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Specialist and Professional Qualifications 

The Professional Bodyguard Association provides specialist qualifications designed for individuals seeking to enter or advance in the private security sector. These qualifications blend practical skills with theoretical knowledge, essential for success in the global security industry. The curriculum is crafted to be directly relevant to the job, meeting the specific needs of security professionals.

Moreover, the PBA offers extensive learning resources that are regularly updated to keep pace with industry developments, ensuring that students receive an education that is both contemporary and practical. Pursuing these qualifications constitutes a significant investment in one’s professional growth within the private security field.

Close Protection Specialist


Earning a professional vocational qualification provides numerous advantages for career development. It arms learners with the essential skills and knowledge needed in their chosen field. Below are some key benefits:

Chartered Status: Obtaining a vocational qualification is often the initial step towards achieving chartered status, which is a distinguished recognition in many fields. This status can significantly enhance your career trajectory and professional reputation.

Continuing Professional Development: Many professional bodies mandate continuous education. These qualifications are crucial in meeting such requirements, demonstrating your commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.

Meeting Professional Standards: Several careers require specific qualifications for entry or progression. Gaining a vocational qualification is essential for those dedicated to these career paths.

Enhanced Career Opportunities: The specialized skills and knowledge acquired through these qualifications can greatly improve your job prospects, aiding in career advancement or change, and broadening your professional network.

Pursuing a professional vocational qualification represents a significant investment in your career development, enhancing your skills and providing professional recognition.

It's important to acknowledge that the private security industry is dynamic and constantly evolving. Thus, the courses also focuses on the changing nature of security threats and underscores the necessity of keeping abreast with current industry trends and technologies. With a firm grasp of the core principles taught in this course, you'll be better equipped to adapt to the specific requirements of your role and offer efficient solutions across various scenarios.

Whether your goal is to enhance your existing skill set, broaden your knowledge, or simply gain insight into the role of protector, this course serves as an all-encompassing guide. Let’s start this educational journey together and arm ourselves with the expertise needed to excel as competent security professionals in the private security sector.

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care First Responder


This training aligns with the PHEM Skills Framework Grade D by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, qualifying participants as Advanced Providers. Pre-hospital care, a diverse field involving various professionals like paramedics, nurses, and emergency responders, is continuously evolving. The Faculty of Pre-hospital Care, part of this Royal College, sets clinical standards for practitioners in this specialty.

"Perishable skills," essential in emergency response and healthcare, require regular practice to stay effective. Skills like CPR and advanced trauma support need continuous training to ensure proficiency in critical situations. Ongoing education, simulations, and refresher courses are crucial to maintain these vital skills.

Mandatory emergency medical training for all security operatives, regardless of their specific role, is crucial. Keeping abreast of the latest best practices and trends in emergency response is also key. This ensures that security personnel are well-prepared to effectively manage unforeseen situations.

Recognition of Prior Learning leading to achieving your qualifications


The Professional Bodyguard Association offers Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for those with security training or at least 2 years of experience in Close/Executive Protection. RPL assesses if a learner's experience meets the requirements for a Unit or Units towards a Level 3 certificate for working as a Close Protection Operative in the Private Security Industry (RQF).


It values prior learning, offering a route to formal qualifications for experienced practitioners. The program aligns with UK regulatory standards for private security, leading to SIA recognized qualifications, providing a significant opportunity for professionals to formalize their expertise and advance their careers.

Certificate of Proficiency for Tactical Firearm Self Defence Strategies

This course is about you becoming well versed in the use of other defensive mechanisms employed for the purpose of protecting the principal. You will aspire to achieve a prominent level of proficiency in weaponry (live fire with a variety of firearms) including "hot" extrications in an environment as real as you can get it.


Technical Surveillance Counter Measures presented by Tom Lockhart

The purpose of these certified courses is to equip learners with foundational knowledge about the roles and responsibilities of TSCM Operators, Team Leaders, Supervisors, and Managers. For those aiming to further their career, these courses also provide a platform to demonstrate practical skills in these roles. Additionally, they serve as valuable evidence for applications in Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience, potentially contributing towards a foundation degree or a master's degree in Security & Risk Management

Level 3 Technical Surveillance Counter Measures for Operators

This qualification is designed for individuals currently working in or aiming to become certified Technical Surveillance Counter Measures Operators. It provides the necessary knowledge and skills for recognition in this specialized field.

Level 4 Technical Surveillance Counter Measures for Team Leader/Supervisors

This qualification targets individuals who supervise or lead teams of Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM) operators. It focuses on fostering occupational competence in supervisory roles, including the management and leadership of TSCM teams in the field.


The course also equips team leaders with the skills to evaluate the competence of TSCM operators. Achieving this award enables individuals to lead and supervise TSCM activities in a professional setting.

Level 5 Technical Surveillance Counter Measures for Managers and Subject Matter Experts

This qualification is designed for individuals who oversee TSCM operators and team environments outside the typical workplace setting. Recipients of this award will be equipped to manage TSCM operations and teams, both internally and on a contractual basis. Additionally, successful candidates will acquire the expertise to engage in TSCM consultancy and project work.


For further information on these TSCM training courses please email


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Sho Go Ryu by Sensei Gavin Richardson.


Gavin, as the lead Physical Intervention Instructor, specializes in training security professionals in the UK and USA. His expertise includes physical intervention and hand-to-hand combat, with a focus on weapon awareness, including defense techniques against knives and guns.


His training is pivotal in close protection tactical modules, emphasizing gaining and maintaining control in unpredictable close-quarters situations. Gavin's approach aims to preemptively counter an aggressor's potential actions, both physically and mentally, thereby preventing any threat or injury.

COURSE FEES are variable and depend on the selected course numbers per cohort.



Being a "Not for Profit" organization with a focus on Education & Training, our organization ensures that all course fees are not subject to VAT (Value Added Tax).

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