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Tuesday, November 1 - Thursday, November 3, 2022









Attention USG Employees:  CARVER Training is now on the GSA Schedule!

Looking to simplify registration and approvals for CARVER training?  Click on the link below to find CARVER on the GSA Schedule through our partner Alamo City Engineering Services.


Live from the University of South Florida 

At the Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education

CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment 3-Day "LIVE" Online Training


"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

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November 2022

Tuesday, November 1st - Thursday, November 3rd

Civilian Registration

What is the CARVER Method?

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 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.


Earn Your Certified CARVER Assessment Professional (CCAP) from The University of South Florida

Not only will you learn CARVER from one of its inventors - CIA legend Leo Labaj - but you will also earn your CCAP from the University of South Florida's Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development.  The course is further eligible for 24 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from ASIS-International.  Finally, you will receive a digital token/badge which you can use on LinkedIn or any other electronic CV.


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.


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 lecture, multi-media 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

"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

CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment 3-Day "LIVE" Online Training


"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


"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

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November 2022

Tuesday, November 1st - Thursday, November 3rd

Civilian Registration

Contact SMI with any Questions about CARVER Training. 

We'll be in touch as soon as possible to learn more about how we can help your organization adopt the CARVER Methodology.