GSE Core Courses



GSE Basic Pistol and VA CCW Course
Course Length: 8 Hours                                                Course Cost: $150

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States..

Course Description: This course is designed to develop safe firearm handling skills. The student will learn the basic fundamentals of shooting and how to safely draw their weapon out of the holster.  The student will also develop a solid foundation of shooting skills.  The student will quickly gain experience, confidence and increase their skill level with their handgun.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Handgun Safety certificate to submit to the County Circuit Court in your jurisdiction to obtain your concealed handgun permit. Students will also receive a GSE Basic Handgun Course certificate.

Topics Covered: Code of Virginia Firearms Laws, Rule for the Use of Force in Self-Defense, Firearms Safety, Negligent Discharge Prevention, Fundamentals of Marksmanship & Pistol Shooting, Pistols (makes, models, actions & components), Types of Malfunctions and Corrective Actions (immediate action & remedial action), Proper Care and Maintenance, Ammunition Identification, Practical Pistol Handling and Operating, Positions and Presentation to the Target, Live Fire Range Exercise. Certificates provided upon completion of this class meet the training documentation requirements of Virginia Code 18.2-308 for concealed carry permit applications.

Note: This course requires a minimum of four (4) students. If we do not meet the minimum number of students required 7 days out from the first day of class, the course will be canceled.


GSE Pistol Craft 101
Course Length: 8 Hours                                                 Course Cost: $200

Prerequisite: None but NRA Basic Pistol or equivalent preferred.

Course Description: Pistol Craft 101 is a course designed to take the shooter beyond the standard basic pistol class and introduce them to stress and working their pistols with a sense of urgency.  Each drill is a building block towards the next drill while still pushing the shooter to refine and master the techniques that they have previously covered.  PC 101 is also a great refresher course for shooters who have had a bit of time away from the range. 

The focus of this course is the advanced development of general handgun shooting skills such as: the draw, one-handed shooting, reloading, speed shooting, multiple targets and movement in shooting

Topics Covered: Covered: Review of Fundamentals, pistol manipulation, dealing with multiple targets, moving and shooting as well as shooting on the move.


GSE No Light/Low Light Course
Course Length: 5 Hours                                                   Course Cost: $125

Prerequisite: Basic familiarization with handgun. Students must know how to draw, reload and clear stoppages prior to attending.

Course Description: Participants will use their personal handgun, flashlight and 200 rounds of ammunition to negotiate a reduced lighting and no-light training evolution. The drills include presentation, shooting, reloading, flashlight manipulation and barricade use in both reduced light and no-light environments.

Topics Covered: Vision in different lighting, basic types of flashlights, use of light sources, flashlight handling techniques, practicality / use of sights, weapon management, engaging single and multiple targets and the use of barricades in the dark.

Note: This course requires a minimum of four (4) students. If we do not meet the minimum number of students required 7 days out from the first day of class, the course will be canceled.


GSE Intro to Carbine Course
Course Length: 8 Hours                                                Course Cost: $150

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Course Description: This course is designed to develop a solid foundation of shooting skills with the carbine rifle. This course focuses on the fundamentals of the carbine rifle and weapon familiarization.

Topics Covered: Safety, Nomenclature, Familiarization, Fundamentals of Shooting, Shooting Positions, Malfunctions, Zero Procedures and Weapons Maintenance.


GSE Intro to Shotgun Course

Course Length: 4 Hours                                                Course Cost: $90

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Course Description: This course is designed to develop a solid foundation of shooting skills with the shotgun. This course focuses on the shooting fundamentals, manipulation of the shotgun and weapon familiarization.

Topics Covered: Safety, Nomenclature, Familiarization, Fundamentals of Shooting, Shooting Positions, Carrying Techniques, Patterning, Slug Sight-In , Malfunctions, and Weapons Maintenance.


GSE Self-Defense Course
Course Length: 8 Hours                                                 Course Cost: $150

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or 14 years old if accompanied by a legal guardian.

Course Description: The GSE Self-defense course is a co-ed program that focuses on gross-motor skills (skills that are simple and easy to remember under stress).  These skills are designed to be very efficient so the student has a better chance of warding off attackers through speed, surprise and violence of action in order to break free and escape the problem.  The goal is to minimize the amount of time that someone is in a physical conflict to avoid the enhanced risk of injury and fatigue.

Topics Covered: Mind-set, basic body mechanics, foot-work, blocks, strikes, kicks and escapes from aggressive holds.

Note: This course requires a minimum of four (4) students. If we do not meet the minimum number of students required 7 days out from the first day of class, the course will be canceled.


GSE Defensive Knife Course
Course Length: 16 Hours                                                 Course Cost: $300

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Course Description: This course is designed to develop practical skills for EDC (everyday carry) knife use. Students will learn how to utilize their EDC knife for both defensive and offensive scenarios with an emphasis on effective, realistic and court defensible actions. Through the use of practical exercises and proven methodology, students will gain the confidence they need to properly defend themselves against both unarmed and armed attacks.

