I attended this course during my leave period from Iraq with a 9-year ongoing career Conducting Hostile Armed Protection countrywide. The ARG Close Protection course ensures all SIA mandatory core subjects are covered utilizing both classroom and practical based training. The instructors are first class and have many years of operational and training experience, they will prepare you for the role of a CPO in a realistic, demanding yet friendly manner. All 5 modules were absolutely brilliant, the content was highly informative, correctly paced and delivered in a logical sequence. Paul Hutchinson and his team are hugely focused on delivering the course with enthusiasm, expertise, professionalism and a touch of well-placed humor. Everything is geared up ultimately for the Final exercise. This gives you the opportunity to escort and protect unknown real time VIP’s in a number of varied situations and scenarios. After each scenario the team is de-briefed and appointments are changed. “Always be ready for changes to the plan”. I would definitely recommend this course regardless of background and experience. There was a real diversity amongst the students on the course that I attended that led to a natural team structure for the practical evolutions and a strong sense of team unity. All of the extra training and skills learned above and beyond the SIA criteria make this course totally worth the money. If you are in anyway unsure about anything, take the time to ring Paul, He is always available for a friendly chat and he will answer any questions you may have.