Contact Paul D Turner, TSS TSI in Canada or Rebecca Kairouz, TSI in Europe, for additional information about attending our All Things Kestrel | Virtual Classroom Series.

 

ContentSession Length | CreditsTraining DateFormatTuition
2024 Technology Update for the Kestrel ® Community
Introducing Release (v1.49.3.2)
3.0 HOURS
1 Kestrel Credit
24-001
2024-01-10
0800 MDT | 1700 MDT
WebEx | Virtual ClassroomNo Charge for Licensed Kestrel Spectrum Warriors
Introducing the Dual Radio 40 GHz
Universal Spectral Translator (UST) Technology
3.0 HOURS
1 Kestrel Credit
24-002
2024-02-21
0800 MDT | 1700 MDT
WebEx | Virtual ClassroomNo Charge for Licensed Kestrel Spectrum Warriors
Understanding the Complexities of
Modern Vehicle Technical Security Inspections
3.0 HOURS
1 Kestrel Credit
24-003
2024-03-27
0800 MDT | 1700 MDT
WebEx | Virtual ClassroomNo Charge for Licensed Kestrel Spectrum Warriors
TBA3.0 HOURS
1 Kestrel Credit
24-004
2024-04-10
0800 MDT | 1700 MDT
WebEx | Virtual ClassroomNo Charge for Licensed Kestrel Spectrum Warriors
TBA3.0 HOURS
1 Kestrel Credit
24-005
2024-01-05-22
0800 MDT | 1700 MDT
WebEx | Virtual ClassroomNo Charge for Licensed Kestrel Spectrum Warriors
TBA3.0 HOURS
1 Kestrel Credit
24-006
2024-06-19
0800 MDT | 1700 MDT
WebEx | Virtual ClassroomNo Charge for Licensed Kestrel Spectrum Warriors

Knowledge and Experience Equivalency Testing

Are you interested in finding out if you have what it takes to work in a Counter-Espionage | Counter-Intelligence | Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) role?

The TSB 2000 (Technical) Standard TM can assist and guide you in determining your strengths and weaknesses, in successfully navigating a career as a technical security professional via our ARQ process.

If you are considering a career within the TSCM field, we can assist you in navigating the mine-field of misleading information, and provide you with factual information and resources that you can use to determine the best and most realistic approach, that is squarely tailored for your unique situation, attributes and qualifications.

 

Aptitude Qualification Resource (ARQ) TM

Identifies Existing Skill Level | Assesses and identifies existing operational and administrative skills already possessed by the individual, based on an evaluation of previous work history experience, education, knowledge, functional aptitude, personality traits, and general life experiences.

Determines Areas of Required Professional Development | Provides a clear path of recommendations to assist the individual in implementing a working professional development action plan that is consistent with the individual’s assessed experience and desired direction within the TSCM industry.

Technical Resources | Provides a determination of the required equipment resources the applicant will require initially and to maintain on-going competency, including training, certification, equipment and professional development.