"I originally went to Miami in 2008 for my certification. It was the hardest training I had ever endured, and I tore my calf at the end of the second day. I approached it like most Defensive Tactics courses I have participated in which would have small periods of intensity followed by numerous breaks. To say, “My butt was handed to me” would be an understatement. Sadly my ego got the better of me, and I was not successful.
I requested to be invited again, and in 2009 I attended Lisbon Portugal to give the ATC another shot. For me attending armed with the knowledge of the year prior, I was nervous to say the least. The intensity was just like the year before; insane. And although respectful, I was never given an iota of special treatment in light of attending for a second time. Since my initial certification I have attended ATC recertifications in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and most recently 2018. Every time I attend an ATC I get butterflies in my stomach. As Dr. Parsons discussed at a previous ATC, your first ATC is technically the easiest. Each time I attend I am armed with the knowledge of the aforementioned re-certification. I have had co-workers ask me how hard can it be? My only response to that is; try it. Unless you have either witnessed it, or participated as a Candidate you will never truly appreciate what it means to be an ATC. Becoming a Trainer is not a right, it’s a privilege. It is a group of like-minded individuals who make me want to be better than I am. Ask any Trainer how it feels to wear that black shirt. It’s an honour to say the least."
- Al G.
"Heading into the ATC course I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I remember thinking it can’t be much different than the AIC course...could it? Now after successfully completing this program, I can truthfully say that this course truly tested me to my limits - mentally, physically and emotionally...it was the hardest course I’ve ever taken, and it was the absolute highlight of my training career. I’m so very proud to be part of the ASP family, and I have the utmost respect and understanding for what it means to wear the black training shirt."
- Brad D.
"Having attended world class Judo training, training in the Canadian Military and some tough courses in the civilian policing world, I can honestly say that the ASP Trainer Certification was developed not only to have candidates reach their peak level, but find the second wind and keep going! In a three day course, training with some of the best across the globe and speaking different languages, I have learned how to become one! By the end of the course, all the candidates to become Trainers have learned how to communicate in one language...ASP!"
- Natalya M.
"If I had to choose one word that describes what ATC meant to me, it would be 'motivating!' During ATC, I had the opportunity to train with skillful Trainers and candidates from all over the world. The skill level of ASP Trainers is amazing and their passion to do their job is impressive."
- Kim L.
"This was the hardest law enforcement training I’ve ever been to! Harder than my SRT qualifications, harder than the police academy, harder than all the current instructor certifications that I have. I’m so glad I had mentors like Billy, Al, DJ and Thom to push and prepare me for such a mentally and physically exhausting experience. On the last day of the conference, I got a chance to see how close the ASP family really is. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be accepted into this family."
- James C.
"What is an ATC? It is an exceptional training program for police officers. It brings great individual growth, and above all, the real feeling that the police community is a brotherhood that strives to serve and protect others."
- Miguel Angel G.
"ATC was the most intense training I’ve been to physically and mentally. It was also the most rewarding. I’ve never gained so much respect and camaraderie for a group of people in such a short period of time. I’ve been an officer for 11 years, been to several week long DT courses, FBI sniper, basic SWAT, several advanced SWAT, two tac team leader courses, my resume goes on and on. One team leader course was taught by a former Delta TL and took place in Texas in September. That class was as intense as ATC for a half-day. Without the energy and atmosphere initially brought by the Trainers, no one would have made it three days. One of the best parts was to know for a fact that no matter where you are in the world, we as cops are all cut from the same cloth."
- Dallas B.
"The ATC course was one of the most physically demanding trainings I’ve attended in a long time. The mentors and staff were strict, but at the same time fair and motivating. Unlike some classes I’ve attended, I walked away knowing I EARNED the certification, nothing was given to me. And it was a good time!"
- Dean A.
"I have been fortunate to complete numerous instructor training courses (ASP and lots of other disciplines). I have completed SWAT school and Tactical Medic school. Both of which were very challenging. I have trained and conditioned myself for years to prepare for anything...there are no words to describe to someone how hard the ATC was. The ATC was the most challenging course I have ever participated in my 17 years as an officer. I love the entire ASP program, as it isn’t an “everyone gets a certificate” course. You must earn it. The feeling I had when I received my black shirt and Trainer coin was overwhelming. It is hands down the proudest moment I’ve had in my career."
- Rhett M.
"After spending 25 years with the NYPD and being a part of the elite Emergency Service Unit, I have to contest that the training I went through during my initial ATC was the most demanding physically and mentally that I have ever encountered. The end result was also the most rewarding. Being part of a family of professional Trainers from around the world that really do care about helping others."
- Hani K.