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Specialist and Professional Qualifications 

The Professional Bodyguard Association (PBA) offers specialized professional BTEC qualifications for individuals seeking to pursue a career in private security or advance in their current roles. These qualifications are designed to provide learners with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the workplace, and they are recognized internationally in over 40 countries.

The qualifications are work-related, meaning that they are specifically designed to address the needs of professionals in the private security industry. They combine a progressive approach with international content, ensuring that learners have the knowledge and skills they need to excel in today's global economy.


To support learners in their studies, the PBA has developed extensive learning resources that are designed to help them achieve their full potential. These resources are constantly updated to reflect the latest industry trends and best practices, ensuring that learners have access to the most current and relevant information.

Overall, the BTEC qualifications are an excellent choice for individuals seeking to develop their careers in private security. They are internationally recognized, relevant, and up-to-date, making them an excellent investment in one's future.

Why a professional vocational qualification?


A professional vocational qualification can provide numerous benefits to individuals seeking to develop their careers. These qualifications are specifically designed to equip learners with the skills, knowledge, and expertise required to succeed in their chosen profession. Some of the reasons why individuals might consider pursuing a professional vocational qualification include:

  • Chartered Status: A professional vocational qualification can be the first step towards achieving chartered status, which is the highest level of membership in a professional body. Chartered status is a recognized mark of excellence in a particular field, and it can enhance your professional reputation and career prospects.

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Professional bodies often require their members to engage in CPD activities to keep their skills and knowledge up to date. Pursuing a professional vocational qualification can help you meet these expectations, demonstrating your commitment to ongoing learning and development.

  • Professional Requirements: Many professions require specific qualifications for entry or progression. Pursuing a professional vocational qualification can be necessary if you're serious about forging a career in one of these areas.

  • Improved Career Prospects: By gaining specialist knowledge and skills through a professional vocational qualification, you'll be better equipped to demonstrate your abilities to employers, giving you greater opportunities to progress or change careers. Additionally, professional qualifications can help you build valuable contacts within your industry.


Overall, pursuing a professional vocational qualification can be an excellent investment in your future, helping you to achieve your professional goals and advance your career.

Close Protection Specialist (Level 3)


Aspiring bodyguards should focus on developing their skills in non-violent defensive techniques, which are designed to prevent, de-escalate, and resolve conflicts without the use of physical force. These skills include situational awareness, threat assessment, conflict resolution, and physical intervention.

Situational awareness is the ability to identify potential threats and dangers in a given environment. It involves being aware of one's surroundings, observing people's behaviour, and assessing the risk level of different situations. By developing situational awareness, bodyguards can anticipate potential threats and take pre-emptive measures to prevent them from escalating.

Threat assessment involves evaluating the risk level of specific threats and developing strategies to mitigate them. This involves analyzing the nature of the threat, the motivation of the individual or group responsible for it, and the potential consequences of the threat. By conducting threat assessments, bodyguards can develop effective strategies to protect their principals.

Conflict resolution skills are essential for bodyguards because they allow them to resolve conflicts without resorting to physical force. This involves using communication, negotiation, and mediation skills to de-escalate tensions and resolve disputes peacefully.

Physical intervention skills are only used as a last resort when all other options have been exhausted. Bodyguards need to be trained in effective physical intervention techniques, such as defensive tactics and restraint techniques, to protect their principals from harm. However, it is important for bodyguards to have a strong understanding of local laws and regulations related to the use of force and self-defence to avoid legal and ethical issues.

In summary, aspiring bodyguards should focus on developing a range of non-violent defensive techniques to protect their principals effectively. This includes situational awareness, threat assessment, conflict resolution, and physical intervention skills. Additionally, they should have a strong understanding of local laws and regulations related to the use of force and self-defence to avoid legal and ethical issues.

BTEC Level 3 FPOS 


The BTEC Level 3 First Person on Scene is designed to provide those working on the frontline with the capability to deliver emergency pre-hospital care at a most crucial time while waiting for the next echelon of clinical care to arrive.

Such skills are essential for those working in in the nighttime leisure industry and event security; especially in light of the ever-encroaching acts of terrorism in every walk of our lives today as various terrorist groups try to press home their message.

Qualsafe Level 3 FREC


Ideal as an alternative to the BTEC Level 3 First Person on Scene (FPOS) qualification, the Qualsafe Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) is specifically designed for those seeking a career in the emergency services, ambulance service, the event and security medical sector or those who work in high-risk workplaces.

You will gain knowledge, skills and competencies needed to deal with a range of Prehospital care emergencies, such as being able to manage airways, respiration, heavy bleeding, fractures, medical emergencies and much more. 

BTEC Level 4 FPOS 


The BTEC Level 4 First Person on Scene is aimed at those working in high-risk and hostile environments designed to provide you with advanced clinical knowledge and capability to provide emergency care to casualties at the most critical time when they need it and while waiting for the next echelon of medical care to take over.

