Close Protection

Level 3 SIA Close Protection Training Courses



Option 1 is the executive course.


Option 2 is the hostile course.



All Titas close protection training packages meet and exceed the SIA requirements.

Successful candidates will be able to apply for their SIA close protection license on completion of the course.


At Titas, we like to make sure that we can offer you a high-quality service that is as unique as possible when compared to other companies.

For all of our participants in the close protection course we offer you gym time with a fully qualified combat instructor. They will help to teach you some of the essentials that you will need to know to make sure you can carry out your job as effectively as possible.

We feel that having someone who is qualified in combat training helps to make our course unique and stand out from the rest.

With regards to the vehicle training, that we offer as part of the course, this is all done in a Mercedes S class and a BMW X5. We feel that the Mercedes and the BMW are perfect vehicles to do our training in, this is mainly because they fit many of the roles that we need them to for use in protection environments.

Included in the Titas close protection training courses are the following extra topics we believe all good close protection officers should have to be able to carry out your job in today’s global society, so we have included them at no extra cost to you.

  • Communication Equipment – Usage and terminology.
  • Combat Training – Mixed Martial Arts, Self defence / offence and Principal Protection.
  • Weapons Training – Carrying, handling and concealment.
  • Driver Training – Escaping from ambush, evasive manoeuvres & timed lap.


This course includes all SIA close protection requirements including the SIA exam. All training is designed for individuals looking to work in hostile environments including armed close protection.

Conflict Management

Conflict is often a big part of jobs in the close protection and security industries. It is an issue that should be actively managed, so that the negative effects are minimised. By choosing Titas Ltd, you will learn about conflicts and how to deal with a variety of conflicts in an effective manner.

Potential Conflict Situations

Conflicts can be divided into two categories: Verbal and Physical Conflict.


Verbal conflict is when a person attacks another person verbally through insults, threats, character attacks, swearing and more. Verbal assailants can come from members of the public, the media or from within your own team. It can lead to physical conflict and embarrassment for all parties involved.


Physical conflict occurs when a person physically attacks another person for a variety of different motives. There are two types of physical conflict: Unarmed attack, where a person uses their body such as fists and legs to attack; Armed attack, where a weapon like guns or knives are used to attack a person.


On our course, you will learn how to assess all levels of threat in conflict situations. This will help you decide which action to take to protect your main objective.

Dynamic Risk Assessment

As previously mentioned, conflict should be actively managed because the biggest threat to any protected individual is complacency. Selecting our course will equip you with methods that will enable you to recognise threats quickly, and deal with threats accordingly in an efficient manner. At Titas, we will teach you about the two levels of risk: high risk and unknown risk. You will be also equipped with to deal with obvious and less obvious threats. A method we use to teach to assess risk is The ‘Safer’ Approach which has four steps:


Before reacting to any situation, you should physically and mentally step back from the situation. This will give you the time and space to think clearly.


As a result of stepping back; you will be free to assess the threats to your principle accordingly. We will also teach you our POP assessment method, which deals with 3 key areas in gauging any threat. You will be able to assess the following: People (Large crowd or intoxicated people), Objects (Weapons or vehicles) and Places (Poor lighting or no CCTV).


After assessment, you should then consider the help needed to deal with the threat effectively.


Once the threats have been properly assessed, a plan must be formulated and you will learn how to respond to each situation and threat properly.

Human Responses

A key factor in good conflict management is having an awareness and understanding of humans and their responses to a conflict situation. Through our conflict management course, you will learn how people have two mindsets when dealing with conflict and how frustration can escalate conflicts. You will also learn about the ‘Fight, Flight or Freeze’ response that is hard wired in every human being. The course will also cover: the effects of adrenalin, what triggers people’s anger and what inhibits and stops people from acting on their anger.


Communication is an effective tool for defusing conflicts. The course will equip you with the tools to become a clear and effective communicator and will allow you to overcome the following barriers to communication such as Physical, Attitudinal, Emotional and Linguistic. You will also learn how to deliver effective messages through the tone of your voice and become an effective non-verbal communicator.

Techniques To Defuse Conflict

The course will teach you a range of techniques and skills like: Non- Aggressive techniques such as empathy; Attitude and Behaviour Cycle, how our attitudes reflect in our behaviour; Breaking the Cycle, and using our behaviour to influence a positive outcome.

Avoiding Conflict

As well as being taught techniques to manage and defuse conflict, you will also learn how to recognise and avoid conflict. The course will also help its participants recognise both verbal and non-verbal signs which occur before a conflict.

When in A Conflict

Our course will teach you how to act when in a conflict situation. This includes our Four A’s Model, exit strategies, and the use of self defence and arrest. The use of force and when to employ force will be discussed at length.

Stress-Effects, Symptoms and How To Deal With It

Dealing with conflict and its associated risks can be a highly pressurised job. A negative side effect of any sustained pressure is that it can cause stress in individuals. Stress could affect your ability to do your job properly. The course aims to instruct you on what the effects of stress are like anxiety and how to recognise the mental and physical signs of stress such as loss of appetite. You will also be informed about how to ask for help and cope with stress, if you are unfortunate to suffer from such symptoms.

