The Surveillance Group



SIA Licensing of Surveillance

On 31 July 2013 the Home Secretary announced the Government’s intention for the SIA to regulate private investigation activities, starting in 2015.

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 defines the licensable activities of private investigations. According to the Act you will need an SIA licence if you are involved in any surveillance, inquiries or investigations that are carried out for the purposes of:

  • obtaining information about a particular person or about the activities or whereabouts of a particular person; or
  • obtaining information about the circumstances in which, or means by which, property has been lost or damaged

Anyone involved in providing contracted private investigation services will require a licence. This includes employees, employers, managers, supervisors and directors or partners of private investigation companies.

The SIA have endorsed our Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators and you can book onto an 7 day Surveillance Package today, to include our Level 4 BTEC Award in Tactical Surveillance Procedures for as little as £1000.00 plus VAT. Use our course finder on the right of this page to find out more information about this package.   

Level 4 BTEC Surveillance Training Courses

The Surveillance Group is the only dedicated surveillance company to offer a range of full time customised surveillance BTEC qualifications/courses at Level 4. Level 4 qualifications are ideal for students wishing to develop not just basic tactical acumen but also advanced technical skills and broader management knowledge. As such they are ideal for everyone from the complete novice to experienced military or police personnel, as well as government practitioners looking to transfer their skills into the private / commercial sector.

 Our portfolio of courses comprises five Level 4 BTEC Awards, each accredited by Edexcel:

Award 1 - Level 4 BTEC Professional Award in Tactical Surveillance Procedures - Designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required in planning and managing tactical surveillance procedures.

Award 2 - Level 4 BTEC Professional Award in Tactical Foot and Mobile Surveillance - Provides the training required to for students to effectively plan and manage tactical foot and mobile surveillance.

Award 3 - Level 4 BTEC Professional Award in Covert Observation Posts Management - Addresses the understanding and skills necessary for comprehensive planning, construction and management of rural and urban covert observation posts.

Award 4 - Level 4 BTEC Professional Award in Covert Camera Construction and Concealment - Develops the understanding and skills required to plan and supervise covert camera construction and concealment.

Award 5 - Level 4 BTEC Professional Award in Tactical Surveillance Reconnaissance - Teaches the outstanding organisational skills required to plan and manage tactical surveillance reconnaissance in both rural and urban environments.


Course Dates: 2016 Calendar




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