counter terrorist operator




This intensive 10-Day/80hr course of instruction has been developed to train specialty law enforcement tactical teams in advanced tactics, techniques and procedures and associated skills to conduct domestic counter terrorist operations. 

This course will cover the integration and application of advanced specialist capabilities and equipment used during complex structural assaults and barricaded hostage rescue operations. 

Students attending this course will be trained in methods to conduct multi-team, multi-level assaults using leading edge tactics, techniques and procedures in hostage rescue and deliberate combat clearance CQB. Training will include the application and integration of night vision goggles and infrared lasers during hostage rescue and the integration of advanced breaching techniques including explosive methods of entry and shotgun breaching. Students will be trained in advanced procedures to deploy noise, flash diversionary devices in order to gain a tactical advantage before entering the room. Students will learn how to employ assault ladders to conduct elevated entries. This course will integrate the deployment of chemical agents in order to deny, disrupt and shape the stronghold during emergency and deliberate action assaults. Students will learn how to identify, mark and respond to IED threats detected during an assault as well as the tactics, techniques and procedures to conduct hostage rescue missions in a CBRN environment. 

This course will provide opportunities to refine leadership skills and apply sound intuitive decision making during high-stress, close quarters combat, force-on-force, reality-based training scenarios. 

Our CQB, Hostage Rescue and Counter Terrorist Operator programs can be conducted at client-specified training facilities utilizing our Mobile Training Teams or held at our Law Enforcement training facilities located in Virginia. 

Course curriculum can be customized to meet training facility requirements and equipment limitations and delivered using either live-fire ammunition for skills training and non-lethal training ammunition for force on force reality based training or using non-lethal training ammuniton for the duration of the course.  

10 Days

Prices vary for group and departmental bookings


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* Dates are subject to change.



All students must be qualified SWAT team members and team must have explosive entry capabilities. 


Learning objectives:

  • Education in hostage rescue strategy, tactics, techniques and procedures
  • Understand and employ core CQB rules and flow restrictions
  • Employ multi-team, multi-entry point assaults
  • Employ methods of entry to include, mechanical, ballistic and explosive breaching
  • Understand and employ hostage rescue room combat tactics
  • Understand and demonstrate deliberate clearance tactics
  • Understand elevated entry tactics and employ assault ladders systems
  • Employ noise, flash, diversionary, devices
  • Conduct clearances using CBRN equipment and employ CBRN actions on procedures
  • Conduct clearances using night vision goggles and laser aiming modules
  • Employ marshaling procedures to process terrorists and hostages on target
  • Conduct external hostage reception procedures
  • Employ methods to mitigate blue on blue during clearance
  • Employ large room clearance procedures for ballrooms, theaters auditoriums etc
  • Employ hallway and intersection clearance procedures 
  • Plan and execute emergency action assaults 
  • Plan and execute deliberate action assaults
  • Conduct actions on encountering an IED during clearance



  • Advanced Close Quarters Battle Education
  • CQB Safety Policies
  • Dynamic Hostage Rescue Tactics
  • Deliberate Combat Clearance Tactics 
  • Force on Force, Room Combat Scenarios
  • Team Control Measures & SOP/s
  • Single Room Combat
  • Multi-Room Combat
  • 2-man & 4-Man Entries
  • Door & Entry Procedures
  • Movement Procedures
  • Team Level Entries 
  • Hallway Procedures
  • Barricaded Movement
  • Large Room Tactics
  • Primary Clearances 


  • Secondary Clearances
  • Post Assault Procedures
  • Stronghold Security Requirements
  • Hostage & Terrorist Marshaling
  • Improvised Explosive Devices
  • APR / CBRN Chemical Agent Integration
  • Method of Entry Integration
  • Internal Explosive Breaching
  • External Explosive Breaching
  • Internal Shotgun Breaching
  • Mechanical Breaching 
  • Night Vision & Laser Integration
  • Emergency Action Assaults
  • Deliberate Action Assaults
  • Culmination Training Exercise




The following equipment list is considered to be the minimum standard for students to arrive with. Students may augment this list with other personal equipment as required.


  • Ballistic helmet
  • Body Armor
  • Duty Carbine, Combat optic, sling, weapon light
  • Laser Aiming Module
  • Night Vision Goggles
  • Suppressor 
  • CBRN PAPR or Air Prurifying Respirator, with spare filter
  • Tactical duty belt
  • Pistol Holster
  • Magazines, rifle x 5
  • Magazines, pistol x 3
  • Issued Pistol with weapons mounted light
  • Hand held flashlight
  • Individual radio with Comms Integration


  • Gloves suitable for shooting and breaching
  • Combat uniform
  • Call Sign Patches for individual team members
  • Boots or suitable footwear
  • Inclement weather gear (seasonally appropriate)
  • Non-Lethal Training Weapons (pistol & rifle)
  • Ballistic eye wear
  • Hearing Protection with comms integration
  • Assault day pack 
  • Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) or Blow Out Kit
  • Batteries for all equipment
  • Note taking materials (on the man at all times)
  • Weapons cleaning kit
  • Water Bottle or equivalent
  • Chem-lights (red/blue/green)




The following ammunition is required for live fire courses

Live Ammunition:

Carbine - 500 rounds (live)

Pistol - 100 rounds (live)

Non-Lethal Training Ammunition (NLTA):

Carbine NLTA: 500 rounds

Pistol NLTA: 100 rounds

The following ammunition is required for For Sim / UTM only courses

Non-Lethal Training Ammunition:

Carbine NLTA – 1000 rounds

Pistol NLTA - 100 rounds

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