Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry (QCF)

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.

Entry Requirements

In order to register on to this qualification, learners are required to meet the following entry requirements:

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.

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.

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 140 hours of knowledge and practical skills training. First-aid awards currently recognised 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 (Edexcel / IHCD)

How long will it take me to achieve this qualification?

The qualification has 140 guided learning hours which is typically delivered over 14 days.

How is the qualification assessed?

Multiple-choice examination, open response questions and practical assessment