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IQ Level 3 Certificate For Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry (QCF)

 

Qualification Number 601/5307/6
Title IQ Level 3 Certificate For Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry (QCF)
Category National
Sector Security
Operational Start Date 01/01/2015
Operational End Date 21/12/2019
Total Units 3 Min Credit 17
Min Guided Learning Hours 140 Max Guided Learning Hours
Min Age From 18 Min Age To 100

Registration Fee : £51.00 (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 (international delivery rates may apply).

Introduction

This specification is intended for trainers, centres and learners. General information regarding centre approval, registration, assessment papers, certification, reasonable adjustments, special consideration and appeals procedures are available from the website. This document should be read in conjunction with the IQ Quality Management System Centre Guide available from the website.

Qualification Purpose

D2. Confirm the ability to meet a 'licence to practice' or other legal requirements made by the relevant sector, professional or industry body.

About this Qualification

The IQ Level 3 Award for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry is a qualification for individuals who work or would like to work as Close Protection Officers. It is based on the SIA Specification for Learning and Qualifications for Close Protection Operatives and in Conflict Management 2014. Successful completion of the qualification enables learners to apply for an SIA licence in Close Protection. 

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.

Structure

Learners must complete all three mandatory units totalling 17 credits in order to achieve the qualification.

RPL Route
Mnadatory groupMinimum Units:3
 Minimum Credits:17
 UnitLevelCreditGLH
 Y/506/7125Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry218
 D/506/7885Planning, Preparing and Supporting a Close Protection Operation3976
 Y/506/7884Working as a Close Protection Operative3756
International

Assessment

Centres must adhere to the conditions for delivery and assessment as listed in the SIA’s “Introduction to Learning Leading Towards Licence-linked Qualifications. Requirements for Awarding Organisations/Bodies and Training Providers” and the IQ Centre Guide for Security Qualifications.

 

Assessment for unit 1 and 2 is by a) an externally set and marked multiple choice question paper b) an externally set and internally marked question paper and c) Practical tasks/assignment, an achievement record is available from the website for this element. 

Part b) the externally set and internally marked question papers: To access these assessments please go to http://www.industryqualifications.org.uk/centre-portal/security-guidance/close-protection-q-a/ and download the relevant Question & Answer paper/s and Mark scheme/s.

You will be provided with a log in and password to access the secure area of the website to access these assessments.

 

An Event Notification form to advise IQ when the assessment is taking place is available from http://www.industryqualifications.org.uk/centre-portal/event-notification-form

Please complete this and submit to IQ.  Please note that if the Q&A assessments for the close protection units are taking place either directly before or after the relevant Multiple Choice assessments for that unit this form does not need to be completed.

 

These elements b) and c) are subject to IQ quality assurance processes in the same way as the practical element, therefore please retain these records at the centre for quality assurance purposes.

 

Unit 3 is assessed by one externally set and marked MCQ question paper.

 

Unit

Assessment 

Number of questions

Time allowed

Working as a Close Protection Operative

Externally set and marked multiple choice question paper (MCQ)

25

30 minutes

Externally set and internally marked question paper (Q&A)

13

1 hour

Practical tasks/assignment  (P)

N/A

N/A

Planning, Preparing and Supporting a Close Protection Operation

Externally set and marked multiple choice question paper (MCQ)

28

45 minutes

Externally set and internally marked question paper (Q&A)

21

1 hour and 30 minutes

Practical tasks/assignment 

N/A

N/A

Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry

Externally set and marked MCQ question paper

20

30 minutes

 

This qualification is not graded, successful learners achieve a pass.

Learner Entry Requirements

Security operatives are likely in the course of their work to be required to make calls to the emergency services, or need to communicate to resolve conflict.  It is essential that security operatives are able to communicate clearly.

 

It is the centre’s responsibility to ensure that each learner is sufficiently competent in the use of the English and/or Welsh language. All assessment must be conducted in the medium of English and/or Welsh as appropriate.  Centres must ensure that learners have sufficient language skills before putting the learners forward for assessment and retain evidence of this for Quality assurance purposes.

 As a guide, learners should as a minimum have language skills equivalent to the following;

  • a B1 level qualification on the Home Office’s list of recognised English tests and qualifications
  • an ESOL qualification at (Level 1) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • an ESOL qualification at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 5 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and taken in Scotland
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in English
  • SQA Core Skills in Communication at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 5
  • Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 1.

 

Additional guidance for this requirement is available here to download from the qualification page of the website, this includes a sample English Assessment that centres may use to meet this requirement

Tutor Requirements

All trainers delivering this qualification must have:

 

1)       Teaching qualification achieved the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF) or a teaching or training qualification at SVQ level 3 (or equivalent), which has been accredited by SQA/QCA/Ofqual or validated by a HEI, or equivalent such as:

  • PTLLS, CTLLS or DTLLS
  • Certificate in Education
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • SVQ levels 3 and 4 in Learning and Development
  • Scottish Training Qualification for Further Education (TQFE)
  • Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

 

2)       Conflict management: all trainers delivering scenario-based conflict management training for licence-linked qualifications to have received relevant training. Trainers are required to hold a qualification at or above NQF/QCF Level 3 in The Delivery of Conflict Management Training.

 

3)       Sector competency Trainers delivering the learning leading to licence-linked qualifications must demonstrate that they have the necessary experience, knowledge and understanding of the sector in which they are providing training.

Awarding organisations will require sufficient information about a trainer’s occupational experience for consideration in the approval process, for example, experience of working in the private security industry or working in a role that can be mapped to the requirements of the private security industry.

 To ensure that trainers have the right occupational expertise, the SIA and awarding organisations require trainers new to the sector to have a minimum of three years frontline operational experience in the last ten in the UK, relevant to the qualifications that they are delivering. This experience should have been gained in the UK, although it is recognised that some overseas experience in close protection may also be relevant and this will be judged on individual merit by IQ.

 Existing trainers must demonstrate to the awarding organisations that they are taking sufficient steps to keep their occupational expertise up to date.  Suitable steps would include attendance at relevant conferences and seminars, and continuing work experience in the sector.  Trainers must be able to demonstrate evidence of a suitable level of professional development in the sector, which should include the equivalent of at least thirty hours every year spent in a combination of training, increasing professional knowledge through other means or working in the industry.

Centre Requirements

Centres must adhere to the conditions for delivery and assessment as listed in the SIA’s “Introduction to Learning Leading Towards Licence-linked Qualifications. Requirements for Awarding Organisations/Bodies and Training Providers” and the IQ Centre Guide for Security Qualifications.

 

Centres must also be able to provide the learners with the necessary equipment to carry out the practical demonstations and tasks e.g. a principal, car etc.

 

 

 

Downloadable Resources

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  • Specification
  • Achievement Record CP Practical (protected)
  • English Language requirement - guidance and forms (protected)