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IST Academy Specialist security training for Close Protection SIA approved

At IST-Academy we understand the evolution of the protective industries.

Times have changed significantly in the last 30 years and the industry has evolved into a very different entity to what it was in the 1980’s untill 9/11 occured.

Every industry has changed in this time and while many training providers have remained ingrained in the past, IST Academy as the name suggests, Intelligent Security Training, has adapted an "intelligent" approach.


Global trends have changed in almost every aspect of life – Communications, International Travel, Human Interaction and Social media have all developed at phenomenal speed with a considerable impact on security issues for private- and corporate clients.


The stereotypical ‘Bodyguard’ of the last decenia’s is being replaced by multi-tasking and multi-skilled operators that are able to fullfill many different roles in a given environment to satisfy the  often high pace and demands of VIP and HNW clients.


Etiquette, deportment, interpersonal skills,critical thinking, IT competency (Cyber/Social Media security), Languages, Driving skills, Medical training and Defensive skills have become very important to the Protection Specialist seeking employment and will be recognized byemployers as an added, (but necessary) value.


The Close Protection Operative (SIA CP), responsible for the safety and security of Executives, Celebrities, Public figures and quite often, their family members including children , is a very different role to that of the protection specialist operating in a Hostile Environment such as the Middle East or North Africa (H.E.C.P.O).

The Female protectors role in Close Protection can be very different to that of the Male Operatives for cultural and practical ‘female’ reasons


At IST-Academy we recognise that these changes in everyday life have had a knock on affect, influencing the wants and the needs of prospective clients seeking to hire protection specialists.

Our portfolio of training Programs reflect this change.


All of our Close Protection Training Program options are SIA compliant, allowing the candidate to apply for a frontline SIA Close Protection Licence on successful completion of our programmes.





Founded in 2010, IST Academy has been a consistent provider of SIA linked Close Protection Training to over 800 students from all parts of the globe.


Our instruction team are all industry and subject matter experts who are still active on the frontline. With a wealth of personal experience to draw on, our team can give you rare insights into the realities of the proffesion, its pro's and cons.


Our programs are fast paced and informative, providing knowledge and skills to both the novice and the seasoned professional wishing to update their skills and professional develoment.

We acknowledge that our clients are adults making an informed choice to attend a Close Protection training program and we threat clients as such from the very first contact.