How to become a bodyguard
You can get into this career by:
- a college course
- applying directly
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant courses include the Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You can apply to an organisation directly to work as a bodyguard or go through a recruitment agency specialising in security work. You'll need a Close Protection licence issued by the Security Industry Authority.
To get a licence, you'll usually need to complete the Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative. This is available through training providers approved by the Security Industry Authority. Older qualifications may be acceptable, depending on when you got them.
Many people enter this career after working in the police or the armed forces.
It may be useful if you can speak more than one language for certain jobs, for example diplomatic work.
You can find more details about training to be a bodyguard through the Security Industry Authority.