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  • Level 3
  • 139.5 hrs
  • Physical Training
  • Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry

Who is this qualification for?

The Highfield Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry is ideal for anyone wishing to work as a Close Protection Operative as it provides them with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply for an SIA licence. This qualification is based on the SIAs ‘Specifications for Learning and Qualifications for Close Protection Operatives.

How long will it take?

This qualification must be undertaken over a minimum of 12-days. The SIA stipulates 139.5-hours as minimum contact time (MCT). Brit Alliance delivers this course over a minimum of 14 days.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to the roles and responsibilities of the close protection operative
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Use of close protection vehicle techniques
  • Communication and conflict management skills
  • Venue based security
  • Close protection team work
  • Threat and risk assessment
  • Operational planning
  • Surveillance awareness
  • Law and legislation
  • Reconnaissance
  • Emergency and trauma training
  • Close protection foot techniques
  • Route selection
  • Search awareness
  • Incidents and dilemmas

Assessment method

This qualification is assessed by multiple choice questions, practical tasks and open response questions.

Entry requirements

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

Age Ranges: This qualification is approved for delivery to learners aged 18+. 

Language prerequisite: 

Close protection operatives are likely during their work be required to make calls to the emergency services, communicate clearly with principal(s), the principal(s) family, business associates and the wider close protection team and support mechanisms – therefore it is essential that close protection operatives are able to communicate clearly.

As a guide, learners should, as a minimum, have language skills equivalent to the following:

  • a B1 level qualification on the Home Office’s list of recognised English tests and qualifications 
  • an ESOL qualification at (Level 1) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland 
  • an ESOL qualification at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 5 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and taken in Scotland 
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in English 
  • SQA Core Skills in Communication at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 5 • Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 1

First-aid requirements: 

When applying for a close protection licence, learners will be required to produce evidence that they have attained a recognised first-aid award (this is not a qualification requirement). Learners should present their valid first-aid certificate to their training provider before starting training. If they do not have a recognised first-aid qualification, they will need to have one in order to apply for a licence. This is in addition to the minimum contact time of 139.5-hours of knowledge and practical skills training.

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