Close Protection Training NDST Ltd

Close protection training course from NDSTS

The Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Close Protection Operations is designed to provide:

  • Training for those in the security industry
  • Opportunities for close protection operatives to achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 vocationally specific qualification
  • Opportunities for full-time learners to gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the field of security or to progress to further vocational qualifications such as the Foundation Degree in Security Services
  • The knowledge, understanding and skills learners need to qualify for a licence to practice as a close protection operative
  • Opportunities for learners to focus on the development of the major key skills and the wider key skills in a security context, such as improving own learning and performance, working with others and problem solving
  • Opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.

The Structure
The Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Close Protection Operations is a 150-hour qualification consisting of five units of 30 hours each:

Unit 1: Skills and Teamwork in Close Protection

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the Close Protection Operative
  • Understand the importance of interpersonal skills within the close protection environment
  • Understand the importance of close protection teamwork

Unit 2: Legislation, Communications and Conflict Management Skills in Close Protection

  • Understand the impact on law and legislation on close protection
  • Understand the relationship between Close Protection Operatives and official agencies
  • Understand the need for communication and conflict management
  • Be able to use communication and conflict management skills.

Unit 3: Risk Assessment, Operational Planning and Safe Route Selection

  • Understand threat assessment and risk management
  • Be able to use operational planning skills
  • Know about route selection

Unit 4: Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Incidents
and Dilemmas

  • Be able to demonstrate surveillance, counter-surveillance and anti-surveillance methods and skills
  • Be able to carry out reconnaissance
  • Be able to deal with incidents and dilemmas within close protection

Unit 5: Techniques for Close Protection Operatives

  • Be able to use close protection foot techniques
  • Be able to use close protection vehicle techniques
  • Be able to use correct search procedures
  • Understand venue-based security


Candidates must achieve:

  • A pass in an externally set and marked multiple-choice test, and
  • A pass for an internally set and assessed portfolio, which includes a practical assessment.

These two assessments, taken together, will cover ALL the criteria of ALL five units.

This award is a 150-hour qualification (excluding learner-initiated private study) that is usually run over a period of 3 weeks.
Optional: 5 weekend course available.

The Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Close Protection Operations involves a balance of theory and practice.

Entry Requirements

Candidates are required to be over 18 years of age. In addition, candidates are suggested to have a reasonable level of health and fitness.