Close Protection

To work in close protection in the UK, staff must have a frontline close protection licence issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). To gain this licence, close protection operators must have attended an accredited to BTEC Level 3 close protection course, hold a valid first aid at work certificate and pass a criminal background check.

Control Risks runs accredited close protection courses, which equip individuals with the skills and knowledge required by the SIA for those wishing to apply for a UK close protection licence. Participants who pass the exam at the end of the course will be awarded a BTEC certificate Level 3 (as required by the SIA) in close protection operations.

We are a preferred supplier to the Career Transition Partnership and have Approved Learner Provider status, which enables service leavers to claim 80% of the Close Protection course costs (excluding food and accommodation) from the Ministry of Defence as part of their resettlement package.

Contact us to learn more about the resettlement package.

The course covers:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • The CP team
  • Foot and vehicle drills
  • Team SOPs
  • Threat and risk assessment
  • Defensive driver training and situational awareness
  • Venue-based security
  • Communication and conflict management skills
  • Practical final close protection exercise
  • Writing and updating your CV

On the basis of theory sessions, the course devotes considerable time and attention to practical scenario exercises to give participants the chance to practice the skills and techniques they have acquired. The course concludes with a practical final close protection exercise. The 13-day course is intense and candidates can expect to work long hours throughout.

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Career opportunities

Previous students of our Close Protection course now work as close protection operators, or security managers and consultants on deployments all around the world. Many are employed by Control Risks. Please visit our LinkedIn Group to learn about current vacancies.

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