Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection(QCF)

Course from £799
15 days
Course Timings
9:00am - 7:30pm
Minimum Age
requirement is 18
Assessed by multiple
choice exam and portfolio
in exam
Course Overview
Awarding Body : HABC
Assessment Method:Multiple-choice examinations & practical test

Under the Private Security Industry Authority Act 2001, all individuals wishing to work in the private security industry must undertake a recognised qualification before applying for a licence.This accredited qualification has been developed to meet the requirements of the Security Industry Authority (SIA). It is based on the relevant SIA ‘Specifications for Learning and Qualifications for Close Protection Operatives’ and provides the necessary skills and knowledge for those who wish to apply for an SIA licence and work as a Close Protection Operative.

This covers certification, manuals and tea/coffee.( refreshments)
The cost of this course is £4999. + VAT for up to 12 students when run at your venue. This includes comprehensive manuals for each student.

Course Details
Skills & Teamwork in Close Protection – essential for the CPO and the knowledge and skills required are developed over a minimum 14 days and this is achieved through a combination of lectures, practical exercises and scenarios based on the common duties of a modern day CPO. The training peaks with an intensive final exercise that combines all the skills and knowledge obtained throughout the duration.
Legislation, Communication & Conflict Management Skills in CP – the role of a CPO requires individuals to be fully conversant with the law and to understand the relationships between the CP industry and official agencies. Again this is achieved by classroom discussions, videos and practical scenarios

Risk assessment, operational planning and safe route selection – it is important to identify and quantify the risks when working as a CPO and good planning and preparation is an essential part of the role. Exercises and classroom activities incorporate a large part of this module where delegates will actually plan and prepare for an operation leading to the final exercise.

Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Incidents & Dilemmas – this module will introduce you to the concept of surveillance and counter surveillance and is key to protecting clients as most pre-meditated attacks include some form of surveillance. Preventative and proactive measures to detect surveillance are taught and related to real life incidents. There must also be procedures for when things don’t go as planned and the ability to think on your feet will be developed during the course.

Techniques for Close Protection Operatives – most of the physical skills required by a CPO are covered in this final module such as vehicle embus – debus drills and convoy driving through to foot techniques and searching procedures will be practiced to hone these essential skill

Our course focus is

  • Introduction to Close Protection
  • Health and Safety
  • Duties and Responsibilities of the CPO
  • (CPO)Protocol and Client liaison
  • Threat Assessment
  • Reporting Skills
  • Threat Levels
  • Data Protection
  • Risk Assessments
  • Civil and Criminal Law
  • Conflict Management
  • Personal Security
  • Foot Follows
  • Trigger Teams
  • Counter Surveillance
  • Exposure Levels
  • Actions On Drill
  • Report Writing
  • Unarmed Combat
  • Improvised Explosive Devices
  • Letter and Parcel Bomb
  • Vehicle and Venue Searches
  • Route Planning and Preparation
  • CP Foot Drills
  • Embus and Debus
  • Travel and the CPO
  • Vehicle Formations
  • Debus Under Ambush
  • Residential Security Team( RST)
  • Security Advance Party ( SAP)
  • Personal Escort Section (PES)
  • Personal Protect Officer
  • Counter surveillance team ( CST)
  • Counter Attack Teams (CAT)
Career Impact

It’s important to us to give you everything you need to start your career as a Close Protection Officer. We will always work with you and give as much support as possible to enable you to do this. Many people worry about obtaining work after the course and while it is unrealistic and impossible for anyone to guarantee immediate employment or future job prospects within any industry we do guarantee that the work is out there and we will give you all the help and support you need to make that transition from student to employed Close Protection Officer. We take great pride in our after care and all students will take with them personal contact details of our Close Protection Training team for further support and advice whenever you need it. We also have several companies that actively recruit our students

You can work as :

  • Close Protection Bodyguard
  • Security Manager
  • Security Team Leader
  • Residential Security
  • Executive Security
  • Risk Management
  • Surveillance Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Loss prevention Officer
  • Chauffeur Driver
  • Head Door Supervisor
  • Police Force
  • Aviation Security
  • Transport
  • Theaters
  • Leisure Parks
  • Casinos
  • Universities
  • Laboratories
  • Heritages
  • Galleries
  • AGM’s
  • Production
  • Gas/oil
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • NGO’s
Entrance Requirement
Please note it is mandatory for all candidates to hold or achieve a First Aid at Work or First Person on Scene qualification when applying for your SIA license.

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You must provide:

  • Two identity documents from group A. At least one document must show your current address and at least one document must show your date of birth.
  • One identity document from group A and two documents from group B. At least one document must show your current address and at least one document must show your date of birth.

