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Professional Qualifications 

The Professional Bodyguard Association offers specialist professional qualifications for anyone taking their first steps into the world of private security or progressing through their careers. These qualifications combine a progressive approach with international content, allowing learners to achieve their full potential in today’s global economy. The qualifications are work-related qualifications, created to give professional learners the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the workplace.


Available in more than 40 countries, these international qualifications are supported by extensive learning resources developed to address the need for reliable, high quality standards across international workforces. That need is even more present today, and our qualifications continue to meet it - providing internationally recognised standards in a range of professions to learners across the globe.

Why a professional vocational qualification?


  1. It can be the first step towards achieving chartered status, which will see you registered as a member of a professional body.

  2. It will help you to meet your employer's expectations of continuing professional development (CPD) by keeping your skills and abilities up to date.

  3. Many professions require you to possess specific qualifications, meaning that if you're serious about forging a career in one of these areas you will have to take the course.

  4. You will gain skills, recognition and contacts through improving your specialist knowledge - demonstrating your ability to employers, and giving you greater opportunity to progress or change careers.

Close Protection Essentials (Level 3)


Essential skills defining the competencies necessary to carry out the role 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; role definitions are normally based on a number of the functions and therefore a number of the occupational requirements.

Close Protection Specialist (Level 4 to 5)


Aspiring "Bodyguards" will become well versed in the use of all defensive mechanisms employed for the purposes of protecting the Principal.


These are drills that must be committed to MUSCLE MEMORY!


You will aspire to achieve a high 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.



Recognition of Prior Learning leading to achieving your SIA recognised qualifications


Working together with leading partners, the Professional Bodyguard Association has developed an accredited Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme leading towards SIA recognised qualifications designed for those people who have already received some form of security training and/or have at least 2 years experience in the Close/Executive Protection field.

PBA’s policy is to recognise prior learning as a method of assessing whether a learner’s experience and/or achievements which may or may not have been developed through a course of learning meets the evidence requirements (i.e. the standard) of 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). 

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 night time 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.

We would even go so far as to say that this should be mandatory training for all Security Operatives irrespective of their job role.

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.

Learners will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to deal with a range of Prehospital care emergencies, such as: managing a patient’s airways, catastrophic bleeding, management of fractures, medical emergencies and 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 "the emergency responder" 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 affects our lives today.

FPHC D13 Enhanced FPOS 


The FPHC 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 roles 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.

Aimed to equip you with additional medical skills so that you are capable of delivering immediate and potentially lifesaving medical intervention in any environment, hostile or otherwise.


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.

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.



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 Masters 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.

The Safer Workforce Training Level 3 Technical Surveillance Counter Measures Operator course - Guided learning Hours (GLH) 60 hours

  • Unit 1 - Level 3 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.

The Safer Workforce Training Level 4 Technical Surveillance Counter Measures Team Leader / Supervisor - Guided learning Hours (GLH) 140 hours

  • Unit 1 - Technical Surveillance Counter Measures Team Leader / Supervisor course

  • Unit 2 - Lead, Supervise and Assess occupational competence in the 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.

The Safer Workforce Training Level 5 Technical Surveillance Counter Measures Manager and SME - Guided learning Hours (GLH) 210 hours

  • Unit 1 - Technical Surveillance Counter Measures Management

  • Unit 2 - Technical Surveillance Counter Measures in-house Project Management

  • Unit 3 - Technical Surveillance Counter Measures Project Management as a Contractor


For further information on these training courses on offer please email


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Sho Go Ryu was created by 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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