Post-Conflict Techniques

After every incident, it should be reviewed by yourself and your team. We will equip you with the skills to adequately review your response to an incident and to learn from what has happened.

Law and Legislation

The security industry is well regulated by the law. If you wish for a career in close protection, you should be aware of the laws that serve and regulate the industry.

Private Security Industry Act 2001

The Private Security Industry Act of 2001 was a very influential act, as it helped create the SIA and introduced licensing to remove the criminal elements within the security industry. The act was also brought in to raise the standards of the industry. Legislation of the industry was also aimed at increasing public safety and confidence.

Security Industry Authority

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is responsible for the Private Security industry on the whole and regulates the industry tightly. The SIA also monitors its license holders and aims to reduce any criminality. Additionally, the SIA encourages good practise amongst its members and has an approved contractor scheme.

Types of Law in the U.K

In the U.K, you should be aware of Common and Statute Laws and the differences between the two laws.

Common Law is the law of the United Kingdom and it is a branch of the law, which regulates relationships between private citizens. If there is any loss or damage, it can result in compensation. It has been created over centuries through judicial decisions and it is determined by the most recent decision taken by the highest court in the U.K. You cannot arrest someone for a civil offence.

Statute Law is the creation of new laws through Acts of Parliament, for when laws did not previously exist. It deals with offences against society and it is investigated by the police. An example would be the Offensive Weapons Act of 1956. You can arrest a person when the offence can be tried in a crown court. The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) instigates trials and this could result in a fine and/or imprisonment.

What We Teach

At Titas Ltd, we teach and give our students a full understanding of the law. You will understand how and when you are able to arrest a person. The following areas will be covered: Assault, Use of Force, Trespass, Theft, Burglary, Robbery, Criminal Damage, Misuse of Drugs, Human Rights, Data Protection Act, Discrimination in the Workplace and Equal Opportunities.

Operational Planning

Operational Planning is the name given to a short-term plan with highly detailed objectives. Titas Ltd will instruct you on how to assemble and manage an effective operation.


Surveillance is when a person, vehicle or location is observed covertly or overtly with technical, visual or photographic methods. Often the purpose of surveillance is to gain information about individuals or their activities. By choosing our course, you will be informed about a range of surveillance methods and will be able to protect your principal from any attack.

Types of Surveillance

Our course will give you a deep understanding of different types of surveillance. You will have an awareness of the following: Covert, Overt, Anti-Surveillance, Counter Surveillance and Protective Surveillance. Additionally, you will also develop an understanding of who would impose surveillance


In addition to learning about surveillance, you will also learn how to detect and evade different types of surveillance through a variety of anti-surveillance drills and exercises.

Limitations of Surveillance

The course also covers the legitimate use of surveillance equipment like CCTV and the legal limitations of surveillance.

Vehicle and Building Search

Vehicles and buildings can easily be tampered with; this could present a problem for the safety of your principal. We will equip you with the vital skills required to conduct a full vehicle search for signs of malicious behaviour such as bombs or cable cutting. The course will also enable you to conduct a building search with our R.A.G Method, and be able to conduct systematic room searches. You will also be taught how to discover an IED or Suspicious device and what action you should take.

The Purpose of Close Protection

The purpose of close protection is to ensure that the principal is able to work and live in a safe environment with no risk. You will be protecting someone who requires protection from the threat of attack, due to their financial status or for other reasons.

Working as a CPO (Close Protection Officer) is a varied and interesting job. You may be required to do a multiple of jobs for your principal that does not involve providing protection. Here is a list of the following roles you may be expected to do: Driver, Personal assistant, Tour guide, Fixer, Child minder, Lifeguard, Sports coach, Baggage handler or Mechanic.

What It Takes To Be A CPO?

To be a great CPO, you should have a variety of attributes (this is something you are born with and that come easy to you). Here is a list of some of the attributes that make a great CPO: adaptable, diplomatic, sense of humour, calm and disciplined.

Due to the nature of the work, a CPO should have multiple skills. This could include, but it is not limited to the following: Administration, Computing, Current Threat Levels or Protection Skills. Additional skills that are very useful in the Close Protection role: Firearms Trained, First Aid, Driving Qualified and Second Language.

A CPO must always be appropriately dressed and aim to look professional at all times. Clothes should be well fitted and suit the occasion at hand, whether that is smart, smart-casual or casual. Since you will have close contact with the principal, you must have a good sense of personal hygiene and be well groomed at all times.

As well as providing security for the principal, you should also be aware for your own safety and security. You should take extra care to make you are not a victim of pickpockets or theft in your hotel room. You should also comply with all health and safety regulations. Being aware of your own alertness is key to your ability to be an effective CPO, as being tired could affect your ability to do your job well.

Radio Communication

Radio is an essential and discreet communication system that will allow you to communicate with your team quickly. At Titas Ltd, we will instruct you on how to maximise the potential of radio in CPO work. You will learn how to use the phonetic alphabet, how to communicate properly on the radio, speech technique and how to get hold of someone on the radio.

If you would like further information about the course and the aims, please access further information here.

