How to become a bodyguard

You can get into this career by:

  • a college course
  • applying directly

College

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.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Direct Application

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.

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Career tips

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.

Further information

You can find more details about training to be a bodyguard through the Security Industry Authority.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • concentration skills
  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day tasks you could:

  • protect clients from threats like terrorism, or from political opponents, stalkers or over-enthusiastic fans
  • check out premises before clients arrive
  • plan to identify and prevent potential threats or disruption
  • stay constantly alert to react to threatening situations
  • accompany clients on business and social visits
  • drive clients to and from venues

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you may spend nights away from home.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could specialise in surveillance, driving or residential security, or move into risk assessment consultancy work.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a bodyguard right now.

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Courses In England

Principles of Providing Security Services

  • Provider: GLOUCESTERSHIRE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 26 April 2021
  • Location: Gloucester

Principles of Providing Security Services

  • Provider: GLOUCESTERSHIRE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 23 November 2020
  • Location: Gloucester

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