What Does it Mean to be an Able Shepherd?

Uniform

Everyone in the program, no matter your experience, receives the same exact training.  Our instructors are trained to provide consistent delivery throughout to each and every member.

Safe

Safe firearm handling skills for individuals and teams, even while moving. Consistently display the ability to identify threats and non-threats prior to discharging your firearm.

Accurate

Possess the repeatable, documented ability to place rounds on the intended targets.  Our program teaches time-proven tactics to ensure accurate and consistent delivery on the range.

How Does it Work?

Take the POP Course

This 4-hour class is the prerequisite to the entire Able Shepherd program.  Learn the basics of self-defense and gain an insight to reality-based simulation training.  Open to the public with no membership requirement or commitment.

Purchase a Membership

Once you’ve taken the POP class we promise you’ll be hooked and ready for more!  Purchase a membership or sign up for individual classes as you go.

A membership gets you 2 classes per-month for the price of one!

 

Sign up for a Class

Now that you’ve completed the POP Course and purchased a membership, it’s time to dig in!  To register for a class you must first log in to the calendar.

Take a look at our introductory Protecting Our People (P.O.P.) Course

Program Precursor

The first step is to sign up for the POP class to see what this program is all about.  After completion, you’re now eligible to start a membership and advance through the phases.

Protect our People P.O.P (Mandatory)

Prerequisite class that builds the foundation for all following training.

Length: 4 hours
Price: $199

Course Description: This course is specifically designed for Men and Women with a desire to better protect themselves and those in their care. Whether at home, work, or on the street, those who make the honorable choice to protect others deserve the tools to be successful. This course is an introduction to the same training principles that have been validated and utilized by the US Navy SEAL Teams, Elite Federal Tactical Teams and Law Enforcement organizations across the nation. The foundation developed in this course will be the foundation on which future training may be built (unarmed, knife, pistol, rifle).

Objective 1: Student will demonstrate an appropriate posture for an offensive or defensive encounter.
Objective 2: Student will demonstrate the ability to defend their upper body vitals.
Objective 3: Student will demonstrate the ability to handle a pistol safely.
Objective 4: Student will demonstrate the ability to Load, Unload, Reload a pistol.
Objective 5: Student will demonstrate the ability to appropriately and effectively engage an adversary with a pistol.

What to Bring:
We will provide everything you need for this course.

Attire:
Good shoes or boots you are able to move freely in.
Good belt which will hold a holster.
Clothing you can move freely in.

Learn more here.

 

Ready to Start? Sign up for the P.O.P Class today!

Cost: $200

Now being offered at 2 locations.

Weekdays at Able Shepherd Headquarters (7146 S Tucson Way, Centennial, CO

Saturdays at Main Location (6649 S Paris Street, Centennial, CO                                                                                                                 

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* Private Groups by Request. Contact 720-775-5674 or email info@ableshepherd.com  for more information

Program Phases

Once you’ve completed the POP course and started a membership, you’ll progress through Phases 1-3 with testing in between each phase.  Completing all phases allows you to test for Able Shepherd status and proceed to Phase 4 for advanced training.

Phase One

PISTOL, STATIC

Course Description: Students will progress at their own pace through the A, B, C classes (in no particular order) where they are presented with foundational pistol skills limited to basic movements. Students move on from Phase 1 by successfully completing the Phase 1 Test in order to progress to Phase 2.

Classes:

  • 1A – Immediate Action Drills (SIM)
  • 1B – Basic Movements (Live)
  • 1C – Concealed Draw (SIM/Live)
  • RBT – Intro to Reality Based Training

Done in any order.

Then…

Test:

“Sentry” Pistol Test

 

Phase Two

PISTOL, DYNAMIC

Course Description: Students will progress at their own pace through the A, B, C classes (in no particular order) where they are presented with progressive pistol skills followed by the ETA, ETB and ETC (Entry Training) with a pistol for instruction on tactical movements. Students move on from Phase 2 by successfully completing the Phase 2 Test in order to progress to Phase 3. (ETA, ETB and ETC can be taken in any order, and then the Phase Test can be taken)

Classes:

  • 2A – Postures (SIM)
  • 2B – Flashlight (SIM/Live)
  • 2C – Stress/3 of 3 (Live)

Done in any order.

