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Close Protection Training in London-East London

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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Close Protection Training in East London

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.

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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SIA Close Protection Training London-East London

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

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Avg. wage rate £200-400/day

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What does the course include?

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

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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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