Close Protection Jobs

Welcome on European Security Academy Close Protection Jobs Section .

ESA is not a job provider, neither a recruitment agency. However know and understand how important for the students is to be able to get hired in Private Security Industry. That is why ESA remain in constant contact with the biggest PMC land based companies such as GARDA WORLS, TRIPLE CONOPY or G4S as well as Maritime Security major players to delegate the best of the best of our graduates for OPS assignment. We always choose our graduates to go on the details whenever DELTA SECURITY gets an assignment in HRA.  


If you pass the course you will obtain a Level 3 Certificate in Close Protective Security from our awarding body City&Guilds , and will allow you to apply to the SIA for a Front Line Close Protection Licence.


Close Protection courses are a minimum of 140 hours and cover core competencies as set out by the SIA Legislation that is relevant to close protection.


The course is open to civilians as no prior knowledge is necessary, only the interest to learn and strength of mind to carry it through is necessary. Due to the high standards that can be achieved on this course, all students who pass the SIA examination, regardless of background, will be able to seek employment within the industry. This can range from low level to high risk work in areas of conflict.




There is a very useful guide online to help you with the process of gaining your SIA license and this can be found here: SIA, Get licensed

To get a SIA license you need to have :

1. Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection

2. First Aid Course / FPOS recommended

3. Clean Criminal Record

3. £220 to pay for SIA License FEE

You DON'T need a SIA license if you are planning to work outside UK


An SIA license costs £220.00 and should be considered within your financial planning. From experience the process takes from 2 – 6 weeks, but can take longer if the form is not filled out correctly. As part of this process the SIA will conduct a criminal record check so it is advised that you use this useful on-line tool to assist in determining whether you will be granted a license. You can find the tool here: SIA, Criminal Record Indicator


About Close Protection Job


Responsibility and teamwork of Close Protection Operative


What’s common to all close protection vacancies though is that they require a high-degree of responsibility. You’ll also need to be extremely discrete. Clients, often known as ‘principals’ in the industry, are often very private individuals and guarding their privacy as well as their well-being is a must.


So it’s a no-no career for gossips, and you’ll have to very patient too as there can be long periods of waiting around and you’ll need to keep your concentration up at all times.


The close protection officer often works as part of a close team, so tight teamwork and excellent communication skills are also essential if you’re going to provide a secure environment for your client. Contrary to the popular image from Hollywood films, If you’re a lone wolf you’re unlikely to succeed in this career.


Day-to-day duties


Despite the name ‘close’ you’ll not always be flanking your client like a shadow. The day-to-day work of close protection officers may include:


  • searching rooms or vehicles before your client arrives

  • planning safe routes to and from engagements

  • screening people they’re likely to meet


Having physically to deal with people posing a threat to your client should be a rare occasion if you’re doing your job well, but you’ll obviously need the skills to effectively deal with them should this occur.


Salary of Close Protection Operative


How much you get paid really depends on the type of work you’re doing, how much risk it entails and how much responsibility you have. For example, you’re likely to get a much higher rate if you’re working in a hostile environment, for example overseas in dangerous countries like Iraq or Afghanistan. Work with very high profile clients will also naturally command higher rates.


Many close protection officers are self employed and work for a day rate. A typical day rate for a low risk area could be between £120-250.


You might first work for a residential security team on this kind of rate, helping provide comprehensive protection to a property before working your way up to individual protection.




High risk work


High risk work can command rates of around £500 a day, sometimes more. Your previous experience, plus amount of specialist training you have, will also increase the amount you can earn.


Contracts can vary, from one-day jobs to ongoing assignments of several months. But be prepared for breaks in your employment.


There’s still a good deal of work in hostile foreign areas, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan as these countries still struggle to reconstruct and deal with local insurgents. Naturally, these high risk roles command some of the best rates, and can often involve long contracts.


As the work of close protection can involve a lot of travel, unsociable hours and unusual situations, you’re also likely to be paid expenses, such as petrol, travel costs and allowances for out-of-hours meals and drinks.