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HABC - Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection (QCF)

Security Suite of Qualifications: - HABC - Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection (QCF)


This accredited qualification is ideal for those who wish work as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry and apply for an SIA Licence in this field.  It has been developed to meet the requirements of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and provides the learner with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the Private Security Industry.  Subjects covered by this qualification include:



This qualification has one mandatory unit:

Unit 1: Working as a Close Protection Operative.

It is divided into 2 parts and is assessed through a portfolio of evidence and a multiple-choice examination.

Part One - This part is assessed by a 2 hour, 60 question multiple-choice examination.

Part Two - This part is assessed by a portfolio of evidence.



It is advised that learners have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

When applying for a CP licence, learners will be required to produce evidence that they have attained a recognised first aid award. Learners should present their valid first aid certificate before starting training. If they do not have a recognised first aid award, they will need to get one in order to get a licence - Centre Circle can provide this additional training (This is in addition to the minimum 138 hours knowledge and practical skills training).

First aid awards recognised by the SIA are:

HABC Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) 
HABC Level 3 Award in First Aid Response 
First Person on Scene (FPOS) Intermediate Award - 30 hours (Edexcel / IHCD)

This qualification is approved for delivery to the age range 18+ due to the requirements of an SIA licence.


This qualification must be undertaken over a minimum of 12 days.

If a learner already has some form of formal close protection training, it may mean that they are exempt from all or part of the SIA approved training. Arrangements for exemptions and Accreditation of Prior Learning will be discussed on an individual basis.

If you would like further information on the Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection (QCF) or have any specific requirements please contact John Little on centrecircletraining@hotmail.co.uk

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