In order to obtain an SIA licence you will need to show that you are trained to the right level. This applies to front line staff only.
To achieve the Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry you will need to attend and take two training modules and take and pass an exam. The duration of the training should be 140 hours.
Close Protection Specialist Module
- Session 1: Roles and Responsibilities of the Close Protection Operative
- 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
- Session 1: Avoiding Conflict and Reducing Personal Risk
- Session 2: Defusing Conflict
- Session 3: Resolving and Learning from Conflict
- Session 4a: Application of Communication Skills and Conflict Management for Security Guarding and Close Protection
First Aid Training
When applying for your 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). You should present your valid first aid certificate to your training provider before you start your training. If you do not have a recognised first aid award you will need to get one in order to get your licence. This is in addition to the minimum 139.5 hours knowledge and practical skills training.
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.
More about exemption arrangements