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

Since 2012 changes have been made to all licence linked qualifications which take effect from 1st January 2015. The introduction of the new qualifications comes after one of the largest ever reviews into learning in the sector was launched in the Spring of 2014, when the Security Industry Authority (SIA) announced it was evaluating their specifications for learning and qualifications.

Under the Private Security Act of 2001 all individuals wishing to work in the private security industry must hold a recognised qualification before applying for a licence. Individuals working in the private security industry must undergo a structured training programme, resulting in one of the recognised security qualifications. Applicants who do not hold a qualification endorsed by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) may have their licence application refused. The SIA has developed a competency (skills) requirement. The aim of this is to create a more competent and professional workforce, which will in turn improve the public image of the private security industry and help make the sector more attractive to potential employees. The changes to the qualifications are the titles and also the content which has been updated to better reflect the industry’s actual practices and experiences.

Under the Private Security Industry Authority Act 2001, all individuals wishing to work in the private security industry must undertake a recognised qualification before applying for a licence.

This accredited qualification has been developed to meet the requirements of the Security Industry Authority (SIA). It is based on the relevant SIA ‘Specifications for Learning and Qualifications for Close Protection Operatives’ and provides the necessary skills and knowledge for those who wish to apply for an SIA licence and work as a close protection operative.

The qualification comprises three mandatory units:

Unit 1 – Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry

Unit 2 – Working as a Close Protection Operative

Unit 3 – Planning, Preparing and Supporting a close Protection Operation

The qualification comprises one mandatory unit: Working as a Close Protection Operative and includes the following elements:

•  Roles and responsibilities of the Close Protection Operative
• Threat assessment and risk management
• Surveillance techniques
• Venue security operations

New content included in the unit:
• Threat and risks to a principal;
• Types of threat and risk assessments and how a
decision-making model could be used;
• UK Government threat levels;
• Importance of threat profiling principles and clients;
• Benefits of knowing and utilising other team members’
abilities and skills;
• Difference between operational briefings and debriefings;
• Purpose of body protection of a principal and extracting
a principal on foot;
• Advantages and disadvantages of using technological tools
and of using non-electronic maps in route planning;
• Factors to be considered when planning and timing a route;
• Need for security during transit of a principal;
• Importance of selecting an appropriate mode of transport;
• Risks associated with different modes of transport;
• Purpose for contingency transport plans;
• Difference between an incident and a dilemma;
• Incidents that a close protection operative could encounter;
• Responsibilities of a close protection operative when dealing
with an incident and how to manage an incident;
• The professional relationship between close protection
operatives at a venue;
• Appropriate methods of communication for use at a venue;
• Importance of recognising communication black spots within a venue;
• Benefits of in-house resources used to support venue security; and
• Managing an incident during a close protection operation.

Content which has been tweaked in the new unit compared to the previous unit:
• Conduct a team briefing, handover and debrief;
• Complete a threat and risk assessment using a
decision making model;
• Produce primary and secondary route plans using
paper based and technology based resources;
• Use a flexible approach to protection while on foot; and
• Use a range of communication techniques while on foot.

Assessment: The qualification is assessed by a Portfolio of evidence, practical tasks & multiple choice examination.

Duration: 15 days.

Course Fees:  £1700 plus VAT. In the unlikely event you should need to re-sit your exam, there is no charge for additional re-sit exam fees.
Awarded by: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC)

**Please note – There is a Security Industry Authority (SIA) requirement for learners to have a valid First-Aid Certificate before they start training on this qualification, if you require this training we can include it, please indicate this on your booking form or call us for further information.

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    Important Requirements (Click Here)

    If you have criminal convictions please click on the SIA link below where you can have any convictions assessed to check if applying for an SIA Licence/Badge would be likely to be rejected BEFORE you apply for or pay for this course.

    To check your eligibility:


    To be eligible for any licence issued by the SIA you must be aged 18 or over. A CRB check will be carried out and every time a licence is renewed or needs replacing a new CRB check will be performed.
    Identity, passport, certification, address, right to work and counter signatory checks will also be carried out and if applying for a frontline licence you must have achieved the appropriate SIA approved training qualification.
    You must also have read and signed a Physical Intervention pre-course declaration to show you are able to carry out the physical intervention part of the course.

    Practical Information (Click Here)

    Delegates will be required to participate in practical sessions. They should come prepared in comfortable clothing and be physically fit when arriving on the course.

    Medical Information / Physical Requirements (Click Here)
    If you have any medical conditions which limit / hinder your involvement of participation in activities, you are obliged to declare any relevant, current or previous injuries/illness. If you are diagnosed as an asthmatic, diabetic or epileptic, or have allergies that the course staff need to be aware of, you must advise us accordingly. Please note, a declaration of injury or illness does not automatically preclude you from any course. You should be further aware that is you are on a regular course of medication for any condition; you must have sufficient medication to cover you throughout the course. Although first aid cover is provided during courses, no doctor is available to replenish regular medication, nor is there any facility to deliver medical treatment for chronic medical conditions. Please provide any relevant information regarding the above medical Information during the application process.

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