Close Protection Training - Exemption Arrangements

Close protection operatives may seek to have their prior training taken into account, regardless of nationality. This process is known as 'Recognition of Prior Learning' (RPL).

All of the awarding organisations offering the qualifications we require for close protection licensing have a policy on RPL. You should:

  • contact any of the training providers offering SIA licence-linked training;
  • ask them to consider your previous learning under their RPL policy.

Please ensure that you have evidence of your prior training and qualifications when you contact the training provider. They will be able to advise you on whether you should undertake refresher training or a full course.

It is important to ensure that training remains current. Therefore, qualifications allowing exemption from the SIA approved training must be no more than three years old. All candidates must take the knowledge test and practical skills assessment.

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 still be required to take the 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

We strongly recommend that you consider attending a 24 hour refresher course. 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.