Close Protection Operative Refresher (SIA)


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SIA Level 3 Refresher Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry RQF 



Vallum Farm, Newcastle, NE18 0LL


In-house training options also available, please call us for more information.  


Recognition of Prior Learning

If a learner already has some form of formal close protection training, it may mean that they are exempt from all or part of the SIA approved training. Arrangements for exemptions and Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) are as follows:


Close Protection Operatives who have previously received formal close protection training and are currently employed in an operational close protection role should present themselves to an approved training Centre with evidence of the training they have received. Depending on the date and content of the training they have taken and to what extent the training covered the learning objectives of the new Close Protection Course for licensing, they will be directed to take either the full 140 hours full Close Protection Course or the 24 hour Refresher Course.


Learners who have completed formal close protection training from the organisations listed below, and have remained in an operational close protection role, will be exempt from further training but will be required to take both the theory and practical assessment:


  • Special Air Service Regiment Body Guard Course
  • Royal Military Police Close Protection Course
  • Metropolitan Police Royalty Protection/Special Branch Close Protection Course
  • Police National Close Protection Courses including Northern Ireland. 
About this course

This qualification is designed for those learners wishing to apply for a licence from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to work as a Close Protection Operative (CPO). It is based on the relevant SIA’s Specification for Learning and Qualifications and is supported by Skills for Security, the Standards Setting Body for the security industry and the SIA, who regulate the private security industry.


  • Unit 1: Working as a Close Protection Operative
  • Unit 2: Planning, Preparing and Supporting a Close Protection Operation
  • Unit 3: Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry



This qualification is usually achieved by taking a 24 hour refresher course, depending on previous experience. 


It is divided into 2 parts and is assessed through a portfolio of evidence and a multiple-choice examination:

  • Part One - This part is assessed by a 3 multiple-choice examinations.
  • Part Two - This part is assessed by a portfolio of evidence.


Candidates must provide a current CV in advance, showing experience in the industry or certificate of attendance of a previous Close Protection Course.

Language pre-requisite

Security operatives are likely in the course of their work to be required to make calls to the emergency services, or need to communicate clearly to resolve conflict. It is therefore essential that security operatives are able to communicate clearly.

First Aid requirements

When applying for a Close Protection licence, learners will be required to produce evidence that they have attained a recognised first aid award (this is not a qualification requirement). Learners should present their valid first aid certificate to their training provider before starting training. If they do not have a recognised first aid award, they will need to get one in order to apply for a licence. This is in addition to the minimum 24 hours of knowledge and practical skills training. First aid awards currently recognised by the SIA include:


  • HABC Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF)
  • HABC Level 3 Award in First Aid Response
  • First Person on Scene (Intermediate) Award FPHC/RCS

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