This listing of FAQs covers many of the general questions regarding working for IPTACS and working in an international environment. Once you are assigned to a specific training opportunity, you will be assigned to a contract liaison who will provide specific information related to your deployment.
What are the advantages of contracting with IPTACS?
IPTACS has built an international reputation for attracting the some of the top security sector trainers and educators in the world. Our trainers can expect a personalized relationship with IPTACS’ senior management and our compensation and benefits are highly competitive. IPTACS provides training, education, consulting and services that support governmental and non-governmental organizations in meeting their security and rule of law needs within the criminal justice sector. IPTACS’ trainers are deployed for short term training assignments in their area/s of expertise.
How soon can I expect to be contacted for an international training assignment?
Assignments and frequency are based on our customers’ needs. United States international support for law enforcement, security and rule of law initiatives is a multi-billion dollar annual program with training opportunities worldwide. Once IPTACS is under contract to develop and conduct a training program, trainers are usually deployed under a U.S. funded contract in approximately 6-12 weeks. Contract assignments for other governmental organizations can result in a deployment in as short as 1-2 weeks.
What compensation and benefits will I receive?
Compensation and benefits are based on: (1) location of deployment, e.g., hazardous or non-hazardous environment; (2) length and complexity of training; (3) qualifications and experience of trainer; (4) and type of training being conducted. IPTACS negotiates for compensation and benefits that reflect the market rate for each area of expertise. Compensation is typically at a higher hourly and daily rate than most of the large international training companies. In addition to compensation we offer insurance coverage through the Defense Base Act on U.S. Government contracts and health and medical benefits through GeoBlue for contracts that do not fall under the Defense Base Act requirements.
Will I be compensated for course/training development work I am asked to contribute?
Most trainings are customized for the client or host nation’s unique environment, resources, and level of expertise in the subject area. Trainers are compensated for development of trainings, based on their length and complexity. Development is a joint effort conducted by IPTACS’ Senior Training Coordinators and the trainer. We expect trainers to have the experience and skills necessary to develop course material and lesson plans based on best practices. IPTACS has a standard format for course and lesson plan development.
Can family members accompany me to international training locations?
Permission for family members to accompany a trainer on an international deployment will be based on the rules and requirements of the contracting government agency. In the past family members have been able to join trainers under certain circumstances, but are required to pay their own travel and per diem expenses. Because most of our training deployments are short term they are usually not conducive for family accompaniment.
What happens if I become seriously ill or injured during my deployment?
Health facilities and benefits are based on the location and type of deployment. In some cases you will be required to have a signed medical doctor’s approval that you are physically able to travel and conduct training outside of the United States. Contractors will be covered under the Defense Base Act that provides insurance coverage in this area. It is important that you be in satisfactory health to complete your deployment. Oftentimes medical facilities and conditions in countries of deployment have sub-standard medical facilities. IPTACS also provides trainers under non-U.S. Government contracts with a comprehensive insurance package by GeoBlue.
What is my employment status with IPTACS?
As an independent contractor with IPTACS, trainers are responsible for all applicable local, state, and federal taxes for compensation received. IPTACS does not provide vacation pay, sick leave, retirement benefits, social security contributions, worker’s compensation, health or disability payment or unemployment insurance benefits under short-term contracts (less than 6 months) but does provide a competitive benefits package and required federal and state contributions for those persons who are offered a long-term employment contract.
What financial support can I expect for incidental costs during the training?
IPTACS will reimburse or compensate trainers for training materials and supplies, if the cost is approved by the IPTACS’ contract liaison before the expenditure. Language translation, transportation, lodging and per diem are provided during the course of the training. More specific support will be based on the location and agency contracting the specific training.
What is frequency and length of trainings?
Frequency and length of trainer contracts are based on client requirements and evaluations of your training.
What is the selection process for a training assignment?
The final selection of trainers is based on factors established by the client. In some cases the client will ask that IPTACS provide a list of biographies for trainers who meet their qualifications and experience criteria. From the list, clients will select or submit further questions regarding suitability for an assignment. When IPTACS has discretion on the selection process, we select trainers based on qualifications required to fulfill the clients’ needs. Usually 3-5 persons will be identified for each training position and IPTACS will conduct reference and background checks, as well as personal interviews. More extensive background and investigative checks are conducted for trainers when a specific security clearance is required by the client.
What is the best way for me to compete for a training assignment?
IPTACS relies on information included in the online application and attached resume for the initial identification of suitable trainers for a specific assignment. It is important that the application is both accurate and complete. As a company that focuses on specialist training, those applicants with a strong training experience in the areas described in the IPTACS Company Report (Core Instructional Areas) should highlight these areas on their resumes and include: operational and supervisory experience; certifications/training/education in specialist areas; and any such trainings conducted internationally. It is also important to keep your contact information current, including email and cell phone contacts.
Senior training coordinators are extensively involved in the process of selecting deployed trainers. Once you are advised that you have been approved as an IPTACS trainer and are in the IPTACS trainer database, you may wish to contact the senior training coordinator in your specialist area/s to introduce yourself and discuss your qualifications. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for contact information of Senior Training Coordinators in your specializations.
How do I keep informed of IPTACS information and contract opportunities?
IPTACS communicates with our trainers in the following ways:
- Lists of training opportunities for both current contracts and future proposals that IPTACS expects to bid is available in the Contract Opportunities link.
- IPTACS Newsletter “The Briefing” is distributed by email and highlights current company activities, opportunities and individual trainer experiences.
- You can follow IPTACS’ news, events, and updates on LinkedIn.
How do I ask a question which has not been covered in the FAQs or on the website?
- You are always welcome to contact any member of our Senior Management Team email@example.com.
These additional resources on the IPTACS website can also provide further information for trainers/associates: