IAVM AVSS 2022 COVID-19 Safety Protocols


February 27 - March 4, 2022 | Las Vegas, NV

Online registration is now closed, please email  to register.


There has never been a more compelling need to raise the bar and establish industry training for safety and security than now. IAVM advocates a proactive approach to preparing the professionals who manage and staff our venues, and the Academy for Venue Safety and Security (AVSS) is the perfect way in which to learn from the experts in our field and gain access to a tremendous network.

AVSS is a dynamic, two-year school built to train venue and event managers, security professionals, and other key personnel involved in every aspect of venue safety and security. The curriculum, developed and taught by a diverse team of experts, is designed to equip each and every attendee with the best practices, resources, and tools needed to face the evolving challenge of providing a safe venue for everyone.


AVSS is a professional development opportunity unlike any other. The courses and classroom experiences, combined with practical exercises and hands on activities, are all designed with you in mind to help promote your growth as a professional. You will walk away with valuable resources that will add value to your your organization, while bolstering your personal knowledge of venue safety and security. Each student will take away their own toolkit of useful reference materials, including your own “Action Plan” to implement your new learning right away.

AVSS students are varied in their professional roles. Students have included venue managers, event planners, public safety professionals, industry and business leaders, government agencies, educators and students, and much more. It is designed for individuals at any level of their career.


Year 1 Learning Outcomes

Students who have completed Year 1 of the Academy program will:

  • Understand the principles of risk management, how to conduct risk assessments, and how to use industry standard tools to measure risk

  • Know the various components of venue and event security operations and be able to prepare essential operational documents and procedures

  • Know the principles of crowd management and the tools and methods for enhancing crowd safety

  • Know the process of risk-based emergency planning and be able to start developing a venue emergency management plan

  • Be familiar with the codes and regulations that affect space occupancy, crowd flow and emergency exiting

  • Be aware of industry standards and regulations as they relate to essential safety practices for venues and events

  • Have participated in an extensive group exercise and have gained a thorough understanding of the concepts of Preparedness and Prevention as they relate to venue safety and security

  • Have an enhanced ability to create and deliver training programs by applying principles of adult learning, conducting training needs assessments, and improved presentation skills

Year 2 Learning Outcomes
Students who have completed Year 2 of the Academy program will:

  • Learn how to enhance their ability to sense danger, engage in mental preparation, and respond to environmental threats through a heightened level of situational awareness

  • Know how to prepare a venue emergency management plan, including creating and facilitating tabletop and live exercises

  • Have advanced knowledge in venue security operations to include contracted service management, safety and security policies and procedures, and security screening techniques and technology

  • Know the principles of crowd psychology, how to develop a crowd safety plan and effective alcohol management practices

  • Know how to create policies, programs and initiatives that help promote a culture of safety

  • Understand venue safety and security legal issues and ways to reduce exposure to incidents, claims and lawsuits

  • Be able to apply organizing principles to develop comprehensive training programs for venue and event security personnel

  • Be able to create an emergency response training program for daily venue occupants and workers


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