Free CARVER Chapter

The Original

Certified CARVER Assessment Professional (CCAP) Training

in Miami

February 6-9, 2023

Get Certified in the CIA's CARVER Method

at a Historic Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida from February 6-9, 2023


Four Educational Days Learning the CIA's CARVER Assessment Strategy: A Strategic Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology

A Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) is an understanding of the threats, weaknesses, and probability of attack, which could impact a facility, person, system or event.

As such, the CARVER Strategic Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology is a time-tested vulnerability assessment methodology that balances efficiency with reliability.

It is a unique analytical tool because it facilitates both a qualitative and a quantitative assessment of an asset’s vulnerabilities.  Most assessment tools are limited to qualitative assessments.  A quantitative assessment assists in highlighting vulnerabilities, prioritizing assets and remedial efforts.










Course Overview

DAY 1 (February 6) Orientation from 6PM-8PM in the Conference Center

Arrive at Hotel + Evening Orientation

Check into the hotel at your leisure and then meet your fellow students from 6PM-8PM for orientation and an introduction to the CARVER Methodology.

DAY 2 (February 7) Class from 9AM to 4pm (lunch provided) with an Evening Target Analysis Exercise

Classroom CARVER Training + Evening Target Analysis Exercise

This is a fast-paced day of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and interactive exercises to immerse you in the world of CARVER.  You will then be broken into teams for an evening target analysis exercise.

DAY 3 (February 8) Class from 9AM to 4PM (lunch provided)

Strategy + Quantitative Measurement + Tabletop Exercise

Another busy day filled with case study discussions about strategy and practicing quantitative measurements of risk, threats, and vulnerabilities.  The afternoon concludes with a practical tabletop exercise. 

DAY 4 (December 9) Class from 9AM to 1pm, with a Vulnerability Assessment Exercise followed by a Graduation Ceremony

Final Exercise + Student Graduation

Students will divide into teams and commence with their final vulnerability assessment exercise.  Following two hours of field work, students will make a final presentation of their findings to "The Godfather of CARVER," Leo Labaj, for review/critique.  A graduation ceremony will conclude the course.  Students departing that day should arrange flights out of Miami International Airport no earlier than 4pm.  


Earn Your Certified CARVER Assessment Professional (CCAP) Designation

Upon successful completion of SMI's CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Training Course, you will receive your CCAP certificate, which is recognized through the University of South Florida's Office of Continuing Training and Professional Education.  It is also recognized through ASIS-International and carries with it 24 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 


Leo, Luke, Nick, and Sarah

Your instructors for this course will be retired CIA bomb tech, Leo "The Godfather of CARVER" Labaj (presenting virtually), global security consultant and author, Luke Bencie, former anti-terrorism officer, Nick Waugh, and SMI CEO, Sarah Bencie. 



Your hotel room, breakfast, and two lunches are included with your training package.  Upon registering for the "CARVER Miami" program, we will book you (and a guest, if requested) with a room at the Shelbourne Hotel.  Breakfast will be included on February 7th - 9th.  Additional meals, as well as air/vehicle transportation, will be your responsibility.  We recommend that you fly into Miami International Airport (MIA).  If you plan on staying full-time in Miami Beach, it's best to take a taxi from the airport rather than rent a car (parking can be expensive).   Click here to learn more about the hotel:


Stay and Enjoy Your Weekend

We can help arrange for you to stay longer in Miami or you can drive south to Key West (3 hours away).


Four Days of Intense CARVER Training (in a relaxed tropical environment)

As the premier global CARVER training course for the past two decades, the SMI team is proud to present the "CARVER Miami" program.  Having trained close to 10,000 students in this target analysis and vulnerability assessment methodology, we have decided to change up the training location (we usually train in Washington DC or Tampa), the format of the course, as well as modernize the content.  As a special bonus (we don't typically do this) we are including your hotel room in the cost of tuition... and doing so in a historic Miami Beach resort is a nice touch, if we do say so ourselves.  We are also offering students free access to the CARVER+ software platform.  CARVER+ is the future of vulnerability assessments, as it allows you to assess, report, and monitor your assets in real-time from anywhere around the world. 


Looking for Additional Information about "CARVER Miami?"

For further inquiries, do not hesitate to reach out to the team here at Security Management International.  Whether you're looking to register a large group, are interested in scholarship opportunities, or just have travel questions, we are standing by to assist.  


Register for "CARVER Miami" Below:

Civilian Student Registration

For students who are affiliated with a private sector organization, an academic institution/think tank, or are a private consultant/contractor.    


Government Student Registration

For those students who are active duty in the military or are with law enforcement, intelligence, first responder, or another government organization.