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Tuesday, July 23 - Thursday, July 25, 2024

(Optional SAS Certification on July, 22nd, 2024)









You Can Also Earn Your Situational Awareness Specialist (SAS) Certification!

Monday, July 22nd, 2024 (4pm - 8pm)


The evening before the CARVER course, Arcuri Group will be presenting a 4-hour Situational Awareness Specialist (SAS) certification at the Embassy Suites Hotel on the campus of the University of South Florida.  This is the premier certification for recognizing and responding to known and unknown threats within your environment, which has been taught to thousands of security professionals (as well as civilians) across 68 countries!  For only $185, you can add this option to your cart at checkout.


Three 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.

"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 processing."

Mark. K Gerwig, NSWC Crane, EOD Project Specialist

Live from the University of South Florida in Tampa 

The course will be held at the Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education's training classroom


Register for CARVER Tampa

What Does CARVER Stand for?



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

Not only will you learn CARVER, 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 both a certificate and a digital token/badge which you can use on LinkedIn or any other electronic CV.

 "Worth every penny! There are no other courses available that teach the fundamentals of doing a CARVER TA and VA."
- Tracy DeWitt, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Adjunct Faculty


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.


Students should walk-away from this three-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 books The CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology: A Practical Guide for Evaluating Security Vulnerabilities and The CARVER Mindset: How to Think Like a Spy!


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


Your instructors for the course will be Luke Bencie, Nick Waugh, and Sarah Bencie. 

LUKE BENCIE is the Managing Director of Security Management International (SMI) and the author of six books on security, including “The CARVER Mindset: How to Think Like a Spy!” Mr. Bencie has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, Fortune 500 companies, as well as foreign governments. He has worked in over 100 countries and has trained thousands of police, intelligence and military officers in the U.S. and abroad in the fields of counterterrorism, counterintelligence and security strategy. Prior to establishing SMI, Mr. Bencie was a senior security consultant for Raytheon Company in the Intelligence and Information Systems Division. Mr. Bencie previously served as a representative from the CIA's Office of Special Activities on the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Emergency Support Team. In this capacity, he was responsible for immediately responding to terrorist attacks carried out against U.S. targets overseas; subsequently serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and other global hotspots.

NICK WAUGH, CPP, PSP has over 20 years' experience with conducting intelligence activities, performing law enforcement/security/anti-terrorism operations and leading surveillance efforts. Nick’s prior assignments within the intelligence/security field include serving as the Director of Security for the Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) Program Office, Director of Security for the Army Fixed Wing Project Office, Deputy Director of Security for the Joint Attack Munitions System (JAMS) Project Office, and Anti-Terrorism Officer for the U.S. Army 59th Ordnance Brigade. Prior to federal service, Nick served as a sworn police officer and was responsible for leading undercover operations, conducting criminal investigations, field training new officers and conducting monthly crime watch meetings to collect/share intelligence.

SARAH BENCIE is the majority owner and Managing Partner of Security Management International. She oversees all day-to-day operations of the firm, as well as manages private sector and foreign government projects.  Prior to investing in SMI, she operated her own successful consulting firm in Manhattan for over a decade, to include having an online presence of 2.5 million followers per month. In 2020, she was named one of Success Magazine's Top Female Small Business Leaders. She is a graduate of Haverford College.


"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

Just 3 Convenient Steps... 

and your on your way to getting CARVER certified.

Register Online

Sign up for the course and within two business days you will receive your welcome packet and all downloadable materials for the course.

Book Your Travel

If you're traveling from out-of-state, Tampa International Airport (TPA) is just 20 minutes from the USF campus. TPA is recognized annually as one of the most convenient airports in the U.S. 

Book Your Hotel

Make your trip even easier by booking a room at the Embassy Suites on the USF campus. When making a reservation, tell the desk that you are staying as part of the USF Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education to receive a discount. 

 Register Now as a "Civilian" or "Government" Student

Tuesday, July 23rd - Thursday, July 25th

CARVER Tampa Civilian Registration

$2,995.00 USD
CARVER Tampa Government Registration

$2,695.00 USD
Click Here for Civilian Student Registration - $2,995
Click Here for Government Student Registration - $2,695

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.