Topics Covered: Knife types and selection, carry methods and location, draw, grip, points of counter-attack, empty-hand vs. knife, knife vs. knife, escapes from restraint, legal considerations and force on force simulation drills.

Note: This course requires a minimum of four (4) students. If we do not meet the minimum number of students required 7 days out from the first day of class, the course will be canceled.


GSE Crisis Awareness and Survival Techniques (CAST)
Course Length: 18 Hours (Two consecutive 9 hour days; students may opt to take Day 1 only)                                             
Course Cost: $225 or $150 for Day 1 ONLY.

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States. Day one training must be completed before attending day two.

Course Description: The GSE Crisis Awareness and Survival Techniques (CAST) course is an 18 hour course designed to provide classroom and practical training on preparation, awareness and response to critical incident events in a variety of settings.  The subjects covered provide the student with the skills to identify, assess, and respond in a hostile environment where first responders are not readily available to assist.  Day 2 of the course provides a comprehensive Surveillance Detection practical exercise and Introductory Emergency Medical Training which provides the student with the skills to identify, assess, and effectively treat possible injuries in a hostile environment, such as an active shooter scenario. This course is appropriate for public service workers, teachers and school administrators, and concerned citizens.  

Topics Covered: Assessment of safe areas and exits, plans for solutions to problems, safety equipment, personal emergency supplies, mental preparation and mindset, defensive tactics, escape techniques, practical exercises to evaluate the effect of stress on decision making and motor skills, surveillance detection and surveillance detection practical exercise. Introductory emergency medical training will cover basic anatomy, wounds and threats typical of the hostile environment, treatment of life threatening wounds, application of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (T-CCC), use of the MARCH and CAB/X-ABC acronyms, tactics in providing medical care, focus on hemorrhage control, basic casualty movement, surviving a critical incident, and notification of EMS.

Note: This course requires a minimum of four (4) students. If we do not meet the minimum number of students required 7 days out from the first day of class, the course will be canceled.


Crisis Training Course
Course Length: 24 Hours (3 Consecutive Days)           Course Cost: $475

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Course Description: The GSE Crisis Training course is a three day course designed to provide classroom, practical training, live fire range training and simulated tactical training on individual and team preparation, awareness and response to natural or man-made disasters and critical incident events in a variety of settings. The subjects covered provide the student with the skills to identify, assess, and respond in a hostile environment where first responders are not readily available to assist. Additionally students are educated in survival preparedness and response for short and long term periods. This course is appropriate for public service workers, teachers, school administrators, and concerned citizens.

Topics Covered: Mental Preparation, Observation & Mindset (Cooper's Colors", "OODA Loop", Reading Body Language, Characteristics and Signs of "Predators", Motor Skills); Team Composition & Responsibilities (Task Organization & Duties); Emergency Preparedness (Survival Equipment, "Go Bags", Survival Kits, Planning Phases, Enemies of Survival); Area of Operations Considerations (Maps and Navigation, Primary and Alternate Routes, Avenues of Approach and Departure, Designated Safe Areas); Firearms Familiarization & Orientation (Types and Uses, Ammunition, Firearms Safety, Fundamentals of Marksmanship, Live Fire Exercise, FAM Fire with Revolver, Semi-Auto Pistol, Shotgun, M4 and AK-47, M4 Zero Procedures w/ Qualification Exercise, Shooting Scenarios); Communications (Primary, Secondary, Hand and Arm Signals); Room and Building Clearing Techniques (Tactical Movement, Individual, 2-4 man Teams); Convoy and Motorcade Operations (Planning, Route Surveys & Analysis, Immediate Action). Final Exercise (Table Top & Practical, Force on Force).

Note: This course requires a minimum of four (4) students. If we do not meet the minimum number of students required 7 days out from the first day of class, the course will be canceled.


GSE Introductory Emergency Medical Training (TAC Med)
Course Length: 4 Hours                                              Course Cost: $75

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Course Description: The GSE Emergency Medical Training Course is a 4 hour course designed to provide classroom and practical training on medical techniques used to identify and treat wounds and life threatening injuries.  The subjects covered provide the student with the skills to identify, assess, and effectively treat possible injuries in a hostile environment, such as an active shooter scenario. This course is appropriate for public service workers, teachers and school administrators, and concerned citizens.

Topics Covered: Basic Anatomy, Wounds and threats typical of the hostile environment, Treatment of life threatening wounds, Application of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (T-CCC), Use of the MARCH and CAB/X-ABC acronyms, Tactics in providing medical care, Focus on hemorrhage control, basic casualty movement, Surviving a critical incident, and notification of EMS.


