The Diplomatic Protection Officer

Awarding Body Level 3 Certificate For Working As A Close Protection Operative Within The Private Security Industry (SIA Applicable) + Live Firearms


Anyone wishing to enter the medium to high-risk industry of close protection armed and unarmed and to enter the surveillance industry as a trained operative. This qualification is also 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’s specification for learning and qualifications

The 22-Day course also gives the learner the minimum requirements if ex-Military, to apply for jobs in busy cities and Hostile Environment Domestic surveillance employment and entry onto the world of the professional bodyguard.

Close Protection Operative Level 3 (SIA Licence Applicable Certificate)


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’s specification for learning and qualification.



  • Grey, Blue Or Black Suit, Black Shoes, Dark Or Neutral Tie, Black Socks, Belt
  • Casual Jeans Or Dockers; Gym Clothing
  • Laptop With Microsoft Word And Power Point,
  • USB Memory Stick With 10 GB Max
  • Pencil And Pen, Eraser
  • Tactical Belt
  • Tactical Boots
  • Tactical Pants And Shirt
  • Holster For Glock 17/19
  • Ear Defenders
  • Knee Pads
  • Chest Rig
  • Ballistic Glasses
  • Instructor
  • Training equipment
  • Exams
  • Awards
  • Classroom
  • Range (Where Applicable)
  • Ammo (Where Applicable)
  • Accommodation (where applicable)
  • Food and beverages
  • Flights (where applicable)
  • Airport Transfers (where applicable)
  • Safety Glasses (Where Applicable)
  • Ear Defenders (Where Applicable)

Course Length

22 Days

Course Cost



UK, USA, Thailand, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Spain and Italy


Course Dates

Any time of the month


Level 3 Certificate For Working As A Close Protection Operative Within The Private Security Industry (RQF) +  Live Firearms 

Skill Prerequisites

  • Level 2 English- Good knowledge with Computers PowerPoints and Dropbox

*All prerequisite awards should not be expired
so please check the expiry date before applying
*All Candidates should have a reasonable level
of personal fitness


Module 1: Introduction to Diplomatic Security

1.1 Understanding Diplomatic Security

  • Overview of diplomatic security roles and responsibilities
    Importance of diplomatic security in international relations
    Legal frameworks governing diplomatic protection

1.2 The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations

  • Key provisions of the Vienna Convention
    Immunities and privileges of diplomats
    Legal and ethical considerations in diplomatic protection
Module 2: Threat Assessment and Risk Management

2.1 Threat Identification

  • Types of threats faced by diplomats (terrorism, espionage, kidnapping, etc.)
    Methods for identifying potential threats
    Intelligence gathering and analysis

2.2 Risk Assessment

  • Conducting risk assessments specific to diplomatic security
    Vulnerability assessments of diplomatic premises and personnel
    Developing risk management strategies
Module 3: Advanced Security Planning and Operations

3.1 Security Planning

  • Comprehensive security planning for diplomatic missions
    Developing security protocols and emergency response plans
    Coordination with local law enforcement and intelligence agencies

3.2 Operational Planning

  • Daily operational planning and task prioritization
    Route planning and secure transportation logistics
    Advance work for diplomatic movements and events
Module 4: Firearms Proficiency and Tactical Training

4.1 Firearms Training

  • Safe handling, maintenance, and storage of firearms
    Marksmanship training: accuracy and precision shooting
    Advanced shooting techniques: close-quarters combat and tactical shooting

4.2 Tactical Training

  • Defensive tactics and combat shooting drills
    Tactical response to active shooter scenarios
    Use of cover and concealment in diplomatic settings
Module 5: Protective Escort and Close Quarter Protection

5.1 Protective Escort Techniques

  • Escort formations and protective cover strategies
    Vehicle embus and debus procedures
    Maintaining protective coverage in various environments

5.2 Close Quarter Protection

  • Techniques for protecting diplomats in confined spaces
    Managing crowds and handling public interactions
    Immediate action drills for sudden threats
Module 6: Unarmed Combat and Physical Intervention

6.1 Unarmed Combat Techniques

  • Defensive and offensive hand-to-hand combat skills
    Techniques for disarming and restraining attackers
    Ground fighting and grappling techniques

6.2 Physical Intervention

  • Non-lethal control and restraint methods
    De-escalation techniques and conflict resolution
    Legal and ethical considerations in the use of force
Module 7: Surveillance and Counter-Surveillance

7.1 Surveillance Techniques

  • Principles of surveillance: static and mobile surveillance
    Use of technology in surveillance operations
    Identifying and understanding surveillance methods used by adversaries

7.2 Counter-Surveillance Measures

  • Techniques for detecting and evading surveillance
    Implementing counter-surveillance strategies
    Importance of situational awareness and behavioral analysis
Module 8: Crisis Management and Emergency Response

8.1 Crisis Management

  • Developing and implementing crisis management plans
    Crisis communication strategies
    Coordination with crisis management teams

8.2 Emergency Response

  • Immediate response to security incidents
    Evacuation procedures and emergency medical response
    Post-incident reporting and debriefing
Module 9: Cultural Sensitivity and Professional Etiquette

9.1 Understanding Cultural Differences

  • Importance of cultural sensitivity in diplomatic security
    Navigating cultural nuances and expectations
    Building positive relationships with diplomats and local communities

9.2 Professional Etiquette

  • Maintaining professionalism in all interactions
    Protocols and decorum in diplomatic settings
    Handling sensitive information with discretion
Module 10: Practical Exercises and Simulations

10.1 Scenario-Based Training

  • Simulated scenarios involving diplomatic protection
    Role-playing exercises and real-time feedback
    Evaluating performance and identifying areas for improvement

10.2 Live Exercises

  • Full-scale exercises in real-world settings
    Coordination with local law enforcement and emergency services Post-exercise debriefing and lessons learned
Module 11: Legal and Ethical Considerations

11.1 Legal Frameworks

  • Understanding the legal environment of diplomatic security
    International laws and local regulations
    Legal liabilities and responsibilities

11.2 Ethical Conduct

  • Ethical decision-making in security operations
    Balancing security needs with diplomatic norms
    Maintaining integrity and professionalism in all actions

By the end of this course, participants will possess the comprehensive skills and knowledge required to serve as highly effective diplomatic armed security officers, ensuring the safety and security of diplomats and their missions while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct.

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