Then new challenges were brought about by the Council on Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. By 1996, ASI had gained their approval, at the expense of the previously designed programs. A complete overhaul and redesigning of ASI courses took place in order to obtain such approval. At this time, Mr. Wingert was appointed as the Chief Administrator of the Sacramento Campus. February 7th, 1997, history was made at Advanced Security Institute. Trainers had come together for the first time. Some 28 trainers representing almost 20 training facilities in Northern California met in our West Sacramento classroom. They travelled from as far away as Fresno and Monterey Bay. Some represented multiple entities such as BSIS-licensed Facilities and school districts. Others represented Facilities and malls. To answer questions and clear rumors about various aspects of our industry, we invited John Nickols, Chief, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. Also present was the Chief Administrator from the Council on Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, to answer our questions about “taxation without representation”. For four hours, the first forum of its kind was held at ADVANCED SECURITY INSTITUTE. As a side note, it was at this meeting when the Chief Administrator of CPPVE publicly announced Advanced Security Institute’s status as a CPPVE-approved school. 

In mid-1997, the State once again sought “experts” in the security industry for upgrading training. Another of ASI’s instructors was selected for the Firearms committee while Mr. Williams was specifically chosen for the Baton Training committee. It is interesting to note that Mr. Williams is the only committee member who served on the original Baton Training and Standardization Committee. Additionally that year, Spanish-speaking channel 19 featured ASI in 1999 for it’s defensive tactics news cast. The station continues to call for advice and other interviews in its efforts to provide safety information for the Hispanic community.

As the “New Millennium” was upon us, ASI was called from all over Northern California to provide strategic and defensive consultation to corporations and communities. From simple self defense to complex security surveys, instructors were busy teaching and fulfilling community needs.

While terrorism remains prominent in the headlines, a phenomena beginning in the 1980’s and becoming more prolific in the 21st century receives only occasional headlines: violence in the workplace. The Department of Justice estimates that employees are killing their supervisors at the rate of 3 to 4 per month (information prodigiously provided by anti-gun groups on the internet; i.e.: Handgun -Free America). Add domestic disputes that follow partners to work, co-worker disputes and finally random crime, the workplace is not a safe haven. The instructors at ASI have been providing protective services since this phenomena began.

While the Bureau of Private Postsecondary and vocational Education fell to the sunset clause in July of 2007, ASI has a “covenant” with the Department of Consumer Affairs to act in accordance with the rules and regulations of BPPVE.

Rifle/Shotgun Training: In February, 2013, Founder Joseph Williams and Administrator Terry Wingert served as subject matter experts on this State committee to create courses for these additional firearms. Mr. Williams has been a proponent of adding these "calibers" to firearms permits since the opening of Advanced Security Institute. As written the laws have never specified only handguns and in fact, there are security assignments that mandate such tools in position and practice.

The entire Staff remains extremely busy with teaching, administrating, providing expert witness testimony to the judicial system, and serving our Nation. Instructors and the Institute are members of local and national organizations that are too numerous to mention here. Throughout its history, Advanced Security Institute has provided quality specialized instruction to the protection and investigations industry, as well as to private citizens, law enforcement and the military. The curriculum is clearly related to the needs of the industry that the Institute serves. The staff of ASI has personally impacted the security industry as well as serving it’s community. The growth of the Institute shows the commitment Advanced Security Institute has to the community, the security industry and to education. All licenses and certificates are in compliance with the Bureau of Private Postsecondary and vocational Education, California Dept of Justice, Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training and the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.

As of October, 2018, we moved our office and classroom into a new range:

Laguna Shooting Center

2220 Kausen Drive, Elk Grove CA 95758

Licenses and Approvals:

Bureau of Security & Investigative Services: TFB/F000243

Bureau of Private Postsecondary & Vocational Education: 3405771

Department of Justice: 0005

Veteran’s Administration 25-0053-05.


Philosophy & Objectives

Mr. Joseph Williams, BSc.,

1SG, USA (Ret.)

Founder and President of ASI, has served seven years of Active Duty Army and 19 more in the Army Reserves.  He has trained elite military forces, as well as  children in daycare centers.  Executive Protection Details include celebrities, politicians and other government entities, corporate leaders, and witnesses. 

In 2012,  Mr. Williams created a simple-but-effective program of “personal safety” for Medical professionals as required by law. Also, his experience in Hospital Security has made him popular training hospital security personnel.

"Sifu" Williams has over a half a century of experience in the martial arts.  Having mastered traditional Chinese Martial Arts,  listed arts, he has also studied Japanese Goju Ryu Karate, American Kenpo, Fu Jow Pai, Escrima and other arts. 

He continues to research and teach and is often sought for his knowledge of history, philosophy and technical expertise.​


Mr. Terry Wingert


Mr. Wingert has been with ASI since 1991.He has over 50 years of training civilian, law enforcement and security personnel. Mr. Wingert worked in Fresno, training the DA's office in the use of firearms, receiving eight (8) commendations for his service. He has graduated numerous Instructor Courses for firearms and Advanced Police Tactics, as well as ASI's Instructor Course.

Mr. Wingert is a certified Firearms and Baton Instructor, licensed under BSIS, a Certified NRA Civilian & Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, plus the State Department of Justice and other agencies. He's also certified through the United States Concealed Carry Association. 

Mr. Wingert has worked sensitive government and industrial sites for various large security companies, as well as investigations and executive protection. He now provides consultation and expert witness testimony to the security industry. 

