SIA Licence Close Protection Operative Training

Close Protection

Course Name

Close Protection Operative - 14 days


Entry Requirements

Close Protection - Symbiont Bodyguard
(14 day course - includes accomodation)
It is an entry requirement to the Close Protection course to have a valid 3 day FAW - First Aid at Work certificate issued by an HSE Approved training provider. The minimum age requirement for entry into this course is 18.
Course Price:
£1500 + VAT
Prices include all training materials and accomodation.
*Please note that the above mentioned prices do not include SIA Licence application fee which is an additonal cost of £245.


The recognised SIA qualification consists of five units:

Unit 1: Skills and Teamwork in Close Protection

Unit 2: Legislation, Communications and Conflict Management Skills in Close Protection

Unit 3: Risk Assessment, Operational Planning and Safe Route Selection

Unit 4: Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Incidents and Dilemmas

Unit 5: Techniques for Close Protection Operatives
This course also includes evasive driving, and close combat training.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the aim of the Close Protection Course?

To work as a SIA Close Protection Operative (CPO) or Bodyguard (BG) in the UK you will need to have an SIA licence issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

One of the requirements of the SIA licence is that you hold a recognised qualification, and the BTEC Level 3 Close Protection Operative from EDEXCEL meets the requirement for the SIA Licence.

The SIA Close Protection course is run over fourteen days and has 150 hours of tuition and 1.5 hours of exams. The exams consist of one multiple-choice paper.

A Close Protection licence is required when guarding one or more individuals against assault or against injuries that might be suffered in consequence of the unlawful conduct of others. This applies if your services are supplied for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to a consumer.

NOTE: If you work as a Close Protection Operative, Door Supervisor or Security Officer without an SIA licence you are liable up to a fine of £5000 and/or up to 6 months in prison. For more information on SIA licensing or the SIA Door Supervisors course please call us for details.

We run the Close Protection Operative course in Gosport near Portsmouth and Southampton

Q: Who is the Close Protection Operative CPO for?

New entrants to the security industry and those who are returning to it having previously worked prior to the introduction of SIA licensing in 2004. Everyone will need to undertake the SIA training to be able to apply for the SIA licence.

Exemptions may apply if appropriate qualifications from a recognised Awarding Body were obtained less than three years ago. Please call us for full details.

Q: What are the benefits of the Close Protection Operative?

The SIA recognised Level 3 Close Protection Operatives will enable you to apply to the SIA for a Door Supervisor licence, and by obtaining this SIA licence you will increase your employment opportunities.

You can work as a Close Protection Operative, Door Supervisor or Security Officer.

Although the course syllabus will provide you with the basic knowledge needed to pass the exams, our instructors will also demonstrate to you the real life practicalities of being a SIA Close Protection Operative, SIA Door Supervisor or SIA Security Guard, so that when you eventually start work you will feel much more confident in your new role.

Q: What is the length of the course?

14 Days Close Protection
17 Days Close Protection  + First Aid at Work

Q: Where can the qualification be taken and how much does it cost?

Our training centre is in Gosport, PO12 4LJ, and the cost of the course is £1350 (Online) - £1500 on the day payment which includes 4* Accommodation and all meals or £1500 (Online) - £1700 on the day which includes 4* Accommodation and all meals and First aid at work training required for you to obtain your SIA Licence

Q: If I pay a deposit, can I stil avail the online discount?

If you pay a 20% deposit, you will still be entitled for the online discount.

Q: What is the average hourly rate for Close Protection Operatives?

Close Protection Operatives or Bodyguards can make anywhere between £20 - £40 an hour depending on the contract. Some CPO's working in war zones can make upto £500 per day.