Ever wondered how you go about becoming a bodyguard or what training or qualifications are required to operate legally as a CPO (Close Protection Operative)? Intelligent Security Training in association with Hard Target Defence Systems will be running a fully accredited Close Protection Operations course from August 17th – August 28th inclusive.

Legal Qualification

Upon successful completion of the course each candidate will receive a Btec level 3 qualification in Close Protection Operations which is awarded by Edexcel, 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.


Beyond Ireland & The UK

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.

Employment Opportunities

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.

An Exciting Career

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 Training Course

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.

Operational Readiness!

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.

Course Content:

  • The CPO and team
  • Body protection drills
  • Embus and Debus drills
  • Route selection and planning
  • Reconaisance
  • Searching of vehicles, persons and venues
  • IED awareness (improvised explosive device)
  • Surveillence awareness, anti/counter surveillance
  • Operational intelligence / Operational planning
  • Conflict Management
  • Law and Legislation
  • Communication – radio, written
  • Immediate action drills
  • Assassination case studies
  • Convoy driving practical skills
  • First and third party defensive techniques


What Our Clients Say

“I recently completed a fantastic “Close Protection Course” with Hard Target Self Defence in conjunction with Intelligent Security Courses. With instructors who bring many years of practical experience to the class, this course was very professionally run and exceeded all my expectations. The training was extremely comprehensive and covered a range of aspects very important to a Close Protection Operative and while the training was very intensive it was structured in a way that made it very easy to work through.

The curriculum for the course was a good combination of Theory, legal and practical drills and at all times we had a great support structure from the instructors to make sure we were able to keep up with the training and the various different aspects being thought. What really surprised me the most was even though this course was working towards completing assignments and ultimately getting a qualification the training managed to remain focused on “the real world” of the bodyguard and what was needed to do the job properly and safely.

The course was highly informative and educational, but done in a manner that made it very enjoyable – one of the best courses I have ever done – I would strongly recommend this course to anyone thinking about becoming a Close Protection Operative. Thanks a million to Brandon and Aidan for such a great week of training.” – Patrick

We’d Love To Hear From You

If you have any questions please free to contact us by email or by calling (01) 807 5037 or you can pay you deposit online using our secure payment portal.