Close Protection Course

Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative Within The Private Security Industry

This regulated 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.

KEY FACTS The minimum contact hours for this qualification are 164 conducted over 17 days. For full details of delivery requirements, please refer to the specification


To register for this qualification learners are required to meet the following entry requirements:

This qualification is approved for delivery to learners aged 18 and over.

Security operatives are likely in the course of their work to be required to make calls to the emergency services, or need to communicate clearly to resolve conflict. It is therefore essential that security operatives are able to communicate clearly and have a baseline level of English and maths at level 1.

learners will be required to produce evidence that they have attained a recognised first-aid award and  should present valid first-aid certificate to their instructor before starting training. If they do not have a recognised first-aid award, this will be counduted on the Close Protection course.


The qualification comprises five mandatory units:

Unit 1 - Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry

Unit 2 - Working as a Close Protection Operative

Unit 3 - Planning, Preparing and supporting a close Protection Operation

Unit 4 - Emergency First Aid at Work

Unit 5 - Recognition and Management of Illness and Injury in the Workplace  


SIA linked qualifications offers successful candidates the opportunity to work within the uk's leading fields of  security work, giving them opportunities with leading security companies conducting Close Protection in Hostile Environments and Executive protection around the World.

Assessment Method

All test will be completed in English if not stated otherwise.
All students will undergo a number of multiple choice question exams (MCQ) and ongoing Theoretical and Practical Assessments

Duration: 17 days
Awarding Body: HABC