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About the Professional Bodyguard Association

This Is How Our Story Began

The Professional Bodyguard Association originally founded in 1985 was formed into a non-profit corporate body in 2008 and today is represented by internationally adept specialists from a variety of backgrounds,  who are now working in the Private Security Sector.
The PBA stakes its reputation on the ability to source and deliver bespoke security solutions and where required, training curricula to a wide range of organizations and individuals in both the private and public sectors operating worldwide. 
We are committed to delivering high quality bespoke service based on trust and mutual understanding. We envisage that through collaborating with industry stakeholders at all levels we will influence the general trends in industry and achieve a mutual objective, which is continued professional development. 
We do this by constantly exploring the impact that new legislation, working practices and changes to society may have on the sectors we represent and  by communicating key issues, developing new products and services, we believe we can provide the resources needed to effectively develop the workforce committed to protecting community and infrastructure.
The Security Industry Authority (SIA) in the UK developed a competency (skills) requirement as part of their licensing function where individuals must prove that they are properly qualified to do their job with the belief that this will result in a more competent and professional workforce that will also improve the public image of the private security industry and make it more attractive to potential employees.
In 2006 the PBA became an accredited BTEC centre and is authorised to deliver the SIA licensed-linked Close Protection training courses globally. As a Pearson Approved BTEC Training Provider for the SIA licensed-linked qualifications, you can be confident we have been extensively assessed in respect of quality and best practice for furthering the objective of raising performance standards for both the consumer and the operator. This includes additional skills which should  be developed over time with continuous practice in the field working with real professionals and continued professional development once you are operational.
In 2010 the Professional Bodyguard Association became a signatory to the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers ICoC thereto publicly affirming our responsibility to respect the human rights of, and fulfil humanitarian responsibilities towards, all those affected by our business activities. You can learn more about what we do by visiting or simply check out our Online Learning page above.

Close Protection Essentials

Working as a Close Protection Operative 

Pre-hospital Emergency Care for First Responders

Meet the Team 

Lionel Draon

Head of Clinical Studies

Craig Knowles

CEO & Head of Centre

Gavin Richardson

Head of Training (USA)

Ebrima Joof

Head of Legal Affairs

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