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About the 

Highfield Level 3 Certificate for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry


UK SIA course

updated 2022; 

  • Duration 1: 18 days;

  • Duration 2: 21 days (with UK level3 First Aid at Work course included);

  • Place: Kaunas, Lithuania.


  • Price 1: 3000 euros (all-inclusive except flights to (from) Lithuania)- 18 days.


  • Price 2: 3100 euros (all-inclusive except flights to (from) Lithuania)- 21 days.


  • Documents required: valid UK First Aid at Work Certificate, CV, Copy of Driving license, Proof of address.

​Qualification regulation and support The Highfield Level 3 Certificate for Close Protection Operatives in the Private Security Industry has been developed and is awarded by Highfield Qualifications and sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).


The RQF is a Qualification Framework regulated by Ofqual.


The qualification is also regulated by Qualifications Wales. This qualification is supported by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), which regulates the private security industry.


Entry requirements:


  • To register for this qualification, learners must be aged 18 and over.

  • Learners must hold a valid Level 3 (RQF/QCF) (Level 6 (SCQF)) 3-day full first-aid qualification before they can begin any close protection training.

  • Learners should present their first-aid certificate to their training provider before they start training. This certificate must be valid for at least 12 months from the course start date.

Language prerequisite:

Learners should, as a minimum, have language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening equivalent to the following.

• A B2 Level qualification on the Home Office’s list of recognized English tests and qualifications.

• A B2 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). • An ESOL qualification at (Level 1) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

• An ESOL qualification at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Level 5 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and taken in Scotland.

• Functional Skills Level 1 in English.

• SQA Core Skills in Communication at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Level 5.

• Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 1.

• Level 1 in Essential Skills – Communication Northern Ireland.

Learner requirements for physical intervention practical skills training:


The center must provide learners with safety information prior to attendance that includes:

• informing learners that physical activity will be involved, and this carries risks

• what standards of behavior are expected

• what they should wear

• what they should do if they have any concerns about their health or fitness with regard to participating in this training.

About the

Highfield leve3 International Certificate in Close Protection 

+ Tactical Firearms+Empty Hands Combat course

this qualification does not permit a learner to apply for an SIA license to work as a close protection operative within the UK.


  • Place: Kaunas, Lithuania.

  • Price: 2100 euros (all-inclusive except flights to (from) Lithuania);


  • Documents required: CV, Copy of Driving license, Proof of address,

  • CRB (criminal record check may be required).




The course has been developed in order to:


  • Ensure that Close Protection Operatives have the essential competencies necessary to meet

  • the challenges that they are faced with in today's changing world;


  • Provide Close Protection Operatives with formal qualifications;


  • Encourage Close Protection Operatives to update themselves on new developments in the

  • Close Protection Operatives training methodology and delivery system.



Learning Outcomes
Close Protection Operatives will:


1. improve his levels of Adaptation and Improvisation;

2. learn how to Analyze Risks and make a Risk Assessment;

3. negotiate a reasonable budget related to Risk Level;

4. apply knowledge of how to build a TEAM;

5. develop and implement a Plan of a Close Protection Operation;

6. understand the difference between Crowd Around VIP and Professionals,

who cover sectors;

7. know how to develop and use the Standard Operation Procedures (SOP)

and Immediate Action (IA) procedures;

8. demonstrate personal attitudes, skills, and knowledge related to the Close

Protection job.



Training Plan

The Course Material is delivered in 11 units and covers all the essential skills

and knowledge required by today's Close Protection Operative.


MODULE 0: INTRO to Close Protection Operatives course:
About course structure, training principles, procedures, and the safety of drills.



Learn how to Analyse Risks and make a Risk Assessment, Negotiate a

reasonable Budget related to Risk Level;


MODULE 2: Team formation

Budget, expected task, Teamwork, Communication, Management and

Leadership, duties, and Sectors of Responsibility, specialties,

SOP(standard operational procedures), values, and traditions.



build a TEAM, develop and implement a Plan of a Close Protection Operation, and develop

and use the Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) and

Immediate Action (IA) procedures.



Think that you are under surveillance until will be proven the opposite,

Anti-Surveillance procedures, Counter- Surveillance, Recce of Routes,

Venue Security, Recce of Vulnerable points, Recce Report.



A search of Persons, Search of Premises, Search of Vehicles.


MODULE 6: Recce

Preparation, execution, awareness, dynamic assessment, evaluation,



MODULE 7: Execution of Operation - FOOT ESCORT

Sectors of Responsibility, Small Premises/Open space, Entry/Exit premises/

Stairs/Corridors, Anti Ambush drills.


MODULE 8: Execution of Operations - CONVOY

Embus/Debus, Position in Convoy/ Sectors of Responsibility, Teamwork, and

Synchronization of Driving, Convoy in Town/out of Town (spaces and cover),

Anti Ambush drills.



Reasonable Force, Levels of Power, Blending with the Crowd, Avoiding of

Provocations, Feeling, comfortable in a Crowd, to sort problems out instead of

making a new one.


MODULE 10: Empty Hand Combat for Bodyguards/Close Protection Operatives

Additional Certificate – standalone course.


MODULE 11: Tactical Firearms for Bodyguards/Close Protection Operatives


Additional Certificate – standalone course.



1. Portfolio of Achievements practical drills;
2. Externally set Theory Exam




About Tactical Firearms course for Close Protection Operatives / Bodyguards:


  • Duration: 3 days;

  • Place: Kaunas, Lithuania;

  • Price: 750 euro (all-inclusive except flights to (from) Lithuania).

  • Documents required: CV, Copy of Driving license, Proof of address, CRB (criminal record check may be required).



Why this program is needed:

With decades of  various Combat training with Private Armed Security, Police, and Army SF  we came to conclusions


  • Most Tactical Firearms courses (programs) are typical Basic Army Shooting courses with some funny stuff from Sport Practical Shooting drills and fancy show of various combat uniforms and gear.


  •   Plus most Tactical Firearms courses (programs) are built for big Teams with proper Logistic and Power Support.


  • Our program is designed for Small Bodyguard (Close Protection Operatives) Groups (1-5 operatives) operating in Hostile Environment without any logistics and Power Support. 


  • Our concept - Task Orientated Adaptation and Improvisation to Perform Effectively and Safely through a Real Fire-Fight.

Our project was built keeping in mind, that Situation Determines Preparation

PRINCIPLES of Tactical Firearms for Bodyguards/Close Protection Operatives Reality of Training:

  •  MUST be an optimal ratio between Reality Training and Safety;
  • Achieve that and Train to Respond to Real world threats;
  • How to Perform Effectively through a Fire-Fight;



Combat Preparedness;


  1. Skill Level : Bio-mechanics, Weapon Handling and Movement (One-Hit Qualification Baseline + Engagement and Team Work
  2. Stress Level: Utilizing Fear and Eliminating Anxiety (Getting from Beta wave to Alpha wave-Using Breathing and Impulse Acceleration)
  3. Killing Enabling Factors: Survival Mindset achieved through Practical Exercises (not just theory) - Rules of Engagement: Level of force is determined by the assailant! :
  • Immediate danger vs Immanent danger;
  • Go! – Don’t Go! vs Hesitation
  • Spontaneous and adaptive Response vs reflex Reaction
  • Move mind-set from -“What if…?” to “IF …THEN!”
  • It is only over when it is over! You are not dead until you are dead!
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