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Jun 29, 2007
Close Protection Training is available in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

Most training courses abroad will offer some firearms training. This is restricted in the UK due to UK firearms laws.

Close Protection Entry

The age To be a close protection officer (CPO) is at least 18. Most CPOs have a background in the police, Armed Forces, prison services or martial arts, although this is not essential.

You will need to be presentable, physically fit, with good eyesight and hearing. A driving licence is also essential.

Having knowledge of one or more foreign languages would be beneficial.

To work in England and Wales as a CPO you are legally required to have a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence.

To get a licence you will need:

identity and criminal record checks
a recognised first aid certificate.
an SIA approved Level 3 qualification in close protection

The following close protection qualifications have been approved by SIA:

Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Close Protection Operations, awarded by Edexcel
Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection, awarded by City and Guilds.
Level 3 Certificate in Protective Security, awarded by Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (BCUC)

Visit the SIA website for a list of training providers for each qualification. Course timetables and fees may vary, so you will need to check with individual training providers.


Close Protection Training

If you have completed close protection training in the last three years which is recognised by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and have also worked in a close protection role since completing your training you may not have to take further training. You will however need to take a practical skills assessment.
and a knowledge test.

Any of the following training will be recognised:

Royal Military Police Close Protection Course
Special Air Service Regiment Body Guard Course
Metropolitan Police Royalty Protection/Special Branch Close Protection Course
Nemesis Group Close Protection Course
Phoenix Close Protection Course.
Police National Close Protection Courses including Northern Ireland

if you are eligible for the knowledge test and assessment The SIA strongly recommends that you should still consider attending a 24-hour Refresher Course. If you have trained in either a military or police environment you may find the procedures and terminology are different in civilian work. The SIA offer a Refresher Course will give you the best opportunity of passing the assessment.

Other training available in the protective security industry includes the Foundation Degree in Protective Security Management which is at Buckingham Chilterns University College (BCUC). This course includes and provides an understanding of close protection issues. It also includes business management, operations planning, and threat and risk assessment. By completing a SIA-approved Close Protection qualification you will earn 15 credits towards the foundation degree.
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