How to become a bodyguard
You can get into this career by completing a course with a private training provider.
You'll need to apply for a Close Protection licence issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to work as a bodyguard.
To apply, you must first complete the Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative course, which is done through an SIA-approved training provider. You will also need a close protection first aid qualification.
Once you have your licence, you can apply to an organisation directly to work as a bodyguard or go through a recruitment agency specialising in security and close protection work.
Many people enter this career after working in the police or the armed forces.
There is increasing demand from clients for female bodyguards.
Salaries vary widely. As a guide, daily rates can range from £150 to over £300, depending on factors like location, level of risk and extent of potential threat.
You'll find information about training to be a bodyguard from the Security Industry Authority.