The CARVER Methodology
Target Assessment and Analysis Workshop

"Taught by Special Forces personnel as used in real world missions"

"Comprehensive CARVER assessment with complete analysis and reverse engineering to protect your critical infrastructure, personnel, property, and process"

“Realistic and threat-based training is the critical in overcoming fear and confusion”

The CARVER Assessment Course (CAC) is designed for facility security, law enforcement, and emergency management professionals charged with planning for and implementing protective measures for personnel, facilities, and infrastructure.

Now Avaliable

CARVER Book Image


Course Dates

Training Course Location

- Oct 22-24, 2012 Embassy Suites (Crystal City), 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
- Jan 15-17, 2013
Embassy Suites (Crystal City), 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
- May 7-9, 2013
Embassy Suites (Crystal City), 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
- Aug 13-15, 2013
Embassy Suites (Crystal City), 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
- Nov 5-7, 2013 Embassy Suites (Crystal City), 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202


This course is available for On-Site Training. We will bring this course to your agency or company.
Contact Don Dickson, On-Site Training Manager at (301) 455-5633 or

Course Description

The Department of Defense (DoD) uses CARVER as an offensive target analysis tool and it has become a very effective defensive tool for Critical Infrastructure Protection. The CARVER workshop includes a series of classroom lectures, practical exercises, and the students will conduct of an actual assessment of a government or private sector facility.

The CARVER Assessment course is designed for facility security, law enforcement, and emergency management professionals charged with planning for and implementing protective measures for personnel, facilities, and infrastructure. CARVER is the base for an All-Threat – All-Hazards assessment tool. This workshop, taught by a CARVER, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment experts provides you with a proven methodology, the knowledge, and the training to conduct an all hazards assessment and secure your assets.

This course provides the processes and tools for using CARVER, with a threat vs vulnerability based approach.

Students will learn to

- Identify threats and vulnerabilities of all sorts and apply risk management processes for incident planning.
- Become familiar with the importance of conducting the analysis of your assessments and develop the necessary mitigation tools for prevention.
- Apply the four primary assessments - Threat, Vulnerability, Criticality, and Risk
- Conduct an actual all hazards assessment and develop and deliver a briefing of their findings

Students receive their own copies of the course briefing materials and CARVER tools for data collection and reporting.


Students will receive a Certificate of Successful Completion from Government Training Inc. – Center for Security Best Practices.

About this course - Critical Infrastructure Risk & Vulnerability Assessments

How CARVER “targets” the Critical Infrastructure and how you can prevent and / or mitigate through comprehensive Threat, Vulnerabilities, Criticalities, and Risk Assessments with Proactive Threat Analysis (PTA²™) prevent and /or mitigate your risk to the 3 Ps (personnel, property, and process’).

The Nation’s Critical Infrastructures face a myriad of physical and technical threats. Each of these threats, whether natural, man-made, accidental or intentional, carries a certain level of risk that could compromise national security, public safety, and/or the economy and facility owners’ bottom-line; protection and profit!

The first step in securing Critical Infrastructures is the performance of an all hazards full spectrum “threat based” assessment process. Students will conduct an assessment of an organization’s threat, vulnerability, criticality, and risk to operational assets and the consequence of their degradation. The successful execution of an all hazards requires highly skilled, knowledgeable and trained personnel.

During the CARVER Methodology - Target Assessment and Analysis workshop, you will learn how to plan and conduct a targeting assessment using the CARVER assessment tool. The workshop reviews the basic elements of planning, executing, and reporting an all hazards assessment and countermeasure development. You are taught how to reverse engineer the CARVER results and develop a comprehensive and proactive prevention / mitigation program.

