In this article we are going to have a look at what courses are available to you, once you have passed the initial SIA Training course in Close Protection. Simply passing the entry course and obtaining your SIA licence may not be enough in the competitive world of Close Protection; there are many more skills you will need to acquire to really excel in this dynamic sector.
Below are the mandatory elements of close protection you will have learnt in order to successfully apply for your SIA licence.
So what’s next? The fantastic aspect of a career in close protection is that you will continue to learn throughout the rest of your working life.
Here is a selection of the courses you can take once you have completed your initial SIA training.
Level 3 Advanced Driver Training including RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)
Taking the additional Level 3 driving course will significantly improve your driving skills and risk management on the road. All close protection work will involve professional level driving at some point. Moving the principle from one place to the next is often when they are most at risk. In view of this, the course covers driving techniques used by UK Police in Royalty Protection and Pursuit Driving.
This training option is obviously beneficial for anyone wanting to specialise as a Close Protection Driver. The course will give you a qualification proving a high standard of driving and will certainly make you more attractive to potential employers.
ASAA Intermediate Firearms Training
True, firearms training does not play any part in SIA licensing requirements for close protection. Furthermore, if you are working in the UK you will not be allowed to carry firearms as part of your job.
However, the exciting reality about close protection work is that you never know where the job may take you. If you begin working for a client who spends a lot of time abroad, in countries where it is possible to carry a firearm, then this course will definitely reap benefits.
Also, you may actually take a position (such as hostile environment close protection) where you will be permanently based outside the UK. Again, having taken this training course, doors are open to you.
There is one minor issue associated with a course such as this however. They are an expensive commitment. UK law dictates that firearms training to such a level cannot be carried out within the United Kingdom. Training providers offering this course have to fly you out to countries such as Switzerland. This therefore is reflected in the course price.
However, such training will give you a certification from the ASAA in respect of their Intermediate Handgun Course. As an internationally recognized award it will give you all the benefits of employability we have listed above.
No previous experience of firearms is required in order to take the course, and most training providers will include flights, food and accommodation, all ammunition and equipment hire, with the training being conducted within a licensed firing range. (Check with your chosen provider what exactly is included however)
Level 3 Maritime Security Operative (MSO)
A Maritime Security Operator (MSO) is an interesting area of security with more opportunities becoming available. An MSO is responsible for the protection of commercial shipping vessels that work in high-risk piracy areas.
Although pitched at Level 3, the course is designed for those that have limited experience in the maritime security (Anti-Piracy) sector. It is soon to be fully approved by the MCA (Maritime & Coastguard Agency), and while offering great insight into the role of a maritime security operator, it will become the qualification of choice for those that want to enter this sector.
As always, check details with your course provider as the syllabus is constantly evolving to maintain relevance with current threats and trends from pirate action groups.
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