Information Page : City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative in the Private Security Industry (RQF)

HZL offers close protection training for both service leavers and those already operating within the private security industry. Close Protection Officers (CPO) must be capable of operating in a diverse number of situations ranging from remote, hostile environments through to the corporate and executive world. This qualification will comprehensively cover all of the competencies required to deal with any given situation whilst also providing a valuable insight into the role of a CPO.

The City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative in the Private Security Industry (RQF) has been specifically developed to meet the requirements of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and meets the criteria for those who wish to apply for an SIA licence to work as a close protection operative. *Please note that the SIA will charge for the licence application and this is not included in the cost of the course.

Entry requirements:

In order to complete the course candidates must:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years old and also meet the following entry requirements;

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.

As a guide, candidates should, as a minimum, have language skills equivalent to the following:

  • A B1 level qualification on the Home Office’s list of recognised English tests and qualifications
  • An ESOL qualification at (Level 1) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in English

Delivery & assessment methods:

This qualification has a minimum of 140 guided learning hours and is delivered over an intensive 15 days non residential course at our Derby centre, which offers fully equipped, modern classrom facilities and  access to realistic outdoor scenario locations.

The course combines both theoretical and practical training with on-going assessment and culminates in two fully operational assessed exercises in the public domain.

Course contents:

HZL trainers include operational CPO’s from the hostile, military and executive close protection sectors. All equipment is provided (except laptops) and a 24 hour CP qualified Course Manager is available to assist with information, advice and support.

Units covered:

The qualification is divided into three units and is assessed by the following methods:

  • Unit 1: Working as a Close Protection Operative:
  • Externally set and externally assessed 25 question multi choice examination paper, 70% pass mark required
  • Externally set and internally assessed open response questions and internally set and internally assessed practical tasks

 

  • Unit 2: Planning, Preparing and Supporting a Close Protection Operation:
  • Externally set and externally assessed 30 question multi choice examination paper, 70% pass mark required
  • Externally set and internally assessed open response questions and internally set and internally assessed practical tasks

 

  • Unit 3: Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry:
  • Externally set and externally assessed 20 question multi choice examination paper, 70% pass mark required

HZL Close Protection Medical Module:

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 140 hours of knowledge and practical skills training of the CPO course.

Medical Module includes:

  • Qualsafe Level 3 Award in First Aid (QCF)
  • Qualsafe External Defibrillator (AED) (QCF)
  • Ballistic and blast trauma
  • Scenario based training assessment covering hostile environment and commercial situations.

What next?

Candidates successfully completeing this qualification may wish to progress to further qualifications, such as:

  • City & Guilds Level 3 Award in the Delivery of Conflict Management (RQF)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Award for the Deliverers of Physical Intervention within the Private Security Industry (RQF)