How do you choose the right training provider?
Who has attended an SIA training course but have actually never yet done a day’s CP work in their lives? How many months or years has it been since your course or, if you have worked, since your last operation? Who, when looking for a CP course, tried to find the cheapest course and quickest route possible to your SIA badge? Who researched their training provider and checked out all the credentials and qualifications of their instructors? Who doesn’t intend to do any other training until they find at least some work to pay back their initial training costs? I could go on, but well, you get the picture...
Finding the right training course is a really, really important first step in your career in close protection. But it isn’t an easy thing to do; train with the right company and you might be able to find work fairly quickly thereafter; train with the wrong company and you could easily have wasted thousands of pounds and a lot of time - it is likely that you will never get any work... ever! Train with the right company and your portfolio and CV starts to look good from the very beginning; train with the wrong company and your CV doesn’t even get looked at! Train with the right company and you are considered a serious player who invests time and money in their career and wants to be the very best; train with the wrong company and, well you just get laughed at!
But how do you chose the right training course? Let’s go back to an earlier question;
Who, when looking for a CP course, tried to find the cheapest course and quickest route to your SIA badge? If you have this mindset when choosing a course, you are probably going to choose the wrong course and training provider! So before you start to choose a course, you need to consider your mindset! If your mindset is just to get a license, regardless of whether that license will get you any work or not, then choose any course by any provider and good luck! Because I can almost 99.9% guarantee you will never work in CP.