Almost every state in the U.S. requires some form of Credential or License, with Virginia and Texas being the only two that require additional credentialing to perform Executive/Close Protection Services.
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Executive Protection Institute in Partnership with the UK-based Professional Bodyguard Association (PBA), offer Credential Programs that are certified by Regulatory Agencies.
Upon graduation of our combined Program you will have registration applications pending with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (VA DCJS) and the Security Industry Authority (SIA).
EPI offers a range of Virginia Certified Department of Criminal Justice Services Private Security Courses. Our world renowned 7-day
Providing Executive Protection Program and Protectors Pistol Courses exceed the Commonwealth’s Standard for the Armed Personal Protection
Specialist Credential. For current course offerings and schedules, please visit our training calendar. For any questions, feel free
to contact us.
A personal protection specialist means any individual who engages in the duties of providing close protection from bodily harm to any
Virginia DCJS requires that you: Be a minimum of 18 years of age; successful completion of all initial training requirements for each
registration category, including firearms endorsement if applicable; be a United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United
YES. You must have a valid registration, and a firearms endorsement if working in an armed capacity, in order to provide close protection
services in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
NO. Persons who carry or have access to a firearm while on duty must have a firearm endorsement as described under 6VAC 20-171-365 of the
state regulations. If carrying a concealed handgun, the person must also have a valid concealed handgun permit, and the written permission of his/her employer pursuant to 18.2-308 of the Code of Virginia.
NO. Just like there is no Nationwide Concealed Carry Permit. A National Executive/Close Protection Credential or License would take the
Regulatory Oversight away from the individual State Licensing and Credentialing Boards. Several States, however, grant “waivers” or honor
the training you have completed at EPI.
The PBA was founded in 1985, and became an accredited center with Pearson Education in 2006. Since 2006, the PBA is the ONLY LEGITIMATELY
registered U.K. non-profit organization seeking to further the profession, those who engage in it, and the public interest. The PBA is
accredited to deliver all its training courses internationally.
Because of our standing with Pearson Education, we are also allowed to offer “Recognition of Prior Learning” (RPL) programs to those with
prior training and experience. The PBA licensed linked qualifications i.e. BTEC/Pearson Level 3 Working as a Close Protection Operative
in the Private Security Industry (QCF) and AOFAQ Level 3 First Person on Scene Intermediate (RQF) are both registered with The Office of
Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL).
OFQUAL is a non-ministerial government department that regulates qualifications, exams and tests in the U.K. OFQUAL is often referred to
as the exam “watchdog”. This register verifies the legality and legitimacy of all Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) and Regulated
Qualifications Framework (RQF) courses.
OFQUAL & the European Qualification Framework act as validators of a qualification licensed status within the European Union member
states by searching the European Qualification Framework.
When you apply for a Close Protection License you must show that you have had the training required of a licensed operative. This means
that you must hold the Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry. The PBA is
accredited by Pearson Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC), one of the largest and most respected educational accrediting
organizations in the world. The PBA IS THE ONLY PEARSON ACCREDITED TRAINING PROVIDER LICENSED TO PROVIDE THE LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE IN THE
“RPL” stands for “Recognition of Prior Learning”. It means that PBA has the approval of our accrediting organization, Pearson Education,
to recognize the legitimate training and experience of those in the industry seeking further qualifications and licensure. In other words,
those who have previous legitimate training and experience may not have to complete the entire BTEC Level 3 Certificate Course, but only
those sections lacking in their previous training and experience. This means less time and less cost for the student.
*Note, however, that as the PBA training course is an academic course backed by Pearson Education, even RPL students will need to complete
all required written and practical testing, including a completed practical exam and final workbook.
The PBA has cross mapped the training provided by the Executive Protection Institute’s Providing Executive Protection Program to our own
requirements, if you have completed the Providing Executive Protection Program, you simply need to send proof of attendance to qualify for
a RPL Program.
If you trained with another provider, you will need to apply for the RPL Program by submitting your resume, training certificates, and all
information of the curriculum of the courses you have attended to the PBA for review.
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