Skills for Jobs, in association with ClosePro, and ShieldPI are pleased to bring you ‘The SIA Approved AoFAQ Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection (RQF)’. This course is designed for those wishing to obtain their SIA license to work as a Close Protection Operative (CPO) within the Private Security Industry.
The tabs below contain extensive information about this course, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
What will you learn?
To achieve the SIA Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry you will need to attend the course, take and pass 3 multiple choice exams and complete a number of practical assessments. The duration of the training is in-line with the SIA's stipulated minimum contact time of 140 hours, and a full breakdown of the course content is available via the Course Content tab above. We cover a range of modules, each giving you the capability to operate safely and effectively in demanding and often dangerous situations and environments.
Optional Course Bolt-ons
Unique to the Skills for Jobs, ClosePro and ShieldPI collaboration, option 'Bolt On' modules are available allowing you to further develop and maximise your employment opportunities. These are:
The SIA approved Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work, (compulsory for your SIA badge application)
The ShieldPI-CPO (combative skills for the CPO operator) module (Its the opinion of most all experts, to work as a CPO, you must have the ability to physically protect yourself and your client).
Bolted on, this course package provides everything you need to apply for your SIA badge in Close Protection and get a head start in your new and exciting career. Full details of bolt-on options are available via the Course Bolt-Ons tab above.
We feel through experience this course is the best, most competitively priced SIA Close Protection Course available on the market today, priced at just £995* (*price without any optional 'Bolt-Ons') -or- Just £1200 for our Full Package Special Offer! A break down of costs is available via the Course Costs tab above.
This course brings together Expert Trainers, ex Special Forces, and Special Branch operatives, all of whom have extensive operational and training experience. You can be confident the instruction and learning you receive on this course is 2nd to none! Full instructor details can be located via the CP Instructors tab above.
All of our courses have an average 96% pass rate and we will guide you through the necessary steps in order to achieve your qualification, get licensed with the SIA, and progress in your chosen career. If you have any questions or queries, please do contact us.
SIA Approved Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection (140 hours)
Official title: The (SIA Approved) AoFAQ Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry (RQF).
Module: Close Protection Specialist
This module comprises knowledge, understanding and the practical skills required to become a licensed close protection operative. The module presents the legislative framework within which the close protection industry operates. It covers the basic requirements of close protection, such as team roles, personal security, and the attributes required, including the importance of team working and interpersonal skills.
Threat and risk assessment is a key requirement in close protection, both in a planned and dynamic context, and so in this module, you will also discover how to carry this out as well as about the broad considerations that are relevant to operational planning. You will also learn about the major aspects of close protection work, including foot drills and vehicle operations.
Session 1: Roles and Responsibilities
Session 2: Threat and Risk Assessment
Session 3: Surveillance Awareness
Session 4: Operational Planning
Session 5: Law and Legislation
Session 6: Interpersonal Skills
Session 7: Close Protection Teamwork and Briefing
Session 8: Conduct Reconnaissance
Session 9: Close Protection Foot Drills
Session 10: Route Selection
Session 11: Close Protection Journey Management
Session 12: Search Procedures
Session 13: Incident Management
Session 14: Venue Security
Module: Conflict Management
This unit forms part of the SIA licence-to-practise qualifications for door supervisors, security officers and vehicle immobilisers. It covers the principles of conflict management which security operatives are required to know and understand.
It is better if potential conflict can be avoided altogether, so you will be taught techniques to prevent potential conflict situations arising. You will also learn about how to manage conflict that does occur, particularly ways of assessing risk to yourself and about how to behave in a way that will defuse the situation. Once a situation has been defused, the next stage is about solving problems and you will be taught about strategies that you can use to do this. You will also learn about post-incident considerations, such as sources of support and why it is important to share good practice.
