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HIGH THREAT SECURITY OVERSEAS SEMINAR (HTSOS)


In response to evolving threats, the U.S. Department of State has increased required security training requirements to better educate and prepare travelers who are on foreign travel. This training is required for anyone traveling on behalf of LBNL. 

  • The U.S. Department of State requires all travelers (Federal and Federal contractors) visiting  any foreign country are to complete the HTSOS Training.  (This personal security training requirement is a recommendation of the Accountability Review Board convened by the Secretary of the U.S.)
  • Foreign travel of less than 45 cumulative days in a calendar year requires completion of a 5-hour online course, see additional information in the HTSOS section below

This seminar is designed to provide participants with threat and situational awareness training against criminal and terrorist attacks while working in high threat regions.  Participants will learn risk management, health management, surveillance detection, crime and personal protection, defensive driving, kidnapping prevention, minefield awareness and awareness of threats from explosives and countermeasures.  It is an interactive e-Learning seminar available via the Internet, using a computer or mobile device.


  • 8-module online course (estimated 5-hour duration)
  • No tuition fee for HTSOS
  • Training certificate is valid for 5 years (for most countries)


To successfully complete this course, the traveler must pass every exam (exam after each module) with a score of 80% or better.  


To obtain login credentials, send an email to Debbie Warner at DLWarner@lbl.gov with the traveler's name and email address. An email will be sent to the traveler with information on this training, followed by an additional email with the link from the DOE Portal for the traveler to begin this training.

Once the traveler has completed the HTSOS course, they are to provide a copy of the certificate documenting the course is completed to Debbie Warner @ DLWarner@lbl.gov . At this time, the trip can then be submitted in the DOE system and a cable request can then be sent to the Embassy (Department of State). Once the cable is submitted for review and approvals, the copy of the certificate must be emailed to Department of State contacts for that country for their review process. Employees should carry a copy of their completion certificates with them on travel, as they may need to provide a copy upon request.

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