Such knowledge and skills are crucial for those working in the Private Security Industry, particularly Close Protection and Event Security, especially in light of the ever-encroaching acts of violence and terrorism that affect our lives today.

Emergency medical intervention should be mandatory training for all Security Operatives irrespective of their job role and staying up-to-date on current best practices and emerging trends in emergency response can also help ensure that security personnel are prepared to handle unexpected situations effectively.

RCSEd D13 Enhanced FPOS 


The RCSEd D13 Enhanced First Person on Scene Intermediate is designed to provide you "The Specialist" with advanced medical capabilities to provide extended emergency pre-hospital care at the most crucial time to those when they need it.

Such skills are crucial for those working in a Close Protection role especially in locations where the risks of incidents leading to injuries that are higher than what would normally be expected such as the areas that are most prone to terrorist attacks.

Recognition of Prior Learning leading to achieving your SIA recognised qualifications


The Professional Bodyguard Association (PBA) offers an accredited Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program for individuals who have already received some form of security training and/or have at least 2 years of experience in the Close/Executive Protection field. The program is designed to assess whether a learner's experience and/or achievements meet the evidence requirements for a BTEC Unit or Units leading towards achieving the BTEC Level 3 certificate for working as a Close Protection Operative in the Private Security Industry (RQF).

The RPL program recognizes the value of prior learning and experience and provides a pathway for learners to obtain formal qualifications based on their existing skills and knowledge. This can be particularly valuable for individuals who have gained experience through practical work rather than formal education.  The PBA works with leading partners to develop the RPL program and ensure that it meets the standards set by the regulatory body responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK, and their recognition of the program ensures that learners who complete it will be eligible for SIA recognised qualifications.

Overall, the PBA's RPL program is an excellent option for individuals with prior security experience who are looking to formalize their skills and obtain recognised qualifications. The program provides a valuable pathway for learners to achieve their professional goals and enhance their career prospects.

BTEC L2 CCTV Surveillance


Security Officers are far from the stereotyped image often perceived by the general public, they are intelligent adaptable professionals with drive and motivation.


They are sometimes regarded as fulfilling a private policing function and often the first line in detecting crime working behind the scenes using CCTV technology to enable the fulfilment of this role which is perhaps more difficult than most people will appreciate.




BTEC L2 Security Officer


Security Officers are on the “Front Line” responsible for the security of infrastructure, assets, customers and staff at retail outlets, office complexes, factories and many other venues. 


Their primary role will be to protect property by maintaining a high visibility presence to deter illegal and inappropriate actions, observing (either directly, through patrols, or by watching alarm systems or video cameras) for signs of crime, fire or disorder; reporting incidents to management and emergency services as appropriate.

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.


TQUK Technical Surveillance Counter Measures presented by Tom Lockhart of Cougar International

The aim of these certified courses is to provide learners with the underpinning knowledge of the role and responsibilities of TSCM Operators, Team Leaders or Supervisors and Managers. Should they want to progress further they can also use the other awards and the certificate to make evident their practical skills in their respective roles. These courses can be used as evidence when applying for Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience pursuant to a foundation degree and or master's degree in security & Risk Management.

Level 3 Technical Surveillance Counter Measures for Operators

This qualification is intended for those who are currently operating and/or wish to gain the knowledge and skills to become or obtain a recognised certification as a Technical Surveillance Counter Measures Operator.

Level 4 Technical Surveillance Counter Measures for Team Leader/Supervisors

This qualification is intended for those who supervise and or act as Team Leaders of operators to ensure occupational competence in an individual’s work environment. It includes the ability to supervise and lead a team of TSCM operators in the field. The course also allows Team Leaders to assess the competence of operators. Anyone achieving this award will enable them to Lead and or supervise TSCM activities within a work environment.

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

This qualification is intended for those who manage TSCM operators and team environments other than the work environment. Anyone achieving this award will enable them to manage TSCM operations, TSM operators and TSCM teams both in-house and on a contracted basis. Successful graduates will also be able to undertake TSCM consultancy project work. 


For further information on these TSCM training courses please email


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Sho Go Ryu by Sensei Gavin Richardson.


As our lead Physical Intervention Instructor, Gavin is responsible for the training and development of security professionals, both in the UK and USA. His duties include physical intervention training and hand to hand combat where he teaches weapon awareness courses covering knife and edged weapon defense technique through to gun and knife disarming techniques.


These techniques are incorporated into the close protection tactical training modules. What is often referred to as close quarters combat or "fighting" is where we do not truly have proper control over a given situation. This is where his training truly comes into its own to not only take control of the situation from the very beginning, but to allow us to keep control to the end.


HOW? It removes all options and possibilities an aggressor may have to deliver a threat or injury to oneself or to others by physically and mentally preventing the brain from thinking and formulating a fighting strategy and preventing the body from carrying out any attack strategy.

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



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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