Session 1: Avoiding Conflict and Reducing Personal Risk
Session 2: Defusing Conflict
Session 3: Resolving and Learning from Conflict
Session 4: Application of Communication Skills and Conflict Management
Session 5: Post Conflict considerations
Assessments - SIA Approved Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection
3 x Multiple choice written exams
=CPOPSI - 60 min, 32/45 to pass
=PSCPO - 40 min, 20/28 to pass
=CMPSI - 40 min, 15/25 to pass
Ongoing practical assessments and a written portfolio of evidence
SIA Recognised Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (18 hours) (optional Bolt-on) Note: Compulsory for SIA CP Applicants.
The purpose of this qualification is for learners to attain knowledge and practical competences required to deal with a range of first aid situations. This includes the management of illness, injuries and emergencies that could occur within your workplace. It has been designed to enable you to deal with all types of eventualities.
It provides you with the skills and underpinning knowledge needed to enable you to deal with emergencies appropriately and safely, to prevent exacerbation of injury and preserve the lives of the individuals in your care.
Module 1: Emergency First Aid in the Workplace
Session 1: The roles and responsibilities of a first aider
Session 2: Assessing an incident
Providing First Aid to a casualty:
Session 3: Who is unresponsive
Session 4: Who is choking
Session 5: With an external bleed
Session 6: Who is in shock
Session 7: With a minor injury
Module 2: Recognition and Management of Illness and Injury in the Workplace
Session 1: The Secondary survey
Providing First Aid to a casualty with:
Session 2: Suspected injuries to bones, muscles, joints
Session 3: Suspected head and spinal injuries
Session 4: Suspected chest injuries
Session 5: Burns and scalds
Session 6: An eye injury
Session 7: Sudden poisoning
Session 8: Anaphylaxis
Session 9: A suspected major illness
Assessments - SIA Recognised Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work
Ongoing practical assessments and a written portfolio of evidence
Shield Physical Intervention - Close Protection Operative (ShieldPI-CPO) (15 hours - 3 distance and 12 ‘face to face’ tuition)
Within the SIA specification on Close Protection Operative (CPO) training there is no requirement for such physical skills training and therefore, this is not a requirement to obtain your SIA CPO Licence. However, to enter the CP industry without having the ability to protect yourself or others (including restraint) is no different to a police officer patrolling the streets with no self-defence or restraint training. It is taken as an expectation / pre-requisite from anybody who hires a CPO – that the CPO has the ability to protect them ‘physically’, should the situation arise.
We offer our stage 1 CP self-defence/combat module which has been specifically designed for CPO’s attending our course (ShieldPI-CPO).
This additional module will give CPO’s an introduction to the methods that can be used whilst defending their principal whilst under physical attack. The module has been designed by the ClosePro team along with Rob Knowles (ShieldPI). Rob is one of the UK’s leading trainers of Physical intervention and a leading specialist in the training if SIA courses.
The ShieldPI-CPO module is embedded within the course and will take place on the first Saturday of your course and includes live simulated scenarios in a CP operational environment.
Even if you have already received and are proficient in combative skills (i.e. perhaps as part of your previous career or Martial Arts training), the skills and knowledge you will learn on this module are practical, effective and taught in the context of the CP environment. You will also be refreshed regarding the law on the use of force - and in todays’ society, (an age of CCTV cameras and video phones), it is vitally important that you think before you act and apply only the minimum amount of force needed to achieve your legal objective.
Part of the theory knowledge is delivered by eLearning via our online learning platform. In addition, this knowledge will continue to be available after you have completed the training course, as an aid-memoir.
On successful completion of all of the assessments, you will receive an additional certificate of achievement, demonstrating that what you have achieved (knowledge and practical) and bringing your training in-line with what is generally accepted as a basic standard of the role.
NOTE: Regarding the practical skills, it is your responsibility to arrange training scenario exercise days with your peers where your skills can be ‘put into practice’. It is only with this type of practice, that the skills delivered during the session will be as effective as possible in live environments. Students wishing to continue with their training and development in this type of training with us can attend further development and practitioner seminars run throughout the year at various UK locations.
