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Why train with BYDAND?

The private sector has a lack of adequate training for personal protection specialists, and the majority of commercial security training courses merely scratch the surface, and are not suitable for actual operations.

Bydand Security supports this requirement by offering an Advanced Close Protection Course, based on Government standards but adapted to operations in the private industry.


Professional. Timeless. Exceptional 

Highfield Level 3 Certificate for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry.

This 18 day course covers the new specification introduced in April 2022 in order for you to qualify for the SIA Close Protection Licence. Our courses are held in both Scotland and England.

Our chief Instructor is well respected within the Close Protection Industry, and has vast experience protecting and working with celebrities and high net-worth individuals around the world.  He is supported by expert training staff coming from military and police close protection backgrounds.

Free Accommodation: If you are Armed Forces going through resettlement or a Veteran you will be given free accommodation when you enroll onto our Close Protection Course, this accommodation will be on a first come first served basis and subject to availability.


Our courses are designed for those with and without military or police experience by well-known security practitioner Mark Bruce .

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The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in each of a maximum of three separate financial years for higher level learning of a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above.

If you are a currently serving member of the Armed Forces, or a service leaver, you may be eligible for financial support from ELCAS.  

To check if you are eligible, visit the ELCAS website

Do you require ELCAS? 

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When you choose to become a Close Protection operative you are choosing to be at the top of your game within the private security industry. Once you have secured a place on a training course and you are successful in passing,  you may then secure your SIA Licence and open new doors to your career path.

Our Close Protection training course covers everything that the learner requires  to obtain a SIA licence working in the UK (non-hostile environment). We also offer an advanced course for operators working in hostile environments.

UK Regulations set out in the Private Security Industry Authority (SIA) Act 2001, require all individuals wishing to work in the private security industry to hold a Close Protection Licence.  To obtain this licence, Close Protection Operatives must have attended an accredited Close Protection Level 3 course and they must hold a valid and SIA approved First Aid Qualification/Certificate (such as a First Person on Scene (FPOS) or First Response Emergency Care (FREC3) course) and have passed a criminal background check.


Bydand are a Highfields Approved Centre for the  delivery of the SIA licensed qualification; Level 3 Certificate for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry. During our course you will realize within the course design we train you 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 within the prestigious executive protection industry.


In contrast to other training providers, we invite executive security companies looking for new operators to meet course graduates and discuss job opportunities.


We do not need to showcase gimmicks of celebrities flying around in private jets.  Most of our competitors’ courses provide one instructor for all subjects. We however recognize we can’t all be experts, so we bring several instructors who are recognized experts in their field to ensure you the learner receives only the


Certification for working as a Close Protection Operative in the Private Security Industry.

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The content of our Close Protection Executive course has been carefully designed utilising our instructor’s extensive knowledge and years of experience working in the Close Protection Industry, to provide one of the most in depth and comprehensive courses on the market today.


During the course, learners will spend minimal time in the classroom, although there are some PowerPoint presentations you’ll have to go through as part of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) requirement. However our experienced instructors make them as fun and painless as possible. After that, it’s all outside in the beautiful local areas. Our course includes:

  • Principles of/Working as a Close Protection Operative in the Private Security Industry.

  • Application of Conflict Management.

  • Principles  of Terror Threat Awareness  (online ACT training)

  • Principles of working as a Door Supervisor for Close Protection Operatives.

  • Application of Physical Intervention Skills for Close Protection Operatives.

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Students will have to pass physical and written assessments on the above syllabus.


Candidates must meet the following:


  • Be aged 18 or over.

  • Must have passed a DBS check (Disclosure & Barring Service)

    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 proof  of address 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 25 years of age. Serious driving offences will be individually assessed by the insurance company.

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Students who successfully pass this course, will be issued with a  Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry, from our awarding body Highfield Qualifications.

Note: Close Protection Operatives must also hold a valid First Aid at Work Certificate (such as a First Person on Scene (FPOS) or First Response Emergency Care (FREC) course) and have passed a criminal background check to obtain an SIA Close Protection licence.    


  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Close Protection Operative

  • Threat and Risk Assessment

  • Operational Planning

  • Law and Legislation

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Close Protection Teamwork and Briefing

  • Conduct Reconnaissance

  • Close Protection Foot Drills

  • Route Selection

  • Close Protection Journey Management

  • Search Procedures

  • Incident Management

  • Venue Security

  • Avoiding Conflict and Reducing Personal Risk

  • ​Defusing Conflict

  • Resolving and Learning from Conflict

  • Application of Communication Skills and Conflict Management for  Close Protection Operatives

  • Principles of Terror Threat Awareness in the Private Security Industry (ACT)

  • Principles of working as Door Supervisor for Close Protection Operatives

  • Application of Physical Intervention Skills in the Private Security Industry (Close Protection)

  • Physical Training

  • First Aid At Work

  • 5 Practical Elements Including...

  • 3 Live Practical Close Protection Operations in the England or  Scotland 

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