The Hard Target Self Defence Academy will be running a fully accredited Close Protection Operations course in Spring 2018.
Upon successful completion of the course each candidate will receive a QQI Level 5 qualification in Close Protection Operations which is awarded by the Quality & Qualifications Ireland, an internationally recognised awarding body.
This qualification is essential for operatives who wish to work within Ireland, Europe or England or for any U.K registered private contracting company. It is the law in the U.K under the private security act 2001 that all operatives are licenced by the Security Industry Authority (S.I.A) and there are substantial fines for those caught working without a licence.
The qualification also has its merits elsewhere in the world as more and more employment agencies in this particular sector of security are recognising the certification received as a standard internationally. We have contracts with supply companies from as far afield as Tahiti and Kazakhstan to train their existing staff to this level.
This is a unique opportunity for those employed in the security industry to take their profession to the next level. It is also a valuable course for ex-military or police looking to bridge the transition to the civilian executive protection market. Whatever your background, this course could very well be the key to a new and exciting career that may take you around the world providing protection for the rich and famous.
The course is intensive and requires a great deal of self-motivation, discipline, team work and focus, all attributes of a well-rounded C.P.O (close protection operative).
The usual class time is from 09.00 hrs until 18.00 hrs but candidates are then expected to work on tasks and assignments that the instructors give on a daily basis, so be prepared to work into the night!
Each candidate is expected to complete a portfolio of their work over the two weeks which includes a 47 question workbook and all missions or assignments that they are given to work on. This portfolio will be assessed by an internal assessor and must be passed in order to complete the course.
There is also a main operation to be planned and executed which will also be assessed and finally a 60 question multiple choice exam on the final day.