Close Protection, FPOS, & Weapons Competency course

Duration: 18 days

From: £2500


UK Regulations set out in the Private Security Industry Authority (SIA) Act 2001, requires all individuals wishing to work in the private security industry to hold a Close Protection Licence.


Close Protection Operatives must have attended an accredited Close Protection course prior to attaining this licence. In addition to this they must hold a valid First Aid at Work Certificate (such as a First Person on Scene (FPOS) course and have passed a criminal background check.


At Horizon our accredited Close Protection course is designed to go above and beyond SIA requirements to equip learners with the knowledge and skills for those who wish to pursue a career as a Close Protection Operative.


Our Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection is centred on the relevant SIA ‘Specifications for Learning and Qualifications for Close Protection Operatives’.

The content of our Close Protection course has carefully been designed utilising our Instructors extensive military experience and many years working in the Close Protection industry, to provide one of the most in depth and comprehensive courses in the market today, preparing students to work in both hostile and executive Close Protection environments.


During the course our experienced instructors will take you through:


  • Roles & Responsibilities of a CPO
  • Threat & Risk Assessment
  • Surveillance Awareness
  • Operational Planning
  • Law & Legislation
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork in the CP Team
  • Reconnaissance
  • Walking Drills
  • Route Selection
  • Vehicle Drills
  • Search Procedures
  • Incidents & Dilemmas
  • Venue Security
  • Communication & Conflict Management Skills
  • Close Quarter Combat

Students are required to successfully pass the following assessments:


  • Complete a comprehensive Student Learning Journal, where students need to demonstrate a solid theoretical understanding of the SIA modules
  • Pass the required examination in Conflict Management by way of a multiple choice question paper
  • Practical performance assessments throughout the course

Candidates must meet the following:


  • Be aged 18 or above
  • Must have passed a criminal record check. Refer to the Security Industry Authority (SIA) website;
  • Be able to communicate effectively in written and spoken English
  • Must be of reasonable health and fitness levels due to the nature of the course
  • Identification and proof of address (i.e. passport, drivers licence, bills, bank statements) must also be provided. The address proof cannot be more than 3 months’ old
  • Should you wish to be eligible as a driver on the course then you must hold a full driving licence and be at least 21 years of age. Serious driving offences will be individually assessed by the insurance company.

Students who successfully complete this course will be issued with a BTEC Level 3 certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry (QSF) from Edexcel which is valid for 3 years.

Close Protection Operatives must have attended an accredited close protection course prior to applying for an SIA licence. In addition to this they must have passed a criminal background check and hold a valid First Aid at Work Certificate such as a First Person on Scene (FPOS ) course.

For further information regarding the courses’ we deliver in Bulgaria, please contact Neil Davis (Security Consultant); [email protected].

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