ShieldPI-CPO - Course Content:
Underpinning Physical Intervention theory Knowledge: (delivered by eLearning and a ‘face to face’ clarification / Q&A session on the training day).
Positive alternatives to physical intervention
The law, legal and professional implications
Dynamic risk assessment
Individual and situational risk factors
Specific risks of dealing with incidents on the ground
Ways of reducing the risk of harm
How to support colleagues during PI
Manage and monitor a person’s safety during PI
Your responsibilities during and immediately following
Actions to take in a medical emergency
Signs and symptoms associated with psychosis
Specific risks associated with positional asphyxia
Accessing help and support following an incident
Reflecting on and learning from PI situations
The importance of fully reporting on the use of force
(delivered ‘face to face’ during the training day).
Disengagement toolbox (avoiding the use of pain)
Protecting against common attacks
= positional awareness, psychology, primary shields, interrupting and maneuvering tactics
Escorting and holding (non-pain / progressive to ‘on-off’ joint manipulation)
Controlled descents, seated and floor restraint (non-pain / progressive to ‘on-off’ joint manipulation)
Controlled transitioning scenarios;
= from an attack to an escort / holding skill,
= horizontal restraint to vertical disengagement etc.
Controlled CPO environment scenarios (stress induced)
Assessment - ShieldPI-CPO Combatives
Theory Knowledge: You will demonstrate your understanding of your knowledge by passing a TRUE/FALSE question mock exam online. You will also complete another basic TRUE/FALSE exam on the physical skills training day.
Practical Skills: on-going assessment which take place during the practice and coaching sessions throughout the training day.
SIA Approved Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection (140 hours - just the standard SIA requirement course)
Course price includes:
Associated course administration, training materials and stationery.
140 hours of training.
All exam, assessment and certification fees.
SIA Recognised Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (18 hours)
Course price includes:
Associated course administration, training materials and stationery.
18 hours of training.
Assessment and certification fees.
ShieldPI-CPO Combatives (15 hours – 3 distance and 12 ‘face to face’ tuition)
Course price includes:
Associated eLearning of the theory module with mentored support.
15 hours of training (Blended).
Assessment and certification fees.
Special offer, (whole package combination i.e. L3 CPO, L3 FAW and ShieldPI-CPO)
Course price includes:
SIA Approved Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection
SIA Recognised Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work
All associated course administration, training materials and stationery
170 hours 'face to face' training 3 hours distance learning.
All assessment and certification fees.
Our SIA Close Protection Course Instructors include: Ian Carvell (former Special Branch, CP to Royalty and lead consultant of ClosePro) who is involved in the CP delivery, and, Rob Knowles (MD of Skills for Jobs and creator of ShieldPI) who brings you the principles, methods and tactics of ShieldPI - (CPO).
It is extremely important that you read and understand all of the information contained within the next set of tabs. If anything gives you a cause for concern, please contact us or call 01202 287646 BEFORE booking your place.
Note: On some devices you may need to scroll past the tabs to see the content below.
- Recognition of Prior Learning
- Dress Code
- Equipment List
- SIA Licence Applications
- Costs / Accommodation
Skills for Jobs - Policies.
This course adheres to the following Skills For Jobs policies:
Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy
Complaints Policy, Procedures & form
Appeals Policy, Procedures & form
Copies of each are available on request.
- Applicants must be over the age of 18 years
- Applicants must be able to provide appropriate personal identification (see the 'Identification' tab).
- Applicants must have the ability to communicate, read and write in English at a basic level (see below)
- Applicants must read and self-declare their 'Fitness to Participate' regarding the ShieldPI-CPO (physical training day) that takes during the course (see statement below the English Assessment example).