Then…

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PHASE II Pistol

Course Description: Student will progress at their own pace through ETA, ETB and ETC (Entry Training).  Students will use pistol for Phase II. Instruction will be on tactical movements. Students move on from Phase 2 by successfully completing the Phase 2 Test after taking all three entry classes. (ETA, ETB and ETC can be taken in any order, and then Phase Test can be taken).

  • ETA (Entry training A)(SIM Pistol)
  • ETB (Entry Training B)(SIM Pistol)
  • ETC (Entry Training C)(SIM Pistol)

Then…

Test:

“Protector” Pistol Test*

*Effective August 1st, 2021 we will require that individuals testing for Protector Certification-PHASE 2 be STOP THE BLEED Certified. Additionally, anyone already certified at the Protector level and beyond will need to be Stop the Bleed certified by August 1st 2021.  This certification is good for 2(two) years at which time would need to be re-certified.

 

*Once Protector Certified – Students will be able to take ISH (Intro To Shoot House) – This is a required course after Phase two and before starting Phase Three.

Phase Three

RIFLE and PISTOL, DYNAMIC

Course Description: Students will progress at their own pace through the A, B, C classes (IN THAT ORDER) where they are presented with progressive rifle and pistol skills followed by the ETA, ETB and ETC (Entry Training) with rifle/pistol for instruction on tactical movements. 

Classes:

  • 3A – AR Introduction (SIM)
  • 3B – AR Postures (Live)
  • 3C – AR Stress/AR 3 of 3 (Live)

Done in order.

Then…

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PHASE III Rifle

Course Description: Student will progress at their own pace through ETA, ETB and ETC (Entry Training).  Students will use a Rifle for Phase III. Instruction will be on tactical movements. Students move on from Phase 3 by successfully completing the Phase 3 Test after taking all three entry classes. (ETA, ETB and ETC can be taken in any order, and then Phase Test can be taken). Upon Phase 3 certification students may take the Able Shepherd Test (AST), receive the ABLE SHEPHERD DESIGNATION and advance to Phase 4.

  • ETA (Entry training A)(SIM AR)
  • ETB (Entry Training B)(SIM AR)
  • ETC (Entry Training C)(SIM AR)

Then…

Test:

Phase Three Test (Live)

Then…

Test:

Able Shepherd test (Live)

  • THREE QUALIFYING ENTRIES (NO MAJOR INFRACTIONS)
  • Pistol 3 of 3 = @ 10 ft
  • Pistol Stress= 60’- 3 to body, 10’- 3 to body, 40’- 3 to body, 20’- 3 to head, 10’- two body/one head
  • Rifle 3 of 3= @ 35 ft
  • Rifle Stress= 60’-3 to head from prone, 60’-3 to head from kneeling, 45-3 to body standing from right shoulder 45’-3 to body standing from left shoulder, 21’-3 to body, transition to pistol, 3 to body standing

Skill Development

Drills are designed to refine the skills that have been presented within the Able Shepherd Program classes.  Many of these drills classes can be taken throughout the program, whether you are preparing for a test or wanting to hone a specific skill.

Pistol Drills

Prerequisite: Phase One Test

Course Description: Students will be presented with drills that will refine the skills previously presented in Phase 2 to improve personal performance. 

Objective 1: Student will demonstrate safety with firearms and recite 3 primary safety rules.
Objective 2: Student will demonstrate Uniformity in all phases of training.
Objective 3: Student will demonstrate Safety in all phases of training.
Objective 4: Student will demonstrate Accuracy in all phases of training.

What to Bring:
Electronic Ear Protection
Eye Protection
Please bring your own Pistol with 5 mags
Holster and dual mag pouch
200 Rounds of Pistol ammunition and 100 Rounds of Frangible (NO Steel Ammo)
Water bottle, fountains are available in training area

Attire:
Good shoes or boots you are able to move freely in
Good belt which will hold a holster
Clothing you can move freely in

Rifle Drills

Prerequisite: 3A, 3B, 3C

Course Description: Students will be presented with drills that will refine the skills previously presented in Phase Three to improve personal performance. 

Objective 1: Student will demonstrate safety with firearms and recite 3 primary safety rules.
Objective 2: Student will demonstrate Uniformity in all phases of training.
Objective 3: Student will demonstrate Safety in all phases of training.
Objective 4: Student will demonstrate Accuracy in all phases of training.

