The 21-day, combined Hostile/Executive Close Protection Course in Bulgaria is a course that will prepare you for both Hostile and Executive Close Protection roles. As well as the subjects specified by the SIA, this course goes above and beyond that, covering crucial additional elements of training provision. The course is held at 360 Shooting Range & Training Centre, just outside the historic City of Plovdiv, which is the 2019 European City of Culture.
The role of a Close Protection Operative is as varied as it is challenging. As a Close Protection Operative, you will find yourself protecting a wide array of different Clients; from Oil Workers to Diplomats and High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) and their families. In addition, the Close Protection Operative often needs to deal with high pressure and potentially dangerous or conflict management situations, which require in-depth knowledge and training. The demands of the job dictate that this Close Protection course covers an extremely broad range of skills.
With this in mind, we use a pool of trained actors as Role Players, who will put you through challenging and frustrating scenarios, throughout the course. They will play a specific role in order to see how you react under different situations and various types of pressure. How you react to these scenarios can have a detrimental effect on your, your team and your Clients safety.
This Course will emphasise that being a Close Protection Operative, whether in a Hostile or Executive capacity is, first and foremost, about thinking and using your intelligence to deal with challenging situations.
In contrast to other training providers, we invite executive security companies such as Intelligent Protection International Limited, Blackstone Consultancy and GardaWorld to meet course graduates and discuss job opportunities.
The content of the combined Hostile/Executive Close Protection course has been carefully designed utilising our instructor’s extensive experience and many years working in the Close Protection industry, to provide one of the most in depth and comprehensive courses on the market today.
The course has been designed in a “building block” style. You will learn skills in a “stand-alone” capacity and as the course progresses; those “stand-alone” skills will gradually start building on one another, until you fully understand how a Close Protection operation works. The learning curve is steep as the course progresses. You may even doubt your ability to remember everything. However, at a certain point in the course, everything just clicks into place, as it is supposed to.
During the course you will spend minimal time in the classroom. However, there are some theoretical PowerPoint presentations you’ll have to go through before you do some things practically. And, thanks to the kindness of local business in nearby Voivodinovo and Plovdiv, we even do some of those theoretical lessons in cafés, bars and restaurants, over a coffee, in order to get the lesson across more succinctly.
After that, it’s all outside, either on the Range or in nearby Voivodinov and Plovdiv, conducting Exercises, Reconnaissance, Surveillance and various other assignments. The course includes a Surveillance package in Plovdiv, where you will learn the importance of The Surveillance Survey and how to incorporate that into your overall Close Protection Operational Planning. You will be given a well-known individual and a location in order to carry out a Threat & Risk Assessment Assignment that will test your powers of research and your ability to analyse information. You will produce Reconnaissance Reports that will be used by someone else to plan an operation and you will be assessed by your attention to detail and diligence. You will also spend a day doing CP Driving on a Formula 2 Race Track. You will plan and conduct a Route Planning and Driving Commentary Exercise, in the hills and mountains around Plovdiv, in order to assess your mobile navigation, your driving and your ability to deliver a clear and understandable driving commentary. You will also plan and conduct a 24-hour Executive Exercise in Plovdiv, with a Role Playing VIP, that will test your limits of flexibility, interpersonal skills and your ability to find solutions to problems, not of your making.
During the Hostile element of the course, you will put through various types of Foot and Vehicle Contact Drills again and again and again before going LIVE on the Range in 4-man Teams plus Client. You will be armed with M4 and/or AK47 rifles and Glock 17 and/or 19. There will be bangs, smoke, cars, Role Players and non-compliant Clients to deal with. It is one of the most challenging, yet enjoyable, parts of the course.
You will be assessed throughout the course, whether you believe you are being watched or not. Teamwork, interpersonal skills, temperament, your thought process, to name but a few, will be constantly assessed. You will take part in a lengthy classroom based discussion that will identify where your moral compass points and will highlight the difference between morally wrong but legally right and legally right but morally wrong.
During the course our experienced instructors will take you through:
- Roles & responsibilities of a CPO
- Threat & risk assessment
- Surveillance awareness
- Operational planning
- Law & legislation
- Interpersonal skills
- Teamwork in the CP team
- Walking drills
- Route selection
- Vehicle drills
- Search procedures
- Incidents & dilemmas
- Venue security
- Communication & conflict management skills
- Close Quarter Combat
Students are required to successfully pass the following assessments:
- Complete a comprehensive Student Learner Workbook, where students need to demonstrate a solid theoretical understanding of the SIA modules
- Pass the required examination in Conflict Management by way of a multiple-choice question paper
- Practical performance assessments throughout the course
Candidates must meet the following:
- Be aged 18 or above
- Must have passed a criminal record check. Refer to the Security Industry Authority (SIA) website: http://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/criminal-record-indicator.aspx
- Be able to communicate effectively in written and spoken English
- Must be of reasonable health and fitness levels due to the nature of the course
- Identification and proof of address (i.e. passport, drivers’ licence, bills, bank statements) must also be provided. The address proof cannot be more than 3 months’ old
- Should you wish to be eligible as a driver on the course (in Bulgaria) then you must hold a full driving licence and be at least 21 years of age. You will be requested to sign a Driver Waiver/Disclaimer and may be liable for any motoring offences/accidents, if deemed to be the fault of the driver. Certification
Students who successfully complete this course will be issued with a BTEC Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry from either AoFAQ or Pearson which is valid for 3 years.
Note, Close Protection Operatives must also hold a valid First Aid at Work Certificate (such as a First Person on Scene (FPOS) or First Response Emergency Care (FREC) course) and have passed a criminal background check to obtain an SIA Close Protection licence.