After leaving college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I was going out all the time and I hadn’t yet applied to university. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to further my studies or what I wanted to study. It was one night out that the revelation hit me. A security course. Or maybe a course to be a body guard. I’ve never been classified as a big guy but I’ve always been quite athletic and a quick learner.
At first, I thought that a bodyguard course would be a good way for me to learn a skill while I decided what I really wanted to do. I found the school online, one that was a part of the British Bodyguard Association.
After a brief chat, I studied the courses available. There was Surveillance Training, Bodyguard Training and SIA Training to name a few. However, I knew first and foremost I wanted to be a Close Protection Officer and would need to do Close Protection Courses and to get the right training.
In the UK, you are required by law to acquire an SIA Close Protection License if you want to work in the sector. A basic Close Protection Training course took a mere 20 days. Which is what I decided to start out with. Having no previous experience with Security or Surveillance and being relatively fresh-faced, I didn’t know what to expect London private security services
What I did find was a group of people of all ages, shapes, sizes and experiences all there to learn for different reasons. It was the most intensely challenging 20 days I’d ever had. The course operators were no-nonsense and extremely hands-on with an exceptional capacity for patience, especially with me as I struggled initially with the demands of the course.
The place of instruction itself was a safe, well-provided space that included breakfast and accommodation where I met many like-minded and highly motivated learners that spurred me to do as well as I did on the course.
After the course, I felt like a new man and quickly acquired a job with an independent agency. That was five years ago and have since then undergone more courses and acquired all my necessary licenses. I’m now ready for a new challenge. Next week I begin my Surveillance Course. What I’m looking forward to about this course is that it doesn’t take place in a classroom and we’ll be experiencing first-hand field action.