SIA Close Protection Training Course

IQ Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection (QCF)

Title IQ Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection (QCF)
Category National
Sector Security
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Registration Price: £50.00

About this Qualification

The IQ Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection is a qualification for individuals who work or would like to work as Close Protection Officers. It is based on the SIA Specification for Learning and Qualifications for Close Protection Operatives and in Conflict Management. Successful completion of the qualification enables learners to apply for an SIA licence in Close Protection. The qualification covers legislation, responsibilities and roles relevant to people working in the close protection industry; including: threat assessment, risk management, surveillance techniques, venue security operations, designing and demonstrating operational planning, interpersonal skills, teamwork, reconnaissance, conducting close protection foot drills, planning and selecting routes, vehicle movement tactics and operations, search techniques and procedures, and conflict management techniques. Objectives of this qualification are: meeting relevant programmes of learning, preparing learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace.

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find out more call at ACC 020 3384 6734


Learners have to complete the one mandatory unit of 16 credits to achieve this qualification.

Unit Ref.
Unit Title
Guided Learning Hours
Mandatory Unit Y/675/7565 Working as a Close Protection Operative


Assessment is by multiple choice exam and Practical Demonstrations/Assignments. The Multiple choice examination must be carried out under exam conditions and a full SIA Identification check must be completed. Please see the IQ Centre Guidance for Security Qualifications available from the IQ website for details of examination requirements and how to book an assessment. The List of SIA acceptable forms of identification is included at the end of this specification.

Demonstration of practical skills: This element is internally assessed by the centre and quality assured by IQ. Please see the guidance on delivery and assessment at the end of the unit. A learner observation assessment record is available at the end of this document. For details of how each Assessment criterion is assessed please see the unit on page 7.

Number of questions
Time allowed
Working as a Close Protection Operative Multiple choice question paper
2 hours
Practical Demonstration/Assignment

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 2 or above and be proficient in the use of the English Language.

It is an SIA requirement that before claiming certification for each learner, centres must confirm that each learner has a valid first aid qualification.

First aid awards recognised by the SIA are:

  • First Aid at Work - 3 day course (HSE approved)
  • First Person on Scene (FPOS) Intermediate Award - 30 hours (Edexcel / IHCD)

Learners should present your valid first aid certificate to your training provider before you start your training. If you do not have a recognised first aid award you will need to get one in order to get your licence. This is in addition to the minimum 150 hours knowledge and practical skills training.

It is the centre’s responsibility to check the learners’ first aid certificate and maintain relevant records for audit purposes



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.

We run the Close Protection Operative course in London.

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?

14 Days Close Protection
17 Days Close Protection  + First Aid at Work

Q: If I pay a deposit, can I still avail the online discount?

Please call us: 020 33846734,

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 upto £500 per day.

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