Close Protection Officer

A Close Protection Officer is usually responsible for a wide range of duties, however, the main objective of this position is to protect a designated individual from potential harm. You will be expected to act professional and deal with intense situations effectively. It is also important to keep in mind that often enough, Close Protection Officers are technically self-employed - Meaning that you will be working with different clients that may have varying needs.

Wage rate hourly


Typical hours

20 to 48 hours a week usually includes weekends


SIA Close Protection Licence

Total cost

Starts at £899.00 and has a licence fee of £190.00

How to become a Close Protection Officer

To become a Close Protection Officer, you must first obtain an SIA Close Protection Licence.

To get an SIA Close Protection Licence, you will need to successfully attend the 16 day course, as well as pass all of the examinations and practical assessments. The SIA Close Protection Licence starts at £899.00 and has a licence fee of £190.00, which is valid for three years. 

Depending on the company that you are applying for, most clients will also require you to have First Aid Training, as well as a valid UK driving licence.

Become a Close Protection Officer

Start a successful career as a Close Protection Officer by following these steps:

SIA Close Protection Training

This is the first step to become a Close Protection Officer

Pass the course

3 Multiple Choice Exams and a Physical Intervention Assessment

Apply for your SIA Licence

You can apply for your licence through the postoffice after passing the course

Apply for jobs in your area

Once you have your licence, you can start applying for Close Protection Officer jobs in your area






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Typical job description and responsibilities

The responsibilities of a Close Protection Officer can vary slightly depending on your client. However, some of the most common responsibilities include;

  • Ensuring the safety of a designated individual(s)
  • Monitoring surrounding activity
  • Driving the designated individual(s) to their destination
  • Crowd control

In summary, Close Protection Officers are expected to go the extra mile to ensure the safety and security of important public figures by all means necessary.

How much does a Close Protection Officer actually earn

The average salary of a Close Protection Officer can vary depending on previous experience, qualifications and the client that you are working for. 

Typically, Close Protection Officers can make anywhere between £22.00 to £32.00 hourly.

Behind the Licence
In this episode of Behind The Licence, we interview Nathan Stuiver. Inspired to get into the Private Security Industry after watching ex-secret service agent Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) in The Bodyguard, Nathan has Close Protection, CCTV Operator and Door Supervisor licences. With over 5years experience in both retail and nightclub Door Supervisor work, Nathan is now looking to get more into Close Protection.




Which personality traits suit this career the most

  • Detail Orientated
  • Alert
  • Dedicated
  • Trustworthy
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Self Directed

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