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SIA Close Protection Training Courses

This Close Protection Officer Training Course is for security professionals looking to get the SIA Close Protection Licence. Close Protection Officers, also known as Bodyguards, earn between £200 to £400 per day protecting celebrities, VIPs or high net worth individuals.

This Close Protection Officer Training Course is for security professionals looking to get the SIA Close Protection Licence. Close Protection Officers, also known as Bodyguards, earn between £200 to £400 per day protecting celebrities, VIPs or high net worth individuals.

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Quick facts


This is a 16 day course.




SIA Close Protection Licence


18+ years


Basic level of English


£50 - 100 per hour

Course NAME

Close Protection Operative

DURATION 12 days
FROM £1195


Working in the Private Security Industry


Working as a Close Protection Operative


Conflict Management


3 Multiple Choice Exams and a Physical Intervention Assessment

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Close Protection Training

Ready to get your SIA Close Protection Licence and work as a Bodyguard? This is a great career choice for highly confident security newcomers, experienced security professionals, as well as former armed forces and police personnel.


We'll make getting your SIA licence a simple and stress-free process. 


Working as a Bodyguard is exciting. Really exciting.

It helps that it pays well too! While the hours can get long and the risks can be high, this is one of the few jobs out there where you really can say no 2 days at work are ever the same.

There are many career options for Close Protection Operatives, including:


✅ Bodyguarding for VIPs and celebrities

✅ Protection for high net worth individuals

✅ Private international assignments 

✅ Asset protection for high-end retailers

✅ Residential security  


Did you know? Close Protection Officers may have to travel internationally to accompany their clients. 


How much can you earn as a Close Protection Officer?

Getting a CP Licence is a serious commitment of time and money, and it's usually only for security professionals who are committed to long-term career growth in this industry.

Once qualified, Close Protection Officers can make anywhere between £200 to £400 per day, depending on your assigment, experience, the risk factor of the role and how you negotiate with your employer.


✅ Tip: Close Protection Licence holders demand a higher salary than any other SIA Licence holder.  


Obtaining a Close Protection qualification is the first step towards obtaining an SIA Licence to work as a Close Protection Officer (CPO). If you're looking to work as a bodyguard, and master the biggest challenges the private security sector can provide, this is the right course for you.



Did you know? Some employers demand a Close Protection Licence for security jobs because of the high-quality intensive training involved.


Your Close Protection Course is action-packed

Being a Close Protection Officer can be extremely demanding, and it takes in-depth knowledge and training.

This means the Close Protection training course covers a broad range of skills, from threat assessment, operational planning and reconnaissance, right through to advanced vehicle techniques, search procedures and close protection teamwork.


Close Protection Course Content

To allow ample time to teach the broad range of advanced skills required by bodyguard work, the Close Protection Course runs over 16 days and consists of 3 units:


Unit 1: Working in the Private Security Industry

Unit 2: Working as a Close Protection Operative

Unit 3: Conflict Management


In addition to the minimum course content required by the SIA, our courses may also include the following elements.


✅ First Aid at Work and Defibrillator Training 

✅ Evasive Driving and/or Convoy Driving

✅ Introduction to Short Firearms

✅ Close Combat Training

✅ Anti Ambush Training


Courses are packed with theoretical and practical activities to keep you engaged. The training is intense, and some exercises will finish late. Candidates should be prepared for a demanding period of instruction.

We intentionally make the course fast-paced to fully prepare you for the reality of life as a Close Protection Operative. It's rapid, intensive on the mind and body, and always full of surprises.


Even so, there'll be exams you need to complete, but don't let that put you off. Everything you need to know is covered in the Close Protection training course, and your expert instructor will fully prepare you for success.

Our pass rates are some of the highest in the business, thanks to both the highly experienced instructors and the quality of the training courses.


The road to your bodyguard career: How it works

The first step to starting your exciting new career as a Close Protection Officer begins with your training.  

Throughout your SIA Close Protection training, we’ll walk you through the process, providing all necessary support and materials to help you get your CPO SIA Security Licence.


To get started:


✅ Select a location 

 Book your course

 Complete the training

 Apply for your SIA licence 



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Careers you can join with the Close Protection

Find your nearest course

Coventry CP
1st Nov to 14th Nov 2021 | 8:00am - 9:00pm

The Quality Hotel Birmingham Rd, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9BA

From £1294.99
London-East London
6th Dec to 17th Dec 2021 | 8:00am - 9:00pm

Best Western Greater London Hotel, 60 Cranbrook Road, Cranbrook, Ilford IG1 4NH, UK

From £1294.99

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£9 - £15
per hour
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Corporate Security
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Head Door Supervisor
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Training Cost
Licence (Payable to SIA)
Total Investment
Return on Investment
5 Days
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£7 - £9
per hour
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6 Days
Corporate Security Corporate Security
£10 - £15
per hour
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7 Days
Retail Retail
£7 - £10
per hour
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Frequently asked

The Close Protection Training course is for you if you want to work in the private security industry as a Bodyguard or Close Protection Officer.

You'll typically have some background in combat or security (although this is not a requirement of the course), and be expected to handle high-pressure situations with a calm, strategic mind.

You'll receive combat training and various skills to assist you when providing protection for important individuals, such as celebrities or high-power businesspeople.


The course lasts for 16 days and is instructor-led.


You need to be at least 18 years old to take the Close Protection Course. Moreover, you will need to be fluent in English to follow the content and perform at the assessment.

Some experience in security or combat would also be useful (although this is not a requirement of the course), as the course can be demanding for some people.

Security professionals who have worked for several years already, or people moving into this industry from a military or police background, often do best in CPO training.


You will receive a Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry upon completing the training course.


The Close Protection Training Course is assessed by a written exam and a practical assessment. You will also be assessed on your participation throughout the course.


You're able to retake exams if you don’t pass them. You cannot proceed with applying for your Close Protection SIA Licence, or badge, until you pass all your exams and attain the Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry.


Receive your results within just 5 working days after your course is completed. Our aim is to notify you on the same day the training provider sends us your results.

Your results will be available online and we’ll also send you an SMS to inform you when your results are available.

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