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Level 3 Certificate for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry (RQF)

18 Days + E-Learning
£2,499.99 incl. VAT
  • 06 May

    3 weeks, 08:30 AM - 08:30 PM
    • £2,499.99 incl. VAT
  • 05 Aug

    3 weeks, 08:30 AM - 06:30 PM
    • £2,499.99 incl. VAT
  • 04 Nov

    3 weeks, 08:30 AM - 08:30 PM
    • £2,499.99 incl. VAT
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The AEC Protection Level 3 Close Protection Course is run by highly experienced and qualified instructors, drawn directly from the prestigious and renowned Royal Military Police Close Protection Unit (RMP CPU).  

This course is a comprehensive and intensive training programme designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge required to work as professional Close Protection Operatives. This course is ideal for individuals seeking a career in the high-demand field of Close Protection or for Security Professionals looking to enhance their existing skill set.

What makes AEC Protection different? 

Our Professional Close Protection Course is a widespread and dynamic learning experience, designed to prepare you with the awareness, abilities, and mindset needed to excel in Close Protection Operations.

Developed by industry experts and delivered by highly experienced instructors, drawn specifically from the internationally renowned Royal Military Police Close Protection Unit (RMP CPU) and United Kingdom Home Office Police Forces, this programme offers the opportunity to learn from the absolute best in the business.

7 Reasons to Choose AEC Protection

1.     Expert Instructors: Our Training Team is made up of highly qualified professionals with extensive experience in their respective fields. They bring their expertise and real-world insights into the classroom, providing invaluable guidance and mentorship throughout the training programme.

2.     Comprehensive Curriculum: The training programme covers a wide range of topics, ensuring a well-rounded and in-depth understanding of the subject matter. The curriculum is regularly updated to incorporate the latest industry intelligence, best practices, and emerging technologies.

3.     Practical Learning Approach: We believe in learning by doing. Our training programme emphasises hands-on exercises, case studies, simulations, and interactive group activities to enhance practical skills and foster a deeper understanding of the concepts taught.

4.     Networking Prospects: As part of the course, you have the opportunity to connect and network with industry professionals, fellow learners, and guest speakers. This opens doors to valuable contacts, collaborations, and potential business opportunities.

5.     Customised Learning Paths: We understand that every learner is unique, with different goals and skill levels. Our training program offers flexibility, allowing you to be supported with a variety of specialised modules and therefore tailoring your learning path according to your individual needs and aspirations. 

6.     Employment Opportunities: All learners that undergo their training with AEC Protection have a GUARANTEED Interview awaiting them at the end of their course. The operational requirement for the AEC Group never stops, and we continue to actively recruit direct from our courses.

7.     Ongoing Support: Our commitment to your success doesn't end with the completion of your training course. We provide ongoing support, resources, and mentorship to ensure that you continue to grow and thrive in your professional Close Protection journey.

This Course is a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT to obtain the SIA Close Protection Licence.


The course is run "blended", with 11-12 Hours of E-Learning (Home Self-Study) and 18 Days of Face-to-Face Classroom Sessions


Day 1 (Mon) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 2 (Tue) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 3 (Wed) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 4 (Thu) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 5 (Fri) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 6 (Sat) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 7 (Sun) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 8 (Mon) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 9 (Tue) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 10 (Wed) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 11 (Thu) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 12 (Fri) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 13 (Sat) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 14 (Sun) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 15 (Mon) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 16 (Tue) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 17 (Wed) 08:30 - 20:30
Day 18 (Thu) 08:30 - 20:30

As of 01 April 2022, the Level 3 Close Protection course has increased to 18 days to include the additional training requirements set out by the SIA, including the compulsory modules around working as a Door Supervisor and Physical Intervention for both Close Protection Operatives and Door Supervisors.

More information can be found on the SIA website.


Unit 1: Principles of Working as a Close Protection Operative in the Private Security Industry

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a close protection operative
  • Understand current law and legislation within a close protection context
  • Understand the importance of threat and risk assessment
  • Understand the importance of threat and risk management
  • Understand personal and professional skills within a close protection environment
  • Understand the importance of teamwork within a close protection environment
  • Understand surveillance, anti-surveillance and counter-surveillance methods
  • Understand search procedures within a close protection operation for people, vehicles and buildings/venues
  • Understand close protection foot drills
  • Understand venue security operations and requirements
  • Understand the importance of planning, route selection and additional licence considerations
  • Understand reconnaissance within a close protection environment
  • Understand the importance of operational planning

Unit 2: Working as a Close Protection Operative in the Private Security Industry 

  • Undertake a dynamic risk assessment
  • Demonstrate use of surveillance, anti-surveillance and counter surveillance
  • Be able to search people, vehicles and venues
  • Demonstrate close protection foot drills
  • Be able to demonstrate venue security skills
  • Be able to manage transport arrangements within a close protection environment
  • Be able to prepare and carry out a close protection assignment
  • Be able to deal with a range of incidents within a close protection environment

Unit 3: Application of Conflict Management in the Private Security Industry 

  • Understand the principles of conflict management appropriate to the role
  • Understand how to recognise, assess and reduce risk in conflict situations
  • Understand the use of problem-solving techniques when resolving conflict
  • Be able to communicate to de-escalate conflict

Unit 4: Principles of Terror Threat Awareness in the Private Security Industry

  • Identify the different threat levels
  • Recognise the common terror attack methods
  • Recognise the actions to take in the event of a terror threat
  • Identify the procedures for dealing with suspicious items
  • Identify behaviours that could indicate suspicious activity
  • Identify how to respond to suspicious behaviour

Unit 5: Principles of Working as a Door Supervisor for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry

  • Understand how to keep vulnerable people safe
  • Understand licensing law relevant to the role of a door supervisor
  • Understand queue management and venue capacity responsibilities relevant to a door supervisor

Unit 6: Application of Physical Intervention Skills for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry 

  • Understand the requirements of providing clear and concise instructions to the principal and team members in emergency situations
  • Know how to respond to a change in operational conditions from standard operating procedures (SOP) to emergency operating procedures (EOP)
  • Know the responsibilities of the close protection team when there is an immediate physical threat to the principal
  • Understand the necessity for narrowing the concentric layers of protection when managing an immediate threat to the principal
  • Understand the implications of common and criminal law when using force on another person
  • Know the positive alternatives to using physical intervention skills in a close protection environment
  • Understand associated threats as a result of an attempted assault or unwarranted attention towards a principal
  • Know how to apply physical intervention skills in a justifiable, ethical, and professional manner
  • Be able to use non-pain compliant soft skills to prevent harm to a principal
  • Be able to use defensive non-pain compliant skills to protect self from assault
  • Be able to use non-pain compliant methods of protecting the inner cordon
  • Be able to protect the principal from assault
  • Be able to communicate effectively to encourage de-escalation 

Unit 7: Application of Physical Intervention Skills in the Private Security Industry

  • Understand physical interventions and the implications of their use
  • Understand the risks associated with using physical intervention
  • Understand how to reduce the risks associated with physical intervention
  • Be able to use physical skills to protect yourself and others
  • Be able to use non-pain compliant standing, holding and escorting techniques


2 x Online Assessments

1 x Practical Workbook & Portfolio 

6 x Multiple Choice Exams

2 x Physical Intervention Assessments 


Course places are priced at £2,499.00 (inc. VAT) per person 


For more information on this course please contact the Training Team on 02380 008 999.


You MUST hold a Verified & Accredited Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (FAW), First Response Emergency Care (FREC), First Person on Scene (FPOS) Qualification or equivalent, which must be achieved prior to the commencement of any security training and have at least 12 months remaining until expiry.




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