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IQ Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations


Qualification Number 603/3891/X
Title IQ Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations
Category National
Sector Security
Operational Start Date 13/12/2018
Operational End Date 30/11/2021
Total Units 12 Mandatory Units 8
Min Guided Learning Hours 124 Total Qualification Time
Min Age From 18


Registration Fee : £75.00 (excluding VAT) 

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (delivery rates may apply for postage to international centres). 


About this Qualification

The IQ Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations is a qualification designed to develop and provide formal recognition of learners’ knowledge, understanding and competence of surveillance techniques. Surveillance is the monitoring of the behaviour, activities or other changing information, usually of people for the purpose of intelligence gathering as part of an investigation into unlawful or illegal activity, or for enforcement activities. The qualification is aimed at those who wish to gain a recognised qualification, whether they are new to the investigative or enforcement sectors or they have a professional background in a related field and intend to engage in continuing professional development. The skills developed in the qualification will be relevant to the private investigation sector and to individuals with a military background carrying out resettlement training prior to civilian life.
All learners will cover in Mandatory Group A the principles of types surveillance, log keeping, third party awareness, radio communication, managing dynamic changes, planning and debriefing, legal issues, the use of cameras and videos and mobile, foot and static surveillance. In Mandatory Group B learners will continue to cover further aspects of mobile, foot and static surveillance, public transport, health and safety risk assessments and development of leadership skills. Optional Group C includes a range of optional units allowing learners scope to choose those areas most relevant to them, including digital photography, video editing, open source intelligence and technical surveillance methods.


Learners can progress to employment in the as a surveillance operative. Depending upon the optional units achieved, they may be able to improve their employability in specific areas of surveillance. Learners can also progress to a variety of qualifications including in rural surveillance, private investigation, technical counter surveillance, photography and store detection.

Unit Structure

IQ Level 4 Certificate in Covert Surveillance Operations
Mandatory GroupMinimum Units:8
 Minimum Credits:0
 J/617/3676Conducting Public Transport Surveillance4110
 K/617/3671Obtaining and Collating Information by Surveillance3111
 F/617/3675Organising Advanced Foot Surveillance4110
 A/617/3674Organising Advanced Mobile Surveillance4222
 L/617/3677Organising Counter Surveillance Operations418
 M/617/3672Organising Foot Surveillance4110
 T/617/3673Organising Mobile Surveillance4217
 J/617/3631Organising Teamwork in Surveillance Operations4212
Optional GroupMinimum Units:3
 Minimum Credits:0
 R/617/3678Digital Cameras and Photographic Techniques318
 L/617/3680Open Source Intelligence318
 R/617/3681Technical Surveillance Methods419
 Y/617/3679Video Editing Skills318


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