Ace Esmeralda is one of the few Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialists (CATS) in the Philippines. He is an ASIS International Certified Protection Professional (CPP), a Certified Campus Security Manager (CCSM), and an International Crime Prevention Specialist (ICPS). He is the first Certified Lodging Security Officer (CLSO) and the only Certified Lodging Security Supervisor (CLSS) in the Philippines. He is also a Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP). CLSO, CLSS, and CGSP are certifications from the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute. He is also Certified in Electronic Access Control and Certified in Internet Protocol Camera by IPVM University. In 2015, he completed courses from McAfee Institute on Digital and Mobile Forensics, Investigative Interviewing Methodologies, and Advance Social Media Intelligence Gathering. He finished an online course in Marketing Planning in the Hospitality Industry at Cornell University. He holds a Master's degree in Management from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). He is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and belongs to the Makatao Class of 1989.