Close Protection

An SIA licence is required if you undertake the licensable activities of a close protection operative and your services are supplied for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to a consumer.

Unless your employer or company has been given an exemption under Section 4(4) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, it is a criminal offence to undertake the licensable activities of a close protection operative without an SIA licence. An exemption is applicable only where the company in question has been granted approved contractor status by the SIA and the other conditions of Section 4(4) have also been met.

 Every condition must be met for this section to be applied. 


Cost of a Licence

The licence application fee is £220 for a three year licence. The fee is to cover the cost of processing your application and is not refundable.

If you pay your own licence fee you will be able to claim tax relief against your taxable income - for example, if you pay the basic rate of tax the relief is currently worth £44. Please visit the HMRC website for more information. If you are an employer paying the licence fee on behalf of an employee there will be no tax or National Insurance liability.

50% discount: Some people may need more than one licence; in such cases the second licence will be discounted by 50%.


Who Needs a Close Protection Licence?

A Close Protection licence is required when guarding one or more individuals against assault or against injuries that might be suffered in consequence of the unlawful conduct of others. This applies if your services are supplied for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to a consumer.

Two Types of Licence

There are two types of SIA licence:

  • A front line licence is required if undertaking licensable activity, other than key holding activities (this also covers undertaking non-front line activity). A front line licence is in the form of a credit card-sized plastic card that must be worn, subject to the licence conditions.
  • A non-front line licence is required for those who manage, supervise and/or employ individuals who engage in licensable activity, as long as front line activity is not carried out - this includes directors* or partners. A non-front line licence is issued in the form of a letter that also covers key holding activities.

*For the purposes of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, "director" means executive and non-executive directors, shadow directors, parent company directors and corporate entities holding a directorship.

If you have a non-front line licence you do not need to get another one if you are involved in another area of non-front line licensable activity (for example: if you are a director of a firm supplying close protection operatives but you also supply security guards, you will not need to get two licences).

Course Syllabus

 Skills & Teamwork in Close Protection -


Essential for the CPO and the knowledge and skills required are developed over the 15 days and this is achieved through a combination of lectures, practical exercises and scenarios based on the common duties of a modern day CPO. The training peaks with an intensive final exercise that combines all the skills and knowledge obtained throughout the duration.


Legislation, Communication & Conflict Management Skills in CP 


The role of a CPO requires individuals to be fully conversant with the law and to understand the relationships between the CP industry and official agencies. Again this is achieved by classroom discussions, videos and practical scenarios.


Risk assessment, operational planning and safe route selection 


It is important to identify and quantify the risks when working as a CPO and good planning and preparation is an essential part of the role. Exercises and classroom activities incorporate a large part of this module where delegates will actually plan and prepare for an operation leading to the final exercise.

Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Incidents & Dilemmas 

This module will introduce you to the concept of surveillance and counter surveillance and is key to protecting clients as most pre-meditated attacks include some form of surveillance. Preventative and proactive measures to detect surveillance are taught and related to real life incidents. There must also be procedures for when things don't go as planned and the ability to think on your feet will be developed during the course.

Techniques for Close Protection Operatives 


Most of the physical skills required by a CPO are covered in this final module such as vehicle embus-debus drills and convoy driving through to foot techniques and searching procedures will be practiced to hone these essential skill.


Anti-Ambush Training 


Designed to be as realistic as possible the day spent on this training will demonstrate the difficulties and realism of extracting a principal under attack.


Additional Modules included in the course


Here at Doorsupervisor4u Training, in addition to the SIA Requirements our course also covers the following modules:

CP course criteria


  • Understand the legislation that is relevant to people working in the close protection industry
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the close protection operative 
  • Know the importance of threat assessment and risk management
  •  Know surveillance techniques Understand venue security operations
  •  Know how to design and demonstrate operational planning
  •  Know the importance of interpersonal skills 
  • Know the importance of teamwork
  •  Know the importance of reconnaissance 
  • Know how to conduct close protection foot drills 
  • Know the importance of planning and selecting routes
  •  Know vehicle movement tactics and operations 
  • Know the search techniques and procedures for close protection operations 
  • Know how to apply conflict management techniques while providing close protection

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