Group A

  • If you are a UK passport holder, your passport number entered on the application form. You do not need to submit the actual passport.
  • Signed valid passport of any other nationality.
  • Signed valid UK photo driving licence (both parts of the full or provisional licence are required)
  • UK original birth certificate issued within 12 months of birth
  • UK biometric residence permit

Group B

  • Valid EU photo ID card.
  • Valid UK firearms licence with photo
  • Signed valid UK paper driving licence.
  • Marriage certificate or Civil Partnership certificate, with translation if not in English.
  • UK birth certificate issued more than 12 months after date of birth, but not a photocopy.
  • Non-UK birth certificate, with translation if not in English.
  • UK adoption certificate
  • P45 statement of income for tax purposes on leaving a job issued in the last 12 months.
  • P60 annual statement of income for tax purposes issued in the last 12 months.
  • Bank or building society statement issued to your current address, less than three months old. You can use more than one statement as long as each is issued by a different bank or building society.
  • Mortgage statement issued in the last 12 months.
  • Utility bill (gas, electric, telephone, water, satellite, cable) issued to your current address within the last three months. You can only submit one utility bill in support of your application.
  • Pension, endowment or ISA statement issued in last 12 months.
  • British work permit or visa issued in last 12 months.
  • Letter from H.M. Revenue & Customs, Department of Work and Pensions, employment service, or local authority issued within the last three months. You can submit more than one letter as long as each is issued by a different Government department or a different local authority.
  • A credit card statement sent to your current address within the last three months. You can submit more than one statement as long as each is issued by a different issuer.
  • Council Tax statement issued in the last 12 months.
  • Child benefit book issued in last 12 months.
Meet Your Instructor
  • Marcus
    MarcusLead instructor

    I  have been in the security industry since the late 1990’s,originally front-line as a security operative in various leisure environments with my own security teams and progressed into security solutions for the industrial sector leading onto the corporate sector.To date I have been involved with conducting risk assessments, leading ontoRead More

    security consultation and implementing security measures in varied threat levels in a dynamic approach in accordance to budgetary constraints, applying  manned, physical and systems security.The Security Industry Authority was introduced in London in 2004 which was the catalyst for me to become qualified to instruct and share the wealth of knowledge which I had the pleasure of gaining at all levels.I intend to invest in you in a positive manner to make you – not to break you, I will be empathetic and honest with your best interest in mind.I am motivated for you to gain employment in the security industry and I gain satisfaction from you prospering from strength to strength whether as an operative or a service provider.If you have any queries feel free to contact me.Look forward to meeting you.

      "Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once though you couldn't."
    Q: What is the aim of the Close Protection Course?
    To work as a SIA Close Protection Operative (CPO) or Bodyguard (BG) in the UK you will need to have an SIA licence issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). One of the requirements of the SIA licence is that you hold a recognised qualification, and the Level 3 Close Protection Operative meets the requirement for the SIA Licence. The SIA Close Protection course is run over fourteen days and has 140 hours of tuition and 1.5 hours of exams. The exams consist of one multiple-choice paper. A Close Protection licence is required when guarding one or more individuals against assault or against injuries that might be suffered in consequence of the unlawful conduct of others. This applies if your services are supplied for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to a consumer. NOTE: If you work as a Close Protection Operative, Door Supervisor or Security Officer without an SIA licence you are liable up to a fine of £5000 and/or up to 6 months in prison. For more information on SIA licensing or the SIA Door Supervisors course please call us for details.
    Q: Who is the Close Protection Operative CPO for?
    New entrants to the security industry and those who are returning to it having previously worked prior to the introduction of SIA licensing in 2004. Everyone will need to undertake the SIA training to be able to apply for the SIA licence. Exemptions may apply if appropriate qualifications from a recognised Awarding Body were obtained less than three years ago. Please call us for full details.
    Q: What are the benefits of the Close Protection Operative?
    The SIA recognised Level 3 Close Protection Operatives will enable you to apply to the SIA for a Door Supervisor licence, and by obtaining this SIA licence you will increase your employment opportunities. You can work as a Close Protection Operative, Door Supervisor or Security Officer. Although the course syllabus will provide you with the basic knowledge needed to pass the exams, our instructors will also demonstrate to you the real life practicalities of being a SIA Close Protection Operative, SIA Door Supervisor or SIA Security Guard, so that when you eventually start work you will feel much more confident in your new role.
    Q: What is the length of the course?
    15 Days Close Protection /17 Days Close Protection + First Aid at Work
    Q: What is the average hourly rate for Close Protection Operatives?
    Close Protection Operatives or Bodyguards can make anywhere between £20 – £40 an hour depending on the contract. Some CPO’s working in war zones can make up to £500 per day.
    Q: What if I am not happy with my training provider?
    Dean Training only outsources training to quality training providers. However if you are not satisfied with the service provided by your training provider please contact us and we will investigate the matter.
    Increase your contract opportunities by investing in yourself with the following qualification and reap the benefits.

