UK SIA RQF Level 3 Close Protection Operative


The Level 3 Close Protection course opens up multiple opportunities for candidates to seek gainful employment in areas such as Europe, the Middle-East and in England. It is recognized by multiple embassies as well as multinational firms which require high quality protection by appropriately qualified individuals.

If you are an individual who has the tenacity and the drive to seek bodyguarding work overseas in places such as Europe, the Middle-East and the Horn of Africa for up to US$300 a day, look no further.


  1. Enrolment Requirements
    1. Over the age of 18 2. Moderate level of Spoken and Written English (tested upon application) 3. No criminal records over the past 7 years 4. Reasonably fit, able to walk and run for moderate distances 5. IT literate, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint
  2. Course Duration
    140 hours Delivered over 14 days
  3. Assessment
    1. Candidate Portfolio 2. Multiple Choice Papers 3. Instructor Observation
  4. Course Specifications
    1. Roles and Responsibilities of a Close Protection Operative 2. Planning, Preparing and Conducting a Close Protection Operation 3. Conflict Management within the Security Industry
  5. Instructors
    Atlas instructors have over 10 years' experience in training as well as operations in hostile and corporate environments. We ensure that each instructor is the right person for the job by extensive reference checks against their portfolios as well as proven experience in working with people from all cultures and backgrounds.
  6. What do I get?
    1 x Ofqual Recognised RQF Level 3 Close Protection Operative certificate 1 x Course shirt 1 x Atlas Lapel Pin 1 x Atlas Notebook Relevant stationery


Course Info

A summary of the course content​

What comes after?

Skills & Teamwork in Close Protection – are essential for the CPO and the knowledge and skills required are developed over a minimum 14 days and this is achieved through a combination of lectures, practical exercises and scenarios based on the common duties of a modern day CPO. The training peaks with an intensive final exercise that combines all the skills and knowledge obtained throughout the duration.
Legislation, Communication & Conflict Management Skills in CP – the role of a CPO requires individuals to be fully conversant with the law and to understand the relationships between the CP industry and official agencies. Again this is achieved by classroom discussions, videos and practical scenarios

Risk assessment, operational planning and safe route selection – it is important to identify and quantify the risks when working as a CPO and good planning and preparation is an essential part of the role. Exercises and classroom activities incorporate a large part of this module where delegates will actually plan and prepare for an operation leading to the final exercise.

Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Incidents & Dilemmas – this module will introduce you to the concept of surveillance and counter surveillance and is key to protecting clients as most pre-meditated attacks include some form of surveillance. Preventative and proactive measures to detect surveillance are taught and related to real life incidents. There must also be procedures for when things don’t go as planned and the ability to think on your feet will be developed during the course.
Techniques for Close Protection Operatives – most of the physical skills required by a CPO are covered in this final module such as vehicle embus – debus drills and convoy driving through to foot techniques and searching procedures will be practiced to hone these essential skills
Atlas has a track record of supporting candidates after graduation by linking them up to security companies which are hiring in the region for overseas protection jobs and providing graduates interview coaching assistance. 

Should any internal jobs come up which require ad-hoc work, we will contact you if you are eligible for these positions. 

This qualification is recognised by Ofqual.
Why Atlas?
  1. Purpose-built Training Centre
    Purpose-built Training Centre
    Unlike other companies who rent hotels and offices to conduct their training, we own a purpose-built training centre under licensed business premises to ensure nothing but the highest quality of training.
  2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    With 30 degree weather, a modern city with all the amenities that you can expect as well as the lower cost of living, why not spend 16 days in a tropical paradise doing your SIA course?
  3. International Students
    International Students
    It is said that a course is made better by its students. Our candidates come from all over the world including the UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand, making their experience a one-of-a-kind journey.
  4. Job Referrals
    Job Referrals
    60% of our graduates have found jobs full time, part time or contractually within 6 months of passing our course. Whilst we cannot guarantee jobs, we take every effort to refer, guide and assist our graduates in the job hunt.
  5. Real VIPs
    Real VIPs
    Our final exercises have consisted of events such as dinners with ambassadors, Australian National Day, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs general meeting as well as lunch with politicians in the city centre. We ensure that our training experience is as realistic as possible so that our students have the best chances of finding jobs after they graduate.

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