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The role of a Close Protection Operative or Bodyguard is as varied as it is challenging. Operatives can find themselves protecting celebrities, politicians, visiting dignitaries, diplomats, sports stars and even royalty. Close Protection operatives often need to deal with high pressure and sometimes dangerous situations which require in depth knowledge and training.
Over the past 11 years, over 200,000 of our customers have successfully completed Close Protection Training and gained their Close Protection SIA Licence. Close Protection is the pinnacle of the private security industry and for those candidates who achieve this qualification and secure their SIA Licence, a whole new world of exciting career opportunities opens up.
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The SIA Close Protection course runs over 16 days and is divided into 3 units. Here we take a look at just some of the skills you will be taught and the knowledge you will gain during the course.
Unit 1: Working in The Private Security Industry
You will begin your course learning about the legal aspect of the private security industry. Your role as a Close Protection Officer is very important, and as a result, understanding the do’s and don’ts of how to behave and what to do in certain situations is extremely important to know.
Other noticeable aspects of this module are understanding the health and safety protocols of working in the security sector, this includes everything from fire safety awareness to knowing vital emergency procedures.
Unit 2: Working as a Close Protection Officer (CPO)
After learning about the legal aspects, you’ll next go over the behavioural standards expected from your role as a Close Protection Officer. There is a great deal of professionalism that is expected a Close Protection Officer. This unit will enable delegates to assess threats and mitigate exposure to those threats and plan and deliver a professional and effective security operation. But above all else, learn how to perform proficiently in all aspects associated with the professional delivery of protective security operations.
Unit 3: Conflict Management for The Private Security Industry
Part of your role as Close Protection Officer will be to defuse and prevent potential hazardous situations from arising. You will learn a wide range of skills including threat assessments, surveillance, team work, conflict management, vehicle techniques, IED awareness, communications and kidnap for ransom situation training.
In addition to the minimum course content required by the SIA, the Close Protection Training Course also includes the following elements:
First Aid at Work and Defibrillator Training
Evasive Driving and Convoy Driving
Introduction to Short Firearms, Close Combat Training and Anti-Ambush Training