What to Bring:
Electronic Ear Protection
Eye Protection
Please bring your own Pistol with 5 mags
Holster and dual mag pouch
Please bring your own Rifle with 9 mags and a way to carry them
200 Rounds of Rifle and Pistol ammunition and 100 Rounds of Frangible Pistol (NO Steel Ammo)
Water bottle, fountains are available in training area

Attire:
Good shoes or boots you are able to move freely in
Good belt which will hold a holster
Clothing you can move freely in

Entry Drills

Prerequisite: ETA, ETB, ETC either Pistol or Rifle

Course Description: In this class students will enter simmulation with a rifle or a pistol to practice tactical entries.
Include T360 concept, 1 person entry, 2 person entry into open door, 2 person exits and appropriate timing.

What to Bring:
50 Rounds of FX/Marking Simunition (Can be purchased at Centennial Gun Club)
Water bottle, fountains are available in training area
Holster or Gun Belt for Glock 19 or 17 (if owned)

Attire:
Good shoes or boots you are able to move freely in
Good belt which will hold a holster
Clothing you can move freely in

    Intro To Shoot House - (Protector Certified & Beyond)

    In this class students (Protector certified and above) will be introduced to the skills needed to clear and safely move through multiple connecting rooms while maintaining optimal 360° coverage and evaluate potential threats as they are encountered.

    Students are required to be Protector Certified or Beyond to take this class.  This class is Required to be taken after Protector Certification is achieved and before taking Phase 3 Classes.

    Students will continue to develop and maintain all previously learned skills in a high paced environment with both physical contact and Simunition fire validation scenarios. Additionally, PMRE introduces some new concepts for re-unification and other skills necessary for moving and entering multiple rooms.

    Real world threats can come from any direction—your training should reflect that.

      Protector Certified Multi Room Pistol Drills

      This class will give students (Protector certified and above, and have taken ISH) the opportunity to refine and maintain previously learned multi room entry skills learned in Intro To Shoot House and all other previous courses. Drills will consist of clearing and safely moving through multiple connecting rooms while maintaining optimal 360° coverage and evaluating potential threats as they are encountered. This will be a high paced environment with both physical contact and Simunition fire validation.

      Real world threats can come from any direction—your training should reflect that.

        Stop the Bleed Certificate Course

        Learn the basics of emergency bleeding control products and techniques. The course instructor will present products and applicable skills associated with the basic Able Shepherd emergency vehicle kit to include: Scene assessment, primary assessment, wound packing, and tourniquet placement.

        • Effective August 1st, 2021 we will require that individuals testing for Protector Certification-PHASE 2 be Stop the Bleed certified.
        • Additionally, anyone already certified at the Protector level and beyond will need to be Stop the Bleed certified by August 1st 2021.
        • Stop the Bleed certifications are good for two (2) years, upon which time individuals will need to re-certify to stay current.
        • You are not required to take our Stop the Bleed class, but if you choose to do so, you may use a monthly class credit for the course.
        • This course is open to anyone and they do not need to be in the Able Shepherd program or have taken any prior classes from us.
        • Dates/times for our Stop the Bleed classes are listed here: https://ableshepherd.com/new-classes/
        • and on our class calendar: https://ableshepherd.sites.zenplanner.com/calendar.cfm

        We feel that to “Take Care of One Another” emergency medical aid knowledge is a must.

        Stop the Bleed classes are available to a member’s family at the discounted price of $100 instead of $175

        If you have any questions pertaining to this Stop the Bleed requirement, please feel free to reach out to us.

          Advanced Training

          Once you complete Phases 1-3 and pass your Able Shepherd Test, you will now eligible for advanced training and special events in Phase 4.

          Phase Four

          RIFLE and PISTOL, ADVANCED

          Prerequisite: Able Shepherd Only

          Course Description: Students now designated as Able Shepherds are introduced to increasingly advanced tactics with both rifle and pistol. Additionally, team members will be asked to attend real-world events where discreet security with advanced capability is required.

          Program Classes

          View a PDF of our current class Phase Schedule

          Testing Standards

          View a PDF of the most current Testing Standards.

          Ready for More? Purchase a Membership

          You can pay for classes individually as you go, but a membership will get you 2 classes for the price of one!

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          Able Shepherd Monthly Subscription

          $175 per month
          2 Classes per month
          This is a recurring subscription

          Without a membership you will pay $175 for each class.
          With a membership you get 2 classes/month for $175.
          This membership is paid once a month on autopay.