Level 3 - Close Protection

Includes: BTEC Level 3 Close Protection, BTEC Level 3 Advanced Surveillance and BTEC Level 3 Private Investigations

We are proud to be an approved ELCAS provider

Course Details

Our close protection course has been specifically designed to ensure that each and every attendee is suitably trained, prepared and qualified to enter the security industry with confidence. We offer a complete training package that means you will leave our course with the required qualifications to successfully apply for your SIA close protection licence.

All students will first complete the intensive Advanced Surveillance Level 3 phase of the course along with the Level 3 Private Investigations element before progressing on to the close protection phase. Surveillance, investigations and close protection are a vital combination throughout the sector and successful candidates can benefit from an all-round qualification package that leads to them having the pick of industry roles following course completion and a great deal more opportunities.

With close to 40 years spent providing the next generation of operatives with specialist security skills, we are well aware that in close protection operations you need to be able to call upon  a vast array of practical experience and situational awareness in order to provide the optimum level of protection to the principal.

To apply for your SIA close protection licence you must also hold a current Level 3 first aid qualification. We provide this qualification on the close protection course in the form of the HABC First Aid Responder. Our first aid instructors have a wealth of  knowledge and expertise in the medical field and deliver the training whilst adding their own experiences of operating within a close protection environment.

This course is an additional cost and can be purchased via our shop. The first aid module is conducted at the start of the close protection course for all of those wishing to qualify with us.

Step into the circuit with confidence and prove to prospective clients that you are a qualified and competent operative by enrolling on our specialist training courses.

We have to cover the obligatory subjects as laid down by the SIA which are listed below:

  • Roles & Responsibilities of the Close Protection Operative
  • Threat & Risk Assessment
  • Surveillance Awareness and Operations
  • Operational Planning and Briefing
  • Law & legislation
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Close Protection Teamwork
  • Reconnaissance
  • Close Protection Foot Techniques
  • Route selection
  • Use of Close Protection Vehicle Techniques
  • Search Awareness
  • Incidents and Dilemmas
  • Venue Security
  • Communication and Conflict Management
  • Close Quarter pistol drills (Ex SF CQB Instructor)
  • Vehicle and foot contact drills
  • Anti-ambush scenarios and extraction
  • Unarmed combat techniques
  • Convoy driving

We pride ourselves in giving our students the very best chance of gaining employment within the Security Industry and to that end all of our students are advised about Curriculum Vitae’s, Personal Portfolios, the etiquette required on The Circuit and more….just ask our students, they will tell you just how valuable this element of the course is.

As an additional element to the training you will receive on our close protection course, we offer the opportunity for attendees to develop their skills in the use of both a rifle and pistol within a close quarters context.

Using the unique indoor air weapons facility operated by X PLATOON we aim to provide an introduction to the techniques used for combining both a primary and secondary weapon system. This training will be covered utilising a variety of weapons that include the Sig Sauer MCX rifle, Sig Sauer P226 and the Glock 17 pistols.

Sig Sauer MCX Rifle

As your primary weapon you will train on the Sig Sauer MCX rifle which is a high quality, semi automatic, double action air rifle that fires .177 air gun pellets from a 30 round magazine. It is perfectly matched in every detail to the live weapon system employed by Special Forces around the world.

Sig Sauer P226 Pistol

sig saure P226 .177 Air Pistol

Your secondary weapon will be the Sig Sauer P226 air pistol which operates a 16 pellet magazine, once again a perfect match to the pistol employed by the worlds most elite troops. You will also receive training on the Glock 17, the choice of law enforcement and military personnel around the globe.

Regardless of your previous background or experience, this introductory training will also emphasise the requirements and weapons proficiency required for those who may wish to operate within a hostile environment.

The areas we will focus on include, rapid magazine changes and Immediate action drills, the engagement of close range targets, prioritising multiple targets, conduct turning, lateral and forward movements, and carry out weapon transitions between rifle and pistol. The training will also provide you with a raft of other skill sets, that will give you the ability and confidence to execute split second decisions under extreme pressure, including ‘shoot‘ and ‘no shoot‘ scenarios.

During this element of training we will also provide you with advice on the covert carriage of a pistol. This will include what holsters and magazine carriers are recommended and how best to adapt your equipment to cater for specific tasks and environments. You will also be shown how to tailor your clothing to allow for quick draw situations and immediate actions.

Course Dates: -

May8th – 18th
July5th – 23rd
September6th – 24th
November15th – 3rd Dec


Full package includes:

  • BTEC Level 3 Close Protection Operations
  • BTEC Level 3 Advanced Surveillance
  • BTEC Level 3 Private Investigations
  • Close Quarter Weapon Handling including Covert and Overt Carry

You will also require our HABC First Aid Course for SIA Certification

£2,100.00 + VAT (£2,520.00)

This is your future and your money! You should be asking your training provider certain questions prior to booking your place on any course. Think long and hard about this decision, it will be one of the most important decisions that you make concerning your future.

  1. Who are the instructors, what are their backgrounds, have they operated in a hostile environments worldwide and not just the UK? Are any of the instructors from a SF background?
  2. What percentage of the training is out of the classroom (or is it unrealistic training by PowerPoint to save costs).
  3. How many training vehicles have they?  Are the vehicles fleet insured for training. If you are asked to provide your own car for the training then your insurance will probably not cover you.
  4. Have they comprehensive insurance for the training itself? Ask for proof!
  5. Do you get the opportunity to complete the HABC Level 3 First Aid Response qualification as part of the package. You NEED this in order to apply for your SIA CP Badge. You will be able to leave the Argus Europe course with a complete portfolio of qualifications: HABC Level 3 First Aid Response, Close Protection Level 3, Advanced Surveillance Level 3 & Private Investigation Level 3.
  6. Have they genuine testimonials on their site from people who you can get in touch with to ask questions about the training. DO they have employment opportunities?
  7. Most importantly, do they offer post course support and an employment forum for all students?

If these standards are not met then you may end up in a classroom 8 – 12 hours a day writing essays watching PowerPoints and not receiving reality training purely to cut costs.

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