    Ask yourself – if I wished for a close protection officer – what skills and qualifications would you want them to have?

    Level 3 physical intervention and hand cuffing course:
    This qualification will increase your contract opportunities as you will have desired skills and qualification favored in certain protective environments, therefore increasing your job potential and your confidence, when engaging in physical threats, it can be a visual deterrent and it will significantly reduce the chances of you applying excessive unreasonable force which could lead to criminal proceedings against you.

    Peadtriatric FAW:

    You will increase the chances of being contracted as you are increasing the profile of principles which you will be skilled to protect and serve, children are valued and therefore threats may prey on your principles off springs as they may be deemed venerable, you may be performing the role of a security driver, or a residential security team member, being able to administer first aid as a response to both threats and hazards to children will increase your contract opportunities, we strongly advise gaining an enhanced CRB to complement your standard disclosure provided via the SIA as you may be in a sensitive environment.

    Defibrillator :
    This qualification will enhance your job opportunities amongst the mature profile of principles, you should be aware of your “7 p” of profiling therefore you will appreciate that a large amount of clients /principle that may be susceptible or currently suffering from heart disease, therefore you will be skilled to provide them a peace of mind.

    Surveillance and Private investigator :
    A positive attribute to the close protection qualification as you will be expected to conducted recce’s, as a security advance party member but will also need to apply surveillance skills when conducting duties in any of the close protection roles, hence there is a mandatory unit in the close protection operations qualification. Gaining these qualifications will part you from the crowd of applications as you will be more skilled and versatile in being able to identify and pro-actively minimise the risks your client / principle as it may require actions that only qualified private investigators can conduct. A major benefit of these qualifications are that you may be in a position to promote more than just one service provision, due to today’s world there is an abundance of work for surveillance officers and private investigators, whether representing the local authority / government , non-government organisations (NGO’s) and even private individuals or organisation.

    Counter terrorism awareness:
    whether you like it or not, this a threat we all face in today’s world, some more than others, therefore you need to confident in identifying and applying risk reduction measures. We underestimate how many organisations are a threat due to the influence of the media, there are domestic and potential international terrorist organisation’s in all countries and it is imperative that we do not take such threats lightly as the risks may be higher for your principle, not just based on their personal or associates profiling but more so the places they visit or are acquainted to.

    Screening and vetting:
    this is for candidates wishing to launch their own security operations or candidates wishing to become team leaders as they are largely responsible for hiring and firing members of a close protection operation. This is an industry requirement therefore will increase your potential to grow within any security organisation due to the Private Security Act 2001 regulations.

    L4 risk management:
    this qualification is only for persons who have completed the close protection qualification and are wishing to enhance their careers both in terms or growth and further contract opportunities, any candidate wishing to be team leader or wanting to commence service provision should embrace this qualification as it will part you from the “wannabes” you will be at the top of the pile of job applications and also in a position to justify higher rate of pay.Ultimately we need to accept and appreciate that the security industry is no longer a bus stop in one life or a means to achieve extra cash flow on an ad hoc basis. We in the United Kingdom are paving the way for Europe to embrace such conditions of entry into the field. You can earn a sustainable income and work life balance if managed rationally and due to competition in the work place and dynamic industry standards, continuous professional development is paramount.

    Feel free to call us with any further queries.

    Mock Test
    Which of the following would be deemed as an indictable offence?

    A ) A disgruntled employee maliciously scratches the Principal’s car

    B ) A member of the public walks their dog across the Principal’s farmland

    C ) A Disgruntled employee writes an offensive letter to the paper regarding the Principal

    D ) A member of the media photographs the Principal whilst on a private holiday

    Which of the following deals with power of arrest?

    A ) Misuse of Drugs Act

    B ) Private Security Industry Act

    C ) Serious Organized Crime and Police Act

    D ) Offences Against the Person Act

    Which of the following is a key body in relation to the Security Industry?

    A ) Staff for Security

    B ) Security Industry Agency

    C ) Skills for Security

    D ) Skills and Standard Agency UK

    To whom does the Human Right Act apply?

    A ) Everyone

    B ) Public Body

    C ) Charitable Trusts

    D ) Private Limited Companies

    Which of the following is a principle of the Data Protection Act?

    A ) Makes it illegal to hold personal information electronically on members of public

    B ) Forces companies to share data with other companies when request

    C ) Personal data must be processed for limited purpose

    D ) Personal data must be processed for unlimited purpose

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