Are you considering doing a CP Course if so answer this question for me.


Longterm Registered User
(Not expecting many replies to this one)

What is the criteria you (the potential Close Protection officer) look for when choosing a training provider.

1, Cost of the course
2, who runs the course
3, where the course is run.
4, whats included in the course.

and would you consider doing a course if their was additional criteria for a fitness test, maths/english/general reasoning test, and interview prior to being loaded on to the course.

I see several threads started by you in relation to one of my responses to another in relation to my strong preference of implementing a rigid practise of pre-selection course and fitness requirements on the course.

Are you thinking of setting up as a TP? Just curious as to all these questions that's all?

Rich H
I'll answer in point form.

1. If you count the cost of the course, air travel etc the training itenary I have set up is going to cost me around about $16 000 AU or roughly 10 000 pound.

2. A reputable company with good trainers

3. Does not matter, I am travelling to the US then the UK from Australia, I had considered Israel and South Africa. However I wouldn't waste my time or money doing the training here in Australia.

4. A comprehensive package, That will give me the skill sets required to make me a better operator in the field, If I cannot get a good firearms package with the company I am going to in the UK I will supplement that with a training provider in the US or elsewhere. I am doing courses in the US with Trojan, and will be doing the CPP course with Phoenix. Some reckon I am mad for doing the PSD course with Trojan and the CP course with Phoenix. I could not care less, Just because I have certification from one company does not mean I know everything there is about the business. Training is priceless, However experience is even better ;)

And to your last point, I think it should be a set criteria with any training provider.
In reply I answer 'yes' to all points. I am attending the Forum network event purely for the chance to meet in person with TP's and so they can see me. If they feel I am a numpty then fine, i walk away and re-evaluate my career choice. The other point I am looking for is the reputation of the TP company. I have worked with CPO's on a non-frontline basis (as a door supervisor watching the entrance to a venue) a few have assumed I am a qualified CPO and the main question they ask before anything was 'Who trained you?'. (however in hindsight this may have been because they felt i was a nutter and not as i assumed a qualified CPO)
I have joined a gym since October last year and actually do attend regularly. Because like most on this forum I do believe a potential CPO should have a certain degree of fitness. Also on the point of the maths, english, etc, then 'yes' basic Litracy and numeracy are a must in order to fully understand the classroom based teaching. There are plus and minus points to my top 5 potential TP's and if the need for compulsory basic skills such as numeracy and literacy were a must from the awarding bodies then the Minus points for a few of these would be a lot less, and the industry would be better for it.
I am actually looking for a TP that is not just after my hard earned cash. I prefer one that does not boast regarding their 100% pass rate and would drop me if they felt I was a hindrance to any potential team or a danger to myself or a principal. I have had 2 TP's who will remain un-named that promised to pass me if i attended their courses (SIA have been notified and evidence submitted to them).
I firstly joined the forum in order to research potential TP's and learn from the many on here who assist a newbie such as me.
Hope this answers your question
I think thats a good attitude Olks. Currently working in the Middle East myself and I hear a lot from the others talking about how great they are and how they are experts in the field/risk consulting, why? Because they spent a few years in the Mil and done a CP course?
I like everyone else have the same experiences, however, for this to work as a long term career for me in the security/risk consulting business im looking up courses in all areas to keep the training going and learn other areas with other companies to widen the knowlege base.