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Recognition of Prior Learning - USA

Working together with the Executive Protection Institute in the USA, the Professional Bodyguard Association has developed an accredited Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program leading towards Internationally 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.
The program itself is laid out in the form of a week-long assessment whereby the students will demonstrate the knowledge they have already acquired where an ongoing assessment of their skills and attitudes will be performed before an appropriately qualified assessor.
It goes without saying that there will be some areas that the instructor team will need to step in and help guide the candidates along the way, namely overseas students who will need educating and training on how British law affects them when working as a bodyguard while in the UK.
The instructor team will also take you through conflict management & resolution skills; in addition to 30 hours spent on completing the FPOSi (First Person on Scene Intermediate) medical course.
The overall goal for the program is to compile, complete and execute a fully working & detailed operational plan for a Close Protection Operation.

The plan will need to include the following-

  • A full threat and risk assessment

  • In-depth principal profile

  • Route reconnaissance

  • Venue reconnaissance

  • Linear maps & route plans

  • Safe driving and convoy drills

  • Embus & Debus procedures

  • Documented safe havens

  • Surveillance & counter surveillance

  • Staffing rotas & budgets

  • Equipment check lists

  • Medical care (first aid procedures) and plans


Assessment week is scheduled for June 2nd - June 8th 2018
Venue: BEST WESTERN HOTEL in Winchester, Virginia, USA
for further details
contact Gavin Richardson via email

Candidates will have to set up an “Ops room”, prepare SOPs, demonstrate search procedures, radio and communication techniques as well as a whole host of other skills and attitudes that relate to the professional security operative.


This is not a course for the beginner. You will be working long, hard hours and will be pressure tested along the way, but once you have completed and graduated with the PBA you will receive an internationally recognized BTEC Level 3 certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative in the Private Security Industry (QCF) along with a Level 3 award in First Person on Scene Intermediate (RQF).

COURSE FEES are variable and depend on 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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