The Loss Prevention Foundation recently announced that it has reached an agreement with American Military University to offer online degree and certificate programs for loss prevention professionals, LPQualified (LPQ) and LPCertified (LPC) professionals and LPF members. LPQualified was designed for entry-level professionals, while LPCertified covers advanced material for individuals in management.
"Our core mission is to advance the loss prevention profession by providing relevant, convenient and challenging educational resources," said LPF President Gene Smith. "This focus closely aligns with AMU's similar goal of educating working adults in law enforcement and the military to help them pursue careers in retail loss prevention. We were also drawn to AMU's reputation for academic quality and track record of success in providing affordable, dynamic online programs across a broad array of other industries."
According to a statement LPF members will receive access to AMU's security management, business, retail management and criminal justice programs, among others. AMU will also review LPF's certifications for the potential award of undergraduate academic credit to eligible individuals.
"The retail loss prevention and security industry is growing rapidly, and private sector personnel need to ensure they have the skills to keep pace in helping protect our nation's critical infrastructure and financial stability," said Jeff Hawkins, AMU manager of strategic initiatives, private security sector. "Continuing professional development is an integral part of this process, and we're pleased to work with LPF to help educate industry professionals so they can advance their career."