Threat Assessment and Risk Management

A threat can be defined as intent to cause injury or damage to a person or their property. Whereas a risk differs in that it involves exposure to danger. At Titas Ltd, we will instruct you on how to assess threats and manage risks; this will give you necessary skills to help manage threats and risks. You will also how understand how risk is contemplated.

A threat and risk assessment will help reduce any potential dangers that may harm the safety of your principal. We will offer you a risk assessment model that can be applied to any person and place. The Titas Ltd model is brilliant in identifying and assessing risk and threats and put plans which help reduce risks and threats.

You will also be taught the Dynamic Threat Assessment, this is a method in which you will be able to regularly monitor situations for any threats and respond to them in an appropriate manner.

Reconnaissance and Logistics

Reconnaissance is the observation of a particular area for strategic features or observation of the enemy and their activities. Recon is used for many purposes like information gathering, identifying and evaluating threats and situations.

At Titas Ltd, we will instruct you on the factors required to carry out a successful reconnaissance mission such as location timing, local factors and more. You will also learn how to organise reconnaissance missions and your team to gather as much information as possible. Additionally, logistics is an important feature of successful recon missions; our team will instruct you how to maintain brilliant logistics.

Walking Drills

Walking formations are an important part of close protection. Titas Ltd will teach you a variety of different walking drills and how they contribute to five important areas in walking drills. These areas are: Adaptability, Correct Spacing, VIP’s Image, Balance of Security and Observation. The purpose of these drills will ensure that you are fully prepared for any eventuality of an attack.

Reaction to Attack

One of the main existing dangers to your principal is the potential for attack. Our course will inform you on the six types of attacks and how to react and protect your VIP in the following situations: Verbal Attack, Physical Unarmed Attack, Physical Armed Attack, Missile Attack, Long Range Attack (Sniper) and Grenade.

Travel Security

Security whilst travelling is of paramount importance as your principal is at particular risk of becoming a target. There are three journey types: Daily planned, Short notice unplanned and Special planned. At Titas Ltd, we aim to equip you with the skills to prepare for all sorts of risks and dangers that could occur on all the journey types.

Another important facet of travel security is having all the relevant travel details such as flight numbers, passport numbers, arrival and destination times available to hand. This will enable you to screen out all possible risks and dangers.

With travel security, there are different procedures with regards to flying commercially and privately. Our course will equip you on the different travel procedures to ensure the safety of your principal during these vulnerable occasions.

In addition, the course will train you on how to act in emergency situations, particularly before and after any impact. You will also be trained how to act and survive any hijacking situation, particularly by playing the ‘grey man’.

Vehicle Embus and Debus Drills

Vehicles are a popular form of transport in the close protection industry. A vehicle embus drill refers to the pick-up of a VIP. Whereas a vehicle debus refers to the drop-off of a VIP. During the pick-up and drop-off, your security procedures are particularly vulnerable to any attacks.

Our course will teach you about Orthodox and Unorthodox Embus/Debus driving drills. You will also study the factors which can affect the success of Embus/Debus particularly during the following: an official engagement, private engagement or unscheduled engagement. In particular, you will learn how to react to danger during these particular drills.

Introduction to Driving

Driving is an intimate yet hazardous activity. You should take care to ensure that there are no strong odours on your person or in your car. We will instruct you on driving etiquette and maintenance to ensure that you are providing your principal the best possible service.

At Titas Ltd we will teach you how to drive defensively. This is a very important set of skills required for close protection. It will help you protect your vehicle from attack and from dangerous road users.

Map reading and route planning are essential driving skills. In our courses, we will elevate these skills so they can be used in the close protection industry. You will learn how to plan routes that are safe and have plenty of facilities. Also included will be contingency planning, so you can switch plans in case of road works, closures, traffic or events.

Venue Security Operations

To provide a first class close protection service; you will need to know all the different environments your principal will go to. By taking our course, you will be equipped to provide security operations in different rural and urban locations.

The course will also enable you to plan and carry out venue security plans to ensure your principal is safe at all times.

Residential Security

Residential security is the most important part of security plans as your principal is at their most vulnerable whilst at home. You will learn how to place a variety of different cordons (Outer, Intermediate and Inner) around the principal’s residence.

An effective part of security is knowledge of the environment you will be working in and we will teach you how to gain this in-depth knowledge. You will learn how to manage external and internal property considerations. The general duties and night routine of residential security will be also covered.

In the unlikely event of a security breach, you will be well versed in delivering effective contingency plans. This will cover Medical Emergencies, Fire, Bomb Threat, Intrusion and Evacuation. Also included will be modules on how to deal with the breakdown of communications and how to pre-empt security problems.


In the close protection industry, weapons are often required for people who need a high level of protection. At Titas Ltd, we offer a comprehensive firearms training course in Poland. This involves using firearms in a variety of different scenarios such as: Live Firing, Hostage Rescue, Walking Drills, Anti-Ambush, Team Formation, Target Practise, Armed EMBUS/DEBUS and Carrying/Cleaning.

The firearms course involves using a variety of different weapons. We have a selection of assault and submachine guns such as the AK47, M4, and MP5. You will also be trained to use the following 9MM handguns: Glock, HK USP and Browning.