- Level 3 First Aid at Work (or equivalent): required for your actual SIA Application*
*When applying for your SIA CPO licence you will be required to produce evidence that you have attained a full level 3 first aid award (not a one-day emergency first aid qualification). If you do not have a recognised first aid award you will need to get one before applying for an SIA CPO licence. (You can include the FAW Qualification in your CP course with us).
English Assessment for Level 2 Courses
It is a requirement of the SIA, Ofqual and SIA training Awarding Organisations that learners who take the course have a basic knowledge of the English language - as all assessments are conducted in the medium of English. Therefore, on the first day of your course, you will be expected to take a basic English test.
Therefore, on the first day of your course, you will be expected to take a basic English test.
To help prepare you for the test (or to put your mind at rest), please see the simple English assessment on following pages. This is not the actual test and does ‘NOT’ need to be completed, but it is similar.
The purpose of the example is for you to confirm your ability to be able to complete a similar test on the first day of the course.
Fitness to Participate
Terms and Conditions of attendance and participation to the ShieldPI-CPO (physical training day) of the Close Protection course:
Fitness to Participate: The training course involves learning and practicing physical intervention skills with the Tutor(s) and other delegates in a group. It also entails standing for long periods and can be physically demanding.
It is essential that you are in suitable physical and emotional health to participate. If you are in any doubt, please seek appropriate medical advice from your GP prior to attending. If you have an existing medical condition or are currently taking prescribed medication, please seek appropriate medical advice. Do not put yourself or others at risk. On arrival for training, you will be required to bring the Tutor’s attention to any health related condition that could put yourself or others at increased risk during the training and also complete a ‘Declaration of Fitness’. Be aware that Tutors are not medically qualified and the onus on them will be to not take risks; this may result in you not being able to commence training.
Personal hygiene: During training, you will be involved in physical interactions with other delegates. As a respect to them, you need to maintain a high standard of personal hygiene. You may wish to bring a small hand towel, soap and deodorant to freshen up during the course and even a change of top.
Jewellery: For safety reasons, all jewellery must be removed prior to commencement of physical skills practice. Any items of jewellery which cannot be removed must be suitably taped over to reduce the risk of injury to the Candidate and/or other Candidate(s).
Expected behaviour & responsibilities (Duty of care): There is always a possibility of injury when physical intervention techniques are practiced. However, if Candidates behave responsibly and comply with the Tutor’s instructions, the risks are minimal. Candidates that behave irresponsibly may be removed from the course immediately.
Your permission - photos & video: During the course, photographs and video recording may take place. There is no obligation to consent to this. If you don’t want to be photographed or filmed please inform the Tutor, who will make appropriate arrangements. Unless you make it clear to the Tutor beforehand, SfJ will assume your permission is granted to include images taken on our (public) Facebook web site and other similar publicity media.
Your email/contact number: If the Tutor requests your email or contact number for the Attendance Register, this will be for quality assurance purposes only. That is, so that after a course we can contact a sample of delegates to confirm their satisfaction with the training. SfJ will not use your details for any other purpose and as soon as the QA process has been conducted the data will be permanently deleted. There is no obligation on you to provide your email or contact telephone number.
The SIA Approved Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection - RPL.
Recognition of prior learning (Exemption and Part-exemption Arrangements)
If you already have some form of formal close protection training it may mean that you are exempt from all or part of the SIA approved training.
If you have completed formal close protection training from the organisations listed below and have remained in an operational close protection role, you will not have to undertake further training. You will however still be required to take a knowledge test and a practical skills assessment.
- Special Air Service regiment Body Guard Course
- Royal Military Police Close Protection Course
- Metropolitan Police Royalty Protection/Special Branch Close Protection Course
- Police National Close Protection Courses including Northern Ireland
It is important to ensure that your training remains current. Therefore, qualifications allowing exemption from the SIA approved training must be no more than three years old. If you do not need to undertake the SIA training, the SIA strongly recommends that you consider attending a 24 hour refresher course as if you have been trained in a police or military environment you may find the terminology and procedures to be different in a civilian context.
