Under the Private Security Industry Authority Act 2001, all individuals wishing to work in the private security industry must undertake a recognized qualification before applying for a license.
This regulated qualification has been developed to meet the requirements of the Security Industry Authority (SIA). It is based on the relevant SIA ‘Specifications for Learning and Qualifications for Close Protection Operatives’ and provides the necessary skills and knowledge for those who wish to apply for an SIA license and work as a close protection operative.
The qualification comprises three mandatory units:
- Unit 1 – Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry
- Unit 2 – Working as a Close Protection Operative
- Unit 3 – Planning, Preparing and supporting a close Protection Operation
The minimum contact hours for this qualification are 139.5 hours of the required 140 guided learning hours. For full details of delivery requirements, please refer to the specification
To register for this qualification, learners are required to meet the following entry requirements:
This qualification is approved for delivery to learners aged 18 and over.
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.
It is the Centre’s responsibility to ensure that each learner is sufficiently competent in the use of the English and/or Welsh language. All assessment must be conducted in the medium of English and/or Welsh, as appropriate. Centres must ensure that learners have sufficient language skills before putting the learners forward for assessment.
As a guide, learners should, as a minimum, have language skills equivalent to the following:
- A B1 level qualification on the Home Office’s list of recognized English tests and qualifications;
- An ESOL qualification at (Level 1) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland;
An ESOL qualification at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 5 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and taken in Scotland;
- Functional Skills Level 1 in English; and
- SQA Core Skills in Communication at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 5
- Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 1.
When applying for a close protection license, learners will be required to produce evidence that they have attained a recognized 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 recognized first-aid award, they will need to get one in order to apply for a license. This is in addition to the minimum 140 hours of knowledge and practical skills training. First-aid awards currently recognized by the SIA include:
- Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF).
- Level 3 Award in First Aid Response.
- First Person on Scene (FPOS) Intermediate Award – 30 hours.