Student Comments from our January & October CARVER training

  • Very knowledgeable on varied scenarios that could present themselves.
  • This course would be beneficial to any anti-terrorism instruction or force protection initiative.
  • Very worthwhile for all government sectors.
  • Instructor was excellent - based presentation on the experience of the students.
  • Handout materials were concise and focused to the course at hand.
  • Friendly, informative, and inclusive training. Thank you!
  • Our agency could use these lessons on risk management doctrine in which this instructor seems well versed.
    P.S. The instructor got straight A’s in student evaluations.
  • Working with your company has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for us. People are still raving about the class, and we have had several inquiries from other counties about your company. Your instructors were a great team, and super to work with. We are considering additional classes in the future. I am sure you will hear from us again.

Users of CARVER + Shock methodology tool include

  • The White House Homeland Security Council, Bio Security Team
  • The US Department of Agriculture
  • US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
  • Government of Mexico Food and Agriculture Officials
  • Privately owned Nuclear Power Plants
  • The Electrical Industry
  • Various Port and Airlift facilities

What you will learn

  • How to plan, execute, and report a vulnerability assessment using CARVER
  • Application of the SHOCK (CASMAP) methodology as an expansion of CARVER
  • How to analyze the results of an assessment
  • How to determine effective countermeasures
  • How to report findings
  • Traps to avoid
  • Most common errors and how to avoid them
  • Using the CARVER data for planning
*Please Note: Dress for this 4-day workshop is casual.

Who should attend

  • Federal, state and local security and operations managers
  • U.S. civil agencies, government building/facilities managers, and companies with critical infrastructure to be protected
  • Guard services, law enforcement, corrections, or other types of security providers and consultants
  • Corporate Security, Physical Security or Risk Managers for Private Corporations with infrastructure protection needs, such as: financial institution campuses, transportation hubs, privately owned public utilities and coops, hospitals, or commercial shopping areas...
  • In essence, any security professional responsible for conducting and documenting physical or systemic security evaluations and audits.

Course agenda

  • Setting the Stage
  • Introduction to DoD Risk Management Program (RMP)
  • History and Background of CARVER and SHOCK (CASMAP)
  • All Hazards Assessment of an actual Government or Private sector facility
  • Templates and Checklists
  • Assessment Planning
  • Assessment Preparation
  • Assessment Execution
  • Analyzing Assessment Results
  • CARVER Analysis Tool
  • Additional Analysis Tools to use with CARVER (DoD RMP and PTA²™)
  • Assessment Reporting
  • Developing Countermeasures
  • Most common planning mistakes and how to avoid them
  • After Action Review (AAR)

Student Fee

This is a 3-day course
  • Government: $1,199.00
  • Contractor: $1,299.00

How to register

Registrations are payable by Visa, American Express, MasterCard, Discover or Check.

CARVER PDF Faxback Form

FAX or Mail the completed form to:

Dave Dickson
Government Training Inc.
20842 Derrydale Square
Sterling, VA, 20165
FAX: 941-870-9651

Course Schedule

  • Registration begins at 8:00 am
  • Class begins at 8:30am
  • Class ends at 4:30pm
  • There are several 10-15 minute breaks throughout the day.
  • Lunch generally begins at 12:00pm and lasts approximately 1 hour

GTI Cancellation Policy

You may designate a substitute in writing any time before the course.

Cancellation requests must be sent in writing (email or fax) and will be subject to a $100.00 processing fee. No cancellations or transfers are accepted within 2 (two) weeks prior to the course start date or later.

PLEASE NOTE: No shows will be liable for the entire registration fee. In the rare occasion that a course is cancelled or postponed, please note our reimbursement is limited to paid tuition only.

We're sure you'll be satisfied with the content of our courses. If you're not, please tell us why in a brief letter and we will credit your investment towards another Government Training, Inc. course….You risk nothing!

Should you have additional questions, please contact customer service at 703-622-1187 or

IMPORTANT: Open Enrollment Training Terms and Conditions

Airline Tickets: It is recommended that you do not make non-refundable airline reservations – There are sometime circumstances out of our control (weather, natural disaster, other emergency situations) that would cause us to postpone our scheduled course.

It is the responsibility of the registrant to check our website for any last minute changes that may have occurred concerning our training BEFORE departing for the class. Last minute changes are posted as soon as possible. – For more information or contact