SIA Top-Up for Close Protection Training in Darlington

This Close Protection Officer Top-Up Training Course is for current Close Protection Officers looking to renew their training.

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Course Name

SIA Top-Up for Close Protection

3-5 days
£350 Incl. VAT
Earning Potential
£50-100 per hour
Mandatory Requirement For
SIA Close Protection Licence
Age Requirement
18+ years old

Course Units
  • Principles of Terror Threat Awareness in the Private Security Industry
  • Principles of Working as a Door Supervisor for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry
  • Application of Physical Intervention Skills for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry
  • Application of Physical Intervention Skills in the Private Security Industry
4 multiple choice questions and 2 practical assessments.

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Course Location

The course is held at the training centre located at:

The Powerhouse,

Durham Tees Valley Airport,

Yarm Road,

Middleton St George,


DL2 1TS.

Those travelling by car from the north or south can use the M1 exiting at junction 57. From there, take the A66(M) towards Darlington and take the A67 Yarm Road for the final part of the journey. Those travelling from the east from either Middlesbrough or Stockton on Tees can take the A66 to Long Newton, exiting along Mill Lane for the last two miles of the journey.

Getting to the venue by train

There are several trains stations close to the destination:

Dinsdale train station

Middleton St George, Darlington, DL2 1DX.

The destination is just less than two miles from your destination. You could walk this, which will take around forty minutes or jump in a taxi which will take about five minutes.

Allens West train station.

Stockton-on-Tees, TS16 0FA.

This station is just over four miles, and you can travel in a taxi, which will take around eight minutes.

Eaglescliffe train station

Station Rd, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees TS16 0BT.

This station is also just under six miles from the venue and will take eleven minutes in a cab.

Yarm train station

Green Ln, Yarm TS15 9EH.

This station is also just six miles from the venue and will take thirteen minutes in a cab.


If you are driving to the location, there is parking available at the venue free of charge.

Walkability score

The address has a walk score of 11, meaning running errands generally require a car; however, there are some local cafes in walking distance to grab lunch.

Food and hotels near the venue

If you want to grab a bite to eat during lunchtime, the closest cafe is the Goosepool cafe, which is less than half a mile away. The cafe has a great view of the local airfield to watch light planes take off and land while you tuck into a salad, panini or a local favourite, corned beef pie.

Around 2 miles away, you'll find the Cafe Italissimo. As you'd expect from an Italian eaterie, there are delicious coffees to try and a great value lunchtime special of focaccia sandwich of the day with crisps and a coffee for just £4.95.

MJ's cake cafe is also around two miles from the venue. This is a must for those with a sweet tooth and all foodies. Try their posh fish finger sandwich with salad and mushy peas or hot roast beef ciabatta with roasties. There are also excellent value breakfast sandwiches and delicious American pancakes with various indulgent toppings.

If you are travelling for the course and need a hotel, our best budget option would be the Locomotion Hotel, a 2-star hotel just over 5 miles from the venue or a 10-minute drive. The hotel has a public house, so while no breakfast is offered, evening meals are available, and you can chill out and smoke in the pub or the beer garden. There are also bar snacks available when the restaurant isn't serving, and you'll find wifi and complimentary tea and coffee in the modernly furnished rooms.

The Travelodge Darlington is also just under 4 miles away on the A67. This basic hotel doesn't have onsite catering or a bar, but you can expect super comfy beds and bedding as per the Travelodge brand.

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