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What will you learn if you train with us?

The occupational requirements defined by the Professional Bodyguard Association have been devised based on best practice; each comprises a number of performance criteria which an individual should be able to demonstrate proficiently to be considered competent in the sector.

Each standard has underpinning knowledge and understanding, although in the criterion there is not an immediate and direct relationship between an individual performance criterion and knowledge or understanding statement; the latter underpins the whole of the operational standard.I

It should be noted that the approach to working may differ across the world and the occupational requirements are written to enable differences to be appreciated and to enable different terminology to be applied as appropriate. However, regardless of the proprietary context, at the heart of work is the “maintaining a safe environment" in which your Principal(s) can live and work whilst continually striving to reduce or minimise risk.

These are broken down into 4 distinct competency areas where knowledge and skills will be measured, and performance graded by professionally qualified Assessors who are responsible for preserving the integrity of the Pearson BTEC and Qualsafe awards.

It is therefore incumbent on the Professional Bodyguard Association as an internationally approved training provider to ensure that the standards are met, and we take this onerous responsibility very seriously.

The mandatory competency units are as follows:
Unit 1 – Working as a Close Protection Operative - minimum guided learning hours: 56
Unit 2 – Planning, Preparing and Supporting a CP Operation – minimum guided learning hours: 62
Unit 3 – Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry - minimum guided learning hours: 8
Unit 4 – First Response Emergency Care – minimum guided learning hours: 36

A Brief Overview of the Elementary Skills & Teamwork in Close Protection
The knowledge and skills required are developed through a combination of lectures, practical exercises and scenarios which rely on teamwork. The training peaks with an intensive final exercise that combines all the skills and knowledge obtained throughout the course.

Period 1 - Legislation, Communication & Conflict Management Skills in Close Protection
The role of a CPO requires individuals to be fully conversant with the law and to understand the relationships between the protective services industry and official agencies including non-official agencies such as hotel staff etc. This is achieved by classroom discussions, videos and practical scenarios.

Period 2 - Risk Assessment, Operational Planning and Safe Route Selection.
It is important to identify and quantify the risks when working as a CPO, good planning and preparation is an essential part of the role. Practical exercises and classroom activities incorporate a large part of this module where you will actually plan and prepare for an operation leading to the final operational exercise for assessment.

Period 3 - Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Dealing with Incidents
This module will introduce you to the concept of surveillance and counter surveillance, key to protecting clients as most 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 this is where your First Response Emergency Care skills will be called upon.

Period 4 - Applied Techniques for Close Protection Operatives
Most of the physical skills required by a CPO are covered in the final week such as vehicle embus /debus drills, convoy driving and walking drills. Searching of People, Venues and Vehicles is also taught with demonstration, lecture and practical exercises.

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