Please ensure that you have evidence of your prior training and qualifications when you contact us. We will be able to advise you on whether you should undertake refresher training or a full course.
Required Identification for SIA licence linked courses.
Please remember to bring 4 recent passport photographs of yourself and the relevant personal identification
Two identity documents from the Group A list. At least one document must show your current address and at least one document must show your date of birth; or
One identity document from the Group A list and Two documents from the Group B list. At least one document must show your current address and at least one document must show your date of birth.
Group A Identification Documents
- A1 Signed valid passport of any nationality.
- A2 Signed valid UK photo driving licence (Provisional or Full). OR new valid UK photocard driving licensing issued by DVLA in Great Britain (not if issued by DVLA in Northern Ireland).
- A3 UK birth certificate or certified copy issued within 12 months of birth, but not a photocopy.
- A4 UK biometric residence permit.
Group B Identification Documents
- B1 Valid EU photo ID card.
- B2 Valid UK firearms licence with photo.
- B3 Signed valid UK paper driving licence. OR a Northern Ireland DVLA photocard.
- B4 Marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate, with translation if not in English.
- B5 Certified copy (not photocopy) of a UK birth certificate issued more than 12 months after birth.
- B6 Non-UK birth certificate, with translation if not in English.
- B7 UK adoption certificate.
- B8 P45 statement of income for tax purposes on leaving a job issued in the last 12 months.
- B9 P60 annual statement of income for tax purposes issued in the last 12 months.
- B10 Bank or building society statement issued to current address, less than three months old. You can use more than one statement as long as each is issued by a different bank or building society.
- B11 Mortgage statement issued in the last 12 months.
- B12 Utility bill (gas, electric, landline phone, water, satellite, cable bill issued to current address within last 3 months. (mobile phone contracts are not VALID) You can only use one utility bill.
- B13 Pension, endowment or ISA statement issued in the last 12 months.
- B14 British work permit or visa issued in the last 12 months.
- B15 Letter from H.M. Revenue and Customs, Department of Work and Pensions, employment service or local authority issued within the last 3 months. Multiple letters can be used if issued by different government departments or local authorities.
- B16 Credit card statement sent to current address in the last 3 months. More than one statement can be used if issued by different service providers.
- B17 Council Tax statement issued in the last 12 months.
- B18 Child benefit book issued in the last 12 months.
NOTE: You will not be able to take the exams without the correct ID and a passport sized photograph. In line with the Security Industry Authority’s documentation requirements, approved training centres may accept the following forms of identification:
Insufficient ID brought to the course If you do not bring the required ID and or 4 x passport style photos to your course, you may need to be rescheduled onto another course and could potentially lose your place on the course. Please ensure you have the correct identification in time for your course.
The course is run on a tight schedule, so it is essential to allow yourself plenty of time to arrive before the start.
All daily finish timings are approximate and are subject to change depending on the group progression.
The daily timings are approx 08:00 to approx 22:00 each day apart from day 1 which starts at 09:00
We do not set precise working hours for this course. Although there is a minimum hourly requirement for each qualification, the hours may be exceeded until the work is completed to the required standard. This may mean that on some days you will be required to start earlier and / or finish later.
These long days are a realistic reflection of the expectation of operatives within the industry and therefore you should consider your capabilities before you enrol on to this course.
Please note that if you are late, the course will start without you. If you a going to be substantially late to the course (i.e. more than 1.5 hours on the first day, or any other day), in addition, if you are more than 20 minutes late returning from break on more than 1 occasion, you may not be able to meet the minimum required contact hours set by the SIA and you may have to be rescheduled onto another course and you will not be eligible for a refund.
Throughout the day you will be required to follow the set schedule so there is no opportunity to leave the building other than during the lunch break. (Please note that lunch is not provided).
You will be advised what to wear during the practical scenarios and assessments.
