Security Project Management (SPM) Training Seminars

SPM is essential training for Security Project Managers

SPM: Security Project Management Training CourseReady to take your projects to the next level? Prepared to do the same with your career? More than just knowing the technology, successful project management involves budgeting, client management, timeline execution and more. When you’re ready to excel, SIA’s Security Project Management training course can help you.

About SPM

What You Will Learn

  • Increase profit margin through more accurate estimations.
  • Deliver projects on time and within budget.
  • Apply the five phases of security project management.
  • Enhance customer satisfaction and increase return business.
  • Review the six domains of the Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM) exam blueprint.

Who Should Take the Seminar

  • Security Project Managers
  • Lead Installation Technicians
  • Security Managers
  • System Architects and Engineers
  • Sales Professionals Who Also Oversee Project Completion

What They're Saying About SPM

"The education that SIA provides, especially with the Security Project Management Program, really enables integrators and installers to get a full understanding of the process of how a project works from start to finish." —David Pedriera, ASSA ABLOY

Key Topics Covered:

  • How to define a project’s scope
  • How to identify the project budget
  • Employing current physical security technologies
  • How to define the stakeholders
  • How to define project KPIs
  • Understand procurement and cost management
  • How to manage vendor and subcontractor relationships
  • How to monitor schedules and track variances
  • Essential project management communication skills

Take the SPM Class Your Way: Online or In Person

UPCOMING SPM Training CourseS

DatesLocationEvent / VenueInstructorRegistration
February 17-21, 2020Basics of SPM E-learning CourseOnlineJ. Kelly Stewart Register
March 16-18, 2020ISC WestLas Vegas, NevadaRodger Schmidt Register
April 20-22, 2020PSA Tec
*Must register as PSA conference attendees to enroll.
Denver, ColoradoRex AllenRegister

For more information regarding 2019 courses, email SIA Education Manager Kelly Sims or call 301-804-4712.

Cost: $995 for SIA members (rate applies to employees of SIA member companies); $1,295 for non-members companies.

Our Instructors

SIA Security Project Managment Instruction J. Kelly Stewart

Security Project Management (SPM) Instructor J. Kelly Stewart

J. Kelly Stewart is managing director and CEO of Newcastle Consulting, an enterprise security risk and information management consultancy that provides proactive, predictive and responsive advice and access to information critical in building a companies' resiliency to operational risk. As an SPM instructor, Stewart draws upon more than 25 years of public and private sector experience as a security advisor, subject matter expert, and former chief security officer with Fortune 500 and 1000 corporations focused on enterprise risk, strategic security, information, and protection management.

Security Project Management (SPM) Instructor Tracy Larson

Security Project Management (SPM) Instructor Tracy Larson

Tracy Larson is president and founding partner of WeSuite, a sales management software which automates the sales workflow for businesses selling labor, parts and services. A graduate of Cornell University, Tracy’s career highlights feature strong experience in operations, sales, systems integration and facilities management, with roles including vice president of worldwide real estate and facilities for Computer Associates, president of ITG Larson Inc., chief operating officer for Antar-Com Inc. and vice president of sales for Diebold Electronic Security Systems. 

Security Project Management (SPM) Instructor Steve Oplinger

As a SPM instructor and co-author of the SIA Security Project Management Common Body of Knowledge Guidebook, Steve Oplinger brings 28 years of security industry experience and has been involved in the design and deployment of hundreds of federal and state security construction projects. He held the role of lead designer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement projects, and he recently served as Chairman of the ASIS Physical Security Council. Oplinger is a featured speaker at industry events and provides subject matter expertise to numerous seminars and workshops.


Security Project Management (SPM) Instructor Rodger Schmidt

Rodger Schmidt is an ALOA-certified ACE instructor and a SIA SPM instructor who brings over 22 years of fire, security and access control experience in the areas of service, sales and training, in addition to 20 years of active duty and reserve military experience. For the past 5 years he has served as a national trainer for ASSA ABLOY, developing and conducting over 1,000 classes, and has presented to over 10,000 attendees. Previously, he was responsible for tremendous sales growth with a large regional integrator and worked with a team that built a state-of-the-art training center for the firm.

