Training and Certification

TSCM Training & Certification

Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., recognizes that technical operator training is just as important as the equipment resources deployed.

It takes a professionally aware technical operator to detect, identify and neutralize today’s advanced threat technology within a modern moving target threat model.

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

We are also able to deliver our Certified Technical Operator (CTO) TM program via our Remote Virtual Classroom (RVC) TM format with the aid of an innovative instructor / participant Classroom Management System (CMS), providing interactive learning technology.

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 office an advanced Technical Security Specialist (TSS) TM Designate Certification program conducted at our Canadian-based Resident Training Centre (RTC) TM.

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

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.

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.

Seeing is believing and we always encourage operators to examine competitive solutions carefully and complete an honest and informed comparative before purchasing 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 awesome real-world specifications; features and advanced capabilities, to be considered true technical security professionals, and we will continue to do so in the future.

Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each method, technique, deployment practice and equipment resource is absolute.

Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., 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.

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.

However, 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 industry leaders .

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

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 formats.

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


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 technology anticipated.

Probability of Detection (POD) is significantly enhanced and liability is reduced 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 moving target threat model.

Participants gain valuable and immediately field deployable and hands-on experience with the latest detection resources, methodologies and real-world detection and identification strategies based on advanced geo-location heat mapping and RF Visualizer TM capability.

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

It is essential to understand the emerging threat technology of tomorrow!

Much of the equipment resources available are based on obsolete cold war era concepts and fail to deliver the features or the methodology required within a modern threat environment.


Technical Security Specialist (TSS) TM

14-Day | Resident Training Centre (RTC) TM

Our Technical Security Specialist (TSS) TM Designate Certification Program consists of 120 hours (14-days) at our Canadian Resident Training Centre (RTC) TM. Classroom time and equipment resources are divided across three (3) specific training phases combined into a single extended training program.

Our TSS TM certification program is run in a full-time resident format and includes all on-site meals, individual private accommodation. Basic, intermediate and advanced training elements are led by experienced instructors with a focus on practical hands-on exercises.

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.

Note: The TSS TM program content delivery includes the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software | Certified Technical Operator (CTO) TM training.

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

Contact Paul D Turner, TSS TSI for registration details.


Certified Technical Operator (CTO) TM

7-Day | Resident Training Centre (RTC) TM

5-Day Non-Resident Format

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

Our 7-Day and 5-Day Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software | Certified Technical Operator (CTO) TM program is recommended for both new and experienced technical operators.

Participants gain hands-on experience with modern TSCM concepts including the importance of geo-location heat mapping, and IQ capture and playback.

Geo-location heat mapping, and IQ processing are essential features of the modern spectrum warrior and are simply not available in other competitive products or training programs.

As with any newly acquired equipment resource or deployment technology, the average technical operator is likely to utilize only 40 to 60 percent of the equipment capability without proper training.

It is strongly recommended that all technical operators consider purchasing a training package during the software procurement process.

Gain confidence and experience with hands-on practical training led by an experienced team of instructors led by 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 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) and Power Line (PL) analytical environment. This program is not a general skills oriented TSCM specific training program.

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

Contact Paul D Turner, TSS TSI for registration details.


5-Day | Virtual Classroom Format

5-Day WebEx Remote Virtual Classroom

Now you can experience the benefits and convenience of our new Virtual Classroom delivery.

This new program delivery format is in response to the global pandemic, which has created a significant backlog in our ability to deliver enhanced classroom training.

Prerequisites: Include the requirement for the participant to own a licensed copy of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software and a host computer network connection suitable to run a WebEx virtual classroom session.

Note: Candidates for this program who do not own a licensed copy of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software may be eligible for a 10% 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 program with challenge and response requirements.

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

Contact Paul D Turner, TSS TSI for registration details.

 

ProgramFormatStartsEndsPrerequisitesCost
Certified Technical Operator (CTO)
WebEx Delivery
5-Day | Virtual Classroom
Time: 1800
Monday June 21, 2021Friday June 25, 2021CGTO | Private Group Session$1,395.00 + $181.35 HST
= $1,576.35 CAD
Certified Technical Operator (CTO)
WebEx Delivery
5-Day | Virtual Classroom
Time: TBD
Monday July 26, 2021Friday July 30, 2021Licensed Kestrel
Technical Operator
$1,395.00 + $181.35 HST
= $1,576.35 CAD
Certified Technical Operator (CTO)
WebEx Delivery
5-Day | Virtual Classroom
Time: TBD
Monday August 16, 2021Friday August 20, 2021Licensed Kestrel
Technical Operator
$1,395.00 + $181.35 HST
= $1,576.35 CAD
Certified Technical Operator (CTO)
WebEx Delivery
5-Day | Virtual Classroom
Time: TBD
Monday November 22, 2021Friday November 26, 2021Licensed Kestrel
Technical Operator
$1,395.00 + $181.35 HST
= $1,576.35 CAD
Certified Technical Operator (CTO)
WebEx Delivery
5-Day | Virtual Classroom
Time: TBD
Monday December 06, 2021Friday December 10, 2021Licensed Kestrel
Technical Operator
$1,395.00 + $181.35 HST
= $1,576.35 CAD


Remote Virtual Classroom (RVC) TM

5-Day | On-Site Remote Virtual Classroom

The on-going global pandemic has restricted international travel and gatherings such as preferred classroom based-training causing a significant backlog in the delivery of our training commitments worldwide.

