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SIA Close Protection Training Courses

The SIA Close Protection Licence allows individuals to work as Close Protection Operatives.

Course NAME

Close Protection Operative

DURATION 12 days
FROM £899


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

Obtaining a Close Protection qualification is the first step towards obtaining an SIA Licence to work as a Close Protection Officer (CPO). If you are looking to work a bodyguard, this is the right course for you.

Being a Close Protection Officer can be extremely demanding and requires 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, to vehicle techniques, search procedures and close protection teamwork.

Close Protection Course Content

To allow ample time to teach the broad range of skills required, the Close Protection course runs over 16 days and consists of three units:

1. Working in the Private Security Industry.
2. Working as a Close Protection Operative.
3. Conflict Management

In addition to the minimum course content required by the SIA, our course also includes the following elements (may incur additional costs):

  • First Aid at Work + Defibrillator Training 
  • Evasive Driving and/or Convoy Driving
  • Introduction to Short Firearms
  • Close Combat Training
  • Anti Ambush Training

Courses are packed with theory and practical activities to keep you engaged throughout the course. The training is intense and some exercises will finish late, therefore, candidates must be prepared for a demanding period of instruction. We intentionally make the course fast paced to fully prepare candidates for the reality of life as a Close Protection Operative.

We understand that examinations can be a daunting prospect but we assure you that there is no need to worry. Everything you need to know for the examination is covered in the Close Protection training course and your expert instructor will fully prepare you for success in the tests. Our pass rates are some of the highest in the business thanks to the highly experienced instructors and the quality of the training courses.

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Upcoming course dates

Bournemouth - CP
Mon 27th Jan - Sun 09th Feb
From £994.99
London-East London
Mon 18th Nov - Fri 29th Nov
From £879.99
London-East London
Mon 09th Dec - Fri 20th Dec
From £879.99
Manchester - Piccadilly
Mon 02nd Dec - Fri 13th Dec
From £994.99
Mon 02nd Mar - Sun 15th Mar
From £1349.99
Mon 06th Jul - Sun 19th Jul
From £1349.99
Mon 02nd Nov - Sun 15th Nov
From £1349.99

SIA Close Protection Licence Application process

After successfully passing the SIA Close Protection licence course with one of our training providers, you can apply for the SIA Door Supervisor badge. The current cost of the licence is £220 and is paid directly to the SIA. The licence is valid for 3 years. 


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Frequently asked

The Close Protection Training course is for you if you who desire to work in the private security industry as a bodyguard or Close Protection Officer. You will 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. You will receive combat training and various skills to assist you when providing protection for important individuals such as celebrities or businessmen.

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 on 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.

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 are 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.

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