It’s not just your qualifications.
We get asked these questions all the time through emails, Facebook Chat and our website’s chatbox.
“How can I get a job in Close Protection?”
“What qualifications do I need before I apply to jobs in CP?”
Oftentimes, the decision to enter into the CP world is that which is taken lightly; with a number of individuals leaning towards the notion that “This looks fun!” and “I’ll give it a go.”
Close protection is not just a hobby or a job.
It’s a LIFESTYLE.
What does this mean?
It means that you have to change your outlook to life. This industry is not easy to navigate; with one mistake costing you your career after decades in the job.
Not to mention the cutthroat competition out there consisting of people who are smarter, stronger, faster and more experienced than you.
All is not lost, however. I mentioned earlier in a LinkedIn post that most companies hire for hard skills, and fire for soft skills.
The meaning of this will be made evident at the end of this post.
We occasionally post jobs on our members only forum, the Atlas Safehouse.
So, what are the 3 essentials that you need before actually applying for a job in CP?
A “Recognised” First Aid Qualification
Most companies, including ourselves, will ask for a first aid qualification from a recognised awarding organisation.
What’s a “recognised awarding organisation”?
Simply put, it’s a company which issues certificates which are pegged to UK standards.
Different companies call for different first aid qualifications, from the very minimum of the RQF Level 3 First Aid at Work Qualification to the pre-hospital medical trauma qualification of the RQF Level 3 First Response Emergency Care / First Person on Scene (Intermediate) qualification.
For Executive Protection in relatively safe areas, Atlas calls for the RQF Level 3 First Aid at Work Qualification.