A Close Protection licence is required when guarding one or more individuals against assault or against injuries that might be suffered in consequence of the unlawful conduct of others.
To get a SIA Close Protection licence you will need to attend a training course (a
minimum of 150 hours knowledge and practical skills training) and take and pass an
exam. When applying for your licence you will be required to produce evidence that
you have attained a recognised first aid award (currently First Aid at Work (FAAW)
or First Person on Scene (FPOS) Intermediate Award)
Cost: Application fee is £245 for a 3 year licence (not refundable). If you pay your
own licence fee you will be able to claim tax relief against your taxable income.
50% discount on second SIA licence.
If you have already done some other formal close protection training and are currently
employed in an operational close protection role you may be exempt from all or part
of the SIA approved training. It is probably best to call your original training
Provider (as long as they are now SIA approved) and find out what extra training
you need to do.
The Private Security Industry Act of 2001 requires that anyone providing protection to persons in the UK must hold a Security Industry Authority (SIA) Close Protection (CP) Licence.