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Certificate III in Close Protection Operations Course


Course Objectives

This competency is designed to meet the minimum requirement is for those persons who want to extend their knowledge and experience in the field of security services in the context of their current employment or to improve future employment opportunities through formal Qualifications.

This Qualification is about providing the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to plan and undertake security services as a close protection officer (bodyguard) for companies who provide personal protective escort and guarding services for clients.

Participants receive comprehensive learning materials and trainer support. Presented using a combination of in class and external study or external only with an immediate start.



The Certificate III in Close Protection Operations reflects the role of a close protection officer, responsible for developing and implementing close protection plans to the safety and security of clients.

This qualification is also suitable for individuals who wish to deepen and broaden their skills and knowledge in security operations, lead and plan for security teams in the field and undertake close protection operations.  It provides a pathway to further learning and work in various security roles and settings, including security risk management.

Occupational titles could include:

  • Team leader
  • Security officer
  • Unarmed guard
  • Crowd controller
  • Screening officer

Learning Outcomes

Occupational licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply at the time of publication. This qualification does not provide the required competencies for a security officer license. Learners who hold a security license may select units as part of this qualification required for additional license endorsements in:

    • Batons and handcuffs
    • Canine
    • Cash-in-transit
    • Control room operations

Security officers at this level provide leadership in a team environment, operate under limited supervision, and use discretion and judgement in known and unpredictable work contexts.  They take responsibility for their own outputs in work and learning, and limited responsibility for the output of others in the work team.

Course study areas are:

  • Understanding basic risk management process ISO 31000:2018;
  • Understanding the threat assessment process;
  • Undertake planning and implementing close protection operations;
  • To undertake team leader or coordinator roles;
  • Undertake counter-surveillance tasks;
  • Undertake route planning and tactical driving techniques;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of Assignment Instructions;
  • Coordinate team management;
  • Manage team and individual conflict; and
  • Develop and write technical documents.
  • Advanced first aid and medical emergency coordination and triaging

Designed For

Those wanting to upskill their current skills and knowledge as a team leader or undertake various other roles which includes the requirement to undertake close personal protection operations.

The Certificate III in Close Protection Operations course is about providing the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to undertake job roles as a security officer. This also relates to those where Qualifications and skills have been obtained through other sources of employment or training; such as the Police Force, Corrections Department, Military Service or have held a security Qualification and licence. They may choose to formalise their experience by attaining this Qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning or Current Competency.

Prerequisites Stipulated By The RTO

For a learner to undertake study with this RTO, the following prerequisites are required before a learner can be enrolled or issued with a Qualification.

  • Must hold a current Security Officers licensing in the relevant jurisdiction
  • Must have Certificate II in Security Operations
  • Must live in and have a Western Australian residential address;
  • Must have a USI number;
  • Have the right to work in Australia;
  • Applicants must demonstrate the basic language, literacy and numeracy required at this level. A LLN assessment may be conducted at pre-enrolment to assess whether the applicant requires LLN support for this training; and
  • Minimum age requirements is 18 years to complete this course
  • 100 points of identification

It is expected that learners:

  • Have reading and writing skills that will enable them to understand diagrams; complete written reports; and understand workplace documents
  • Are able to communicate effectively in formal situations and meetings
  • Are able to undertake basic research for workplace documents

USI Number Requirements:

All students doing nationally recognised training from January 1, 2018 need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). For more details and to create a USI go to the Government USI site here.

Course Structure

The course is presented via a combination of structured tutorials, workshops, case studies, video, practical assignments and workplace application. Individual and group work activities and assessment activities are conducted throughout the course.

All trainers and assessors are recognised industry experts, holding relevant experience and training qualifications. They include security industry specialists, former serving police officers, military personnel and emergency response and medical specialists.


Course Outline

14 units must be completed (8 core units plus 6 elective units)
CPPSEC3101 Manage conflict and security risks through negotiation Core
CPPSEC3103 Determine and implement response to security risk situation Core
CPPSEC3105 Coordinate provision of quality security services to clients Core
CPPSEC3121 Control persons using empty hand techniques Core
CPPSEC3122 Plan provision of close protection services Core
CPPSEC3123 Implement close protection services Core
HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid Core
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety Core
BSBFLM312 Contribute to team effectiveness Elective
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern Elective
CPPSEC3102 Maintain operational safety and security of work environment Elective
CPPSEC3104 Coordinate monitoring and control of individual and crowd behaviour Elective
CPPSEC3106 Gather, organise and present security information and documentation Elective
PMAOMIR210 Control evacuation to muster point Elective

How Is The Course Delivered?