Dress code - Full Close Protection Course:
Day 1 and classroom days:
- Casual e.g. Jeans or trousers, T-shirt, trainers
Practical scenarios and Assessments:
- Smart Casual e.g. Jacket / Blazer, Chinos (no jeans) - shoes
- Smart Dress e.g. Dark colour Suit (Grey, Black, Brown, Navy etc), light colour collared shirt, Tie (plain colours, no regimental pins), Smart polished shoes.
Dress code - ShieldPI-CPO (SPI-CPO)
Loose fitting, comfortable clothing. A track suit is ideal. Avoid wearing expensive clothing due to the risk of damage. Vests and low cut tops are also not permitted. Ensure you are wearing suitable footwear for a physical training. Training shoes are ideal. High heeled shoes, sandals and steel toe cap boots are not appropriate. You are permitted to wear ‘support’ clothing (e.g. wrist or ankle supports), but you must advise the Tutor of this prior to commencement.
You are required to bring the following equipment with you.
Should have any problem with bringing any of the below items, please speak with a member of the team.
- Suitable clothing as per the ‘Dress Code’ information tab.
- 4 passport sized photographs (One photo will be used for your student lanyard).
- Identification - as per the ‘Identification’ information tab.
- Your own basic stationary. You will be provided with paper and pens.
- Laptop and charger (preferred) *Please let us know if you are unable to bring this.
- USB stick
- Equipment suitable for reconnaissance and operations such as but not limited to: camera/ camcorder (mobile phone is fine), torch, small black umbrella, mobile phone and charger.
- Water bottle
- Warm tops / fleece
- Waterproof jacket
- Hat / gloves
- Robust walking shoes or boots (not trainers)
- Rucksack or similar
SIA Licence Applications.
You will only be able to apply for a licence when you have passed all exams and assessments of the course - results can take between (7-10 working days after course completion).
To apply for your SIA Licence, visit http://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/licensing-applying.aspx
You can then start the process by completing your application online. Once you have completed this online, you will be asked you to go to a UK post office to complete your application. You will need to take certain documents with you (The SIA will tell you which ones when you submit your application). Not all post offices offer this service – please check the post office website for details on which ones do. The post office staff will check and return your documents, take a digital photograph of you, take an electronic version of your signature and take payment of the application fee (£220). You may need to send your documents to the SIA as well as taking them to the post office. The SIA will tell you if this is the case when you submit your application.
When applying for your licence online, select ‘frontline’ licence, and ‘Close Protection’ as the role.
NOTE: Do ‘not’ select more than 1 role or a different role (other than Close Protection) or you will confuse the system.
Location - Accommodation
Where is the course? Bournemouth
Bournemouth is a seaside resort on the south coast of England. It's known for its seven miles of beaches and buzzing nightlife. The town provides a perfect location to combine a diverse training programme and social environment. Our highly experienced instructors build unique ‘real life’ scenarios within the busy town centre, enabling students to learn and train in the most realistic and demanding circumstances.
The Course Venue - The Hinton First Hotel
The Hinton Firs Hotel is set in tranquil gardens on Bournemouth's prestigious East Cliff, just a few minutes' walk from the sea. The traditional hotel is family owned, creating an ideal atmosphere to ensure that your stay is a real home from home experience. Facilities include a games room, indoor leisure complex comprising of heated pool, jacuzzi & sauna, en-suite rooms, free Wi-Fi in public areas & free onsite parking.
Staying at the Hinton First Hotel
We have negotiated hugely discounted (exclusive to course attendees) preferential rates at the Hotel.
Full course accommodation, for 14 nights stay, B&B for only £350 or £560 for Half Board.
We encourage students to consider utilising accommodation for the duration of the course to benefit most from the social environment and the sometimes long days.
For those looking to take the Hotel up on their fantastic offer, call (01202) 555409. Mention you are attending the CP course when calling.