course overview

The World-renowned 21 Day Vanquish Close Protection Training Course is considered one of the best personal protection bodyguard courses that exist. It not only covers the basic minimum SIA Level 3 requirements to enable attendees to ascertain their SIA licence but also includes Topographical Map Reading, The 5 Day Advance Surveillance, The 2 Day Bug Sweeping and The Counter & Anti Surveillance Courses all written by Michael Chandler, the author of The Real Guide To Surveillance.

This course demonstrates how to be an effective close protection officer, whilst utilising covert surveillance skills. It gives attendees the ability to protect by exercising intelligence acquisition methods along with traditional security skills and procedures. 

From this close protection course, you will gain qualifications which enable you to apply for your SIA Close Protection Licence Private Investigator License (once issued by the SIA), a Diploma in Advanced Surveillance, Bug Sweeping (TSCM) and the number of First Aid Qualifications.  

We usually hold 2 open days per year where we invite all interested course candidates to our training centres, where they will learn about the organisation and how Vanquish® operate, recruitment and the close protection course itself. If you would like to receive an invitation to one of these free events, please either download our brochure by clicking HERE or apply by going to VanquishAcademy.com/apply

Courses are held either in London, Manchester or Leeds.


21 days. Each day will commence at 0930 unless told otherwise. The end time will vary day by day.


Application only


Manchester 4th - 24th September 2021
London 3rd - 23rd July 2021 
Manchester & Leeds 10th - 30th October 2021

Application only

Our course is application only which means that there is a brief application/ telephone interview process which enables us to ensure that we have the right calibre of people attend. For each course, we receive between 60-100 applications and we only accept between 4-6 applicants. The reason we do this is that Vanquish® Investigation Services and Vanquish® Security Services and TSCM International ONLY recruit from these courses.​

Enquire now

The Vanquish® Close Protection course is the World’s first “Application Only” Close Protection Training Course. For this reason places move fast, enrol now and secure your place this year.

Course content

why train with vanquish academy?

Centrally located

Centrally located training centres.

CP Kit

Receive your first peice of cp kit as a gift from us.

Internationally recognised

Join an internationally recognised company.

Lifetime discount

Receive a lifetime 20% discount on all other Vanquish courses.

Winners 2015

Winners at the 2015 Best Business Awards.

Payment plans

Payment plans available.

recognised qualifications

Gain nationally and internationally recognised qualifications.

recruitment opportunities

Vanquish Security only recruit from these courses, join an internationally recognised business.

Kickstart your new career today

Start your new journey to a career within the thriving close protection industry and train with an industry leading academy.

Frequently asked questions

Not at all. Our courses are designed for those with and without military and police experience

The start time is always 09:30 but the finish time varies every day but is usually around 17:30

Yes. This course is SIA approved.

No. There are a number of reasons why but they are best answered by this blog post that can be viewed here.

get in touch

0800 619 8128

Manchester 0161 667 1521

40 Princess Street
M1 6DE

London 0203 086 7941

27 Austin Friars