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BTEC Level 3 Certification (QCF)


Success in this profession depends very much on whether you have the right skills and the right mindset. So does credibility which means that you will be required to hold the right qualifications which comprises the ability to provide close protection, assess and manage risk, manage potential conflict situations, as well as deliver enhanced medical assistance if required. This is a statutory requirement to apply for an SIA license for those working in the UK.

The occupational requirements defined by the Professional Bodyguard Association have been devised based on best practice; each comprises a number of performance criteria which an individual should be able to demonstrate with efficacy to be considered competent in the sector.


Each standard also has underpinning knowledge and understanding, although in the criterion there is not an immediate and direct relationship between an individual performance criterion and knowledge and/or understanding statement; the latter underpins the whole of the operational standard.


It should be noted that the approach to working may differ across the world and the occupational requirements are written to enable differences to be appreciated and to enable different terminology to be applied as appropriate. However, regardless of the proprietary context, at the heart of work is the “maintaining a safe environment" in which a Principal(s) can live and work whilst you are continually striving to reduce or minimise risk.


These occupational requirements define the competencies necessary to carry out the functions of a Close Protection Operative anywhere in the world.

Defining the Occupational Requirements of a Close Protection Operative CPO)

To establish and maintain a safe working environment in which your Principal(s) can live and work whilst continually managing risk are the occupational requirements desired of all Close Protection Operatives or Bodyguards irrespective of the country they operate in.


This is now the mandatory training required for working as a Close Protection Operative in the Private Security Industry in the UK and for British registered companies effective January 2015.   



These occupational requirements define the competencies necessary to carry out the functions of a Close Protection Operative anywhere in the world.

They are intended as a high level strategic overview of the competencies requisite to fulfil the tasks required in the workplace. They are not designed to describe specific roles, rather the number of the functions and therefore a number of the occupational requirements.


These are broken down into 4 distinct competency areas where knowledge and skills will be measured, and performance graded by professionally qualified Assessors who are responsible for preserving the integrity of the qualifications. It is therefore incumbent on the Professional Bodyguard Association as an internationally approved training provider to ensure that the standards are met, and we take this onerous responsibility very seriously.


The mandatory competency areas are as follows:


Working as a Close Protection Operative - minimum guided learning hours: 56
Planning, Preparing and Supporting a CP Operation – minimum guided learning hours: 62
Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry - minimum guided learning hours: 8
First Person on Scene (Prehospital Emergency Care) – minimum guided learning hours: 37


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There is no expectation, therefore, that a job role would encompass all the performance requirements across every standard, rather that specific jobs utilize appropriate occupational requirements. These occupational requirements have been devised based on best practice; where each comprises a number of performance criteria where an individual should be able to demonstrate proficiency to be considered competent in the sector.

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“Professional Bodyguards are far removed from the stereotyped image of those perceived by the general public, they are able, intelligent, adaptable and professional people with the drive and motivation to protect and to serve.”




Be prepared to set aside at least 2 weeks of your valuable time as anything less is just not enough and you could be required to give more of your time!


COURSE FEES are variable and depend on numbers per cohort and country in which the training takes place.



As we are registered as a "Not for Profit" organisation and with Education & Training being the core of our business, all course fees are exempt of VAT (value added tax)

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