The Certificate III in Close Protection Operations course will be delivered over a minimum of 15 days over 3 weeks, each with 8 hours of face to face delivery per day.

Nominal training hours for this Qualification equals to 236 hours. Western Australia Security Licensing Branch requires a minimum of 120 hours face to face. This will be broken down into 120 hours of supervised instruction and 116 hours of unsupervised activities which includes the completion of written and scenario based activities; building on the theory provided during the face to face sessions.


Learner Responsibilities

All learners undertaking training with Core Security Training must consider the following:

Before attending the course, review information about the course to ensure that it meets your needs.

  • Advise the RTO of any restrictions which may affect your ability to successfully undertake the training course. This may include any physical restrictors, language, literacy or numeracy issues. To mitigate this, we recommend that you contact the RTO as soon as practicable to arrange for a meeting to discuss a learning plan or training delivery adjustment. to ensure your successful completion of course requirements;
  • Complete any pre-course work designated;
  • Provide all required information in the documents provided, including a Unique Student Identifier (USI). USIs can be obtained from;
  • Attend training classes as outlined in the joining instruction for the course, and participate actively and enthusiastically in all training activities;
  • Behave in a courteous and respectful manner towards your trainer and other learners at all times;
  • Complete all written activities and assessments legibly;
  • Complete any workplace assessments as directed in a timely and legible manner;
  • Work with your employer to ensure you have suitable opportunities to complete your post-course assessment;
  • If you are unable to complete your assessment within the designated timeframe, contact the RTO to discuss options;
  • Retain a copy of all assessments submitted; and
  • All work submitted is your own.


To achieve a nationally recognised qualification, participants are required to complete an assessment project, complete course readings and written assessments. Assessment details will be provided with course materials.

Assessment due date – as agreed with the learner and outlined within the training and assessment plan

The RTO will issue the learner Qualification:

  • CPP31418 Certificate III in Close Protection Operations

Where learners have undertaken UoC electives which exceeds the training package requirements, such crowd controller or control room operator electives for security licensing purposes, those students will be awarded a Statement of Attainment for those UoC electives.

Subject to payment of fees; the learner will receive this either on completion of the course in person or in the mail within 28 days of the course completion.


Recognition of Prior Learning – RPL

Recognition of Prior Learning is available to persons who have extensive experience in Close Protections or similar related fields. If you have multiple experience fulfilling Close Protection roles, you should consider the RPL process by undertaking a self-assessment against the competency standards of this qualification.

Assessment is conducted via a detailed portfolio of evidence, workbook, questions and written scenarios to support your claim for RPL. Further information about the RPL process will be explained prior to enrolment with any of our training assessor. Where you and your Impact assessor can identify if there are any requirements for further training, you may choose to do this through the completion of individual units (at an additional fee)


Suggested pathways for further study after completion of this qualification include:

  • CPP40719 Certificate IV in Security Management
  • CPP41519 Certificate IV in Security Risk Analysis

Course Fees

Fee for service – $2000 ($500 non-refundable deposit on enrolment)

RPL – $1500 ($500 non-refundable deposit on enrolment) excludes gap training

Gap training per UoC $250 each

This course is not supported by VET Funding. We are priced to ensure we can make it accessible for you whilst also ensuring your education is of the calibre you desire and deserve. Where these two factors meet… you get our inexpensive and invaluable price!

Sometimes, depending on circumstance, it can be difficult to come up with a lump sum the moment you decide to enter into your new security career so we have made available ZipPay payment plans to enable a swift start! Contact us today to find out how to apply for ZipPay.

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Cancellation policy

Deposits will not be refunded for students who do not turn up for classes or decide at a later date after booking that they do not want to attend. Changes to class times are allowed, but not within 48 hours of the class commencing.

See our policies on cancellation of courses and the fees incurred.

Course cost: $2000

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