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22 - 26 January 2024 

Highfield Level 3 Certificate for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry - Fast Track (6 Days)

Qualification Overview: Our accelerated program, the Highfield Level 3 Certificate for Close Protection Operatives, is tailored for individuals with a military or uniformed services background, aiming to transition seamlessly into a civilian role as a Close Protection Operative (CPO) within the private security industry. The curriculum outlined below is meticulously designed to equip qualified candidates for a successful career in close protection.

Qualification Objective: This qualification serves as a stepping stone to acquiring a license from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) for those aspiring to work as a Close Protection Operative. Additionally, upon completion, participants gain eligibility to apply for a door supervisor license due to license integration.

  1. Transition from Uniformed Services to Civilian Role: The training program facilitates a smooth transition from military or uniformed services to a civilian role as a CPO. Emphasis is placed on comprehending the nuances of licensing, legislation, and responsibilities in the private security industry.

  2. Knowledge of Licensing Requirements and Legislation: Learners delve into the licensing requirements and legal framework specific to Close Protection Operatives, navigating the principles of operating within current laws and regulations.

  3. Private Security Industry Act and SIA: Essential knowledge of the Private Security Industry Act, leading to the establishment of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) in 2003, is imparted. The Act aims to elevate standards, boost public confidence, enhance safety, eliminate criminal elements, and improve the industry through training and licensing.

  4. Roles of the Security Industry Authority (SIA): Participants gain insight into the regulatory functions of the SIA, including monitoring industry effectiveness, inspecting licensed individuals, enforcing penalties, managing the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), and licensing individuals in various roles.

  5. SIA License Integration: The concept of SIA license integration is elucidated, where meeting criteria for one activity allows licensed individuals to engage in other licensable activities, exemplified by a Level 3 CPO's ability to work as a Door Supervisor.

  6. Relevance of SIA, Law & Legislation: Understanding the functions of the SIA, relevant laws, and regulations is crucial for effective response in diverse situations. This knowledge empowers individuals to leverage situational awareness in their operational environments.

  7. Understanding Legal Impacts: Delving into the legal aspects, participants explore relevant legislation, regulations, and guidelines affecting the role of a Close Protection Operative, including but not limited to the Data Protection Act 2018, GDPR, Corporate Manslaughter, Homicide Act 2007, and more.


Assessment Criteria: This qualification follows a Graded Pass/Fail system. Details regarding the assessment of individual components during the Full Course (194 hrs MCT) over a minimum of 18 Days, along with specific requirements, for further information on the Assessment Criteria please email

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

RPL is a meticulous process designed to acknowledge that significant learning contributing to the close protection qualification may have already occurred. The key tenet is validating the evidence of learning, wherever and whenever it took place, using a robust assessment methodology. The acknowledgment of achievement arising from diverse activities is contingent upon meeting the following criteria for acceptance by our awarding organization and regulatory authorities:

  • Authenticity: Evidence should unequivocally relate to the learner's personal efforts, substantiated by original certificates.

  • Currency: Evidence must be within the last three years, ensuring that the skills and knowledge remain current.

  • Relevance: The evidence, extending beyond prior experience, must align with SIA-approved qualifications for licensing.

  • Sufficiency: All covered aspects should be presented in adequate detail to instill confidence in our decision-making at Bydand Security.


Fast-Track Close Protection (CP) Program:

The CP Fast-Track initiative streamlines the qualification process for learners who have already acquired skills and knowledge through specific close protection training courses within the last three years. This program is exclusively available for those who have completed one of the prescribed close protection training courses listed below:

  1. Special Air Service Regiment Bodyguard Course

  2. Royal Military Police Close Protection Course

  3. Metropolitan Police Royalty Protection/Special Branch Close Protection Course

  4. Police National Close Protection Course (including Northern Ireland)


No deviations are allowed from these specified organisations, as dictated by the SIA. Regardless of individual perceptions of equivalency, these are prescribed organisations, leaving no room for discretion for those who have worked with other similar entities.

Entry Requirements for 6-Day CP Fast Track:

To enroll in this qualification, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Age 18 and over.


Application Process:

  • Complete a Fast Track Application Form accompanied by evidence of RPL for each learner.


Close Protection Certificate:

  • Provide a valid CP Training or Qualification Certificate.


CV & Covering Letter:

  • Present an authenticated CV and covering letter demonstrating currency and competency within the last three years. 

Principles of Terror Threat Awareness in the Private Security Industry: 

  • Complete and provide the Online E-Learning Training Certificates for the Action Counter Terrorism (ACT) Act Awareness E-Learning and ACT  Security E-Learning 


Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Log/Record:

  • Submit a CPD log illustrating evidence of continuous professional development in the sector, highlighting time spent on training, increasing professional knowledge, or working in the industry. The log must include completion of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO)/SIA endorsed counterterrorism program, such as ACT awareness training and ACT Security training, on an annual basis.


First Aid Certificate:

  • Hold a valid Level 3 (RQF/QCF) (Level 6 (SCQF)) 3-day full first-aid qualification with at least one year's validity remaining. This certificate must be presented before commencing close protection training and retained for quality assurance checks.


Assessment Overview:

  • Units 1-5 assessments, workbooks, and scenarios will be completed over the first 2-3 days, focusing on classroom-based training, literacy & numeracy assessments, and distinctions between military and civilian contexts.

  • Units 6 & 7 Physical Intervention Training, including assessments, workbooks, and scenarios, will be covered in the last 3 days of the program.

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