Close Protection Course



Our Close protection Course includes more than just the normal Course qualifications!

  • Level 3 PEARSON Close Protection Operative Qualification
  • Level 3 PEARSON Professional Investigator Qualification
  • 3rg certification in Hostile Environment (HECPO)*
  • Level 3 AoFAQ First Person On Scene Intermediate (See note below)

As testament from students who have attended training with us, our unique strength is in the background and expertise of our instruction team.

3rg chief instructors are all ex UKSF (SBS) personnel with vast experience of conducting Close Protection tasking from both a military and commercial context. This deep knowledge base, professional skills and experience ensures course attendees receive the very best information and advice at all times as part of their training.

Close Protection Course Overview

The 3rg team deliver a course at the very forefront of Close Protection Training Courses, providing attendees a unique opportunity to develop core competencies and gain invaluable first hand experience of operating in this area of the private security sector.

The 3rg training programme has been developed not only to address the stipulations of the SIA learning outcomes for Close Protection licensing but also to include instruction in ‘real time’ operational procedures relevant to both hostile environments and executive protection type roles.

Course details/Structure

As well as the core competencies listed below, 3rg provides as an integral part of the course, an advanced Surveillance package (successful students receive the PEARSON Level 3 Award in Professional Investigations) & a Hostile Environment module, essential for Hostile Environment Close Protection Operators (HECPO) operating in challenging theatres abroad.

Close Protection core competencies include:
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Threat and Risk Assessment
  • PEARSON Level 3 Surveillance
  • Operational Planning
  • Law and Legislation
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Conduct Reconnaissance
  • Foot Drills
  • Route Selection
  • Journey Management
  • Search Procedures
  • Incident Management
  • Venue Security
  • Conflict Management


3rg is a Pearson approved training centre providing a Close Protection Course recognised by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Note: Candidates who do not already have a formal medical qualification will be required to take the First Person on Scene intermediate (FPOSi) course, which can be added to the Close Protection course at an additional charge.

Future Prospects

3rg cannot guarantee future employment but with our strong industry links we will endeavour to ensure suitable candidates have the best chance of securing employment with associate private security providers.

Close Protection – Fast Track

3rg offer a Close Protection ‘Fast Track’ option for candidates who can demonstrate appropriate experience and expertise within the field. This will in

clude previous Close Protection Training within the UK Special Forces, Royal Military Police or Police Service.

*To achieve this certificate you must have previous formal firearms training (e.g. military or police firearms) and pass all the CP examinations and practical’s, including the HECPO assessment. Students will be asked to provide Testimonial or Service Certificate as proof. 

Close Protection – Upcoming Dates 2020:

6th – 20th November 2020

4th – 18th December 2020

Close Protection – Upcoming Dates 2021:

8th – 22nd January 2021

29th January – 12th February 2021

26th February – 12th March 2021

19th March – 2nd April 2021

23rd April – 7th May 2021

14th – 28th May 2021

18th June – 2nd July 2021

9th – 23rd July 2021

10th – 24th September 2021

8th – 22nd October 2021

5th – 19th November 2021

26th November – 10th December 2021

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