Rex Allen

Security Project Management (SPM) Instructor Rex Allen

SPM instructor Rex Allen has over 20 years of security project management experience in government and private sector contracts having served for national security contractors specializing in the design, installation and service of integrated security solutions for the federal government and institutional sectors. He worked as a senior project manager and program manager for Intelligent Access Systems and now is operations manager for Securadyne Systems, serving clients in the transportation, energy and critical infrastructure sectors. He is also a member of the PSA Committee on Project Management.

Security Project Management (SPM) Instructor Brendan McFall

After graduating St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Brendan McFall “stumbled” into the security industry. Brendan’s career began in 2014 in his role as executive assistant for Northland Controls’ CEO, Pierre Trapanese. Over the last five years, he’s taken on a number of different roles, most recently becoming Northland’s technical engineering manager. In 2016, McFall earned his Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM) certification. A year later, he joined the steering committee of SIA’s RISE community for young security professionals as the vice-chair of social media, and in 2018 he accepted the committee’s role of chairman. Brendan still supports the RISE committee today and is passionate about helping other young professionals advance in their careers.

Online SPM Courses

call-for-webinarsOption 1: Online/E-Learning – Basics of SPM Course

The Basics of SPM course is the essential training you and your team need. Get the best of SIA's Security Project Management Training without leaving your home or office—and save hundreds! The course is held regularly throughout the year, and you can save hundreds off the in-person SPM class costs by taking this online.

Special Introductory Rate: $249 for SIA members; $349 for non-members
*These SPM e-learning offerings are not a prep course for the CSPM exam.

Option 2: On-Demand Training – Basics of SPM Course

On-Demand Training – Basics of SPM Course

We have made it easier for you to gain access to our SPM course on your schedule. Take advantage of our pre-recorded Basics of SPM training offering at your convenience.

$199 for SIA members; $299 for non-members
*These SPM e-learning offerings are not a prep course for the CSPM exam.

In-Person SPM Courses

Security Project Management SeminarOption 3: In-Person/On-Site – SPM Training Seminar

Security Project Management is our in-person, 2.5-day, instructor-led program. With nearly double the material of the e-learning course, this offering is for those who need a deep dive on best practices related to project management for security systems installations.

This 2.5-day, instructor-led program offers project managers clear perspective on the importance of their role to project stakeholders and identifies risk that could hinder project success. As part of the SPM training, attendees receive these on-the-job reference materials:

  • The SIA Security Project Management Body of Knowledge Guidebook, a common framework of security terms and principles that allows security project managers to discuss, debate and resolve matters pertaining to the profession with a common understanding.
  • The SIA SPM Resource Guide, a compendium of checklists, templates and other materials to help prepare for success on future projects.

What Attendees Receive in the SPM course

  • 2-1/2 days of in-depth, personalized training with a highly experienced instructor
  • The SIA Security Project Management Body of Knowledge Guidebook, a common framework of security terms and principles that allows security project managers to discuss, debate and resolve matters pertaining to the profession with a common understanding.
  • SIA Security Project Management Resource Guide, a compendium of checklists, templates and other materials to help prepare for success on future projects.

Private Courses: Train Your Team

Develop your team’s skills for better consistency and efficiency on security projects. Designed to bring SPM training to security integrators, SIA can offer private classes of the SPM course for groups of 8 or more persons. To learn about hosting or sponsoring a SPM training seminar, contact Kelly Sims at or 301-804-4712.

Next Step: Earn Your CSPM

Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM)After taking an SPM training course, you're highly encouraged to earn your CSPM credential. This respected certification demonstrates that holders can manage complex, technical security projects.

This training seminar is not a CSPM certification review course. Review of the CSPM domains within the training seminar is intended to help you identify areas of strength and weakness so that you may focus future self-directed study efforts.