A Beginner’s Guide on How to Become a Bodyguard

by Executive Protection Institute EPI was founded in 1978

Being a personal protection officer may look like a glamorous occupation from the outside, but it is more than just fancy hotels, meetings with famous people, and paid world tours. Personal protection services cater to a wide range of clients who are looking for the highest levels of security to help them go about their daily lives; clients whose safety and security will always be your priority when you are working as a personal protection officer. You may even have to put your life on the line to protect your clients. Whether it is the thrill of the job or the perks of being a personal protection officer, an increasing number of people are now opting for this thrilling career path.

How much do personal protection officers make?

Working as a personal protection officer can be extremely financially rewarding. The average personal protection officer makes $55,000 per year while some sign contracts for $700 per day or $180,000 per year! The pitfall is that obtaining the relevant qualifications can be quite expensive, but it is well worth the investment.

How to become a qualified personal protection officer?

To qualify for a career as a personal protection officer, you must secure a license granted by the industry regulator Security Industry Authority (SIA). This is compulsory for all security personnel working across a variety of industries. To get your SIA license, you must be over the age of 18, have no criminal background, and most importantly, have completed a personal protection training course.

How to choose a training course?

For somebody interested in becoming a qualified personal protection officer, you should consider what type of work you wish to do. High risk or low risk, corporate or personal? The type of work you want to do will dictate what training course you should sign up to. The higher-paid contracts tend to be high risk and these, in turn, are usually only open to people with military experience.

So you have decided what work you want to specialize in, what’s next? You should research online what training courses are on offer in your area, or even better, be willing to travel for a training course.

Expect to pay several thousand dollars for a decent training course, but you should treat this as an investment for your future. Once you have narrowed the course selection down, perform some online research to get feedback from people who have completed the training courses, and pick the one that best suits you.

What does a training course cover?

The training course will last for about four to eight weeks. During this time, you will undertake various modules, from unarmed combat to firearms training, first aid training, security driving, and everything in between. You will also undertake specialized training depending on what area you want to work in.

Once the course is complete, you can now build a professional resume and start looking for work. Networking is the main way you will gain employment. Contact recruitment agencies and stay in touch with classmates from the training courses. Personal contacts will prove profitable in the future. Aim low for your first assignment, as your goal should be to build up a network of contacts and gain experience. Only then can you gain access to the higher paid contracts.

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