GSE Tactical/Emergency Medical Training I (TAC Med I)
Course Length: 8 Hours                                             Course Cost: $350

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.. GSE Introductory Emergency Medical Training is recommended prior to taking this course but is not required.

Course Description: The GSE Tactical/Emergency Medical Training I Course is an 8 hour course that expands upon the knowledge learned in the GSE Intro TacMed Course and goes into further depth.  It is designed to provide classroom and practical training on medical techniques used to identify and treat wounds and life threatening injuries. The subjects covered provide the student with the skills to identify, assess, and effectively treat possible injuries in a hostile environment, such as an active shooter scenario. This course is appropriate for security officers, Police and Law Enforcement – including local, state, and federal agencies, and concerned citizens. At the conclusion of this course, students will take home an Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) designed for the TacMed environment.

Topics Covered: Basic Anatomy, Wounds and threats typical of the hostile environment, Assessment of a casualty in a hostile environment, Treatment of life threatening wounds, Application of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (T-CCC), Use of the MARCH and CAB/X-ABC acronyms, Treatment of wounds using tourniquets and bandages, Management of the airway and breathing, Treatment of shock, Tactics in providing medical care, Casualty movement, Surviving a critical incident, and notification and assisting EMS.


GSE Tactical/Emergency Medical Training II (TAC Med II)
Course Length: 8 Hours                                             Course Cost: $350

Prerequisite:  Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States. GSE TacMed I Course.

Course Description: The GSE Tactical/Emergency Medical Training II Course is an 8 hour course designed to provide additional classroom and practical training on medical techniques used to identify and treat wounds and life threatening injuries in a hostile environment. It is the follow-on course to GSE TacMed Training Course I. The subjects covered provide the student with additional skills to identify, assess, and treat possible injuries in a hostile environment. The training day is focused around the hands-on training needed to practically and effectively treat injury in the tactical environment.

Topics Covered: Review of topics covered in GSE TacMed I and Advanced Airway and Breathing care, Advanced casualty movement, Triage, Splinting and fractures, Prolonged time in casualty movement, and Management of hypothermia in a traumatic patient.


GSE Security Driver Training

Course Length: 24 Hours                                             Course Cost: $2,500

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States. Valid driver’s license.

Course Description: Security Driver Training is an intensive course designed to provide classroom and practical training on driving techniques used to identify and evade terrorist and criminal threats in the tactical environment. The subjects covered provide the student with driving skills to identify, assess, and evade possible hostile actions by terrorists. The training day is 80% hands-on training in GSE provided training vehicles and includes metal-to-metal contact while driving for the most effective, realistic training possible. This course also includes a full day of Fixed, Mobile and Technique Surveillance Detection training.

Topics Covered: Travel Security Assessment, Terrorist/Criminal Methodology, Route Security Assessment, Surveillance Detection Plan, Driving Emergency Response, Braking Drills, Avoidance Drills, Response Drills, Skid Control, City Streets & Heavy Traffic Driving, Close Proximity Driving, Driving Beyond Normal Limits, High Speed Techniques, Minimum Visual Distance, Cornering, Evasive Actions, Ramming / Barricades, Reverse 180 Turns, Driver Down - Right Front Seat Driving, Countering the Drive – by Threat and Attack Recognition and Fixed, Mobile and Technique Surveillance Detection training.


Surveillance & Surveillance Detection
Course Length: 32 Hours                                              Course Cost: $1,500

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Course Description: The course will be delivered to ensure students cover the theory of surveillance and then progress to the practical aspects culminating in structured exercises allowing the students to practice what they have been taught throughout the course. On completion students will be able to conduct surveillance activities in a competent and professional manner and possess a working knowledge of the legislation relevant to surveillance and also be proficient in Counter Surveillance.

Topics Covered: The course will be delivered to ensure students cover the theory of surveillance and then progress to the practical aspects culminating in structured exercises allowing the students to practice what they have been taught throughout the course. On completion students will be able to conduct surveillance activities in a competent and professional manner and possess a working knowledge of the legislation relevant to surveillance and also be proficient in Counter Surveillance.


Site Advances
Course Length: 24 Hours                                                Course Cost: $400

Prerequisite:Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Course Description: An Advance is a move from a place of security to one of uncertainty. This course will teach the student how to conduct a proper security advance as a member of the SAT: Security Advance Team.

Topics Covered: Identify the Elements of a Security Advance Team (SAT), Identify Phases of the Security Advance, Define the Duties & Responsibilities of SAT Leader, Cite Scheduled Advance Requirements, Route & Site Surveys (Scheduled Events), Cite “Fastball” Advance Requirements, Identify the Need of Agents Working PSD, Plan for; Media, Paparazzi, Press & Other PSD / VIP’s, Plan for Air Operations/Other Assets, Identify the Elements of a High Risk Advance Team (HRAT), Pre-Advance, Arrivals/Departures, Meet & Greets, Route Selection and Checkpoints for Each Type of Advance.