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
The qualification comprises 1 mandatory unit: Working as a Close Protection Operative
Unit – Working as a Close Protection Operative
Understand the legislation that is relevant to people working in the close protection industry.
Understand the roles and responsibilities of the Close Protection Operative.
Know the importance of threat assessment and risk management.
Know Surveillance techniques.
Understand venue security operations.
Know how to design and demonstrate operational planning.
Know the importance of interpersonal skills.
Know the importance of teamwork.
Know the importance of reconnaissance.
Know how to conduct close protection foot drills.
Know the importance of planning and selecting routes.
Know vehicle movement tactics and operations.
Know the search techniques and procedures for close protection operations.
Know how to apply conflict management techniques while providing close protection.