Close Protection Courses


Please note that a valid Level 3, or above, First Aid qualification is required for the CP SIA licence application.

Close Protection (BTEC LEVEL 3) 14 day Course Overview

The Blue Mountain SIA-approved BTEC Level 3 course in Close Protection provides a comprehensive package of skills, delivered in a diverse range of environments and in a number of fast moving, challenging and realistic scenarios. You will learn a wide range of skills including threat assessments, surveillance, team work, conflict management, vehicle techniques, IED awareness, communications and kidnap for ransom situation training.
This intensive and demanding course allows you to access the skills and expertise we have acquired from decades of operational experience in UK Special Forces, specialist police units and the intelligence services. Our course exceeds industry requirements and will (wherever possible) introduce additional elements to prepare you for CP deployments, which might include: simulated kidnap, talks from people who have been held hostage and opportunities to talk with experienced operatives from our own CP teams .

Course Syllabus

  • Roles and responsibilities of the close protection officer
  • Threat and risk assessment
  • Surveillance and counter surveillance
  • Operational planning
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Law and legislation
  • Close protection team work
  • Conflict management
  • Reconnaissance (theory and practical)
  • Close protection foot skills
  • Route selection (theory and practical)
  • Close protection vehicle driver techniques
  • Single and multi-car convoy drills
  • Advanced driving tuition and assessment
  • RoSPA driving assessment
  • IED search awareness (vehicles and buildings)
  • Incidents and dilemmas (practical examples)
  • Venue security (varied scenarios)
  • Communications
  • Live VIP operations
  • Kidnap for ransom

First Aid Response (HAbC LEVEL 3) 4 day Course overview

This practical course allows you to access the skills and expertise we have acquired from decades of operational experience in UK Special Forces, specialist medical units and close protection medical work. Our course exceeds industry requirements and will introduce additional elements dependent on course/stu dent requirements. These can include advanced trauma to chest and abdominal, head and extremity (including tourniquets and haemorrhage) injuries.

Course Syllabus

The Pre Hospital Environment:

  • The role of First Aider
  • Scene safety
  • Minimising infection risk
  • Post-incident procedures
  • Scene management
  • Safety
  • Triage
  • Patient assessment
  • Communication with patients
  • Primary survey and assessment
  • Safe moving and handling
  • Circulation and shock

Respiration and Airway Management:

  • Recognition of respiratory problems
  • Common breathing difficulties
  • Basic airway management
  • Causes of blocked airway
  • Opening and maintaining an airway
  • Choking
  • Use of suction
  • Removal of crash helmets
  • Use of oropharyngeal airways
  • Oxygen supplementation
  • Perform basic life support
  • Recovery position
  • Basic life support (infant and child)


  • Automated external defibrillation
  • Normal / abnormal rhythms
  • Medical related emergencies
  • Heart attack/angina
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Epilepsy
  • Unconscious patient
  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis

Course Location

This is an intensive 18 day course, held at Blue Mountain’s dedicated training facility in South Wales. Our facility includes a modem, fully equipped training room with comprehensive IT support, dedicated ‘break out’ areas, onĀ­site admin support and ample car parking.

What you get- combined 18 day COURSE

Blue Mountain’s SIA approved combined HABC Level 3 First Aid Response course with BTEC Level 3 CP

Course cost includes:

  • 18 days of training from highly experienced Blue Mountain Instructors
  • Excellent self-catering accommodation
  • All training aids, equipment, manuals, reading material and evidence folders
  • BTEC Level 3 in Working as a Close Protection Operative in the Private Security Industry Pearson Edexcel certification
  • RoSPA Advanced driving certification and first year’s membership
  • Blue Mountain Group formal ‘Kidnap for Ransom’ Awareness certificate
  • HABC Level 3 First Aid Response certificate
  • Blue Mountain Group’s Team Medic certificate

Course Dates


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