Entry Control Facilities / Access Control Points (ECF/ACP)

The PDC offers a training course on the subject of entry control facilities and access control points.

Current Class Schedule

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Entry Control Facilities / Access Control Points Omaha District, Omaha, NE


Applicants accepted for the waitlist.

17 May 2021 19 May 2021






Entry Control Facilities / Access Control Points Omaha District, Omaha, NE TBD TBD TBD






Click here for directions to the Humphreys Engineer Center.


Course Description

The Entry Control Facilities / Access Control Points (ECF/ACP) training course describes design requirements in the "Army Standard for Access Control Points" issued 14 December 2004, the "Army Standard Design for Access Control Points" issued 14 December 2004, the "Office of the Provost Marshal General’s Criteria for Access Control Points" issued 4 January 2005, and the "Unified Facilities Criteria for Entry Control Facilities and Access Control Points" issued 25 May 2005. The course thoroughly goes through an ACP, describing mandatory and optional requirements in the new Army and UFC criteria.

The course also describes in detail the dual performance criteria of defeating the defined threats and providing safety to innocent motorists and pedestrians. The 4 “D’s” of security engineering are used to define the Design Strategy – Detect the Threat, Deploy the Barrier, Delay the Threat Vehicle, and Defeat the Threat Vehicle at the Barrier. Various technologies are presented to aid in Threat Detection. Numerous examples of delay techniques are presented including straight roadways, curves, chicanes, turns, serpentines, and others.

The course describes the three barrier safety systems approved specifically by the Surface Distribution and Development Command (SDDC) for use at Army Access Control Points. The Army Standard mandates the use of these approved systems at all new or renovated ACPs.

The course describes Electronic Security Systems (ESS) and how they are applied at ACPs including overspeed and wrong-way detectors, intrusion detection systems, CCTV surveillance systems, duress alarms, and communications systems. Other criteria such as lighting levels, emergency power, uninterruptible power, automation, and traffic control devices will be presented.

Finally, the course will include sample problems for students to determine detection and delay features and calculate delays to ensure their designs will defeat the defined threats.

Course Outline

  • Introduction/Overview
  • Threat Scenarios
  • ACP Criteria/Standards
  • Detection, Delay, and Defeat
  • Traffic Engineering Study
  • Active Barrier Safety Systems
  • Facilities
  • Speed Management Strategies
  • Sizing ACP Features
  • Overspeed, Wrong-way, and Vehicle Presence
  • Detection
  • Geometric Design
  • Electronic Security Systems
  • Signs & Pavement Markings
  • Automated Installation Entry
  • Lighting, Power, & Communications
  • Integrated Barrier Control System
  • CCTV
  • Manpower


Who should attend?

The Entry Control Facilities / Access Control Points Training course is intended for an interdisciplinary group including engineering planners and designers, as well as provost marshal/security and law enforcement personnel. The class is intended for civilian and military (commissioned officer, warrant officer, and enlisted) personnel involved in security or engineering support of security. Security personnel may include people from provost marshal or other federal government security and law enforcement offices, especially those personnel involved in physical security or force protection. Engineer personnel may include planners and designers from Corps of Engineers offices, Directorates of Public Works, and Base Civil Engineers. Personnel from installation level, major command level, and Corps of Engineers district and division levels are encouraged to attend. Representatives from other federal government agencies may also attend.

Course Offerings

The Entry Control Facilities / Access Control Points class will be taught twice a year at various locations throughout CONUS.  Consult the course schedule below for locations.

Additionally, Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) can be sent to teach the Entry Control Facilities / Access Control Point class at the sponsor's location.  The sponsor must pay all expenses related to bringing the class to their location.  Also, the sponsor controls the student registration, and is responsible for providing the training facility.  If you are interested in arranging for a MTT to come to your location, contact us at the links given below.

Contact Information

Course Registration or Other Questions:PDC.Training@usace.army.mil