For this reason, we have devised a means to deliver high quality certification-based training via a remote instructional team that is virtually on-site to monitor and direct skill and experienced-based learning.

Requirements: As the training is certification oriented, each remote participant must have Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software workstation (computer) and supported SDR radio to qualify as a Certified Technical Operator (CTO) TM or Certified Government Technical Operator (CGTO) TM candidate.

In advance of the scheduled training, our proprietary Classroom Management System (CMS) TM will be shipped to the host organization with the necessary instructions and support. The CMS TM “black box” technology is shipped to the training host organization on loan and must be returned upon completion of the certification training.

Please understand that controlled-goods practices may be required. There is no additional charge for the CMS TM technology aside from a flat rate shipping cost which is added to the training quote.

The CMS TM technology provides the remote instructional team located at the Red Deer Training Centre (RDTC) TM in Alberta Canada. Our ability to directly engage participants with a realistic Over-the-Air (OTA), live Radio-Frequency (RF) and Power Line (PL) training environment across an interactive Kestrel user-interface that can be projected within the training environment.

Participants and Instructors see the same localized and enhanced signal environment.

The CMS TM technology is managed on-site and is setup by a designed responsible person within the host organization across a dedicated network connection for instructional C2 access during the training.

The CMS TM must be activated at the beginning of each training day, by attaching and placing two (2) separate antennas within the training environment and connecting the system to the classroom projector.

The cost of the training is based strictly on the number of participants attending and the shipping cost of the CMS TM technology.

Our Remote Virtual Classroom (RVC) TM training is conducted as a 5-day remotely delivered format that is time-zone friendly and participant work-day oriented for maximum efficiency.

Note: Participants may need to purchase Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software licenses and hardware resources in advance of the training.

This program cannot be delivered unless participants are equipped with Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software | Signals Intelligence Support System TM workstations (software and hardware) for use during the training.


All Things Kestrel | Virtual Classroom Series

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

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 an invitation. Our virtual classroom training is conducted from the Red Deer Training Centre (RDTC) TM located in Alberta Canada.

Please contact Paul D Turner for additional information about attending our All Things Kestrel | Virtual Classroom Series.

 

ContentSession Length | CreditsTraining DateFormatTuition
Understanding Minimum Detection Amplitude (MDA)
Threshold Exceedance and MDA Lifetime Settings
3.0 HOURS
1 Kestrel Credit
21-006
2021-06-16
WebEx | Virtual ClassroomNo Charge for Licensed Kestrel Users
Introducing Kestrel Central Visualizer (KCV) | Remote
Radio Management (RRM)
3.0 HOURS
1 Kestrel Credit
21-007
2021-07-14
WebEx | Virtual ClassroomNo Charge for Licensed Kestrel Users
Dynamic Alert Annunciator (DAA) | Exceedance and
Loss Alert Zone Threshold Detection
3.0 HOURS
1 Kestrel Credit
21-008
2021-08-11
WebEx | Virtual ClassroomNo Charge for Licensed Kestrel Users
An Introduction to Advanced TSCM Digital
Demodulation Concepts
3.0 HOURS
1 Kestrel Credit
21-009
2021-09-08
WebEx | Virtual ClassroomNo Charge for Licensed Kestrel Users
Introducing the New Signal Hound SM435B
(100 kHz to 43.5 GHz) Spectrum Monitoring Receiver
3.0 HOURS
1 Kestrel Credit
21-010
2021-10-06
WebEx | Virtual ClassroomNo Charge for Licensed Kestrel Users
Remote Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)
Airborne Deployment of the Dynamic Trace Autonomous
Platform (DTAP-GPS) Geo-Location Heat Mapping
3.0 HOURS
1 Kestrel Credit
21-011
2021-11-17
WebEx | Virtual ClassroomNo Charge for Licensed Kestrel Users
Remote Spectrum Surveillance and Monitoring via Kestrel
Central Visualizer (KCV) | Remote Radio Management (RRM)
3.0 HOURS
1 Kestrel Credit
21-012
2021-12-15
WebEx | Virtual ClassroomNo Charge for Licensed Kestrel Users

Knowledge and Experience Equivalency Testing

Are you interested in whether you have what it takes to work in the Counter-Espionage | Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) industry?

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

 

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.