Advanced Certificate in Cultural & Heritage Venue Protection

In partnership with Trident Manor
Rome, Italy, July 15-19, 2024

The program will meet daily from Monday to Friday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm CET - times may be subject to adjustment



This course is open to all interested parties and assumes no prior knowledge of the security field. It is likely to be of benefit to anyone currently working in the field of heritage sites, museums, or galleries or anyone who intends to work in this field in the future.



Protecting against threats to people, buildings, and objects is a vital part of the work of a heritage professional and is an activity that everyone needs to be engaged in. This program helps participants understand the threats that can impact cultural and heritage venues wherever they are in the world. It will focus on the different types of adversarial threats caused by humans, and it will outline how the threats manifest themselves in the form of attack types. The program will then discuss proactive steps that can be taken to protect and reduce the risks being faced. Participants will learn about operational activities such as situational awareness, surveillance detection, and how to undertake risk assessments which can better protect their assets now and for future generations.


Participants who complete the course will be eligible for an accredited Continued Professional Development (CPD) award, the Advanced Certificate in Cultural & Heritage Venue Protection.


About your instructor: Andy Davis

Andy Davis is the Managing Director of Trident Manor. He has been directly involved in security and risk management since 1987. He holds a Master of Science (MSc.) degree from the University of Leicester in Security and Risk Management, is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) and a Fellow of the Security Institute (FSyI) as well as is board certified by ASIS International as a Certified Protection Professional. Andy brings with him skills and experiences gained within the British military, UK police service, as a diplomat (specialising in protecting governmental assets, including buildings, people, and information, overseas in difficult and hazardous environments), and as the Corporate Head of Security of a multi-billion-dollar construction and development company based in the Middle East before establishing Trident Manor.

For the past eight years, Andy has developed specialist protection services to benefit the arts, cultural, and heritage sectors, including the delivery of accredited training programs. His services are sought by many across the cultural sector, including international government organizations. He is the Chair of the IAASF (International Arts & Antiquities Security Forum), which is dedicated to the protection of art and cultural heritage for future generations.



Most days will consist of four hours of teaching (10 am to 2 pm) comprising lectures, discussions, group work, and practical exercises, which may also include risk assessing a cultural venue. Days that include practical exercises will be longer.

Day 1
Following the course introduction, participants will learn about the different threats that can directly impact cultural and heritage venues, whether they be natural, adversarial, social, or down to human error. This will be followed by an explanation of how adversarial attacks manifest themselves by using ‘The Attack Cycle’. This will include a series of case studies showing how attacks have occurred that have directly impacted cultural and heritage venues around the world.

Day 2
During Day 2, the program explores ways of recognizing human changes within venues by learning about situational awareness and its value in maintaining vigilance and levels of alertness. Situational awareness is a beneficial skill for personal safety and security as well as that of exhibited artifacts, and the program explains how it dovetails into the protection of assets in cultural venues. Participants will learn how hostile surveillance is used by adversarial threats during the Attack Cycle and the different methods that are deployed. It will examine the characteristics of the different surveillance methods and highlight different indicators that will help identify when surveillance may be occurring.

Day 3
To help establish a protective security program, it is important to build ‘Defense in Depth’ by applying multiple layers of security that overlap and intertwine with each other to ensure the robustness and resilience of anything developed to protect the assets. Participants will understand the different protective layers that exist and how they can be applied. Weaknesses in any ‘Defense’ is known as a vulnerability. The program will take the participants through a vulnerability assessment process that will have them switching mindsets and considering an attack while thinking like a criminal, protester, or terrorist. This section will involve a practical (controlled) exercise.

Day 4 (extended teaching day)
This day is dedicated to assessing the risks. The first part of the day revolves around the basic theoretical aspects of risk assessment and management. It examines risk assessment processes and provides the participants with tools to help identify the levels of risk that different threats pose. The second part of this day is spent undertaking a risk assessment of a venue where threats, risks, and vulnerabilities need to be considered alongside the risk reduction methods that can be used whenever a vulnerability is identified. There follows group work where, in teams, a risk rating table is completed that includes an initial assessment of the risk levels followed by risk mitigation measures that are considered, followed by the establishing of the final risk rating. This task has to be completed and ready for Day 5 group briefings.

Day 5
The day begins with the groups presenting the threats associated with the exercise during Day 4 and the risk they posed. The groups will then outline the risk mitigation measures they would consider, followed by their final risk ratings. The last session of the program relates to practical operational considerations that all venues and teams can take to reduce the risks from all threat sources.

Please note this schedule may be subject to adjustment.




€1,695.00 (euros)/participant


Please note, all participants are responsible for their own transportation, accommodation, and insurance cover. As a major tourist venue, Rome has an extensive supply of hotel accommodation at all levels, but participants are advised to book as early as possible in order to secure the booking of their choice.




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International participants must be informed about Italian travel information and hold a valid entry visa if required. 

For non-EU citizens, you can check visa requirements here or with your local embassy.