Mr. Wingert began teaching firearms as a teenager, has over a half century of martial arts (including edged weapons),  He remains an active member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, Inc., a Benefactor Member of the National Rifle Association and a Life Member of the California Rifle/Pistol Association.

Mr. Wingert is a competitive shooter and graduate of "Gunsite."

Who We Are: A Little History Lesson

Advanced Security Institute was founded in June of 1985 by Joseph L. Williams in Sacramento, California. In July of 1985, a satellite was opened in Stockton, making ASI the first security training facility available in San Joaquin County. At that time, as now, most security training schools were only providing the basic classes required by the State of California for the guard card, firearms, baton and tear gas permits.

After six years of assisting other security training schools with their short-term programs, Mr. Williams saw the need for additional basic, as well as advanced training (hence, the name) in such areas as report writing, defensive tactics and officer survival training. Upon inception in 1985, ASI received approval as a training facility from the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Collection & Investigative Services (Now the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services). Mr. Williams was concurrently serving on a state committee to standardize the baton training for security guards in California.

 In 1986, ASI received approval from the Department of Justice to teach tear gas classes to security and private citizens. By February, 1987, ASI had a 160-hour Basic Security Academy. That same year, several nationally accredited schools adopted 300-hour courses, however, were unable to certify their students due to California’s strict guide-lines for security personnel. ASI was chosen by each of these schools to subcontract the state-mandated portion of training . Within two years, these schools divested their security programs, leaving ASI as the only school in Northern California with long-term training programs.

In 1988, ASI developed its Executive Protection Training Program which has attracted executives from Europe to Asia. Although a 96-hour and a 300-hour version of the program were developed, the EPTP has evolved into an intensive 110-hour program. ASI serves as the hub of a network of professional executive protection teams. In 1989, ASI added the Private Investigator Course, renamed in 1992 due to much confusion about the private investigations industry. It is currently titled the “Investigative Sciences Program,” and its focus is two-fold. First, the ISP provides the student with necessary skills that would enable him or her to function in almost any investigative capacity. Second, it provides the student with a panoramic view of the investigations field. Later that year, the state had decided to rewrite the Private Patrol Operators Exam, which is required by anyone desiring to own a security company or to manage one. They chose Mr. Williams to assist them in this task. To own or manage a security company, one simply must have worked as a guard or equivalent for 2000 hours: about one year. So, in 1990, the 300-hour Security Management Program was born out of a need for otherwise qualified persons to learn how to run a security company. From supervisory skills to spread-sheets, computers to contracts and the IRS to the OSHA, this course meets the challenge of first level management to entrepreneurship.

 When the State of California decided to upgrade their firearms program for security guards and private investigators, they chose eight experts in the field to be on the committee. Two of them were from Advanced Security Institute: Mr. Joseph Williams and Mr. Patrick Alexander. To understand the magnitude of the program, the State Representative who chaired the committee went through ASI’s firearms course in Sacramento. In 1992, ASI met the demands of vocational rehabilitation services by combining the major elements of the Basic Security Academy, Security Management Program and Executive Protection Training Program into the Executive Security Academy. This program was 705 hours, completed within a six-month period. This same year, ASI began assisting the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department in providing practical seminars for their Neighborhood Watch programs. During a particular crime wave, one of these seminars was featured on KCRA -TV News.

The year 1993 was extremely busy for ASI. Mr. Terry Wingert opened the Fresno branch in February, 1993, with the full range of programs that Sacramento enjoys; the process for Private Post-secondary accreditation began; and ASI became the only NRA approved facility in California for security firearms training. ASI introduced a superior control and restraint system called “Quik-kuffs” to security and law enforcement personnel in California.

When legislation put a cap on state compensation funding, ASI developed the 50-hour, and 150-hour “mini” academies so that security would remain a viable option for those who would be vocationally rehabilitated. As 1994 opened, ASI received Veteran’s Administration Approval for Disabled Veterans. New legislation allowed private citizens to possess “pepper spray” with training and Advanced Security Institute was there to meet the needs of the citizens.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, well ahead of the State-wide legislation for a California Concealed Weapons permit (CCW) curriculum, approved ASI’s Initial Firearms class to meet their training requirement. This occurred at the beginning of 1995. By the end of 1995, the Fresno campus was closed in an effort to consolidate, and maintain the quality standards that ASI is known for. 


Advanced Security Institute is dedicated to providing effective, quality instruction and related learning experiences to students. ASI is primarily an institution of learning. The founder believes that any sound education program must first be concerned with the needs of the student and second, that the program will be occupationally relevant. The practical portions of training in ASI’s curriculum are testimony to the schools adherence to this staunch philosophy. ASI is a highly specialized institution seeking to provide a quality service to its industry and the community. Classes are kept relatively small and some instruction is offered on an individual basis in order to provide a close relationship between student and teacher. The primary objectives of Advanced Security Institute are to:

1. Provide Certificate Programs in basic and advanced security operations, supervision, personal protection, and investigative sciences.

2. Prepare students for further study in the security, law enforcement and criminal justice fields.

3. Identify the educational needs of the community and and the respective industries we provide for. Then, serve promptly those needs which are consistent with the philosophy and resources of Advanced Security Institute.

4. Provide "placement assistance" for students seeking employment and accurate information on careers in civil service, occupational licensing, and trade and professional organizations in their respective fields.

5. Encourage students to become active and informed members of society by participating in and supporting the intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic life of the community and the nation.

6. Educate the community with safe, legal and effective means to protect itself from criminal attack and to survive criminal attack, terrorist attack and disaster.