Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry

Duration: 17 Days

£2000 (The course price shown above excludes VAT. VAT is applied when the course is added to the basket) 




Close Protection is the pinnacle of the private security industry and, once you qualify and secure your SIA Licence, a whole new world of exciting career opportunities opens up for you!

The role of a Close Protection Operative is as varied as it is challenging. As a Close Protection Operative, you could find yourself protecting celebrities, politicians and diplomats, visiting dignitaries, 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. The demands of the job dictate that our Close Protection training course covers an extremely broad range of skills.

UK Regulations set out in the Private Security Industry Authority (SIA) Act 2001 require all individuals wishing to work in the private security industry to hold a Close Protection Licence.  To obtain this licence Close Protection Operatives must have attended an accredited Close Protection Level 3 course and they must 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.

At Horizon our accredited BTEC Level 3 Close Protection course is designed to go above and beyond SIA requirements to equip learners with the knowledge and skills for those who wish to pursue a career as a Close Protection Operative within the prestigious executive protection industry.

In contrast to other training providers, we invite executive security companies such as Intelligent Protection International Limited and Blackstone Consultancy to meet course graduates and discuss job opportunities.

We do not need to showcase gimmicks of celebrities flying around in private jets.  Most of our competitors’ courses provide one instructor for all subjects, but we recognise we can’t all be experts, so we bring several instructors who are recognised experts in their field.


The content of our Close Protection Executive 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 in the market today.

During the course learners will spend minimal time in the classroom, although there are some PowerPoint presentations you’ll have to go through as part of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) requirement, but our experienced instructors make them as fun and painless as possible. After that, it’s all outside in the beautiful Loch Lomond local area and in surrounding Glasgow. The course includes a surveillance, driving and Close Quarters Combat (CQC) package and culminates in a 2-day final exercise with a VIP. It’s a hard shift, but incorporates the main roles and responsibilities expected of a Close Protection Operative and puts them into practice.

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
  • Reconnaissance
  • 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 then you must hold a full driving licence and be at least 25 years of age. Serious driving offences will be individually assessed by the insurance company.


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 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.