Qualification overview and objective This qualification is designed for those learners wishing to apply for a licence from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to work as a close protection operative (CPO). It is based on the relevant SIA specification for learning and qualifications.
The objective of the qualification is to support a role in the workplace.
Entry requirements To register for this qualification, learners are required to meet the following entry requirements:
This qualification is approved for delivery to learners aged 18+.
Security operatives are likely, during their work, to be required to make calls to the emergency services and communicate clearly to resolve conflict. It is therefore essential that security operatives can communicate clearly.
It is the centre’s responsibility to ensure that each learner is sufficiently competent in the use of the English and/or Welsh language. All assessment must be conducted in the medium of English and/or Welsh, as appropriate. Centres must ensure that learners have sufficient reading, writing, speaking and listening language skills before putting the learners forward for assessment. Evidence must be retained by centres for all learners and made available for external quality review purposes.
As a guide, learners should, as a minimum, have language skills equivalent to the following:
- a B1 level qualification on the Home Office’s list of recognised English tests and qualifications
- an ESOL qualification at Entry - Level 3 on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
- an ESOL qualification at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 5 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and taken in Scotland
- Functional Skills Level 1 in English
- SQA Core Skills in Communication at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 5
- Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 1
When applying for a close protection licence, learners will be required to produce evidence that they have attained a recognised first-aid award (this is not a qualification requirement). Learners should present their valid first-aid certificate to their training provider before starting training. If they do not have a recognised first-aid qualification, they will need to have one in order to apply for a licence. This is in addition to the minimum contact time of 139.5-hours of knowledge and practical skills training. Recognised first aid qualifications include:
- Highfield Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF)
- Highfield Level 3 Award in First Aid Response (RQF)